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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
 

11:00am MDT

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)

Thursday May 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Studio A

11:00am MDT

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


11:00am MDT

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

1:30pm MDT

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

Thursday May 2, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm MDT
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Studio A

1:30pm MDT

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        

1:30pm MDT

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

 
Friday, May 3
 

9:00am MDT

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

Friday May 3, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Studio A

9:00am MDT

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

9:00am MDT

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

11:00am MDT

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                                                    

Friday May 3, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Studio A

11:00am MDT

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

11:00am MDT

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    

1:30pm MDT

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

Friday May 3, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm MDT
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Studio A

1:30pm MDT

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  


1:30pm MDT

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