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2019 Linda H. Peterson Fellowships announced

In 2019 RSVP has awarded two Linda H. Peterson Fellowships, to Alexis Easley (University of St. Thomas) for New Periodical Print Media and the Rise of the Popular Woman Poet, 1830-50 and to Lorraine Janzen Kooistra (Ryerson University) for The Dial Digital Edition on Y90s 2.0.  Abstracts of their projects are available.

The Peterson Fellowship committee received many strong applications this year and also shortlisted two projects: Trev Broughton (University of York), Periodical Selves: Autobiography, Journalism, and Print Culture in the Nineteenth Century and Jennifer Phegley (University of Missouri-Kansas City), Magazine Mavericks: Marital Collaborations and the Invention of New Reading Audiences in Mid-Victorian England.

Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition – second edition

We are excited to announce a second edition of the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (ncse). Funded by King’s College London, and Birkbeck, University of London, it has been upgraded by King’s Digital Lab to survive the challenges of its second decade. It remains an edition of six key titles from across the period – the Monthly RepositoryNorthern StarLeaderEnglish Woman’s JournalTomahawk, and Publishers’ Circular – but the Facsimiles portion has been completely redesigned and augmented (see  As well as new navigation and display, this part of the resource now has visual realisations of statistics for each title, a new bibliography covering the last decade, two new reflective essays (one on the new edition and the other on the development of the field), and the first of a series of pedagogical pieces (on how ncse’s Tomahawk illustrations by Matt Morgan, might be used in the classroom).

First launched in 2008 and now in its second edition, ncse remains free and open to all. (Laurel Brake, Jim Mussell, and Mark Turner)

RSVP 2019 Annual Conference CFP Announced

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals is pleased to announce the call for papers for our next annual conference.

The conference, entitled ‘Work/Leisure, Duty/Pleasure’, will be hosted by the University of Brighton, UK, and will take place 25-27 July 2019. 

Proposals are invited for 20 minute papers or panels of three or four related papers that address any aspect of the Victorian periodical or newspaper press. Proposals relevant to the Conference theme of Work/Leisure, Duty/Pleasure would be particularly welcome. For more information about the conference theme and how to submit a proposal please visit our conference page.

All those giving a paper at the RSVP conference are required to be members of the Society.