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Upcoming Events

Call for papers:

Place in the Victorian Periodical Press

June 13-15, 2024

University of Stirling, Scotland

2024 Conference CFP

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals will hold its annual conference in Scotland at the University of Stirling, June 13-15, 2024. The conference will be primarily in-person, although it will include some online sessions, as well as opportunities to attend the Woolf and Colby lectures and the RSVP annual business meeting remotely.

Much has changed in the decade since the RSVP conference last focused on “Place” (2014 in Delaware). In Stirling in 2024, we will revisit the theme, a return that will allow us to consider changes in Periodical Studies as well as the academy in these years. Papers addressing any aspect of nineteenth-century British periodicals or newspapers are, as ever, welcome, but RSVP particularly encourages proposals for talks (or panels) on the topic of place. Areas of focus might include:

  • The representation of different types of place and locality, including the host country of Scotland
  • Placemaking and the periodical press
  • Place and the production and consumption of periodicals
  • Content placement within the periodical press
  • Changing places and changing relationships between periodicals, contributors, editors, publishers and readers
  • Resisting/imposing place: knowing one’s place; pushing against one’s given place; being put in place Anchored in/dislocated from place
  • Finding places for teaching Victorian periodicals

Submission Guidelines

The RSVP conference committee invites proposals for individual papers, panels (3-4 presenters), and roundtables (max. 6 people). Proposals must be submitted via RSVP’s digital application portal by November 1, 2023. The portal will open September 1, 2023. Acceptance decisions will be sent out by mid-December.

  • For individual or co-authored papers, please submit an abstract (200-300 words) and a biographical note (100 words) for each author.
  • For panel proposals (3-4 presenters), please submit a panel rationale (200 words), abstracts for all presenters (200 words per person), and biographical notes for all presenters (100 words each).
  • For roundtable proposals (max. 6 people), please submit a roundtable rationale (300 words) and biographical notes for all participants (100 words each).

Hybrid Options

We plan to make plenaries and keynote addresses available in a hybrid format. We are also planning for a limited number of slots for remote presentations in a hybrid setup at the local conference. When submitting your abstract to the portal, an option for “remote presentation required” will be provided. If you have any questions regarding this hybrid option, please email the Communications Coordinator.

Further information about local arrangements will be posted in due course.

Call for papers:

4th-5th September 2024, University of Stirling

As part of the international, flightless conference Event 2024 <>, the University of Stirling will be hosting a hub for in-person papers, panels and roundtables, co-organised with the Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo-Victorian Studies.

Our theme is Victorian Events, which can be interpreted broadly. We welcome 20-minute paper and panel proposals that speak to any aspect of the general CFP <> and we would also encourage proposals focused on:

  • Exhibits, exhibitions and openings
  • Lectures and public performances
  • Imperial events
  • Local/national events or incidents
  • Literary events – scandals, sensations and bestsellers
  • Occult meetings and séances
  • Celebrity and press events
  • Protests and gatherings
  • Tourism
  • Anniversaries, centenaries and jubilees
  • Victorian events in contemporary culture/Neo-Victorian events
  • Legal trials

Given the international form of the conference, we also welcome proposals that focus on global Scotland in the 1830-1910 period.

While we welcome proposals on any of the above topics, all papers or panels that engage with the 1830-1910 period will be considered.

Proposals should be submitted via the conference website by 1st December 2023 <> If you have any questions, please contact Professor Christine Ferguson <> or Dr Michael Shaw <>

Previous Events Supported by SCVS

25 April 2023: ‘Provocations to Intimacy: Queer Ecology and Entangled Forms of Nature Writing’ (Guest lecture by Professor Dennis Denisoff). Pathfoot Lecture Theatre, University of Stirling

Current Western notions of nature have been formulated in part through nineteenth-century evolutionary, sexological, and economic discourses that risk essentializing a hetero-procreative scientific eye. How are we to be open, then, to the sexual, sensual, and affective relations among other-than-human species such as plants, fungi, and nonhuman animals? And can humans really develop what Henry Salt, in Animal Rights (1892), called ‘imaginative empathy’ in order to better understand their ecological communities?

