RSVP News Archive

This page records all the old announcements from the RSVP homepage and Members page from 2006 to the present. For current news and announcements, click here.

  • 8th July 2013: A copy of the final provisional programme for the RSVP 2013 Conference is available for download here. We look forward to seeing you all in Salford.
  • 26 March 2013 The competition for this year's VanArsdel Prize is now open. Closing date is 1 May 2013. Full details are available on the Awards page.
  • 14 February 2013: RSVP are pleased to announce the winners of the Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize for 2012. They are Aileen Fyfe, for Steam-Powered Knowledge: William Chambers and the Business of Publishing, 1820-1860 (Chicago) and Robert Patten for Charles Dickens and "Boz": The Birth of the Industrial Age Author (Cambridge).
  • 31 January 2013: Registration for the 2013 Annual Conference is open. Register via the Salford University shop here.
  • 10 January 2013: The winners of the 2013 Curran Fellowships are Martin Hewitt (University of Huddersfield) and Jennifer Phegley (University of Missouri-Kansas City). See the Awards page for further details.
  • 16 July 2012: You can download Patrick Leary's 2011 Colby Lecture from the 2011 conference page.
  • 24 December 2012: The position papers for a panel 'What is a Periodical? Towards a Theory of Periodical Studies' at the 2013 MLA Convention have been posted here. The panel features Ann Ardis, Sean Latham, Dallas Liddle, James Mussell, and Matthew Philpotts.
  • Autumn 2012: The latest issue of VPR contains papers by Marianne Van Remoortel, Beth Rodgers, Patrick C. Fleming, and Clare Horrocks. This issue includes the RSVP bibliography, 2009-2011, compiled by Katherine Malone and her team. There are also book reviews by Andrew Hobbs, Larry K. Ufferlman and Sarah Gracombe. Click here to access the issue via Project Muse.
  • 14 November 2012: The conference website for the 2013 Annual Conference is live here.
  • 5 November 2012: Jennifer Tucker's report from her Curran Fellowship is available on the Awards page.
  • 5 October 2012: The competition for this year's Gale Fellowship closes on the 15 October.
  • 3 October 2012: RSVP invite nominations for the Colby Book Prize. See the Awards page for details.
  • 3 October 2012: RSVP are pleased to invite submissions for the fourth annual Gale Dissertation Fellowship. See the Awards page for details.
  • 27 August 2012: This year's Curran Fellowship competition begins, with applications due 15 October, 2012.
  • 10 August 2012: Juliette Schaefer asks for proposals for an essay collection on Hardy's short fiction.
  • 16 July 2012: Reports from the 2010 and 2011 Curran Fellows are now available. See the Awards page for details.
  • 12 July 2012: Registration for the Annual Conference is open. Further details can be found on the conference website, here.
  • 20 June 2012: Natalie Houston, Lindsy Lawrence and April Patrick announce the first release of the Periodical Poetry Index, a research database of citations to English-language poems in Victorian periodicals.
  • 6 June 2012: RSVP are pleased to announce that the winner of this year's VanArsdel prize is Jude Piesse. Her essay, 'Dreaming across Oceans: Emigration and Nation in the Mid-Victorian Christmas Issue,' will appear in the Spring 2013 issue of Victorian Periodicals Review.
  • 4 June 2012: Various members of RSVP are presenting papers at this year's SHARP conference in Dublin. The program is available here (pdf).
  • 02 April 2012: Laurel Brake, Chandrika Kaul and Mark Turner invite proposals for a forthcoming essay collection, News of the World: ‘Journalism for the Rich, Journalism for the Poor’ 1843-2011.
  • 28 March 2012: The 2012 Conference of the Victorians Institute is dedicated to the theme of 'Victorian Mixed Media'. Details here.
  • 28 March 2012: David Latané alerts members to the PhD theses supervised by Alan Lang Strout, containing transcripts from the Blackwood's archives, that have been digitized by the Texas Tech library and are available from here.
  • 26 March 2012:The program for the 2012 Annual Conference has been published.
  • 12 March 2012: RSVP are delighted to announce that the winner of this year's Colby Prize is Joel Wiener, for his The Americanization of the British Press, 1830s-1914 (Palgrave, 2011).
  • 12 January 2012: Early registration for 'W.T. Stead: Centenary Conference for a Newspaper Revolutionary' closes on the 31 January 2012. Full details are here.
