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

Country: Canada

City: Victoria

Abstr. due: 01.02.2018

Dates: 26.07.18 — 28.07.18

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Organizers: University of Victoria


This interdisciplinary and international conference will focus on the relationship between bodies and texts in Victorian culture. We invite proposals for individual papers or themed panels that examine this relationship under the following main themes:

  • the bodies constructed by the page: topics include racialized, gendered, and/or classed bodies; animal bodies; children’s bodies; religious bodies; queer bodies; modern bodies; hybrid bodies; medicalized bodies; non-normative bodies; dying bodies; grotesque bodies; national bodies; industrialized bodies; automatic bodies; unconscious bodies;
  • the bodies that made the page: topics include the labour of illustrators, authors, compositors, binders, engravers, editors, booksellers, and newspaper salespeople, sandwich-board people, delivery people;
  • the body of the page: page design, typeface, illustration, dimensions, paper, ink, and other material aspects of print; and 
  • the digital scholars who remediate the pages of Victorian texts today: topics include specific online Victorian projects or remediated Victorian texts; methodological challenges; collaborative and pedagogical opportunities; digital Victorian texts in the classroom. 

As the conference is jointly sponsored by RSVP, fully half the conference will be devoted to panels that consider Victorian periodicals. We therefore especially welcome paper or panel proposals that consider our four main conference themes in relation to Victorian newspapers, journals, magazines, scientific periodicals, and the journals of professional associations.

The conference will also feature the following workshops. Proposals are required only for the publication workshop.

  • 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.

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