In his talk, Dennis Denisoff considered four authors’ creative efforts to circumvent conventions of sex, gender, race, and other familiar identity categories in exploring trans-species intimacies. Works addressed included poetry by Scottish author William Sharp (aka Fiona Macleod), the 1900 diary of lesbian writers Catherine Bradley and Edith Cooper, and queer Native American poet Tommy Pico’s Nature Poem (2018). In distinctly different ways, these authors encourage a sense of trans-species intimacy not as shaping an identity category but as breaching the structure that scaffolds the concept of identity itself. While acknowledging humans’ anxieties regarding nonhumans’ provocations to intimacy, the authors also accept the ecological invitation to enter other forms of perception and community.

20 May 2022: Four Nations and Beyond: Periodical Studies and National Identities in the British Isles and Ireland’. Trades Hall, Glasgow

This one-day workshop will explore how Victorian periodical and newspaper cultures operated in the different nations of the British Isles and Ireland, and in their diaspora cultures that emerged through emigration and imperialism. We hope to interrogate how periodicals constructed Irish, Scottish and Welsh identities, in relation to or in opposition to a range of ‘English’ identities, as well as examining how such English identities were unmade and remade in coeval relation with the neighbouring countries it governed. We welcome papers that investigate whether and how distinctive periodical cultures emerged in Ireland, Scotland and Wales, or in relation to English sites outside London and its environs. Were there distinct English regional identities centred on, for instance, Cornwall, Yorkshire, or the England-Wales or England-Scotland border areas?

Our inclusion of ‘beyond’ in the title speaks to ongoing interest in periodicals and newspapers in settler cultures and diasporic communities: how were these identities constructed outside Britain and Ireland in relation to indigenous cultures and other immigrant cultures? We ask too how transimperial dynamics put pressure on the ways in which globally circulating English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh periodicals articulate the idea of the nation that ‘seems to cohere along a continuum that fuses a geoethnically bound sense of place with time’ (Sukanya Banerjee).

We are especially interested in exploring the still underexamined aspects of linguistic distinctiveness and papers centred on Welsh, Irish, Scots, Gaelic, Ulster-Scots, Manx or English regional dialects are encouraged. Proposals that focus on an individual publication, or that reflect on periodical or newspaper culture more broadly—including reflecting on the usefulness of otherwise of the ‘four nations’ as a concept and frame within Victorian periodical studies—are also welcome.

For a full description of the event and a CFP, click here.

28-30 August 2019: BAVS Annual Conference. University of Dundee

Logo printed for BAVS 2019 by Dr Kelsey Williams on the Pathfoot Columbian Press, University of Stirling

The SCVS was delighted to be co-hosting the British Association of Victorian Studies 2019 conference on the theme ‘Victorian Renewals.’

For more infromation about the event, see the full programme, the abstracts booklet and the conference website, hosted by Dundee and Angus Convention Bureau.

BAVS 2019 programme -23-08-19

BAVS 2019 Abstracts Booklet 22-08

17 May 2019: Queen Victoria’s contemporaries: born in 1819. Glasgow Museums Resource Centre

Emerging from the ‘Born in 1819’ research project led by Helen Kingstone and Trev Broughton, this workshop collaborated with Glasgow Museums Resource Centre to investigate how generational identities particularly that of the 1819 cohort might look different when we view them through the lens of the material culture they generated and left behind. The workshop is organised by and particularly designed with PGR/PGT and ECR researchers in mind, allowing for networking within the environment of Scottish Victorian Studies.

The event was organised in collaboration with BAVS.

Keynotes: Dr Trev Broughton (University of York) on contemporaneity among Victoria’s Victorians, and Dr Gregory Tate (St Andrews) on Arthur Hugh Clough.

Full description and CFP

5 October 2018: Workshop: Recovering Working-Class Voices for the Digital Age. University of Strathclyde

This workshop formed part of the larger ‘Rhyme and Reform’ event, celebrating 175 years since the publication of EBB’s ‘The Cry of the Children’. Materials from our workshop, an exhibition created by Kirstie Blair and Mike Sanders as part of the ‘Piston, Pen & Press’ project, and talks and information about the conference are available here.

