This 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.
CFP: Special issue of Victorian Periodicals Review: The Strand Magazine
Described by Reginald Pound as a ‘national institution’, the Strand Magazine (1891–1950) was the foremost British New Journalistic fiction paper of the 1890s. This heavily illustrated monthly promised its readers ‘cheap, healthful literature’, including short and serial fiction, factual articles, human-interest features and celebrity items, by some of the best-known authors of the time. Yet, in spite of its popularity, the Strand has attracted limited scholarly attention and is often dismissed as a prime example of the Victorian middlebrow. This special issue of Victorian Periodicals Review seeks to elicit original essays assessing the nature, role and significance of the Strand in the period 1891–1918. Possible contributions might address, but are not limited to, topics such as:
- The Strand and the short story
- The Strand and genre fiction
- The topical Strand
- The Strand and popular science
- The Strand and celebrity culture
- The Strand and the New Journalism
- The Strand’s editorial policies
- The Strand and periodical design
- The Strand and illustration
- The Strand and its readers
- The Strand and the middlebrow
- The Strand and British identity
- The Strand abroad
- The Strand and the ‘Victorian’
- The Strand and the modern
- The Strand in the digital age
Please send a 300-word abstract and a one-page CV to our guest editors Emma Liggins (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Minna Vuohelainen (email@example.com) by 1 December, 2017. Final essays of 5000-9000 words (including notes and bibliography) will be due by 1 May, 2018 and should be prepared in MS Word according to the Chicago Manual of Style. The special issue will be published in summer 2019.
Registration is now open for ‘Editing the 20th Century’
As part of the British Academy funded project, ‘Editing the Twentieth Century’, a one-day conference will take place at the British Library on 5 September 2017 exploring the key role played by the editors of periodical publications throughout the long twentieth century.
Registration is open here.
A PDF of the programme is also available here: Editingthe20thCenturyConferenceProgramme.
Tuesday 5th September 2017, 9.00am-6.45pm. The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB.
Call for papers: Magazines on the Move: North American Periodicals and Travel
A one-day seminar hosted by the Centre for Travel Writing Studies, Nottingham Trent University, in collaboration with the Network for American Periodical Studies.
Friday 22nd September 2017, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus
Keynote speaker: Professor Andrew Thacker (Nottingham Trent University)
Organisers: Dr Victoria Bazin (Northumbria University); Dr Rebecca Butler (Nottingham Trent University); Dr Sue Currell (Sussex University); Prof Tim Youngs (Nottingham Trent University).
Confirmed speakers include Dr Claire Lindsay (UCL) and Dr Rachel Farebrother (Swansea University).
This day-seminar will focus on the relationship between North American travel writing and the periodical format. Its primary purpose is to facilitate historical and critical discussion of narratives of travel in North American periodicals.
Nottingham Trent invite proposals for twenty-minute papers that examine accounts of travel to, within, or from North America, published in North American periodicals. They also welcome papers on periodicals and travel of Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Topics to be examined in considering the interplay between the travel experience, the written and/or visual record of travel, and the periodical publication of the travel record, may include, but are not limited to:
- Commercial considerations
- Editorial policy and interventions
- Gender and sexuality
- Periodical context and design
- Purpose of travel
- Solo or group travel
- Technologies of transport/mode of travel
- Visual representations
The seminar is a collaboration between Nottingham Trent’s Centre for Travel Writing Studies (CTWS) and the Network of American Periodical Studies (NAPS). It draws on the expertise of both research centres, as well as that of our keynote speaker, Professor Andrew Thacker (NTU), a specialist in modernist magazines and spatial geographies of modernism.
The Centre for Travel Writing Studies (CTWS) was established by Prof Tim Youngs (Nottingham Trent University) in 2002 to produce, facilitate, and promote scholarly research on travel writing and its contexts, without restriction of period, locus, or type of travel writing.
The Network of American Periodical Studies (NAPS) is a research initiative set up by Dr Sue Currell (Sussex University) and Dr Victoria Bazin (Northumbria University). It aims to bring together scholars working on American periodicals (magazines, newspapers and other periodical publications) from a range of historical periods and disciplines.
Papers are welcomed from scholars at any career stage. Postgraduates are strongly encourage to submit a proposal for consideration. Paper proposals of c200 words should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 28th July 2017. Early submission is advised.
With grateful thanks to the British Association for American Studies (BAAS) for financial support a limited number of travel bursaries and fee waivers for postgraduate students to attend are offered. Priority will be given to those offering papers. Please state at the end of your proposal if you are a postgraduate wishing to apply for help towards costs.
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 email@example.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.