Victorian Communities

VSAWC 2014 Conference • Banff Park Lodge • 26-27 April 2014

VSAWC will host its 2014 conference in Banff, Alberta, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

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Dear Conference Participants,

As you know, the Banff Park Lodge is holding a room block for us for the upcoming Victorian Communities Conference.

This is just a reminder that the rooms will be released to the public on March 25, so you should book by then. Apart from our room block, the hotel is full, and most Banff hotels are considerably more expensive than the rate we have negotiated, so we strongly suggest that you reserve immediately.

We look forward very much to seeing you in Banff.

The Conference Organizers

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Registration: Closed

Conference dates: Saturday and Sunday, 26-27 April 2014

Publication workshop dates: Friday, 25 April, 9-5; Monday, 28 April, 9-12. If you are planning to attend the workshop, please plan to arrive Thursday evening and to leave after noon on Monday.

Hotel Reservations: Please contact Banff Park Lodge directly and say that you are with the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada.

Travel: The nearest airport is Calgary, Alberta. Delegates should plan to rent a car or take the convenient Brewster Airport Shuttle or Banff Airporter. If you plan to drive, you will have to get a park pass for the conference. It’s $9.80 per person per day. For further information, see http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/banff/visit/tarifs-fees_e.asp?park=1. Be aware that there can be snow in the mountains as late as April.

Conference Program (Draft)

Program Highlights

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Aileen Fyfe, Reader in History at the University of St Andrews, whose book, Steam-Powered Knowledge (2013), won the Edelstein Prize for best book on the history of technology and the Robert and Vineta Colby Prize for best book on periodical history. Her keynote address will be on “Victorian Scientific Journals and the Communities Behind Them.”

Workshop: “Public Victorian Studies: Beyond the University Walls,” led by Dr. Teresa Mangum (Director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, U of Iowa). Dr. Mangum has spearheaded community outreach programs on animal/human relations and Victorian feminism; has won awards from the U.S. Humane Society for her outreach work; and has become a leader in university discussion on the public roles of humanities researchers. The workshop will suggest best practices and innovative models for bringing Victorian studies scholarship to the general public beyond the university.

Roundtable Discussion: “Leadership in Public Humanities”
The roundtable participants represent leaders from the UK, Canada, and the US who have used innovative strategies to communicate research findings beyond the university walls:

  • Dr. Aileen Fyfe (St. Andrews U), whose research team uses public performance to convey the transformative effect of Victorian technologies on everyday life in the 19th century;
  • Dr. Karen Bourrier (Boston U), who has developed an open-access digital reader on Victorians and Disability;
  • Dr. Constance Crompton (UBC-Okanagan) who uses social media to communicate research results;
  • Dr. Lisa Vargo (U Saskatchewan), who will share her work on community literacy, including a community lecture series called “Literature Matters”; and
  • Dr. Teresa Mangum (U of Iowa), who will speak on her award-winning scholarly outreach work with the U.S. Humane Society.

The roundtable will culminate in an open discussion of best practices and strategies for sharing knowledge and research with the broader community beyond the university.

Publication Workshop for Emergent Scholars: This two-day intensive workshop is led by Victorian Review co-editors Lisa Surridge and Mary Elizabeth Leighton. The workshop will open with a three-hour interactive presentation on “How to Get Published: Ten Tips from Two Editors,” including strategies on how to select an appropriate target journal, how to craft an article for that journal, how to structure an argument for a specific audience, and how to anticipate the most common errors identified by vetters. Participants will then meet individually on Friday afternoon with the two workshop leaders for half an hour to receive specific and confidential feedback (oral and written) on their article-length essay. This feedback session will be followed by a three-hour workshop on Monday morning in which participants will apply the knowledge gained during the presentation and feedback sessions, revise their essays, and share results.

The Victorian Communities Conference is generously supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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