Call for Papers

BAVS 2023 Conference

University of Surrey

31 August-2 September 2023

30 August: PGR/ECR Professionalisation Afternoon



Deadline for submissions:  Sunday 16 April, 2023

Contact email:


Keynote speakers: Prof. David Amigoni (Keele University); Prof. Jennifer DeVere Brody (Stanford University); Prof. Michael Hatt (University of Warwick); & Prof. Ruth Livesey (Royal Holloway, University of London)


BAVS 2023 will be held at the University of Surrey, and we look forward to hosting delegates across the range of BAVS members at our campus, situated in Stag Hill, Guildford. As a county, Surrey has been home to many eminent Victorians including Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Gertrude Jekyll, Isabella Beeton, Ada Lovelace, Augusta Spottiswoode, and Edwin Lutyens. Guildford itself has close associations with Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) who lived his later years here with his sisters and is buried in The Mount Cemetery. Watts Gallery Artists’ Village, which includes Limnerslease, the former residence of George Frederic Watts and his artist wife, Mary, is close by, and a must-see for those interested in the Arts & Crafts movement.


The formal conference opens on the 31 August, preceded by an informal afternoon dedicated to PGR/ECR professionalisation workshops on 30 August. As in 2022, the conference will not have a theme. Instead, we encourage submissions that reflect the breadth of BAVS members’ research interests on any aspect of Victorian Studies. We also invite diverse formats for their delivery, e.g.  individual 20-minute papers; themed panels (3 papers, 20 minutes long or 4 papers 15 mins long); and roundtables (5-7 speakers delivering 5- minute talks). Topics suggested below are for guidance only.


Topics may include:


  • Authorship & Reception
  • Art & Industry
  • Biography & Celebrity
  • Capitalist Structures & Cultures
  • Colonialism/Cosmopolitanisms
  • Disability, Poverty & Disadvantage
  • Ecocriticism/Eco-Gothic fiction
  • Emigration/Immigration
  • Family, Finance & Domesticity
  • Forbidden Desires; Gender, Sex & Bodies
  • Forgotten Victorians
  • Journalism/Print Culture
  • Victorian Language/Slang/Dictionaries
  • Material Cultures
  • Medicine, Science & Technology
  • Misinformation & Propaganda
  • Neo-Victorian Studies/Cultures
  • The Arts & the Senses
  • Theatre, Visual & Popular Cultures
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Utopian/Dystopian Ideologies
  • Victorian Afterlives & the Supernatural
  • Victorians & their Animals
  • Victorian Creative Partnerships
  • Victorian Education
  • Victorian Surrey


Please send proposals via email to by Sunday 16th April 2023. Any queries, please contact the conference organisers at the email address above.