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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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Professor Alison Booth

University of Virginia
Academic Director of the Scholars’ Lab

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. Her second book, How to Make It as a Woman: Collective Biographical History from Victoria to the Present (Chicago), led to the digital project, Collective Biographies of Women (supported by Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, Scholars' Lab, ACLS, and NEH). Booth's other books include Greatness Engendered: George Eliot and Virginia Woolf (Cornell) and most recently, Homes and Haunts: Touring Writers' Shrines and Countries (Oxford). Forthcoming essays address feminism in Victorian studies, George Eliot and the Victorian Gothic. She edited the Longman Wuthering Heights and is co-editing a PMLA special issue, "Varieties of Digital Humanities."