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Conference Report – Work/Leisure, Duty/Pleasure: 2019 Annual Conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals

Monday 19th of August 2019 by Victorianist

Mariam Zarif is a PhD candidate at King’s College London with interests in New Woman writing, ninteenth-century women’s penny weeklies and New Journalism. You can find her on twitter @MariamZarif1 ‘What Pompeii was to the Romans that Brighton is to Londoners’ exclaimed one Brighton Resident in his report of 1889. He elaborated on the city’s …

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Message for BAVS Standing Order Members

Friday 16th of August 2019 by Victorianist

We now have a new payment system: Stripe. Like PayPal (which we will continue to support), Stripe enables subscriptions to automatically recur each year and is fully integrated with our online membership system. We are asking all members who currently pay via standing order to transfer onto this new Stripe system. There are a number …

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Call for Papers: Romance, Revolution and Reform Conference

Friday 9th of August 2019 by Victorianist

15th January 2020 University of Southampton ‘Reform’ From fraught restructures of the voting franchise and the education system, to vast infrastructural redevelopments and the overhaul of poor relief systems, an understanding of the reform movements of the long-nineteenth century and their various implications for politics, culture and society continue to play a central role in …

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Call for Nominations: BAVS Postgraduate Representatives

Wednesday 31st of July 2019 by Victorianist

Elections to positions on the committee of the British Association for Victorian Studies from September 2019 will be confirmed at the Annual General Meeting, on Friday 30 August 2019, 13:15 – 14:00 in Lecture Theatre 3 at Dundee University. All members of the Association, whether attending the conference as delegates or not, are welcome to …

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Nineteenth-Century Matters: University of Surrey 2019-20

Wednesday 31st of July 2019 by Victorianist

Outline Nineteenth-Century Matters is an initiative jointly run by the British Association for Romantic Studies and the British Association for Victorian Studies. Now in its fourth year, it is aimed at postdoctoral researchers who have completed their PhD, but are not currently employed in a full-time academic post. Nineteenth-Century Matters offers unaffiliated early career researchers …

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Course: ‘Humphry Davy: Laughing gas, literature and the lamp’

Monday 29th of July 2019 by Victorianist

Free online course (MOOC) starting 28 October 2019 – Open to all Sign up today at http://www.futurelearn.com/courses/humphry-davy The MOOC is intended for anyone with an interest in Humphry Davy, or early-nineteenth-century literature, science, or history. It will explore some of the most significant moments of Davy’s life and career, including his childhood in Cornwall, his …

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Call for Contributors: Nineteenth-Century Contexts Special Issue on Ecologies of the Atlantic Archipelago

Monday 29th of July 2019 by WebTeam

May 2021 Guest Editors: Seán Hewitt & Anna Pilz Studies of the intertwined histories of Great Britain, Ireland, and their associated islands have given rise to the notion of ‘archipelagic studies’. As in John Kerrigan’s seminal work Archipelagic English, the cover of which shows the familiar image of Great Britain and Ireland on a map …

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‘A spurious abortion of an impure brain’: What did the London street traders think about Henry Mayhew?

Monday 29th of July 2019 by Victorianist

Ole Münch recently submitted his PhD thesis at the University of Constance, Germany. In his study he investigates how people of different religions interacted and affiliated at the Rag Fair street market of early Victorian London. Ole’s thoughts on Mayhew and the STPA are further elaborated in an article he published in the London Magazine …

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Amy P. Goldman Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite Studies

Friday 26th of July 2019 by Victorianist

The University of Delaware Library, in Newark, Delaware, and the Delaware Art Museum are pleased to offer a joint Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite studies, funded by the Amy P. Goldman Foundation. This one-month Fellowship, awarded annually, is intended for scholars conducting significant research in the lives and works of the Pre-Raphaelites and their friends, associates, and …

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“Retailing and Distribution in the Nineteenth Century” – 2019 CHORD Conference

Thursday 25th of July 2019 by Victorianist

University of Wolverhampton 10 September 2019 The programme, together with abstracts, registration details and further information, can be found here. The programme includes: Patricia Lara-Betancourt, Kingston University Retailing the Modern Home: The Large Furniture and Furnishing Firm in London West End, 1890-1914 Judith Davies, University of Birmingham A large family of small shopkeepers: the Wood …

