Victorian Women Writers conference in honor of Linda Peterson, May 7-8, Yale University

All are invited to attend a memorial conference in honor of Linda Peterson, on May 7-8, 2016, in celebration of her final publication, The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women’s Writing, to be hosted by the 18-19th Century Colloquium.

A member of the Yale community for 38 years, Linda was a scholar of Victorian prose and an authority on life writing; she served as English chair for seven years, helped shape Yale’s undergraduate writing program, and profoundly enhanced the scope and tenor of the Yale English Department. She was a scholar, teacher, colleague, and friend. Please save May 7-8 for an opportunity to fête Linda in a context that reflects her wishes, honors her legacy, and lauds the publication of her final book!

Please contact Margaret Deli ( or Natalie Prizel ( to register (free of charge.) Attached is the conference poster

Call for Contributors: RSVP Bibliography 2013-15

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS – RSVP Bibliography 2013–2015

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals is seeking contributors to its biennial bibliography, which will be published in Victorian Periodicals Review in fall 2016. Contributors to the bibliography are asked to adopt three to ten scholarly journals from a list, identify articles published between December 2013 and December 2015 that have direct relevance to the study of Victorian journalism, and compile a list of annotated entries. All contributors are acknowledged in the published bibliography. Entries will be due May 2, 2016. If you are interested in contributing to this project or can recommend someone, please email biblio @ for the complete guidelines and list of journals.

Katherine Malone, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English, South Dakota State University

Bibliographer, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals

biblio @ /

CFP 5th Annual Conference of ESPRit @ LJMU 2016


The 5th International Conference of the European Society for Periodical Research (ESPRit),

7-8 July 2016
Liverpool John Moores University, UK

From the Black Dwarf to the little magazines of the European avant-gardes, from protest literature of the industrial revolution to the samizdat publications of the Soviet Bloc, from Punch to punk, periodical publications have long been associated with a challenge to dominant and mainstream culture. For ESPRit 2016 we return to this aspect of periodical culture, exploring the counter-cultural role of periodicals with particular emphasis on comparative and methodological points of view. Proposals are invited on topics that include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Periodicals as sites for the genesis and dissemination of counter-cultural ideas, programmes, and manifestos
  • The assimilation of periodical counter cultures into the tradition
  • Theoretical and methodological approaches to the periodical as counter culture and as establishment
  • The agency of periodicals at threshold moments of social, political, and cultural change
  • Illegal and underground publications
  • The interplay between established periodicals and radical newcomers
  • Change and disruption in the history of long-standing periodicals

ESPRit encourages proposals that speak both within and across local, regional and national boundaries and especially those that are able to offer a comparative perspective. We also encourage proposals that examine the full range of periodical culture, that is, all types of periodical publication, including newspapers and specialist magazines, and all aspects of the periodical as an object of study, including design and backroom production.

Please send proposals for 20-minute papers (max 250 words), panels of three or four papers, round tables, one-hour workshops or other suitable sessions, together with a short CV (max. one page), to The deadline for proposals is 25 January 2016.

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)