VISAWUS 2019 Victorian Stakes & Stakeholders
November 7-10, 2019
Keynote Speaker: Andrea Kaston Tange
Abstracts by March 31, 2019
There was a lot at stake for the Victorians. Economic expansion, both domestic and imperial, was a high-stakes venture. Emigrants staked their lives on the gamble of settler colonies. The stakes of the marriage market both at home and abroad were high. Prospectors staked claims to natural resources from Kimberley to the Klondike, while inventors staked claims to patents.
Explorers, scientists, and speculators gambled with outcomes. The emerging life insurance industry responded to risk-taking with caution and calculation. The moral stakes were high as well: social risk-takers, such as those who were designated New Women or queer subjects, prompted more regulation of bodies, lifestyles, and behaviors.
The Victorians witnessed changes to voting rights, labor laws, women’s property rights, bankruptcy laws, access to education and divorce. What did they stand to win or lose from the rapid political, economic, and social changes during Queen Victoria’s reign? As scholars of the Victorian era, we, too, are stakeholders, invested in the conviction that this period’s history and culture matter still. What are the stakes of teaching the Victorians today?
We welcome papers on any of above, or the following topics:
Social reform stakeholders Cultural capital stakeholders
Unionization and labor reform Race, miscegenation, passing
Risky laws, legal risks Bodily risk
The rise in woman’s status Politics, elections, and protests
Food and adulteration Illegitimacy, orphans, adoption, infanticide
Gambling, greed Social deviance and regulation
Religious controversy, wagering on redemption Imperial ventures and investments
Fin-de-siècle forms Shifts in musical composition and consumption
The business of performance and theatre Material culture, the decorative arts, architecture
High-stakes fashion Money, fraud, and financial instruments
Weaponry and nationalism The literary market, literary agents
Engineering, environmental control The media, new technologies, and new forms
Exploration, experimentation, and discovery Changes and turmoil in university life
Urban stakeholders, rural stakeholders Victorian/ist pedagogies, professors and students
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PAST VISAWUS CONFERENCES
The 2005-2012 conference schedules are now archived online. Browse the list below.
- 1996 – California State University, Northridge – Victorian Success – James R. Kincaid
- 1997 – California State University, Northridge – Victorian Sights and Sounds – Philippa Levine
- 1998 – Clark College (Vancouver, Washington) – Victorian Sexualities – Donald Hall
- 1999 – Clark College (Vancouver, Washington) – Victorianisms – Alison Winter
- 2000 – UCLA – Artifacts of Victorian Culture – Sally Mitchell
- 2001 – UCLA – The Victorian World – Chris Kent
- 2002 – Boise State University – Victorian Institutions – Linda K. Hughes
- 2003 – University of Texas (Austin) – Victorian Legacies – Martin Wiener
- 2004 – University of Washington (Seattle) – Victorian Innovations – Susan P. Casteras
- 2005 – University of New Mexico (Albuquerque) – Victorian Rituals, Celebrations, and Anniversaries – James R. Kincaid
- 2006 – Pepperdine University (Malibu) – The Presence of the Past in the Victorian Age – Philippa Levine
- 2007 – University of Colorado (Boulder) – Victorians in Motion – Lawrence Goldman
- 2008 – University of Washington (Seattle) – The Public and Private Politics of Victorian England – Antony Harrison
- 2009 – Coast Renaissance Hotel (Vancouver, British Columbia) – Victorian Markets and Marketing – Erika Rappaport – Joint Conference with the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada
- 2010 – University of Hawaii (Honolulu) – Oceania and the East in the Victorian Imagination – Jane Samson
- 2011 – University of Houston-Downtown – The Vulgar and the Proper: Victorian Manners and Mores – Helena Michie
- 2012 – State University of New York Plattsburgh- Victorian Transnationalism: The Atlantic Legacy in the Long 19th Century– Amanda Claybaugh
- 2013 – Portland, OR – “Victorian Modernities“- Joseph Bristow
- 2014 – California State University, Fullerton – “Victorian Collections & Collecting” – Anne Helmreich
- 2015 – Denver, CO – “Victorian Self-Fashionings” – Bernard Lightman
- 2016 – Austin, TX- “Transgressions“- Dennis Denisoff
- 2017 – Vancouver, BC – “Victorian Education” – joint conference with the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada.