VSAWC 2011

VSAWC 2011 Conference

Victorian Epidemics
Banff, Alberta (April 29-30, 2011)

Conference Information

Keynote speaker: Pamela Gilbert, Albert Brick Professor of English, University of Florida Dr. Gilbert has published widely in the areas of Victorian literature, cultural studies and the history of medicine. Her first book, Disease, Desire and the Body in Victorian Women’s Popular Novels, was published by Cambridge University Press in 1997, followed by Mapping the Victorian Social Body (SUNY Press, 2004) and The Citizen’s Body (Ohio State University Press, 2007), and Cholera and Nation (SUNY Press, 2008).

This international conference will bring together specialists in Victorian art history, history, gender studies, science, and literature to contemplate the theme of disease in Victorian England and its colonies. Papers will address medical and social histories of disease, literary and artistic representations of disease, and disease as a metaphor in Victorian culture.

The conference will take place in Banff, Alberta in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. The town of Banff is surrounded by the spectacular scenery of Banff National Park, which offers excellent opportunities for both hiking and downhill skiing in late April. Banff is approximately one hour from Calgary and is easily accessible by car or air (regular and reasonably priced shuttles are available from Calgary International Airport).


How to get to Banff Park Lodge:

Transportation from Calgary Airport to Banff can be arranged by following this link to a shuttle service which is offering a 10% discount to conference delegates:

The cost is $50.08 one way and $100.17 round trip (gst inclusive).


Accommodations and sessions will be held in the Banff Park Lodge.

Rates for the conference are: $125 (superior room) $185 (deluxe Jacuzzi room) $245 (executive, parlour or lodge suite)

To Make a reservation: 1-800-661-9266 (identify as Victorian Studies Assn. of Western Canada)


Download the VSAWC 2011 Conference Programme (PDF)


Dr. Kristen Guest, Program Chair
University of Northern British Columbia

Generously supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada