16 Mar 2014 Call For Papers Readers, Purveyors, Creators, and Users: Studying Victorian Print Consumption in 2014

16-17 June 2014, Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway

Deadline for Proposals: 16 April 2014.

Plenary speakers: Dr Stephen Colclough, Bangor University and Dr Niall Ó Ciosáin, National University of Ireland, Galway.

Full CFP available here

16 Mar 2014 The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals is pleased to announce the winners of the Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize in 2013, awarded to the scholarly books that most advance the understanding of the nineteenth-century British newspaper or periodical press.

The joint winners are:

David Latane, William Maginn and the British Press (Ashgate)

Fionnuala Dillane, Before George Eliot. Marian Evans and the Periodical Press (Cambridge UP)

Runner up: John Stokes and Mark Turner, eds. Journalism, I and II, vols vi and vii. The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde General Ed: Ian Small. (Oxford UP)

The winners receive a monetary award, and are invited to speak at the upcoming RSVP conference at the University of Delaware in Sept 2014. The panel this year consisted of Prof Ann Ardis, Prof Bill Bell, Prof Martin Hewitt, and Dr Deborah Mutch. Chair = Laurel Brake.

3 Mar 2014 RSVP have the pleasure of announcing:

  • the winners of the 2013 Curran Fellowship here.
  • The winner of the Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship here.
  • The shortlist for the 2013 Robert & Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize here.

2 Oct 2013 The VanArsdel Prize is awarded annually to the best graduate student essay investigating Victorian periodicals and newspapers. The prize was established in 1990 to honor Rosemary VanArsdel, a founding member of RSVP whose groundbreaking research continues to shape the field of nineteenth-century periodical studies. The deadline for next year’s award competition is May 1, 2014. For further information, please see our Awards page.

2 Oct 2013 The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals is pleased to announce this year's call for submissions for the Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize, awarded to the scholarly book that most advances the understanding of the nineteenth-century British newspaper or periodical press. Additional information about the prize is available here. To nominate a book or to raise an enquiry, please email the chair of the Prize Committee, Laurel Brake (, by December 31st, 2013. Further information available from our practical guide here

2 Oct 2013 RSVP is pleased to announce the competition for the sixth annual Curran Fellowship, a set of travel and research grants intended to aid scholars studying 19th-century British magazines and newspapers in making use of primary print and archival sources. The deadline for applications is October 21. The full call for applications can be found here, with further guidelines here.

30 Sept 2013 The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) is pleased to announce the fourth annual Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship, made possible by the generosity of publisher Gale, part of Cengage Learning, in support of dissertation research that makes substantial use of full-text digitized collections of 19th-century British magazines and newspapers. A prize of $1500 will be awarded, together with one year's passworded subscription to selected digital collections from Gale, including 19th Century UK Periodicals and 19th Century British Library Newspapers. Closing date 1 November 2013. For further information please click here

29 July 2013 Following the annual RSVP conference this year there have been a number of new appointments for Officers, the Senior Advisory Council and the Board of Directors. Please check the "Contacts" tab for further information.

28 July 2013 RSVP are pleased to announce that Paul Rooney (National University of Galway) is the winner of the 2013 VanArsdel Prize for his essay "Readership and the Steam Ship Newspaper in the Telegraphic Age: The serialization of Arthur Griffiths' Fast and Loose (1883-84) in Home News for India, China, and the Colonies. Paul's essay will appear in the Spring 2014 issue of VPR.

23 July 2013 RSVP will be meeting at the University of Delaware in Wilmington on September 12-13, 2014. Watch this site for the call for papers and other details.

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RSVP Annual Conference

Places, Spaces and the Victorian Periodical Press
University of Delaware, US, 12-13 September 2014

* NEW 3rd March 2014 * Conference website now available

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals will hold its annual conference at the University of Delaware on 12-13 September 2014.

Further information and a poster of the CFP is available here

VPR News and Special Issues

3 March 2014 VPR have the pleasure of announcing the content of the forthcoming edition of the journal for Spring 2014 here

Contents details are now available:

Call for submissions for a special number of VPR:
“Digital Pedagogies: Building Learning Communities for Studying Victorian Periodicals”

30 Sept 2013: This special number of VPR gives us the opportunity to reflect on how the field of periodicals research has changed as a result of the digital revolution and to consider where it may be in the next ten years. Essays of 6,000-7,000 words are sought, inspired by the range of research and good practice that has been developed in recent years by scholars of the nineteenth century periodical press. Please submit completed manuscripts by 1st July 2014 (for publication in 2015) in Word (no PDFs please) to For further information please click here

Summer 2013:The new issue of VPR features essays by Patrick Leary, Andrew Griffiths, Clare Gill, Katherine Malone, Emily Simmons, and Catherine Delafield, and book reviews by Constance Fulmer, Janine Hatter, and Scott D. Banville. The issue can be found here on Project Muse.

Winter 2012: The latest issue of VPR contains papers by Shauna Huffaker, Laura Vorachek, Rose Novak, Caley Ehnes, and Andrew Hobbs. There are also book reviews by Julie F. Codell, Juliette Berning Schaefer, M. Melissa Elston, Richard Fulton, Kate Krueger, Katherine Malone, and Casey Smith. Click here to access the issue via Project Muse.

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RSVP Member News and Announcements

For full details of all member announcements see the Members page.

3rd March 2014 RSVP has learned with regret of the death of William H. (Bill) Scheuerle on February 15, 2014. Bill was a long standing member of RSVP. He served on the Board of Directors for many years and was editor of the Victorian Periodicals Review for eight years. Members new and old will remember him as a gracious colleague, generous in sharing his extensive knowledge of the Victorian periodical press and always welcoming to newcomers. An obituary will appear in the summer issue of VPR.

October 2013 A new edition of the Curran Index by Gary Simons and the late Eileen Curran has been published. For subsequent editions, scholars are encouraged to contribute their own discoveries about the authorship of stories, poems, and articles in the Victorian press; contact Dr. Simons for details.

31 July 2013 CFP: Publish or Perish? Scientific Periodicals from 1665 to the Present. To celebrate the anniversary of the Philosophical Transactions, the world’s oldest scientific journal, the Royal Society will be hosting a major conference in spring 2015. Full CFP available here.

28 July 2013 ESPRit are pleased to announce the CFP for their 3rd Annual Conference "Backroom Business: The Production of Periodicals" 10 - 11 April 2014, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. A copy of the CFP is available here.

22 April 2013: Pioneering researcher Eileen Curran, known personally to many of us in RSVP and admired by many more, has died at age 85. A short tribute will appear in the Summer 2013 issue of the Victorian Periodicals Review.

2 April 2013: The Victorian Popular Fiction Research Seminar features members of RSVP. The next meeting is on 27 April 2013, at Senate House in London. Further details here.

21 March 2013: Andrew King announces a new PhD scholarship for a student to work on Victorian Periodicals at the University of Greenwich. Details will be announced in due course.

8 March 2013: There is a forthcoming conference on Gender, Race, and Representation in Magazines and New Media at Cornell, 25-27 October 2013. The call for papers is on the conference site here and the deadline is 1 May 2013.

15 January 2013: Elizabeth Carolyn Miller's Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture (Stanford, 2013) has just been published. Liz was one of the two very first holders of the Curran Fellowship in 2009.

14 January 2013: Michelle Tusan's book Smyrna's Ashes: Humanitarianism, Genocide, and the Birth of the Middle East (University of California Press, 2012) has just been published. Michelle held a Curran Fellowship in 2010. An electronic copy of the book is available here.

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