VSAWC 2023: Victorian Making / Making Victorians

The Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada invites proposals for papers and panels for our 2023 Conference: Victorian Making / Making Victorians. The conference will be held in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District on May 5 and May 6, 2023. It will welcome Dr. Tina Choi (York University) and Dr. Lorraine Janzen Kooistra (Toronto Metropolitan University) as plenary speakers. We hope you will join us not only to explore Victorian Making / Making Victorians but also to celebrate the 50-year anniversaries of both VSAWC and Victorian Review.

Topics for Exploration

We invite proposals for papers, panels, and workshops. Topics for exploration include (but are not limited to): the history of craft; book history; food history; legislation and law; homemaking; the history of machines; literary and artistic depictions of the activity of making, broadly construed (as in the making of not only objects but connections, reputations, discoveries, and claims); collaboration and/or competition; and sites of production.

We also welcome papers that explore the development and/or re-imagining of the field of “Victorian” studies. In the same spirit of self-reflection, we invite proposals for papers that reflect on hands-on making as it relates to either research or teaching as well as papers that explore things we make as “Victorianists”, such as digital exhibitions, syllabi, anthologies, podcasts, and edited collections. Proposals for experiential or object-based workshops are also welcome.


Please submit a proposal (maximum of 300 words) and a biographical statement (maximum of 75 words) no later than October 31, 2022. For panels, applicants are asked to share the title of the proposed panel in addition to the individual paper title. Please send questions or comments to conference co-hosts, Dr. Carla Manfredi (University of Winnipeg) and Dr. Vanessa Warne (University of Manitoba), at We look forward to hearing from you!