Welcome to RSVP

  • RSVP announces major grants, prizes, and fellowships to support scholarly research into any and all aspects of the nineteenth-century press.

Welcome to the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (familiarly known as RSVP), an interdisciplinary and international association of scholars dedicated to the exploration of the richly diverse world of the 19th-century press: magazines, newspapers, serials of all kinds. Members of RSVP are involved in the study of British literature, and the history and culture of Britain and its empire, as well as in the emerging fields of book history and media history.

RSVP exists to foster interdisciplinary scholarship on all aspects of the 19th-century press. The Society offers a friendly, collegial home for all literary scholars, historians, and others whose studies take them into the fascinating world of Victorian newspapers and magazines. RSVP’s quarterly journal, the Victorian Periodicals Review, is the place to publish and to learn about the latest developments in the vibrant and rapidly expanding field of 19th century media studies. RSVP sponsors several fellowships and prizes, and annually holds one of the most welcoming and informative academic conferences around. (Once in awhile that conference even makes international news.) If your interest in Victorian Britain encompasses the press in any of its multitudinous forms, please take a good look at RSVP. Who knows, you might even consider becoming a member by subscribing to our flagship journal, Victorian Periodicals Review.


2019 Conference: Work/Leisure, Duty/Pleasure

25-27 July 2019, University of Brighton, UK

The conference website, including information about travel and registration is now available. Please note that discounted registration is available until May 15.


Our 2018 conference took place at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The conference was a great success. Photos and videos from the conference are available on the conference page of the website.