Founders’ Circle Award:
Best Conference Presentation by an Emerging Scholar
The award is judged by members of the VSAWC executive, attending the conference. In 2012, VSAWC established theÂ Foundersâ€™ Circle Award for the best paper delivered at the VSAWC conference by a graduate student or emergent scholar (up to 5 years post-graduation) for that year.
Entries are evaluated according to the following criteria: quality and originality; contribution to Victorian studies; quality of writing; quality of presentation. The winner is announced after the conference.
This year’s recipient (2017) was Jonathan Franklin (New York University) for his paper “‘Too Feeble; Too Sickly’: Disability, Social Mobility and the Pupil-Teacher System.” The 2017 award combines VISAWUS’s William H. Scheuerle Graduate Student Paper Award with VSAWC’s Foundersâ€™ Circle Award. Honorable mention goes to Denae Dyck (University of Victoria) for her paper “Learning to Work and Working to Learn: Embodied Education in George Eliot’s Adam Bede.”
Robert Pasquini (McMaster), “Dead London: Excavating Private Catastrophes in M.P. Shiel’s The Purple Cloud.” (VSWAC Conference 2016: Victorian Intimacies, Winnipeg, MB)
Paisley Mann (University of British Columbia), â€œA Paris of their Own: Women’s Guidebooks and an Embodied Critique of Victorian Travel.â€ (VSAWC Conference 2015: Victorian Bodies; Kelowna, BC)
Wendy Williams (Texas Christian University), “George Eliot, FemaleÂ Community, and the Poetess.” (VSAWC Conference 2014: Victorian Communities; Banff, AB)
Alison Hurlburt (University of Alberta), â€œArnold Bennett: Clay as Other to Inhabitants of the Five Towns.â€ (VSAWC Conference 2013: Victorian Humanity and Its Others; Vancouver, BC)
Kylee-Anne Hingston (University of Victoria), “â€˜As Seeing’s Believingâ€™: Illustration, Focalization and Prosthesis in Dinah Mulock Craik’sÂ The Little Lame Prince.â€ (VSAWC Conference 2012: Victorian Media; Victoria, BC)