Cuny Annual Victorian Conference

The CUNY Annual Victorian Conference is happening next week, on Friday May 6th in New York.  The theme is “Victorian Boyhood,” and at the risk of indulging in shameless self-promotion, I am putting up the program here on our blog.  I’ll be speaking on “Tom Tulliver’s Schooldays,” and reading the schoolboy novel genre through a disability studies perspective.  This is a great conference–one day long with everyone listening to the same papers, much like NVSA, and drawing scholars from the NYC area in a way that I imagine is similar to those one-day conferences in London where people are able to take the train in for the day.  Wouldn’t it be nice if North America were smaller and we could go to more?

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British Women Writer’s Conference


I just got back from the British Women Writer’s Conference in Columbus, Ohio, and I thought I’d take a second in the lull before the storm as the semester winds down to post about it.

I have long intended to go to this conference, but this was the first year I made it.  There are a few things that are truly great about it:

  1. It is completely organized by graduate students, which I didn’t know before.  This tradition stems from the conference’s beginnings as a grass roots newsletter about women writers sent around by graduate students almost twenty years ago. Amazing. Continue reading “British Women Writer’s Conference”

For Your Weekend Amusement: Museum Links Roundup

The Frothingham's tobogganing on photographer William Notman's set (1869-70). Image property of the Musée McCord

In keeping with the levity that Alan introduced in his first post yesterday, I’d like to point you to some fun Victorian-related features at various museum and gallery websites.

First, at the Musée McCord’s website, there is a “Victorian Period” online game that tests your knowledge about social customs and dress. I reached a level that the game called being a “picture of politeness.” How about you? Will you be ejected from the ball for inappropriate dress? Continue reading “For Your Weekend Amusement: Museum Links Roundup”

peer-review and machine anxiety

As my first test-post, I thought I’d pass along a recent exchange on the Humanist email list. This doesn’t fall squarely within Victorian studies exactly, but it does play on some familiar Victorian themes like machine anxiety and the boundaries of automation. Note that although the given date of the first post is March 31st, it first showed up in mailboxes on April 1st… Continue reading “peer-review and machine anxiety”