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CFP: Theatre, Art, and Visual Culture in the 19th Century

Wednesday 24th of July 2019 by Victorianist

Session at the Association for Art History Annual Conference 1-3 April 2020 After William Telbin, Act I, Scene II, The Tempest, (c) V&A Museum Convened on behalf of the three-year AHRC-funded project, ‘Theatre and Visual Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century’, this session seeks to create cross-disciplinary dialogue between scholars of art history, visual culture and theatre history. The …

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Palaces of Pleasure: Review

Monday 22nd of July 2019 by Victorianist

Alan D.D. is an author, journalist and blogger from Venezuela. He works with books, comics, music, movies and anything else that catches his attention. 99% of the time, it’s something about witches. He’s currently studying a Masters in Communication and Development and searching for a 24/7 chocolate supplier.  Once in a while, it’s good for …

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The Davy Notebooks Project Launch

Tuesday 16th of July 2019 by Victorianist

The Davy Notebooks Project has launched Help us to transcribe the manuscript notebooks of Sir Humphry Davy The Davy Notebooks Project has just launched on Zooniverse, the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. Sir Humphry Davy (1778-1829) was one of the most significant and famous figures in the scientific and literary culture of …

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CFP: New Directions in Nineteenth-Century Periodical Studies

Friday 12th of July 2019 by Victorianist

20th September 2019, University of Leeds ‘ASTONISHING SALES PROMPT LARGER PRINT RUN’Fun, 1868 (vol. VII), p. 5. 19th Century UK Periodicals. Funded by the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities, New Directions in Nineteenth-Century Periodical Studies is a conference to promote discussion of innovative research amongst those working in the field, at all …

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Reminder: Reynolds Re-evaluated: The Launch of the GWM Reynolds Society

Friday 12th of July 2019 by Victorianist

The launch will consist of an evening of papers on the Chartist radical and penny dreadful writer, Reynolds. The Reynolds society has emerged out of a collaboration between the University of Roehampton and DePaul University in Chicago and aims to bring Reynolds to the attention of both the public and academic community. This post has …

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A Space of Their Own: Women, Writing and Place, 1850-1950, Conference Report

Wednesday 3rd of July 2019 by Victorianist

Shaina Paggett is an undergraduate English and History student at Keele University. You can find her on twitter @ShainaPaggett . This summer, I had the honour of attending my first academic conference held outside of my own university. My interest in Victorian Literature has grown over the past couple of years and, in spite of my …

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Science and Anxiety in George Eliot’s ‘The Lifted Veil’ (1859)

Monday 1st of July 2019 by Victorianist

Sarah McFee is a MA English graduate from Teesside University. Her research focuses primarily on speculative fiction including portrayals of disability in the Victorian Gothic, and representations and constructions of gender and race in Neo-Victorian fiction. You can connect with her on LinkedIn. Christopher P. Toumey states that within the Victorian era there existed “moral …

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Call for Volunteers: The London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar (Institute of English Studies)

Wednesday 26th of June 2019 by Victorianist

The convenors of the seminar wish to recruit four graduate volunteers for the academic year 2019/20. One Graduate Representative to assist with the planning and promotion of seminars in 2019/20. Three Co-Organisers for the annual London Nineteenth-Century Studies Graduate Conference (January 2020). Volunteers will be responsible for inviting plenary speakers, drafting a call-for-papers, selecting papers and curating panels. These positions …

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CFP: Special Issue of Victorian Poetry on Alfred Tennyson

Monday 24th of June 2019 by Victorianist

Guest Editor: Dr Michael J. Sullivan (University of Oxford) Deadline: 20 September 2019 Address for Submissions: michael.sullivan@chch.ox.ac.uk Submissions are invited for articles concerning any aspects of the style, influences, and literary connections of Alfred Tennyson, to feature in a special issue of Victorian Poetry planned for publication in the spring of 2021. Appearing against the …

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CFP: Eastern Questions: New Perspectives on British Orientalism

