Graduate Space

GdM-girl-graduatesThis page aims to share useful links, information and updates of interest to the postgraduate membership of RSVP. It is run by Gemma Outen, our postgraduate representative, but contributions from the wider community, such as calls for papers, links to relevant articles and reviews are very welcome. If you would like to get in touch with our postgraduate representative please email graduate @ rs4vp.org.


Graduate News

Call for Papers: Editing the Twentieth Century

Members of the RSVP community may be interested in the following CFP:

‘Editing the Twentieth Century’, The British Library. 5 September 2017

Call for Papers: What do editors actually do? What makes a good editor? And more importantly, what makes a successful editor? From the Times Literary Supplement to Les Temps Modernes and Novyi Mir, from The Criterion to Die neue Rundschau and Spare Rib, there can be no doubting the influence of literary-intellectual magazines in selecting and shaping our cultural knowledge, our beliefs and values. But we still know surprisingly little about how these crucial cultural institutions were led and managed and even how day-to-day editorial duties were undertaken in practice. Above all, we lack any kind of comparative perspective on the role of the periodical editor, both across national and historical boundaries and across different types of publications. How does the role of editor compare between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, for example, or between the French and British intellectual fields? How does it vary across literary reviews, newspapers, academic journals and commercial magazines? And in all these cases, how can we reconcile the reality of editorial practice – so often mundane and resolutely collective –with the stubbornly persistent myth of the singular charismatic editor?

As part of the British Academy funded project, Editing the Twentieth Century, we invite papers and workshop contributions addressing these issues for a one-day event to be held at the British Library on 5 September 2017 exploring the key role played by the editors of periodical publications throughout the long twentieth century. As well as specific studies of individual editors and publications, we particularly welcome comparative analyses (both chronological and geographical), theoretical approaches, and reflections from practitioners. Contributors may choose to address one or more of the following issues:

  • Editorial success and failure
  • Editorial responsibilities, competences and dispositions
  • Editorial foundations, programmes, and manifestos
  • Editorial succession
  • Editorial leadership and administration
  • Editorial creativity and sociability
  • Editorship as authorship
  • Collective and uncredited editorship
  • Comparative studies across periodical genres, national contexts, and historical periods

Proposals of around 250 words for 20-minute papers should be sent to editors.bl.17@gmail.com by 15 March 2017. We also welcome proposals for joint panels of three or four related papers or other forms of presentation and discussion.

RSVP Annual Conference CFP Extended: 15th Feb

The call for papers for our next conference Borders and Border Crossings is still open and the website can be found here. The conference will take place at

Freiburgfreiburg University, Germany, 27th – 29th July 2017.

RSVP is an interdisciplinary and international organization welcoming all scholars interested in the richly diverse world of the 19th-century British press. Please send a proposal (250 words maximum) and a short CV (no more than 200 words) to rs4vp2017@gmail.com by 15th February 2017. Individual presentations should be fifteen to twenty minutes, and proposals for panels of three are welcome. Please include a brief rationale for the panel along with an abstract and CV for each presenter.

The Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship in Nineteenth-Century Media

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) is pleased to announce that the eighth annual Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship is now open for applications. Made possible by the generosity of publisher Gale, part of Cengage Learning, the award is 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.


Deadline:  February 1, 2017, for awards beginning in 2017
Award notification:  Not later than April 1, 2017.

Purpose: The purpose of the Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship is two-fold: (1) to support historical and literary research that deepens our understanding of the 19th-century British press in all its rich variety, and (2) to encourage the scholarly use of collections of full-text digital facsimiles of these primary sources in aid of that research.

Eligibility:

In order to be eligible for the award applicants must be enrolled as a postgraduate student at the time of entering the competition. They may be based in any academic discipline, but must be working on a doctoral dissertation or thesis that centrally involves investigation into one or more aspects of the British magazine and newspaper press of the 19th century. Preference will be given to projects that are interdisciplinary in approach, and that propose to use innovative methods of exploration that are uniquely possible with online collections. The digitized collections used in this research may include those created by any publishers or projects, whether commercial or non-commercial. Applicants who were unsuccessful in previous years are encouraged to apply again if they continue to meet the above criteria.

This year’s winner: RSVP is delighted to announce that the Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship for research to be undertaken in 2016 has been awarded to Amelia Joulain-Jay, a PhD. student in History at Lancaster University, for her work on using Geographical Information Systems and Corpus Linguistics methods to investigate how places were represented in nineteenth-century British newspapers.
Applications: Applicants should send a c.v. and the names and contact information of two scholars who are familiar with the applicant and his or her dissertation project; it is expected that one of these will be the student’s dissertation director. The project description (approx. 500-800 words) should concisely explain the aims of the proposed research and the key importance of the role of full-text digitized collections in that research. Applications for the Gale Fellowship for dissertation research to be undertaken in 2017 must be submitted in electronic form and sent to galefellowship@rs4vp.org by February 1, 2017. Any queries about the application may be sent to the same address. Notification will take place by email not later than April 1, 2017. The successful applicant will be expected to submit a brief report to RSVP at the conclusion of the funded portion of the project, describing the results of the research.