VSAWC 2016

Victorian Intimacies

VSAWC 2016 Conference: Winnipeg, Manitoba, April 22-23

Publication Workshop: April 21 and 24 2016.

“Unwanted Attention.” 1866 George DuMaurier Illustration of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters. From The British Library.

Conference Information

The conference will take place at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel, which is centrally located in downtown Winnipeg and within walking distance from the Dalnavert Museum (5 min), the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (15 min), and the Manitoba Legislative Buildings (10 min).

Please note: You must be a member of VSAWC to present at the conference. Membership in VSAWC includes a year-long subscription to Victorian Review. To join VSAWC, click here.

Important: Joining VSAWC will not register you for the conference. Further information about registration fees will follow in the new year.

The Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada is thrilled to announce the theme for its 2016 conference, “Victorian Intimacies.” The conference will explore Victorian concepts, representations, and experiences of intimacy. We invite papers that examine Victorian studies’ enduring interest in the intimate relationships among bodies, things, environments, and practices.



VSAWC 2016 Programme (PDF)


Plenary Workshops

This year’s conference will feature a Plenary Workshop on nineteenth-century albums led by expert Jason Camlot from the Department of English at Concordia University. In lieu of making a formal presentation, Dr. Camlot has kindly agreed to lead delegates in a unique hands-on experience with Victorian albums and scrapbooks from his own collection.

We are delighted to announce as well that portions of the conference, including the Plenary Workshop, will be held at the Dalnavert Museum and Visitors’ Centre, a jewel of Winnipeg’s museum landscape and a national historic site.

Dalnavert Museum. Photo by Megan Redmond

Built in 1895, this carefully restored heritage home houses an impressive collection of late-nineteenth-century artifacts and explores the history of family life, the politics of home design, changing notions of privacy, and the relationships between servants and employers who lived in close proximity. Located 5 minutes’ walk from the conference hotel, it is an ideal location for our conference’s exploration of Victorian Intimacies.

Nineteenth-century artifacts in the Dalnavert Museum. Photo by Megan Redmond.

As well, the conference will also once again feature at no additional cost VSAWC’s highly successful Publication Workshop for Emergent Scholars. This two-day intensive workshop, scheduled for April 21 and 24 and bracketing the main conference, will be led by Victorian Review co-editors Lisa Surridge and Mary Elizabeth Leighton. Graduate students and junior faculty are warmly invited to this two-day hands-on workshop designed to hone a scholarly paper to publication standard. The workshop will start on the morning of April 21 with a three-hour interactive presentation on “How to Get Published: Ten Tips from Two Editors.” Participants will meet individually during the afternoon of April 21 with workshop leaders to receive feedback on their paper and then will be free to attend the regular conference. The conference will be followed on April 24 by a three-hour writing workshop in which participants will apply the knowledge gained during the presentation and feedback sessions, revise their papers, and share results. Previous workshop participants have enjoyed considerable publication success coming out of the workshop.