VISAWUS 2019 Victorian Stakes & Stakeholders
November 7-10, 2019
Keynote Speaker: Andrea Kaston Tange
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612 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Room rates ($145/night) available from Wednesday 11/6/19 through Sunday 11/10/2019.
Our conference hotel site is the historic Alaska building, built in 1904 and located near Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle. The hotel’s immediate surroundings include several independent coffee shops, the Smith Tower, the Seattle Mystery Bookshop, and the Seattle Underground Tour. It’s a short walk north to Seattle’s Rem Koolhaas-designed Central Library, the Seattle Art Museum, Aquarium, and the Great Wheel, and to the south, the International District, Century Link Field, and Safeco Field.
To get to the hotel from SeaTac Airport, you could take a bus or share a taxi (approximately $50 USD) or airport shuttle (the hotel does not offer a shuttle). But the easiest thing is probably the Link Light Rail which runs from SeaTac to within one block of the hotel. Light rail trains leave every 5-15 minutes. The best Light Rail stop is “Pioneer Square Station” located at 3rd and James/Cherry. The hotel is located at 2nd and James.
There is no self-park available. The valet station is located in front of the hotel on 2nd Avenue.
Event Parking: $19.00 + tax per car attending hotel events
Overnight Parking: $47.00 inclusive of tax (parking charges to your master bill)
Standard Hourly Rate: 0-1 hour $19; 1-2 hours $23; each additional hour $4
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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?
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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.