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.
A two-day conference that aims to bring together new research into Dickens’s afterlife and legacy, from his influence on Victorian literature, social reform and literary criticism to biographies, reminiscences and reimaginings in the twentieth century and beyond.
A two-day conference exploring the intense fascination with ancient Egypt that permeated the cultural imagination in the nascent nineteenth century and beyond
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.
A two-day conference exploring forgotten geographies in the fin de siècle
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.
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.
A one-day postgraduate symposium exploring Victorian materiality and the material object
A cross-disciplinary conference on Victorian culture and society
A Conference at the University of Leicester, 18 September 2015
A Dickensian Drama and Symposium
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.
The first international conference on Meredith and his work
A conference on the Victorian novelist, biographer, literary critic and historian Margaret Oliphant (1828-97)
A one day conference featuring keynotes from Professor Helen Rees Leahy (University of Manchester) and Professor Nicola Watson (Open University)
A Romantic Illustration Network event.
A symposium on the life and work of Margaret Harkness.
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.
‘He stands in the absolutely first rank as a writer of ghost stories.’ – M.R. James
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.
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.