Every year since 1972, the Association has organized an annual interdisciplinary conference in the fall. The conference has always been the focus of the Association and the site has moved about among institutions in Western Canada.
From the beginning, the quality of the invited keynote speakers whom the executive has been able to attract has brought distinction to the Association. The list of keynote speakers reads like a “who’s who” of the leading scholars in Victorian studies. Past keynote speakers include James Eli Adams, Nina Auerbach, Gillian Beer, Jerome H. Buckley, Donald Hall, J. Hillis Miller, Elaine Showalter, Dorothy Thompson, Martha Vicinus, Judith Walkowitz, and Martin Weiner.
For Victorianists in Western Canada, VSAWC conferences provide a lively and friendly forum for scholarly exchange. In the words of Christopher Kent, historian and founding member, “One reason I have been such a regular attender of VSAWC conferences — and I should emphasize that I am not alone, for one of the strengths of this Association is that it has many regular attenders — is that I enjoy their conviviality and their quality.”
2011 – Victorian Epidemics, Banff, AB
2009 – Victorian Markets and Marketing, Vancover, BC
2008 – Victorian Rules and Regulations, Winnipeg, MB
2007 – Victorian Materialities, Victoria, BC (Joint VSAWC/NAVSA Conference)
Some content has been adapted from A. Gerald Bedford’s “The VSAWC: A Backward Look” and Christopher Kent’s “VSAWC: The First Twenty-Five Years.” Photos courtesy of Juliet McMaster