Due to concerns about safe travel during the global Covid-19 pandemic, RSVP was forced to reschedule its 2020 conference, originally to be held at Temple University from 10-12 September. In lieu of an in-person conference, we hosted a series of free online events designed to engage our members and newcomers alike.
With the success of our inaugural “salon” in September 2020, RSVP’s membership elected to continue offering free virtual events throughout the 2020-2021 academic year. Below is a record of our panels, interviews, workshops, roundtables, Twitter chatter, and conversations — all moments of connection with our colleagues and Victorian periodicals during an otherwise distanced and disconcerting time.
2021 Digital Salon Events
Our 2021 Digital Salon events convened once a month and included a variety of topics and formats.
- A Discussion on Decolonizing Periodical Studies (January 22, 2021): A practice-based session with invited experts — Caroline Bressey (University College London), Priti Joshi (University of Puget Sound) and Candace Ward (Florida State University) — whose research at the intersection of critical race studies/transimperialism and periodical studies laid the foundation for a robust discussion and lively online chat.
- Doing Periodical Research Online (February 26, 2021): A roundtable led by grad students, for grad students, on how to make the most of online periodical resources and how to optimize your research process.
- Teaching Periodical Studies Online (March 2021): Come for and with your ideas on how to teach periodicals effectively online during this time when many must adapt their syllabi to distance learning.
- Archival Research at a Distance (April 2021): How does one conduct archival work from home? Join us to learn about the innovative ways scholars and archivists have adapted their work when archival access is limited.
- Doing Research as an Independent Scholar (May 2021): RSVP has always been a place where scholars of all kinds can share their work. Our panel of independent scholars will share their tips and tricks for researching with limited access to databases, applying for grants, maintaining your scholarship from outside the university setting, and much more!
2020 RSVP Digital Salon
Our inaugural Digital Salon consisted of four sessions convened over the original conference dates, September 10-12, 2020. It included:
- A Colby Book Prize Interview with Dr. Thomas Smits (Utrecht University), winner of the 2020 Colby Book Prize, about his new book, The European Illustrated Press and the Emergence of a Transnational Visual Culture of the News, 1842-1870 (Routledge). The session was chaired by Andrew Hobbs.
- A Digital Humanities and Periodical Scholarship Roundtable with:
- Troy Bassett (Purdue University Fort Wayne), At the Circulating Library: A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837-1901
- Jesse Erickson (University of Delaware), Ouidiana and America’s Black Press
- Marie Léger-St-Jean (Independent Scholar), Price One Penny: Cheap Literature, 1837-1860, a 2020 RSVP Field Development Grant recipient
- Jessie Reeder (SUNY Binghamton), British Chilean News: Digitizing the 19th-Century British Press in Chile, a 2018 RSVP Field Development Grant recipient
- Matthew Poland (University of Washington), Moderator
- A “Twitter Taster” event previewing scholarly work by RSVP members:
- 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
- An RSVP Social Hour based on Ann M. Hale’s Nineteenth-Century Periodicals Lockdown House meme. The meme asked us to choose a set of historical figures to join for the duration of the pandemic. Inspired by the lively social media conversations that ensued, we sought to create a similar atmosphere in cyberspace to chat with colleagues and mingle with a select group of Victorians, where we could never escape the inimitable Dickens!