The speakers at our workshop were Dr Francesca Benatti (‘The Reading Experience Database’), Dr Helen Rogers (‘Archive of Working-Class Writing Online’), Dr Simon Rennie (‘Poetry of the Lancashire Cotton Famine’) and Dr Mike Sanders and Prof Kirstie Blair (‘Piston, Pen & Press: Literary Cultures in the Industrial Workplace’). While visiting Strathclyde, Francesca, Simon and Helen recorded a short video about the online resource they work with/have created, and you can find these on the ‘Rhyme and Reform’ website.

Poster, Recovering Working-Class Voices, 5.10.18

4 September 2018: Technical Skills for Textual Editing: Understanding Variants. University of Stirling

This training workshop took doctoral researchers through the processes of setting and printing an Early Modern text using the Victorian Columbian Press, followed by collating this text using the Hinman Collator. Bringing together Stirling’s Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and Centre for Scottish Studies, Dundee’s Centre for Scottish Culture, and Strathclyde’s Scottish Centre for Victorian Studies, the training was be part of a wider two-day symposium on Textual Editing (Transforming the Theory and Practice of Editing) at the University of Stirling. The first part of the workshop, led by Kelsey Jackson Williams with assistance from PhD students Jill Dye (Stirling) and Mhairi Rutherford (Dundee and Stirling), demonstrated how variants come about, while the second part of the workshop, led by Emeritus Professor John Drakakis with assistance from PhD student Lorna Wallace (Stirling) and Jennifer Robertson (Strathclyde and Stirling), demonstrated how a modern editor discovers variants, and will foreground the editorial decisions s/he must then make.

27 April 2018: Crime Fiction(s): Victorian and Neo-Victorian Narratives of Crime and Punishment. Edinburgh Napier University.

The SCVS was delighted to co-sponsor ‘Crime Fiction(s)’ at Edinburgh Napier, organized by Lois Burke, Helena Roots and Anne Schwan. Speakers included Benjamin Poore and Zoe Alker.

Crime Fiction(s), April 2018, cfp

15 February 2018: The People’s Voice Launch Event

This free conference marked the launch of the People’s Voice website, funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and created by staff at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde. This is a free online resource essential for anyone interested in the popular political culture of Scotland in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The details of over a thousand poems, online song recordings and essays and schools resources are included in the database, which was officially launched at the conference.

Full programme: Launch Event Programme.

24 November 2017: Codes and Signals. University of Strathclyde

An SCVS workshop with Prof Caroline Arscott (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Prof Clare  Pettitt (KCL) and Dr Oliver Betts (National Railway Museum).

This half-day interactive workshop explored Victorian coding, messaging and signalling. Drawing on expertise from the ‘Scrambled Messages’ AHRC project and the National Railway Museum, it will investigate Victorian communications technology and its meanings for different users.

Event poster

27 October 2017: The Occult in and Beyond Victorian Scotland. University of Stirling.

Sir William Fettes Douglas, The Spell (1864). National Galleries of Scotland.

A one-day conference in collaboration with the Centre for Scottish Studies at Stirling.

Full schedule is available here: Updated Programme

Event poster

6 June 2017: Poetry at the Polls: Election Verse from Scotland’s Past. 7:30-9pm at the Glad Café, Glasgow. Free entry.

Join us for an evening of scurrilous, satirical, comic and tragic poems from historical elections, hosted by the University of Glasgow and Strathclyde team behind the ‘People’s Voice’ project. Come to listen or bring your own election poems, old or new.

Supported by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and the Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo-Victorian Studies.

Event poster: Poetry at the Polls

22-23 June 2017: Victorian Impacts 

A two-day event at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde. Organised under the aegis of the Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo Victorian Studies.

  • How does knowledge move between universities and the communities in which they are geographically located?
  • How is knowledge transformed as it moves through institutional and civic contexts?
  • What are the Victorian roots of these patterns of knowledge mobility?

This event brought together Victorianists interested in the relationships between universities and civic, regional or professional communities in the nineteenth century and the present day.

The first day focused on investigating how knowledge moved between these groups in Victorian Britain.  The second day will be an opportunity to think about the ways in which current Victorianist research projects are dealing with impact and knowledge mobility.

Speakers include:

  • Prof. John Bowen (University of York)
  • Dr Rosemary Golding (Open University)
  • Dr Heike Jöns (Loughborough University)
  • Dr Lucinda Matthews-Jones (Liverpool John Moores University)

A full schedule is available here: Victorian Impacts schedule

Conference poster: Victorian Impacts poster