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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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Wednesday, May 1
 

5:30pm

Workshop on Historical-GIS Mapping
This is a hackathon style (hands-on, collaborative) workshop featuring hands-on lessons on historical GIS mapping from expert in historical geography Dan Jacobson (Geography, University of Calgary) and spatial and numerical services expert Peter Peller (Libraries and Cultural Resources, University of Calgary). Delegates will be learning how to research and collect addresses for Victorian writers, artists, editors and publishers that will be imported into The Map of Victorian Literary Sociability, which is to be unveiled on the last day of the conference.

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

 
Thursday, May 2
 

9:00am

Susan Brown Plenary Workshop: The Orlando Project and the Canadian Research and Writing Collaboratory
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.

Speakers
avatar for Professor Susan Brown

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 →


Thursday May 2, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Studios A & B 434 Collegiate Boulevard NW, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada

10:30am

Coffee Break (provided)
Thursday May 2, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Foyer 434 Collegiate Boulevard NW, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada

11:00am

Panel Session 1A: Sociability, Sin, and Spiritual Autobiography
Moderated by Heather Marcovitch (Red Deer College)
  • Denae Dyck (University of Victoria): "schooled by sin": Transgression and Transformation in Elizabeth Barrett Browning's A Drama of Exile
  • Amy Coté (University of Toronto): "My word is error": Jane Eyre, Confession, and the Spiritual Autobiography
  • Diana Maltz (Southern Oregon University): From Collectivism to the Cross: Politics, Sexuality, and Martyrdom in Emma Frances Brooke's Transition (1895)

11:00am

Panel Session 1B: Fin-de-Siècle Sociability
Moderated by Sonia Jarmula (University of Calgary)
  • Sharon Cogdill (St. Cloud State University): The Social Networks at the Duchess of Devonshire’s 1897 Fancy-Dress Ball
  • Kaitlyn Fralick (University of Victoria): Revised and Republished: Reframing Le Fanu's Checkmate    
  • Barbara Ferguson (McMaster University): A Meeting of the Minds: The Interdisciplinary of Psychical Research


Thursday May 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Studio B 434 Collegiate Boulevard NW, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada

11:00am

Panel Session 1C: Settler Sociability
Moderated by Jason Wiens (University of Calgary)
  • Sarah Comyn (University College Dublin): Literary Sociability on the Australian Goldfields
  • Peter Hodgins (Carleton University): Making Place for Settler Culture in Victorian Ottawa
  • Fariha Shaikh (University of Birmingham): Catherine Helen Spence: Intertwined Associational and Literary Lives

Thursday May 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Studio C 434 Collegiate Boulevard NW, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada

12:30pm

Lunch (provided)
Thursday May 2, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Foyer 434 Collegiate Boulevard NW, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada

12:30pm

VSAWC Executive Meeting
Thursday May 2, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Studio C 434 Collegiate Boulevard NW, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada

1:30pm

Panel Session 2A: Sociable Women
Moderated by Faye Halpern (University of Calgary)
  • Abigail Bloom (Hunter College): Geraldine Jewsbury and Jane Welsh Carlyle    
  • Sarah Bilston (Trinity College): An Unlikely Friendship? Sarah Grand and Matilda Betham-Edwards    
  • Kailey Fukushima (University of Victoria): Food and the New Woman: Forms of Domesticity in the Short Fiction of Ella D'Arcy

1:30pm

Panel Session 2B: Religious Sociability
Moderated by Amy Coté (University of Toronto)
  • Richa Dwor (Douglas College): "Judicious novelties": Jewish Sociability in the Travel and Cookery Writing of Judith Montefiore
  • Phyllis Weliver (Saint Louis University): The "living truth" of Victorian Socializing and Writing        
  • Robert Pasquini (McMaster University): "Our birds' best friend": The Cultural Life of F. O. Morris in the Victorian Press        

Thursday May 2, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Studio B 434 Collegiate Boulevard NW, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada

1:30pm

Panel Session 2C: Sociable Voices
Moderated by Vanessa Warne (University of Manitoba)

