New Directions in Nineteenth-Century Periodical Studies is a conference to promote discussion of novel research amongst those working in the field, at all levels. The recent passing of one of the founders of periodical studies, Michael Wolff, makes this an opportune moment to take stock of the field, look forward to future changes, and foster developments in scholarship. As the periodical was the key print format in the nineteenth century, it is also an opportunity to rethink Victorian studies more broadly.
This event will foster an environment in which academics at different stages in their career can build working relationships with one another. In particular, we will facilitate PGR engagement with the field through an interactive workshop for White Rose participants, led by our keynote speakers. 3 of these PGRs will then also speak on the panels during the conference itself. This format will ensure that those in their early career are represented across the board, and encourage reciprocal sharing of knowledge; whilst PGRs will benefit from the expertise of the keynotes and other senior academics, these established scholars will be challenged by the fresh research of their younger colleagues.
We invite papers on topics broadly related to periodical studies in the nineteenth century, with a focus on original and interesting directions in research. Panels will be grouped into relevant themes in order to both give shape to discussions, and to highlight key areas of development in scholarship, ie new methodologies, new materials, new technologies, etc. We are keen to showcase work from a variety of disciplines (and in particular interdisciplinary work) that engages with periodicals, whether from the field of history, literary studies, sociology, or elsewhere. Whilst the research presented during the conference will be of the highest standard, we hope that an informal and relaxed atmosphere will promote debate amongst all.
Mary Chapman, School of English, University of Leeds
Other student organisers
Roger Baxter, University of Sheffield Amanda Davis, University of Sheffield, Victoria Clarke, University of Leeds Frances Long, University of York