“Victorian Belief/Victorian Doubt” – 2013 Conference Webpage

2013 Conference — “Victorian Belief/Victorian Doubt”  |  Cleveland, Ohio, April 12 – 14

Upcoming Deadlines:  Early Registration – March 20  |  Discount Hotel Rate – March 22

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The 2013 conference will feature presentations, panels, and entertainments from scholars of art, music, history, history of science, and literature on topics related to Victorian belief and doubt. This theme encompasses religions, superstitions, and convictions of all sorts, and their obverse: skepticisms, denials, and uncertainties. With its single, shared session format, MVSA offers a unique opportunity to present work to an undivided audience. Participants are also invited to submit essays for an edited volume of articles based on conference proceedings. Click here to download the official conference program.

The early registration fee for the conference is $120.  To pre-register, use the PayPal feature below to select the appropriate rate and complete the transaction online.  Attendees are kindly asked to become members when registering ($40 for regular members, $30 for graduate students and independent scholars).  Registration includes entrance to all sessions, two keynote addresses, Friday reception, Saturday lunch, and beverages at breaks.  Please indicate if you would prefer a vegetarian lunch option when prompted during the transaction.

— Select a conference rate —

  • Regular | $160.00 USD
  • Graduate Student | $150.00 USD

If you would prefer to pay via check, please complete and submit this form.  The deadline for early registration is March 20.


We are pleased to have as our 2013 plenary speakers Timothy Larsen, McManis Professor of Christian Thought at Wheaton College and author of Crises of Doubt: Honest Faith in 19th-Century England (2006) and A People of One Book: The Bible and the Victorians (2012); and Julie Melnyk of the University of Missouri-Columbia, author of Women’s Theology in 19th-Century Britain (1998) and Victorian Religion: Faith and Life in Britain (2008).

Travel and Lodging 

Conference sessions will be held at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland in downtown Cleveland. The hotel is located within the historic 1890 arcade, which was once known as Cleveland’s Crystal Palace. With a Romanesque Revival exterior, the Arcade was the first Cleveland building placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel and arcade are directly across the street from Cleveland’s East Fourth Street dining and entertainment district and just blocks from the lakefront, sports stadiums, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 Hotel Accommodations

King-size and double rooms have been reserved at the Hyatt Regency at a rate of $112 per night before taxes. This rate is good from three days before the start of the conference until three days after the end of the conference.

The rooms and this discounted rate will only be held through March 22. After that date, rooms will be available at the hotel’s regular rate (currently $135 per night). Reservations can be made at an MVSA dedicated Passkey site or via the hotel at 216-575-1234. Change to existing reservations can be made via the Passkey site through April 2; after March 22 new reservations can only be made directly via the hotel.

The hotel is located at 420 Superior Avenue East, Cleveland, Ohio, 44114. Reduced cost valet parking is available for $16 per day with in-out privileges for hotel guests. Room reservations include complimentary Internet access in rooms, use of the hotel health club, a 20% discount at the Chocolate Bar restaurant, and 25% off the spa located in The Arcade. Breakfast is not included in the room rate but is available in the hotel restaurant, 1890 at The Arcade, or nearby restaurants.

There are also several other hotels within walking distance of the Hyatt Regency.

 Transportation and Parking

Public transportation from the Cleveland airport: 

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) provides service to and from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE). To get to the Hyatt, take the red line from the airport (station is located in the lower level of the main airport terminal) to the Tower City station. The trip takes less than 30 minutes, and trains depart approximately every 15 minutes. One-way fare to Tower City is $2.25. 

In Tower City, follow the signs for the Public Square exits, turn right outside the door, and walk approximately two blocks to the Hyatt Regency, which will be on the left side of the street. 

Taxi service from the Cleveland airport: 

You can get a taxi from a stand outside door #1 on the baggage claim level of the main terminal. 

Fare from the Cleveland airport to the Hyatt is approximately $25, and the ride takes about 20 minutes outside of rush hour. 


Reduced cost valet parking is available for $16 per day with in-out privileges for hotel guests. For attendees not staying at the hotel, the rate is $23 per day. Numerous parking garages and street parking are also available near the hotel. Just be sure to check posted signs for restrictions, especially in metered street spaces.

Driving directions to the Hyatt Regency are also available on the hotel website.

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