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Victorian Sociability
An International Conference

This conference will pair traditional presentations with a collaborative digital humanities project, sponsored by the Orlando Project and VSAWC, which we warmly invite all delegates to participate in. Mapping Victorian Literary Sociability aims to uncover the spatial networks that allowed writers, artists, editors, and publishers to collaborate and sustain successful careers. No technical knowledge is necessary to participate in this project.

In advance of the conference, we will be asking delegates to collect data on the addresses of one or two Victorian writers, artists, editors, or publishers. In workshops during the conference, we will work together to map this data, which will show us how propinquity and literary sociability shaped the careers of those who worked together, especially women who did not have access to the more public networks of the club and the literary dinner party. Support and guidance for delegates will be provided by the Orlando Project and staff from Libraries and Cultural Resources. At the end of the conference, we will launch the beta version of this project: Mapping Victorian Literary Sociability.
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Thursday, May 2 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Susan Brown Plenary Workshop: The Orlando Project and the Canadian Research and Writing Collaboratory

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Moderated by Ryan Stephenson (Douglas College)

In this workshop, participants will gain hands-on experience with digital humanities resources related to the conference's themes and discuss opportunities in the collaborative creation of online scholarship. With Susan Brown and Kathryn Holland of the Orlando Project and Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (CWRC), participants will interact with material about Victorian literary and artistic sociability in the textbase Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present, and learn about how to manipulate Orlando's data with HuViz (Humanities Visualizer, a CWRC tool) to gain further insights about the social identities and experiences of authors and other figures in Victorian culture. Interested participants also will learn about using the textbase as a source and/or model for their own research beyond the conference's themes, joining the Orlando Project as external contributors, and using CWRC's infrastructure to develop and publish their own digital projects.

Please be sure to bring a laptop to fully participate in this workshop.

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Professor Susan Brown

Technical Director of the Orlando Project and Canada Research Chair in the Collaborative Digital Humanities, University of Guelph
Susan Brown is Professor of English at the University of Guelph, where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Digital Scholarship. Her research into the impact of new technologies on knowledge production, representation, and publication involves collaborating to produce... Read More →