CFP “Copying and Copyright in 19th-Century British Newspapers and Periodicals”

“Copying and Copyright in 19th-Century British Newspapers and Periodicals”

Conference and special issue of Victorian Periodicals Review

Université Paris Diderot, 16-17 March 2017


Despite the importance that newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals had for authors and readers in nineteenth-century Britain, the scholarship on copyright during this period remains book-centered.

Most studies of serials pay little attention to questions of copyright, and most studies of copyright barely mention serials. What features of newspapers and periodicals made them different from books, and to what extent did these differences matter to authors, readers, legislators, and judges? What rules did writers, editors, and publishers develop to regulate (or not) the copying and republication of texts and images? How did norms related to plagiarism and authorial attribution change during this period? What effects, if any, did legislation and case law have on the practices of publishers or the expectations of readers?

As part of a multi-year project on “Copyright Law and Publishing Practice” funded by the Institut universitaire de France (IUF), this conference seeks to bring together scholars from several disciplines (history, literature, law, art history, musicology, etc.) working on the full range of material published in nineteenth-century serials (fiction, poetry, biography, essays, news, musical scores, engravings, half-tones, etc.). Confirmed participants will be asked to draft their contributions in advance of the conference and then to revise their articles for publication in a special issue of Victorian Periodicals Review. Although the following list is not exhaustive, we invite proposals for:


–              Case studies that focus on a single publication, a slice of legislative history, a court case, or a dispute as it played out in the press;

–              Studies that chart changes in author-publisher relations or copyright registrations; shifts in cultural norms related to excerpting and copying texts and images; evolving attitudes toward literary property and public access; the role of technology, business practice, and/or political culture in shaping contemporary understandings and uses of copyright.

–              Whatever the precise subject, it is hoped that authors will consider the relationship between law and publishing practice.


Contributions that discuss newspapers or periodicals in the British colonies, or the international dimensions of copyright, would also be welcome.


Interested scholars should submit a 1-page abstract of their proposed article and a short CV (2 pages) by 1 April 2016. Proposals will be vetted by an interdisciplinary committee, with decisions made by 30 June 2016. During the conference, plenty of time will be set aside for discussion of the draft essays, and senior scholars in law and the humanities will provide feedback in view of preparing the final publication. Some funding will be available to cover lodging in Paris during the conference.

Please send proposals to:

Will Slauter

Laboratoire de recherches sur les cultures anglophones (LARCA), Université Paris Diderot Institut universitaire de France (IUF)



BIGGER, Better, More! — Growth and Expansion in the Victorian Press
University of Missouri-Kansas City, September 9–10, 2016

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals invites proposals for its 2016 conference on the theme of growth and expansion in the Victorian press. We encourage broad interpretation of what “Bigger, Better, More!” means for Victorian newspapers and magazines, with possible topics including:

• Proliferation of news events, headline stories, scandals
• Serialization, sequels, symposia, rejoinders,
recurring columns
• Developments in printing technology, formats,
editorial vision
• Increased readership, population, urban and imperial
• Economic growth, profits, investments, windfalls,
boom-and-bust cycles
• Excess, hyperbole, filler
• Malignant growth, plagues, floods, parasites
• Natural growth, plants, parks, green spaces
• Education, maturation, age, experience, longevity
• Emerging taxonomies, catalogs, indexes, censuses
• Developing networks, movements, professional and
amateur organizations, bureaucracies
• Growth of periodical studies, methodologies, pedagogies, archives

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 one-page CV to by February 1, 2016. Individual presentations should be fifteen to twenty minutes, and proposals for panels of three are welcome; be sure to include a brief rationale for the panel along with an abstract and CV for each presenter. A limited number of travel grants will be awarded to graduate students and independent scholars; please indicate in your email if you would like to be considered for one of these grants.

We are pleased to announce that the eighteenth annual Michael Wolff Lecture will be given by James Mussell, Associate Professor of Victorian Literature at the University of Leeds and author of Science, Time and Space in the Late Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press (2007) and The Nineteenth-Century Press in the Digital Age (2012)

The RSVP conference also features the Robert and Vineta Colby Lecture, given by the winner of the Colby Prize for the year’s best book on the Victorian press. This year’s recipient will be announced in spring 2016.

For more information, please visit the conference website:
Find RSVP on the web at and follow us on Twitter @RS4VP, #RSVP2016.

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Midwest Victorian Studies Association CFP Victorian News: Print Culture and the Periodical Press

CFP:  Victorian News: Print Culture & The Periodical Press

Midwest Victorian Studies Association 2016   #MVSA 2016

April 8-10, University of Missouri, Columbia

Taking as its starting point the remarkable explosion in the periodical press and the availability of cheap print in the Victorian Era, the conference aims to attract papers that reflect fresh and current thinking about the topic. Proposals for papers of twenty minutes in length are sought from scholars working in art history, musicology, history, science, philosophy, theater, and literature. We particularly encourage presentations that will contribute to cross-disciplinary discussion, a special feature of MVSA conferences.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to: new perspectives on Victorian print culture; innovations in the periodical press; print technologies and “cheap print”; periodicals and the arts: fiction, poetry, art, music, and theater; the specialist press; publications for children, women, hobbyists, and the professions; science and the press; the serialization of novels; poems in periodicals; technologies of illustration; interplay of text and image; the press and popular culture; crime, sensationalism, and the press; viral news and literature; the press in the Colonies; politics and the press; gender and print culture; criticism and reviews; journalism as a profession; the economics of periodical publishing; newspaper and magazine advertising; the role of the press in the construction of taste; “neglected” publications; and newspapers as historical sources.

MVSA’s 2016 Jane Stedman Plenary Speaker will be Leanne Langley, Associate Fellow at the University of London’s Institute of Musical Research, social and cultural historian of music, and leading authority on music journalism in nineteenth-century Britain.

MVSA is an interdisciplinary organization welcoming scholars from all disciplines who share an interest in nineteenth-century British history, literature, and culture.

For individual papers or panels, send a 300-word abstract and 1-page vita (as MWord documents) by October 31, 2015, to if you do not submit a paper or seminar proposal, we hope you will plan to attend the conference.

For more information and a full CFP, please visit

MVSA Seminars:

For the third year, MVSA’s conference will feature three seminars open to faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars led by senior scholars on topics related to the conference theme.  Seminar participants pre-circulate 5-to-7 page papers; during the seminars, the seminar leader and participants will identify important points of intersection and divergence among the papers and identify future areas of inquiry and collaboration.  The seminar format allows a larger number of scholars to participate in MVSA and to seek financial support from their respective institutions to attend the conference and discuss a shared area of scholarly interest.  Seminars are limited to 12 participants.

All seminar proposals are due October 15, 2015 and are submitted directly to the seminar leader.  Seminar proposals that are not accepted may be submitted to the general pool of MVSA conference submissions, due October 31.

Detailed Seminar CFPs are available at the conference website:

MVSA 2016 Seminar Topics:

Print Culture and the Mass Public:  Dissemination and Democratization

Seminar Leader:  Julie Codell, School of Art, Arizona State University

Finding/Creating a Voice in the Periodical Press

Seminar Leader:  Leanne Langley, IMR Lifetime Fellow, University of London

The Transatlantic Periodical Press

Seminar Leader:  Jennifer Phegley, Department of English, University of Missouri – Kansas City