2023 Conference — “Victorian Elements”

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To join or renew your membership, fill out the VISAWUS Membership Form and pay via the Paypal form on this page.

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Hotel Information

The VISAWUS Conference hotel is the Executive Hotel Pacific, a 3.5-star hotel located at 400 Spring Street (Fourth Avenue and Spring Street), directly across Spring Street from the Seattle Public Library.  The hotel just finished a complete renovation.  Amenities include complimentary in room wireless internet, complimentary in room water bottle and coffee maker, a 24-hour cardio fitness center, morning coffee and pastries (but no breakfast as such), and complimentary wine tasting Monday-Friday afternoons from 5-6.  The hotel provides valet parking at $45 a day.

Conference room rates are $149/night plus taxes and fees for a king single. A few double bed rooms may be available, but need to be requested by telephone.  To receive the conference rate, attendees must book by September 8.  For reservations, call 206-777-7104 and specify that you are booking for the VISAWUS Conference.  Or click here.

Seattle’s Light Rail from the airport stops at University and Third, three blocks from the Executive Hotel.  Fare is $3.25 for adults.  Cab fare from SeaTac is $45-$55.  For those driving from other venues in the Seattle area, parking is available at the underground Seattle Public Library lot (enter from Spring Street); the lot is open from 7-9 Thursday and Friday, and 8:45-7 on Saturday.  Fees range from $8/hr to $32/day. See the Central Library website for a complete fee schedule.

View Call for Papers (PDF) – for information only, the deadline has passed


The Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States (VISAWUS) is a non-profit scholarly association founded in 1995 by Kathleen Peck to promote Victorian interdisciplinary studies. Our aim is to bring together scholars from across the disciplines with an interest in the Victorian period. Members include graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars with interests in Victorian literature, history, music, art, science, and medicine. We place a strong emphasis on mentoring junior faculty and graduate students.

Our annual conference invites faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars working on the long nineteenth century in Britain and within a broader transnational context to showcase the innovative work being performed in the field. The conference is known as a particularly generous site for networking and collaboration. The conference includes themed pedagogy roundtables where participants have the opportunity to discuss pedagogy with new and seasoned instructors and to get feedback on some aspect of their teaching (an assignment, an approach to the text, or a classroom activity).

Each year we award an exemplary graduate student presenter with the William H. Scheuerle Graduate Student Paper Award.

Information on our next conference is forthcoming.

Membership in VISAWUS is open to all who share an interest in its scholarship and goals. Membership includes a one-year subscription to Victorian Review.

The VISAWUS Constitution (PDF, 2016)