VSAWC 2012

VSAWC 2012 Conference

Victorian Media
Victoria, BC (April 26-28, 2012)

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Download the 2012 conference program (PDF)

The Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada warmly invites you to our 40th anniversary conference. This year’s theme will be Victorian Media. The conference, hosted by the University of Victoria, will be held from 26-28 April 2012 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It will take place at the Inn at Laurel Point on Victoria’s beautiful inner harbour.

Papers will focus on the theme of media in relation to Victorian culture and knowledge: that is, the relation of Victorian media to the culture of the period and the relation of new media to the study, dissemination, and archiving of Victorian materials.

The keynote speaker will be Matthew Rubery (Department of English at Queen Mary, University of London). Dr. Rubery is the author of The Novelty of Newspapers: Victorian Fiction after the Invention of the News (2009), which won the European Society for the Study of English First Book Award in 2010. He is currently at work on a monograph entitled The Untold Story of the Talking Book, a history of recorded literature since the invention of the phonograph in 1877.

The conference will also feature a workshop on Victorian print materials led by Brian Maidment (University of Salford), author of Comedy, Caricature and the Social Order 1820-1850, and Reading Popular Prints 1790-1870. This workshop will provide a hands-on opportunity to analyze original Victorian materials guided by an expert on print media and production methods.

Registration is now open. Please complete a registration form and mail it to the University of Victoria along with a check by March 26.

Now supported by the SSHRC Research Workshops and Conferences program; by the Department of English, University of Victoria; and by the Victorian Review.