MVSA Conference April 2016 – Victorian News: Print Culture and the Periodical Press

The Midwest Victorian Studies Association will hold its 2016 annual conference at the University of Missouri–Columbia, April 8-10. Taking as its starting point the remarkable explosion in the periodical press and the availability of cheap print in the Victorian Era, the conference aims to attract papers that reflect fresh and current thinking about the topic. Proposals for papers of twenty minutes in length are sought from scholars working in art history, musicology, history, science, philosophy, theater, and literature. We particularly encourage presentations that will contribute to cross-disciplinary discussion, a special feature of MVSA conferences.

The official call for papers is now closed, but the seminar CFP has been extended to January 20, 2016.  MVSA Conference seminars are open to graduate students, faculty and independent scholars.  Participants will write 5-7-page papers, to be pre-circulated among other seminar participants in advance.  Members will identify important points of intersection and divergence, as well as future areas of inquiry and collaboration.  The seminar format allows a larger number of scholars to participate in MVSA and to seek financial support from their respective institutions.  Seminars are limited to 12 participants.  All seminar proposals should be submitted via email directly to the seminar leaders by January 20, 2016.  See the full seminar CFP here.

The three seminar topics and leaders are:

Print Culture and the Mass Public: Dissemination and Democratization (Leader, Julie Codell, School of Art, Arizona State University)

Finding/Creating a Voice in the Periodical Press (Leader, Leanne Langley, IMR Lifetime Fellow, University of London)

The Transatlantic Periodical Press (Leader, Jennifer Phegley, Department of English, University of Missouri – Kansas City)

For further information, including a range of possible topics across the full conference, see the 2016 Conference website here.