New Editor of VPR
Beginning with volume 52, the editor of VPR will be Katherine Malone of South Dakota State University. The outgoing editor, Alexis Easley, wishes to express her gratitude to those who have contributed essays and reviews to VPR over the years, as well as those who reviewed submissions and served on the editorial board. Special thanks are also due to Solveig Robinson, Kathy Malone, and Ann Hale, who served as bibliographers and book review editors over the past few years, as well as the University of St. Thomas graduate students who served as editorial assistants: Rachel MacDonald, Betsy Howard, Scott Radunzel, Grace Beekman, Cali Mellin, Scott Larkin, Mercedes Sheldon, Hannah Sajban, Amy Valine, Christine Stevens, Linda Wetherall, Arianne Peterson, Beth Nastachowski, Kristin Demery, and Andrea Stewart.
2019 VanArsdel Prize
The VanArsdel Prize is awarded annually to the best graduate student essay investigating Victorian periodicals and newspapers. The prize was established in 1990 to honor Rosemary VanArsdel, a founding member of RSVP whose ground-breaking research continues to shape the field of nineteenth-century periodical studies. The deadline for this year's award competition is June 1, 2019. The winner will receive $500 and publication in the spring 2019 issue of Victorian Periodicals Review. For more information, see http://rs4vp.org/vanarsdel-prize. [End Page 764]
Upcoming RSVP Conferences
The next RSVP Annual Conference will be held at the University of Brighton, July 25–27, 2019. The conference will be primarily located at the University of Brighton campus, a few yards from the pavilion, museum, and art gallery and adjacent to the bohemian-chic North Lanes, an area rich in cafes, retro shops, and quirky boutiques. Peter Blake and his team are planning to make use of Brighton's spectacular architectural and cultural resources in the conference program. Brighton is within easy reach of London (under an hour by train) and has excellent connections with both Heathrow and Gatwick. A wide range of accommodation is available locally. We are delighted that RSVP will be able to meet in such an interesting and enjoyable locale and are grateful that Peter Blake has agreed to organize the event.
Looking further ahead, the 2021 conference will be in Glasgow and will be organized by Kirstie Blair and her colleagues from the Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo-Victorian Studies. A North American site for the 2020 conference has not yet been named.
Deadline: December 1, 2018, for awards beginning in 2019
Award notification: No later than February 1, 2019
The Curran Fellowships are research and travel awards intended to support the use of primary sources for the exploration of any aspect of the British periodical press in any of its manifold forms, within Britain itself and in the many countries, within and outside of the empire, where British magazines and newspapers circulated during the long nineteenth century (ca. 1780–1914).
RSVP anticipates awarding at least six Curran Fellowships for research to be undertaken in 2019. Applicants may request any amount of support up to $5,000; the Curran Fellowships Committee may choose to award partial funding for successful applications.
The Curran Fellowships are intended to provide a researcher with funds to cover only those expenses directly related to research, such as transportation, lodging, photocopies, scanning, and database subscriptions. Indirect expenses are not covered. [End Page 765]
The fellowship is named for the late Eileen M. Curran (1928–2013), Professor Emérita of English at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She taught English at Colby from 1958 to 1992 and was a pioneer of periodicals research, serving as a founding member of RSVP and associate editor of the Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals, 1824–1900, vols. 1–3. Professor Curran established the Curran Fellowships in 2009 and bequeathed funds to RSVP for their continuance and expansion. Her vision of the importance of basic research animates her namesake competition. For more information, see http://rs4vp.org/curran-fellowship/. [End Page 766]