Monthly Archives: May 2013

Post from the Road

30 May 2013

Since I am currently waiting for my flight home in YVR, this post is for all of you traveling to beautiful Victoria, BC for Congress and DHSI. (Please excuse any spelling/typing errors as I am writing this on my iPad).

First order of business: the deadline for submitting a an abstract to Dr. Daniel Martin for special issue of Victorian Review on Victorians and Risk is coming up quickly. Abstracts are due September 1, 2013. Click here for details.

Second: Congress starts this weekend at UVic and with it ACCUTE’s annual conference. I have listed some panels that may be of interest to Victorianists below (apologies if I missed anyone).

ACCUTE Panels of Interest:

For a complete list of ACCUTE panels, click here

2B Joint Session with NAVSA and VSAWC: At the Edge of the Real – Clearihue A-303 on June 1 from starting at 11:00. A panel on colonialism and nineteenth-century literature (2D) is running concurrently in Cle A-311.

2A Joint Session with NAVSA and VSAWC: At the Edge of Perception Clearihue A-207 on June 3 from 11:00 to 12:15.

3B – Joint Session with Victorian Studies Association of Ontario (VSAO): We Are Not Amused – Clearihue A-211 on June 3 from 1:30 to 3:15.

The plenaries on June 1 and 2 may also be of interest to Victorianists:

June 1: Felicity Nussbaum – “Lifewriting @ the Edge: Going Public in the Eighteenth Century” (Bob Wright A-104; 1:30 to 3:15)

June 2: Kyla Wazana Tompkins – “Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the 19th Century” (Bob Wright A-104; 1:30-3:15)

Links of Interest (Long Weekend Edition)

17 May 2013
Queen Victoria

Image from Wikipedia

Link the First:

Queen Victoria’s Journals on-line resource. If you are in the UK, you can participate virtually. Click here for further information (event information courtesy of NAVSA).

If you are on Twitter, I recommend following Queen Victoria Tweets, which tweets Queen Victoria’s authentic diary entries on the day they were written from her Coronation onwards. My favourite tweet so far: “@QueenVicTweets: Walked. Felt very sulky and cross.”

Link the Second:

One last link before the long weekend. Check out this new blog post from the Journal of Victorian Culture Online about reading Dickens’s Tale of Two Cities in weekly instalments. Time for a weekend read-a-long?


As always, If you have a CFP or event you would like share on this website, please contact Caley Ehnes via e-mail ( or Twitter (@CaleyEhnes)


New Victoriana

13 May 2013

Every week I will update this post to feature posts and activities of interest to Victorianists.


For the Week of May 13, 2013:

If you are attending the NAVSA BAVS AVSA conference in Venice (lucky you!), you may want to prepare for your journey by joining the Stones of Venice reading group at the Journal of Victorian Culture Online. Click here for more information.

Check out Daniel Martin’s recent post on melancholia and the digitization of Victorian culture, inspired (in part) by the recent VSAWC conference.

Finally, a few less serious pieces:

via Twitter–a nineteenth-century image of Victorian lady academics. Enjoy!

via The Hairpin–thoughts on reading Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White.
My personal favorite has to be number three: “Decided that someone should make a TV show in which Wilkie Collins and Dickens fight crime – supernatural crime”



2013 Founders’ Circle Award Winner: Alison Hurlburt

9 May 2013

Victorian Humanity and Its Others VSAWC 2013

Congratulations to Alison Hurlburt (University of Alberta), winner of the 2013 Founders’ Circle Award for the best paper presented at the VSAWC conference by a graduate student or emerging scholar. Alison has won the award for her conference paper titled, “Arnold Bennett: Clay as Other to Inhabitants of the Five Towns.” Award adjudicators (Kristen Guest, Grace Kehler, Kristin Mahoney, and Vanessa Warne) admired the paper and its delivery: one of them described it as “fascinating, engaging, nicely paced.” As another remarked, Alison “did a wonderful job presenting the paper and fielding questions afterwards.”

Congratulations to Alison and to all Founders’ Circle Award entrants, whose work was very strong. We look forward to welcoming you back to next year’s conference in Banff in May!

For further information on the Founders’ Circle Award, click here.



Journal of Victorian Culture Survey on Academic Journals and Social Media

6 May 2013

Image from Engines of Our Ingenuity


If you have a chance, check out the @JofVictCulture survey on academic journals and social media. While online, you should also check out their website , which includes posts on social media, specifically twitter and blogging.


The Journal of Victorian Culture also as a Graduate Student Essay prize for those interested.