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. RSVP offers a limited number of travel awards for graduate students and independent or retired scholars to assist with the costs of presenting at the conference. All those giving a paper at the RSVP conference are required to be members of the Society.
Due to concerns about safe travel, the 2020 conference, “Revolution(s), Evolution(s), Circulation(s)” to be held at Temple University has been postponed to September 2021. The program committee had already completed their review of submitted abstracts when the decision was made to postpone the conference. Applicants have been notified and the program committee expects to include already accepted papers as well as new submissions in the 2021 program. Further details, including the conference dates and CFP information for 2021, will be posted later this year.
Thank you for joining our RSVP Digital Salon!
In lieu of an in-person conference this year, we hosted a series of free online events designed to meet your need for periodical-related intellectual stimulation and chat. The RSVP Digital Salon consisted of four sessions scheduled on the original conference dates, September 10-12, 2020.
Thanks to all participants and attendees for making it a rousing success!
For those who were unable to join us live, here are Zoom recordings of our Colby Book Prize interview with Dr. Thomas Smits (Utrecht University) and Digital Humanities and Periodical Scholarship roundtable with Troy Bassett (Purdue University Fort Wayne), Jesse Erickson (University of Delaware), Marie Léger-St-Jean (Independent Scholar), and Jessie Reeder (SUNY Binghamton). Both videos include in-line transcriptions/closed captioning of the dialogue (with a few minor mistakes) and copy of the chat discussions. Please contact the Webmaster if you encounter any issues.
RSVP Twitter Taster
Several RSVP scholars also presented a snapshot of their research in a thread of 6 tweets (prepared in advance). Follow the full discussion by searching #TasteofRSVP on Twitter or click on each of the presenters’ projects below to view their thread:
- Helena Goodwyn: The Author Evolution: Walter Besant’s Pellucid Prose
- Andrew King: Circulating Rhythms: Victorian Trade Periodicals and Everyday Myths
- Laura Fiss, Andrew Fiss & Michelle Jarvie-Eggart: ‘Pioneer of the Technical and Trade Press of the World’: Mining Periodicals in the Holdings of Michigan Technological University
- Justin Gilbert & Marie Léger-St-Jean: Gabriel Alexander and G.W.M. Reynolds: Changing Bylines and the Transatlantic Circulation of Penny-Number Revolutionary William Wallace
- Alexis Easley: The Reprinting of the Brontës’ Poetry in the Periodical Press, 1846-99
- Kirstie Blair: Factory Times
- Kaari Newman: Circulations of Civil War: The American Civil War According to the Preston Chronicle