  • 9 January 2012: RSVP are delighted to announce that the winners of this year's Curran Fellowships are Michelle Elleray (University of Guelph) and Andrew Hobbs (University of Central Lancashire)
  • Fall 2011: This issue of VPR has the first Book Review Forum. In this new feature, contemporary or classic pieces of scholarship will be discussed by scholars from a variety of disciplinary or theoretical perspectives. In this first Book Review Forum, Leslie Howsam and Linda K. Hughes review Dallas Liddle's The Dynamics of Genre (Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2009) and Dallas Liddle provides a short piece in response.
  • 11 October 2011: There will be a day conference, 'The News of the World in History', at King's College London on 24 February. Founded in 1843, The News of the World was one of the UK’s longest-running Sunday newspapers and this conference aims to take a historical view of the late paper, approaching it through the framework of media history. Proposals are due by the 15 November 2011. The full call for papers can be found here.
  • 8 October 2011: Ashgate offer members of RSVP 20% off purchases made via their website. Login to the Members page for the promotion code and link.
  • 9 September 2011: RSVP are pleased to announce that Katie Lanning (University of Wisconsin-Madison) is the winner of the 2011 VanArsdel Prize for her essay 'Victorian Product Placement: Robinson Crusoe in The Moonstone'.
  • 04 August 2011: There are panels dedicated to nineteenth-century periodicals at this year's annual conference of the British Association for Victorian Studies. The program is available here.
  • 25 March 2011: The Victorians Institute have issued a call for papers for their conference 'Charles Dickens: Past, Present, and Future', October 21-22, 2011, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, US. Click here for further details.
  • 21 March 2011: RSVP are delighted to announce that the winner of this year's Colby Prize is Patrick Leary, for his The Punch Brotherhood: Table Talk and Print Culture in Mid-Victorian London (British Library, 2010).
  • 21 March 2011: The organizers of 'W.T. Stead: Centenary Conference for a Newspaper Revolutionary' ask for proposals for papers. for further details, click here.
  • 25 March 2011: The draft program for the 2011 Annual Conference has been released. Click here to download (pdf 148 kb).
  • 25 March 2011: The Victorians Institute have announce a call for papers for their forthcoming conference 'Charles Dickens: Past, Present, and Future', October 21-22, 2011, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, US. For further details, click here.
  • 18 March 2011: There is a PhD studentship in the Victorian and Modern Periodical (c.1837-1939) available at De Montfort University, UK.
  • 25 February 2011:The editors of the DNCJ are keen to expand its coverage of the local and regional press, for the online edition and any revised print edition. For an updated list of entries requiring contributors, click here.
  • 20 February 2011: Members are encouraged to submit proposals to the British Association for Victorian Studies Annual Conference at the University of Birmingham. The conference theme is 'Composition and Decomposition', well-suited to studies of print culture.
  • 21 January 2011: Members of RSVP participated in the first meeting of the AHRC Research Network 'Exploring the Language of the Popular in American and British Newspapers, 1833-1988'. To download the program, click here.
  • 21 January 2011: RSVP are pleased to announce that the winners of this year's Curran Fellowships are Priti Joshi (University of Puget Sound) and Jennifer Tucker (Wesleyan University).
  • 21 January 2011: RSVP are delighted to announce that Adam Crymble, from King's College London, is the winner of this year's Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship in Nineteenth-Century Media.
  • 21 January 2011: Graduate students are invited to submit essays for this year's VanArsdel prize. The deadline is 1 April 2011; for further see the Awards.
  • 16 December 2010: RSVP were well represented at the Annual Conference for the Association for Research into Popular Fictions. To see the program, click here.

  • 10 October 2010: Gale Dissertation Fellow Bob Nicholson draws upon his research into the press for an article in the Guardian.
  • 29 September 2010: The competition for the Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship in Nineteenth-Century Media closes on 15 October. Full details can be found on the Awards page.
  • 20 September 2010: The Annual Conference at Yale University, 10-11 September was a great success. Plenary lectures by Mark Schoenfield and Brian Maidment, exhibits at the Beinecke Library, and a myriad of fine papers and panels marked the event. Congratulations to Linda Peterson and the organizers.
  • Summer 2010: This special issue is devoted to the supplement. Edited by Marysa Demoor and Kate Macdonald, it contains contributions from Laurel Brake, Koenraad Claes, Andrew King, Brian Maidment, Jolein De Ridder and Mark Turner. For further information about VPR see our page or visit the page maintained by our publishers, Johns Hopkins University Press, here.
