VISAWUS 2019 Victorian Stakes & Stakeholders

Seattle, WA

November 7-10, 2019

Keynote Speaker: Andrea Kaston Tange

Conference Twitter: @VISAWUS_2019  #visawus2019

The Victorian Stakes and Stakeholders program is here.


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Hotel Information

Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Pioneer Square (Marriott)

612 2nd Avenue

Seattle, WA 98104

(206) 625-1111

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.

Parking rates:

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



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.

Ford Madox Brown, Work, 1863, oil on canvas, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Ford Madox Brown, Work, 1863, oil on canvas, 990 x 684 m. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

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?

Submit a 300-word abstract and 1-page CV to by April 15, 2019.

Submit a 300-word abstract and 1-page CV to by April 15, 2019.

Graduate Students are eligible for the William H. Scheuerle Graduate Student Paper Award ($600).

CFP as a PDF is here.

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