The 2012 AVSA conference was held at Griffith University, Brisbane, and was followed by Global Dickens. The final program is available as a Word document here.
The Calls for Papers are available below.
Victorians needed names for new things, novel practices and emergent techniques. Cumulatively, these formed vocabularies, some by deliberation and design, others aggregating over time. The era abounds in private and specialised languages, modish slangs, and technical terms used in craft, industry, medicine, law, the arts and sciences. These vocabularies circulated through small networks or made the leap to the public realm where they could be considered in expanded lights and put to new and unfamiliar uses. We invite you to think abot Victorian Vocabularies across British, Colonial and Global contexts. Papers might address vocabulary making, transmission, and re-purposing. They might consider the vocabulary as pedagogic tool or as potent metaphor.