  • 26 July 2010: Clare Horrocks announces a call for papers for 'Selling Culture?: Cultural Identities in the Victorian Periodical Press' at Liverpool John Moores university, 20-21 November 2010. Full details on the Members page.
  • 26 July 2010: RSVP is delighted to announce the second annual Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship. Applications are due on the 15 October 2010. Full details on the Awards page.
  • 25 July 2010: The winner of this year's VanArsdel Prize is Rebecca Soares (University of Wisconsin-Madison) for her essay "Literary Graftings: Hannah Crafts's The Bondwoman's Narrative and the Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Reader". This will be published in Victorian Periodicals Review 44:1 (Spring 2011).
  • 28 June 2010: The competition for the third annual Curran Fellowship is open. Full details on the Awards page.
  • 21 June 2010: There are two sets of winners for this year's Robert Colby Scholarly Book Prize. The winners are Mark Schoenfield, for his British Periodicals and Romantic Identity (Macmillan, 2008), and Laurel Brake and Marysa Demoor, editors of the Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism (Academia and the British Library, 2009).
  • May 2010: A number of RSVP members have contributed essays to Gale Cengage's important new digital edition of the Illustrated London News, which makes available in searchable form the text and illustrations of this hugely influential newspaper from its founding in 1842 until 2003.
  • 17 May 2010: RSVP are pleased to announce that Bob Nicholson (Manchester) is the winner of the first Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship in Nineteenth-Century Media.
  • Further details about our Awards are on the Awards page.
  • 19 April 2010: Laurel Brake, Patrick Leary, Jim Mussell and Simon Potter are all speaking at 'Digitised History: newspapers and their impact on research into 18th and 19th century Britain' at the British Library, 20 July 2010.
  • Spring 2010: This issue contains articles by Elizabth Lorang on Wilde in Lippincott's, Andrew Nash on William Clark Russell and Chambers's and Sarah Nash on signature in the Fortnightly. It also features the VanArsdel Prize Essay by Anne Dewitt on natural history in Gaskell's Wives and Daughters.
  • 31 March 2010: There will be a conference celebrating the centenary of W.T. Stead at the British Library in 2012. Click here for further details and the cfp.
  • 5 Feburary 2010:The website for this year's RSVP Annual Conference to be held at Yale is available here.
  • 4 February 2010: RSVP invite submissions for the 2010 VanArsdel prize for the best graduate student essay (deadline 1 April 2010).
  • 25 November 2009: Gale / Cengage invite members of RSVP to contribute introductory essays for their forthcoming digital edition of the Illustrated London News. In return, Cengage are offering a period of free access to their resource.
  • 3 December 2009: RSVP are pleased to announce that the winners of this year's Curran Fellowships for Research on the Victorian Press are Clare Horrocks (Liverpool John Moores University) and Michelle Tusan (University of Nevada, Las Vegas). Further details on the Awards page.
  • 25 November 2009: Brian Maidment has recently returned from a workshop in Heidelburg on Punch as a transcultural phenomenon. You can read his report on this workshop by clicking here.
  • 15 October 2009: RSVP have announced the call for papers for the 2010 Annual Conference to be held at Yale University, 10-11 September 2010. Click here to download the cfp as a pdf (459 kb).
  • 1 September 2009: The RSVP Annual Conference held at the University of St Thomas in Minneapolis was a great success. Congratulations to the organizers, Alexis Easley and her team, who did a fantastic job.
  • 20 August 2009: The deadline for the Gale Fellowship is fast approaching. This award is made to support doctoral work that makes use of digital resources of nineteenth-century serials. Further details available on the Awards page.
  • 30 July 2009: RSVP would like to congratulate Anne DeWitt, the winner of this year's VanArsdel Prize for the best graduate essay. Her essay is entitled 'Moral Uses, Narrative Effects: Natural History in Victorian Periodicals and Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters.' 20 July 2009: The editors of the Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism ask for help with entries on the local and regional press and the Scottish press. Click here for details.
  • 9 July 2009 The RSVP Annual Conference at the University of St Thomas is approaching. Full details, including the program and abstracts of papers, are available on the conference website here.
  • 7 July 2009: The editors of the Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Journalism are keen to expand its coverage of the local and regional press and the Scottish press, for the online version (now part of ProQuest's C19: The Nineteenth Century Index and for any revised print edition. For further details contact Andrew Hobbs ajhobbs @ uclan.ac.uk (local and regional press) or David Finkelstein dfinkelstein @ qmuc.ac.uk (Socttish press).
  • 6 May 2009: RSVP are excited to announce a new Doctoral Fellowship for 2009. The Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship in 19th-Century Media will support doctoral research that makes substantial use of full-text digitized collections of 19th-century British magazines and newspapers. For further details see the Awards page.
  • 6 May 2009: The editors of the Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism, Laurel Brake and Marysa Demoor, have offered a discount of 15 pounds from the cover price for RSVP members. This discount is available until 30 June 2009. Contact the webmaster for further details.
  • 6 May 2009: RSVP have announced the commencement of the competition for the second annual Curran Fellowships. The deadline is 1 October 2009: see the Awards page for details how to apply.
  • 6 May 2009: RSVP are pleased to announce that Ashgate have generously provided three bursaries for Graduate students to attend our Annual Conference. The Ashgate / RSVP Travel Awards will be available from 2010.
  • 8 April 2009: Gavin Budge announces a Call for Papers for a conference, 'Romanticism and the Periodical in the Long Eighteenth Century', 27th-29th July 2009, University of Hertfordshire, St Alban's UK.
  • 24 March 2009: RSVP are delighted to announce that the winner of the Colby Prize is Catherine Waters for her book Commodity Culture in Dickens's Household Words (Ashgate 2008).
  • 24 February 2009: Back issues of the Victorian Periodicals Review are now available on JSTOR! The fully searchable text of VPR and of its predecessor, the VPN, that is accessible through JSTOR begins in 1978 and runs through 2003.
  • 7 April 2009: Andrew Hobbs asks for help expanding the coverage of the local and regional press in the online version of the Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism.
  • Spring 2009: Our first issue of VPR with Johns Hopkins University Press has been published. This issue features contributions from RSVP Officers as well as the winning VanArsdel Prize essay from Paul Fyfe.
  • 17 March 2009: Graduate students are invited to submit essays for the 2009 VanArsdel Prize for the best graduate student essay on, about, or extensively using Victorian periodicals. The deadline for submissions is the 1 April. Full details can be found on the Awards page.
  • 7 March 2009: RSVP now has a Facebook Group (Facebook login required) where RSVP members can share news, thoughts, and photos. Here's how to become an RSVP member.
  • 19 January 2009: The 1 February deadline for proposals for the forthcoming RSVP Annual Conference is rapidly approaching. See the RSVP 2009 Annual Conference website for further details or download the cfp here (pdf 74kb).
  • 15 January 2009: A collection of essays, The Lure of Illustration in the Nineteenth Century: Picture and Press has been published by Palgrave. This collection of essays, edited by Laurel Brake and Marysa Demoor, features papers from our 2004 Annual Conference in Gent.
  • 8 December 2008: The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism has been launched.
  • 3 December 2008: RSVP announce the winners of the first Curran Fellowships: Sydney J. Shep (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) and Liz Miller (University of California at Davis, USA). The Curran Fellowship is a new annual award that allows scholars from any discipline to make use of archival and primary print sources. Further details of the Fellowship and how to apply can be found on the Awards page.
  • 16 November 2008: Andrew King is digitizing the Victorian Fiction Research Guides.
  • 7 November 2008: Andrew Hobbs has organized a postgraduate conference, Place in Print, Print in Place: English local and regional newspapers 1800-1925, to be held at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK on 4 December, 9.30am-5.30pm.
  • 2 September 2009: RSVP invite nominations for the Robert Colby Scholarly Book Prize. Full details are available on the Awards page.
  • 12 August 2008: RSVP have announced the call for papers for the 2009 Annual Conference. Download the call for papers here (pdf 74kb) or go to the RSVP 2009 Annual Conference website for further details.
  • 27 August 2008: Applications are invited for the Curran Fellowship. Send applications or any queries to curranfellowship@rs4vp.org. The deadline is 1 October 2008.
  • 6 July 2008: The RSVP Annual Conference 2008 was held at the University of Roehampton. The organizers did a fantastic job and a great time was had by all. The next RSVP Annual Conference 2009 will be held at the Minneapolis Campus of the University of St. Thomas. Click here for the conference website.
  • 12 June 2008: The website for the RSVP 2009 Annual Conference, to be held at the University of St. Thomas 21-22 August 2009, has been launched. You can also download the conference flyer by clicking here.
  • 28 May 2008: The programme for the RSVP 2008 Annual Conference at Roehampton University has been announced.
  • 13 May 2008: The Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (ncse) has been launched.
  • 22 Apr 2008: Registration is now open for the RSVP 2008 Annual Conference at Roehampton University.
  • 17 Mar 2008: The Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (ncse) announces the launch of the edition on the 13 May 2008, with a symposium at the British Library to mark the event.
  • Spring 2008: VPR publishes a Fortieth Anniversary Issue guest edited by Rosemary T. VanArsdel. Contributors include Rosemary VanArsdel, Michael Wolff, Dorothy Deering, Hans de Groot, Merril Distad, Richard Fulton, William H. Scheuerle, J. Don Vann, Larry K. Uffelman, and Kathryn Ledbetter. There are also articles by Jennifer M. Regan and Patrick Scott.
  • 19 Dec 2007: The deadline for proposals for the RSVP Annual Conference has been extended until the 15 January 2008.
  • Winter 2007: This issue of VPR contains the '2007 Annual Directory of Articles in Victorian Periodicals Review.'
  • 26 Nov 2007: The website for the RSVP 2008 Annual Conference at Roehampton University is launched.
  • 29 Oct 2007: The call for papers for the 2008 Annual Conference is announced. Download the printable conference CFP in Rich Text format (6 Kb), and spread the word.
  • 22 Sep 2007: The 2007-2008 slate of officers and committee members for RSVP has been posted.
  • 25 Aug 2007: The RSVP Membership List has been updated.
  • 20 Aug 2007: For the forthcoming Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism, RSVP members are invited to contribute entries between 60 and 300 words on journals, newspapers, authors, key words, editors, publishers, printers, or artists connected with periodical publishing.
  • 1 July 2007: Jim Mussell has published Science, Time and Space in the Late Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Movable Types. This book explores the relationship between the periodical press and time and space, and discusses periodicals such as the Strand Magazine, Chemical News, Knowledge, Journal of the Chemical Society, English Mechanic and many others. For further details see the Ashgate website.
  • 31 Mar 2007: VOLUNTEERS WANTED for the RSVP Wellesley Index Poetry Project. Contact Michelle Robinson at M.Renee.Robinson @ tcu.edu.
  • 1 Oct 2006: The RSVP Bibliography for 1999-2001 is now online; earlier editions are forthcoming.
  • 1 Oct 2006: Eileen Curran reminds our members that corrections and additions to the Dictionary of National Biography are always welcome. The DNB is in the process of expanding its entries, so start thinking about who should be included! On the ODNB site, use the "Comments" feature to send corrections and suggestions.
  • 19 Sep 2006: Link to the Periodical Studies listserv from Brown University, where scholars interested in periodicals (from the 17th to the 21st centuries) can talk with each other online.
  • 19 Sep 2006: Teresa Mangum is asking our members to submit examples of your "teaching with Victorian periodicals" materials so the Society can create a repository of teaching documents. Share your methods and materials with Teresa at teresa-mangum@uiowa.edu.
  • 15 Sep 2006: Help proofread free-access online versions of Victorian periodicals for the Project Gutenburg Distributed Proofreaders organization.
  • 3 Sep 2006: Our pilot project of making the RSVP Bibliography available online continues. You can search the entire bibliography from 1999-2005, read the editors' introductions, scan the journal lists, and search the subject indexes.
  • 22 Jul 2006: Do we have your email address? Have a look in our Members section!
  • Spring 2006: VPR will adopt the Chicago style manual beginning in 2006. The editors ask that contributions please now follow the Chicago format.
  • 4 Feb 2006: The Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (NCSE) launches their new project website.
  • 24 Sep 2005: Victorian Periodicals Review is now available online as part of the Project Muse Premium Collection; talk to your librarian about access.
  • Summer 2005: Andrea Broomfield has edited a special issue of VPR on Interdisciplinary Work and Periodical Connections in honor of Sally H. Mitchell. Contributors include Maria Frawley, Linda K. Hughes, Jennifer Phegley, Solveig C. Robinson, Talia Schaffer, and Clare Cotugno. Head to the VPR section for the table of contents, as well as contributor blurbs.
  • 30 November 2004: Encounters in the Victorian Press: Editors, Authors, Readers has been published. This book, edited by Laurel Brake and Julie F. Codell, contains essays selected, updated and expanded from papers presented at the 2000 RSVP London conference. For further details see the Palgrave website.

 
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