RSVP Annual Conference

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals holds its annual conference each summer or early fall at a different location in North America or Europe, on a theme relating to Victorian culture and society as reflected in its periodicals.

This year our conference is jointly sponsored by the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada (VSAWC).

The Body and the Page in Victorian Culture: An International Conference

26-28 July 2018, University of Victoria, Canada

Keynote Speaker: Professor Sally Shuttleworth, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford.

Registration is open and can be accessed here.

Travel and accommodation information is now available on the conference website.

As you make your travel arrangements, please note that the conference panels and plenary sessions will be held on three full days (July 26-28); optional pre-conference tours of the city and the RSVP Board Meeting will take place on July 25.


This interdisciplinary and international conference will focus on the relationship between bodies and texts in Victorian culture. The conference will take place at the University of Victoria Library. In addition to regular sessions on Victorian periodicals and on Victorian literature and culture more broadly, the conference will feature Special Collections Sessions. At least one panel per session will take place in the library’s Special Collections Classroom, which features a data projector and document camera as well as tables for examination of archival materials.

The conference will also feature the following workshops.

  • Bookbinding Workshop: led by a professional bookbinder, this three-hour hands-on workshop invites conference delegates to try various Victorian bookbinding methods. The workshop provides a model of experiential learning for adoption in delegates’ own classrooms.
  • Grants-Crafting Workshop: Participants are warmly invited to this hands-on workshop designed to hone a grant application. Details TBA.
  • Publication Workshop for Emergent Scholars: This intensive workshop, scheduled for 25 and 29 July and bracketing the main conference, will be led by Kristen Guest, Lisa Surridge, and Mary Elizabeth Leighton. The workshop will start on the morning of 25 July with a three-hour interactive presentation on “How to Get Published: Ten Tips.” Participants will meet individually during the afternoon of 25 July with workshop leaders to receive feedback on their paper and then will be free to attend the regular conference. The conference will be followed on 29 July by a three-hour writing workshop in which participants will apply the knowledge gained during the presentation and feedback sessions.

Pease note that to be eligible to present, delegates must be a member of RSVP, VSAWC, or both.


Our 2017 conference, Borders and Border Crossings, took place at Freiburg University, Germany, 27th – 29th July 2017. See the conference website for further details including the programme of events and speakers.

The Wolff Lecture was given by Dr. Paul Fyfe. His title was ‘On Ways of Seeing Periodicals.’

The Colby Prize lecture was delivered by Alexis Easley, John Morton and Andrew King. Highlights can be watched here and here.

A Storify of the Tweets, photos and videos from the conference is available here.

Some photos from the conference: