In addition to the BAVS Annual conference, which brings together scholars from a range of disciplines to discuss key issues in Victorian studies, here you can find a diverse range of events supported by BAVS funding. The CFPs for the 2016 annual conference is available here.

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Annual Conference

Annual Conference 2016, Consuming (the) Victorians

Wednesday 31st of August 2016 - Friday 2nd of September 2016Cardiff University

A conference that is concerned with the complexity and diversity of Victorian consumer cultures and also seeks to consider our contemporary consumption of the Victorians.

Including a reception in the Impressionist galleries, with access to the Victorian art gallery, followed by an organ recital and conference dinner, National Museum Cardiff, and a house tour of Cardiff Castle, with interior decoration by Victorian architect William Burges.

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Events Archive

Forgotten Geographies in the Fin de Siècle

Friday 8th of July 2016 - Saturday 9th of July 2016

A two-day conference exploring forgotten geographies in the fin de siècle

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BAVS Talks 2016 - An Afternoon of Live Talks by Leading Victorianists

Tuesday 10th of May 2016University of Sussex

Following the success of last year's BAVS Talks, the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS) is again inviting scholars at all levels to another special afternoon of short talks by leading researchers in Victorian Studies. The talks will be filmed and edited by professionals and later made available online for a global audience.

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Sargentology: New Perspectives on the Works of John Singer Sargent

Thursday 28th of April 2016 - Friday 29th of April 2016University of York

This interdisciplinary conference aims to shed new light on studies of the life and career of the Victorian painter John Singer Sargent through fresh avenues of approach to the great man and his work.

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All Things Victorian: Exploring Materiality and the Material Object

Saturday 19th of March 2016University of Portsmouth

A one-day postgraduate symposium exploring Victorian materiality and the material object

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Architecture and Experience in the Nineteenth Century

Thursday 17th of March 2016 - Friday 18th of March 2016St John’s College, University of Oxford, Oxford

A cross-disciplinary conference on Victorian culture and society

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Writing Lives Together

Friday 18th of September 2015University of Leicester

A Conference at the University of Leicester, 18 September 2015

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Is She His Wife? or, Something Singular!

Thursday 17th of September 2015 - Friday 18th of September 2015King’s College London and the Charles Dickens Museum

A Dickensian Drama and Symposium

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Annual Conference 2015, Victorian Age(s)

Thursday 27th of August 2015 - Saturday 29th of August 2015Leeds Trinity University

The Victorians were highly preoccupied by the passage and experience of time in their own personal lives and their lifetimes.  Anxious to explain and express the historical changes around them, to arrange and categorise time(s) according to new disciplines and discourses, to explore and differentiate the experiences of different stages in the life-cycle, they strove to relate their era to preceding ones, to measure modernity, and to imagine possible futures.  Their experience of both of aging and living in an ‘age’ are among the themes of this conference, as too our own attempts to define the Victorian period.

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George Meredith and His Circle: Intellectual Communities & Literary Networks

Friday 24th of July 2015 - Saturday 25th of July 2015Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln (UK)

The first international conference on Meredith and his work

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The Arts and Feeling in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

Thursday 16th of July 2015 - Saturday 18th of July 2015Birkbeck College, University of London
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Margaret Oliphant in Context

Monday 6th of July 2015Victorian Studies Centre, University of Leicester

A conference on the Victorian novelist, biographer, literary critic and historian Margaret Oliphant (1828-97)

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Placing the Author: Literary Tourism in the Long Nineteenth Century

Saturday 20th of June 2015Elizabeth Gaskell House

A one day conference featuring keynotes from Professor Helen Rees Leahy (University of Manchester) and Professor Nicola Watson (Open University)

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BAVS Talks - An afternoon of short lectures by leaders in Victorian Studies, Oxford, 12 May 2015

Tuesday 12th of May 2015The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH)


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The Artist and the Writer symposium

Saturday 29th of November 2014Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London

A Romantic Illustration Network event.

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In Harkness' London

Saturday 22nd of November 2014Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 46 Gordon Square, London

A symposium on the life and work of Margaret Harkness.

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The Nineteenth-Century Northern Network: Victorian Legacies

Wednesday 29th of October 2014Creative Arts Building (CAMG01), University of Huddersfield

The first bi-annual meeting of the Northern Nineteenth-Century Network at Huddersfield University on Wednesday 29 October featured papers by academics and PGR students on topics ranging from Tower of London beefeaters and the Cottingley fairies to the Brontes’ appropriation of Napoleon and women writers’ ventures into scientific romance.  The theme was Victorian legacies, our continuing engagement with our Victorian heritage (and the Victorians’ engagement with their pasts too).  The event was generously sponsored by BAVS, who supported the attendance of PGR students from the founder universities (Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds Trinity, and Cergy-Pontoise) and others, and culminated with a discussion of the next event, a symposium on Victorian objects, Paraphernalia!, and the future of the new network which aims to be an inclusive organisation for Victorianists in the north.

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Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Bicentenary Conference

Wednesday 15th of October 2014 - Thursday 16th of October 2014Trinity College, Dublin

‘He stands in the absolutely first rank as a writer of ghost stories.’  – M.R. James

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The Exotic Body in 19th-century British Drama

Thursday 25th of September 2014 - Friday 26th of September 2014University of Oxford

This international conference aims to explore the concept, politics, and aesthetic features of the ‘exotic’ body on stage in nineteenth-century British drama, as well as functioning as a site for discussing the state of the art on the ‘exotic’ in the theatrical cultures of Romantic and Victorian Britain.

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Annual Conference 2014

Thursday 4th of September 2014 - Saturday 6th of September 2014Centre for Victorian Literature and Culture, University of Kent, Canterbury

From emerging ideas about the perils of environmental degradation to the establishment of the National Trust, the concept of sustainability began to take on a new importance in the Victorian period that remains relevant in 21st-century modernity.

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