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"Borders and Border Crossings" — CDH Members at the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals' Conference in Freiburg

By Alison Hedley

Photograph of Alison Hedley presenting at the 2017 RSVP Conference in Freiburg

Photograph of Alison Hedley presenting in Freiburg. Image courtesy of Jennifer Phegley.

The Ryerson CDH was well represented at this year’s meeting of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, which took place from July 27-29. Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, CDH co-director, and Alison Hedley, student research fellow, presented their research at the conference in Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. In her paper, “Decorative Borders in Family Magazines: Reading the Dalziel Brothers’ Proofs Book in an Age of Ornament,” Lorraine Janzen Kooistra analyzed the graphical grammar at work in the ornamental borders of the Sunday Magazine and other family periodicals. In “At the Border of Consumption and Production: ‘Curiosities’ in the Strand Magazine, 1896-1918,” Alison Hedley related how magazine readers used a longstanding magazine feature as a forum for producing multimodal journalism and contributing to the culture of snapshot photography. Senior CDH research fellow Leslie Howsam also attended the conference.