VISAWUS 2020: Victorian Transitions
October 14-18, 2020
The Victorian Era was one of transitions. Victorian Britain transitioned from a rural to urban society. It transitioned from an emergent empire to the dominant imperial power. It transitioned from a walking, water, wind, and animal-based transportation system to a steam-powered transportation system. It transitioned from a regional to national and then imperial culture.
Our scholarly and pedagogical engagements with the era have also undergone a number of transitions. How do we and can we understand the word transitions as it applies to the Victorian era, its people, its art, its popular culture, and the scholarship and pedagogy engaged with them? How does the emergence of TRANS studies change the way we think about the Victorian and our own scholarly and pedagogical approaches to the era? How has the wider public’s understanding of and engagement with the Victorian era undergone transitions?
We encourage papers across all disciplines, including (but not restricted to) art history, literature, gender, history of science, history, material culture, political science, performance, life writing, journalism, photography, popular culture, and economics.
We welcome panels or papers on any of the above or the following topics:
Transitions in and through:
- Trans Studies
- Religion, Theology, & Spirituality
- Gender Identities & Roles
- Social Codes
- Popular Culture
- Literary Genres
- Transatlantic culture, politics, & law
- Leisure & Entertainment
- Scholarship–Victorian & Modern
- Clothing & Dress
- Pedagogy—contemporary & modern
- Public Space(s)
- Social Reform
- New-Victorian Fiction, Poetry, Art, & Performance
Please upload a 300-word abstracts with a one page CV (including an email address) as one file by April 20, 2020. Please include your name in the file name. The link will take you to Dropbox and you will be asked for your name and email, but you do not need an account. You will receive a confirmation email.
PAST VISAWUS CONFERENCES
The 2005-2019 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.
- 2018–Palm Springs, CA-“Victorian Futures“-Joy Dixon
- 2019–Seattle, WA–“Victorian Stakes & Stakeholders“-Andrea Kaston Tange