  • Daniel Martin (MacEwan University): Vocal Anti-Sociability in Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall   
  • Riley McGuire (University of Pennsylvania): The Mute Role in Stranger Sociality; Or, the Case of Mary Elizabeth Braddon's "Dumb Detective"
  • Miranda Wojciechowski (Indiana University): Heterosociality at the Crossways: Conversational Exchange Between Men and Women in the Fin de Siècle

Thursday May 2, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Studio C 434 Collegiate Boulevard NW, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada

3:00pm

Coffee Break (provided)
Thursday May 2, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Foyer 434 Collegiate Boulevard NW, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada

3:30pm

Roundtable on Collaboration
Moderated by Christopher Keep (Western University)

A roundtable on collaboration within the field of Victorian studies, across disciplines (from Victorian studies to Computer Science), and across units (from Victorian studies to the libraries). This will feature:
  • Mary Elizabeth Leighton (University of Victoria) and Lisa Surridge (University of Victoria): Two on a Tower: Modelling Research Collaboration in Victorian Studies
  • Jason Camlot (Concordia University), Annie Murray (University of Calgary), and Jason Wiens (University of Calgary): Developing Collaborative Humanities Research Programs Around Forgotten Archives
  • Stefania Forlini (University of Calgary) and Uta Heinrichs (St. Andrews University, in abstentia): Designing Detours in Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration

5:00pm

Reception
Thursday May 2, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Foyer 434 Collegiate Boulevard NW, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada
 
Friday, May 3
 

9:00am

Panel Session 3A: The Tools of the Trade: Sociability and DH
Moderated by Ingrid Reiche (University of Calgary)
  • Karen Bourrier (University of Calgary) and Kelly Hager (Simmons College, in absentia): Sociability and Short Sibling Sets in the Long Victorian Novel
  • Alison Hedley (McGill University) and Mary Grant (Ryerson University): Pixie and the Green-Sheaf: Social Labour and Magazine Production in the Y90s Personography
  • Jana Smith Elford (University of Alberta): The Gendered Spaces of Sociability: Charting Women's Organizations in the Women's Penny Paper

9:00am

Panel Session 3B: Spaces of Sociability
Moderated by Denae Dyck (University of Victoria)
  • Janice Niemann (University of Victoria): Two in the Bush: Shrubberies as Sites of Social Transgression in Emma and Jane Eyre
  • Michele Robinson (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill): Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the Space of Sociability
  • Paisley Mann (Langara College): The Architecture of Indifference: Public and Private Spaces in Henry James's The Princess Casamassima

Friday May 3, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Studio B 434 Collegiate Boulevard NW, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada

9:00am

Panel Session 3C: Movement and Sociability
Moderated by Heather McAlpine (University of the Fraser Valley)
  • Sabrina Mark (University of Manitoba): "I never thought I should like five people": Movement and Friendship in The Secret Garden
  • Jason Wiens (University of Calgary): Sociability in the Bush: Susanna Moodie and Migratory Networks
  • David Sigler (University of Calgary): "I lingered over my breakfast as long as I could": Charlotte Brontë's The Professor and Expatriate Sociability

Friday May 3, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Studio C 434 Collegiate Boulevard NW, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada

10:30am

Coffee Break (provided)
Friday May 3, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Foyer 434 Collegiate Boulevard NW, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada

11:00am

Panel Session 4A: Sociable Families from Engagement to Pregnancy to Siblings
Moderated by Maria Zytaruk (University of Calgary)
  • Mary Elizabeth Leighton (University of Victoria) and Lisa Surridge (University of Victoria): From "In the Family Way" to "Enceinte": Sharing Pregnancy News in the Victorian Press
  • Michael Carelse (University of Victoria): The Hand of Ethelberta: Thomas Hardy's Antisocial Novel            
  • Ronjaunee Chatterjee (Concordia University): Brothers and Sisters: Liberalism's Horizontal Imaginary and Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White                                                    

11:00am

Panel Session 4B: Influence
Moderated by Daniel Martin (MacEwan University)
  • Michael Clarke (University of Calgary): Thomas Carlyle, Walt Whitman, and the Cult of Greatness in the Victorian Era
  • Shahira Hathout (Trent University): Charles Dickens and the Literary Enterprise in Nineteenth-Century Britain
  • Caley Ehnes (College of the Rockies): From Edinburgh to 19 Langham Place: The Periodical Networks of Isa Craig

