Sentiment and Sensation in Victorian Periodicals: Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Annual Conference, 14-15 September 2012
The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) will hold its annual conference at the University of Texas at Austin, 14-15 September 2012. While papers addressing any aspect of Victorian periodicals will be considered, RSVP particularly welcomes proposals for papers on the discourse of sentiment and sensation in the newspaper and periodical press that variously promoted or targeted readerships, established journalistic networks or brands, and shaped, responded to, and/or addressed cultural and ideological concerns. Suggested themes include but are not limited to:
The serialization of sensation fiction
Sentimental or sensational illustration
Major scandals, legal cases, crimes, or controversies
Affect, cognition, and readerly sensations
Sentimental poetry or fiction in periodicals
The rhetoric of sentiment/sentimentality
Sport or theatrical sensations
Gender and periodical genres
Entrepreneurialism and fame
Sensational formatting and headlines
The feeling of print or the materiality of periodicals
Physiology and psychology in the press [End Page 410]
Please email two-page (maximum) proposals for individual presentations or panels of three to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a one-page CV with relevant publications, teaching, and/or coursework. The deadline for submission of proposals is 1 February 2012.
Graduate students who would like to be considered for travel grants should include a cover letter explaining how their conference proposal fits into their long-term research plans as well as any other special considerations. Recipients will be notified in spring of 2012. For information about local arrangements, check the RSVP 2012 website, www.rsvp2012.org or contact Kathryn Ledbetter, KLedbetter@txstate.edu.
VanArsdel Essay Prize
Graduate students are invited to submit essays for the 2012 VanArsdel Prize for the best graduate student essay on, about, or extensively using Victorian periodicals. Manuscripts should be 15-25 pages and should not have appeared in print. Send paper submissions postmarked by 1 April 2012 to Alexis Easley, Department of English, Mail JRC 333, University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105-1096. Please include a description of current status in graduate school.
Robert L. and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize
The prize committee for the Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize is happy to announce the winner for 2010: The Punch Brotherhood: Table Talk and Print Culture in Mid-Victorian London, written by Patrick Leary and published by the British Library. This prize is given "to the book published during the preceding year which made the most significant contribution to the study of nineteenth-century periodicals." For further information about this annual award, see the website of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals: http://www.rs4vp.org/prizes.html.
The 2010-11 winners of the Curran Fellowship were Priti Joshi, Professor of English at the University of Puget Sound, and Jennifer Tucker, Professor of History at Wesleyan University. Professor Joshi's project concerns the English-language newspaper, the Mofussilite, published in India between 1845 and 1876, and its editor's differing approaches to British [End Page 411] and colonial readers. Professor Tucker is carrying out a study of the British press's coverage of the Tichborne Claimant trials, 1871-74, with particular attention to the role of photography in the trials.
The winner of the 2010-11 Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship was Adam Crymble, who is pursuing a PhD in History at King's College, University of London, and whose thesis examines the impact of the newspaper press on anti-Irish sentiment in Britain in the first two decades of the 19th century.
The winners of the Ashgate Conference Travel Awards in memory of Josef Altholz and Barbara Quinn Schmidt were Shannon Smith, Megan Morris, and Katie Lanning. [End Page 412]