The Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada invites proposals for a conference on Victorian Media. The conference, hosted by the University of Victoria, will be held from 26-28 April 2012 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
We seek proposals for papers that focus on the theme of media in relation to Victorian culture and knowledge: that is, the relation of Victorian media to the culture of the period and the relation of new media to the study, dissemination, and archiving of Victorian materials. In particular, we invite proposals on topics related to three main threads:
* Victorians, print media, and cultural production (the book, the newspaper, the broadside, the illustrated press, the serial novel, the gift book, etc);
* Victorians and visual/auditory/information media (the diorama, the phonograph, the photograph, the cinema, the panorama); and
* Victorian Studies and new media (Victorian studies in a digital age, the digitization of Victorian resources, indexing of Victorian materials, the digital journal and the new scholar, teaching in a digital age, the scholar in the age of social media, etc).
The conference’s keynote speaker will be Matthew Rubery (Department of English at Queen Mary, University of London). Dr. Rubery is the author of The Novelty of Newspapers: Victorian Fiction after the Invention of the News (2009), which won the European Society for the Study of English First Book Award in 2010. He is currently at work on a monograph entitled The Untold Story of the Talking Book, a history of recorded literature since the invention of the phonograph in 1877.
The conference will also feature a workshop on Victorian print materials led by Brian Maidment (University of Salford), author of Comedy, Caricature and the Social Order 1820-1850, and Reading Popular Prints 1790-1870. This workshop will provide a hands-on opportunity to analyze original Victorian materials guided by an expert on print media and production methods.
Please submit proposals of not more than 500 words plus a 75-word biography and 100-word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 October 2011.