Friday May 3, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Studio B 434 Collegiate Boulevard NW, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada

11:00am

Panel Session 4C: Reading and Education
Moderated by Eddy Kent (University of Alberta)
  • Faye Halpern (University of Calgary): Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charles Dickens and the Problem With Reading
  • Ryan Stephenson (Douglas College) and Vanessa Warne (University of Manitoba): Not Reading in Romola: Disability, Illiteracy and the Social Lives of Scholars
  • Andrea Korda (University of Alberta): Victorian Sociability Between Educationists and Aesthetes: An Analysis of Educational and Social Networks    

Friday May 3, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Studio C 434 Collegiate Boulevard NW, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada

12:30pm

Lunch (provided)
Friday May 3, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Foyer 434 Collegiate Boulevard NW, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada

12:30pm

1:30pm

Panel Session 5A: Networks
Moderated by Jana Smith Elford (University of Alberta)
  • Heather Marcovitch (Red Deer College): The Yellow Book, The Cromwell Road Set, and Henry Harland's Imagined Jewish Sociability
  • Alison Chapman (University of Victoria): The Social Life of Serial Print: Mapping Victorian Periodical Poetry
  • Ingrid Reiche (University of Calgary): Victorian Author Information and Diverse Data Collection

1:30pm

Panel Session 5B: Art and Artist’s Networks
Moderated by Andrea Korda (University of Alberta)
  • Christopher Keep (Western University): The Extra: Spirit Photography and the Social
  • Janice Zehentbauer (Sheridan College): "Yours Alcoholically, C.L. Dodgson:" Lewis Carroll's Adult Friends and Photographic Sociability
  • Susan Jaret McKinstry (Carleton College): Love, Labor, Art, and the Radical Pre-Raphaelites  


Friday May 3, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Studio B 434 Collegiate Boulevard NW, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada

1:30pm

Panel Session 5C: Socializing with Nature
Moderated by Janice Niemann (University of Victoria)
  • Maria Zytaruk (University of Calgary): Circles of Botanical Exchange in Nineteenth-Century Canada and Beyond
  • Alyson Kiesel (Carthage College): Natural History, the Sociable Science of Victorian Fiction
  • Ali Hatapçi (Université Paris Diderot): Science and Sociability: Field Clubs and Natural History Societies in the Victorian Midlands

Friday May 3, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Studio C 434 Collegiate Boulevard NW, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada

3:00pm

Coffee Break (provided)
Friday May 3, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Foyer 434 Collegiate Boulevard NW, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada

3:30pm

Alison Booth Keynote: Mid-Range Sociability, Or, A Scale-Model World in "Collective Biographies of Women"
Moderated by Karen Bourrier (University of Calgary)

Presenting recent insights from "Collective Biographies of Women" (CBW), this lecture explores Victorian social networks and gender ideology through prosopographies of women published in Britain, its empire, and former colonies. Many of the volumes claim that women are the moral leaders or mothers of the world, and that one sample of a dozen or so biographies represents extensive collective history. While CBW, with Orlando, seeks linked open data on women writers (a subset of CBW persons), it studies a concentrated corpus of printed texts (excluding reference works) for mid-range reading of narratives about explorers and scientists, mistresses and rulers, and so on. The "world" of nineteenth-century female prosopography generates circumscribed data structured by tables of contents, cross-references, and language, time, and place (of the life or text). But CBW records, surprisingly diverse, are linked with SNAC, HathiTrust, and Wikipedia, opening horizons for digital research.

Presentation available here.

Speakers
avatar for Professor Alison Booth

Professor Alison Booth

Academic Director of the Scholars’ Lab, University of Virginia
Alison Booth, Academic Director of the Scholars' Lab and Professor of English is a leading expert in narrative theory, women's writing and the digital humanities. Interrelated themes of her research are reception and representation of authors and collected life narratives, or prosopography... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Gallery Hall, Taylor Family Digital Library 410 University Ct NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada

5:00pm

Launch of The Map of Victorian Literary Sociability and Reception
The Map of Victorian Literary Sociability will be unveiled for the first time, followed by an end-of-conference reception.

Friday May 3, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Gallery Hall, Taylor Family Digital Library 410 University Ct NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada