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 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.


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 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.

Michael Wolff

It is with enormous sorrow that we announce the death of Michael Wolff. He was of course a founding figure of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, and a crucial figure in the successful development of the Society over the past fifty years. His commitment to what is now Victorian Periodicals Review has been a major factor in the journal’s success. Beyond the Society, he has been a visionary and effective presence in the field of Victorian Studies more widely. His work with Jim Dyos on the magisterial volumes of The Victorian City  (1973), for example, gave direction and inspiration to a whole generation of cross disciplinary scholars working at a time when Victorian Studies was still finding its way. He has also been a consistent presence within theVICTORIA discussion list throughout its long history.

There will be many future occasions when we will want to mark and celebrate Michael’s work and his long association with the Society, and this short announcement is not the place to begin to do so. I feel his loss personally – I first met Michael in Leicester over forty years ago, and his quirky and occasionally mischievous support and advice throughout my career has meant much to me. I am sure that I was not the only young scholar who benefited from his kindness, knowledge and wisdom over the years. He will be much missed.

Brian Maidment
President, RSVP.