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. Last year’s conference at the University of Ghent was a smashing success, featuring a splendidly engaging program of papers and plenaries. Moreover, our conference, always so warm and lively and interesting, also made international news! If that news has brought you to the RSVP website for the first time, please have a look around. Who knows, you might even consider becoming a member by subscribing to our flagship journal, Victorian Periodicals Review.


The Body and the Page in Victorian Culture: An International Conference – 26-28 July 2018, University of Victoria, Canada.

This year RSVP will host a joint conference with the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada (VSAWC). Keynote Speaker: Professor Sally Shuttleworth, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford.

Further information including travel and accommodation advice can be found at the conference website.

As you make your travel arrangements, please note that the conference panels and plenary sessions will be held on three full days (July 26-28); optional pre-conference tours of the city and the RSVP Board Meeting will take place on July 25.


DNCJ promotion for new and renewing memberships

RSVP has a limited number of copies of the endlessly useful Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism available to current members who are renewing their subscriptions and to new members joining the society. The copies will be allocated on a first come, first served basis until the supply is exhausted, and shipped to you from the Johns Hopkins University Press on receipt of subscription monies. Please let any potential new members know of this limited time offer.


Our 2017 conference took place at the University of Freiburg, Germany. The conference was a great success. The link to a Storify of the Tweets, photos and videos from the conference is available on the conference page of the website.