Monday 24th of June 2019 by Victorianist

16 – 17 October 2019 A collaborative two-day conference at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village and Royal Holloway, University of London To coincide with Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village (WG-AV) exhibition John Frederick Lewis: Facing Fame (9 July – 3 November 2019) this interdisciplinary event aims to explore new perspectives on the intersection between Orientalism and visual …

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BAVS Talks 2019 Now Online

Wednesday 12th of June 2019 by Victorianist

The videos for BAVS Talks 2019 are now available to view online. The afternoon of four special talks by leading Victorianists was hosted by the University of Liverpool in May. The videos can all be found on the front page of the BAVS website and are linked below. The speakers (and their talks) are: Helen …

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CFP: NeMLA 2020: New Materialist Readings of 19th-century Writers

Friday 7th of June 2019 by Victorianist

Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA March 5-8, 2020 This session engages in a matter-oriented approach, raising questions about the ontological status of the autonomous writing subject by joining it to the vast network of relations to objects within an area—ecozone, bioregion, biome, or ecosystem. Though the contributions by science-based writers are important (e.g., Humphry Davy, …

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The Poetry and Teachings of the Yellow Wall Lichen

Monday 3rd of June 2019 by Victorianist

Erin Farley is the Library & Information Officer for Local History at Dundee Central Library. She has recently completed a PhD at the University of Strathclyde on ‘The Place of Poetry in Victorian Dundee,’ focusing on creative communities and their relationships to place in the industrial city. She is on Twitter @aliasmacalias. In the mid-1830s, …

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Victoriographies: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century Writing, 1790-1914 – General Call for Reviewers

Tuesday 28th of May 2019 by Victorianist

This is an open call for reviewers for Victoriographies: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century Writing, 1790-1914, co-edited by Patricia Pulham and Diane Piccitto and published by Edinburgh University Press which produces three issues annually. We especially welcome early career researchers, post-doctoral students, advanced graduate students, and post-graduates. Reviews should be 800-1000 words for single books and …

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Gothic Representations of Colonisation in Joan Lindsay’s Picnic at Hanging Rock (1967)

Monday 27th of May 2019 by Victorianist

Sarah McFee is a MA English graduate from Teesside University. Her research focuses primarily on speculative fiction including portrayals of disability in the Victorian Gothic, and representations and constructions of gender and race in Neo-Victorian fiction. You can connect with her on LinkedIn. From the sixteenth century onwards, Britain built a global Empire. It enacted …

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‘Do I Have Time to Read Gibbon?’ and Other Conference Concerns

Monday 20th of May 2019 by Victorianist

Gareth Reeves is a final year PhD candidate in the English department at Durham University. His research explores the value of self-education in fin-de-siècle London, chiefly in the novels of George Gissing. He can be found on Twitter @GarethReeves4 I am in the throes of hammering out a conference paper on George Gissing’s much-neglected, unfinished historical novel, Veranilda (1904), …

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Registration for BAVS 2019 Dundee is now open

Wednesday 15th of May 2019 by Victorianist

We’ve managed to keep the costs as low as possible, thanks to the support of various sponsors, not least of all the BAVS executive committee, Dundee’s Centre for Scottish Culture, and the Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo-Victorian Studies. The Conference Dinner at Chamber East, a lovely nineteenth-century building, is FREE for everyone (sign up …

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Lightning Flashes and Electric Dashes: American Telegraphic Literature

Monday 13th of May 2019 by Victorianist

Harriet Thompson is an AHRC-funded PhD candidate in the English department at King’s College London. Her doctoral thesis explores depictions of telegraph operators in late nineteenth-century British and American literature. Harriet’s broader research interests lie in the intersections between literature, telecommunications technologies, gender, and sexuality. Harriet is co-editor of the King’s English blog and can …

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Jane Clegg (1913) by St John Ervine at the Finborough Theatre, Earl’s Court

Friday 10th of May 2019 by Victorianist

New production of Jane Clegg, St John Ervine’s 1913 drama of family, currently on at the Finborough Theatre till 18 May. https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2019/apr/26/jane-clegg-review-forgotten-suffrage-era-gem-shines-again FLASH SALE. We’ve a limited number of £12 tickets now on sale. Use code JANE12 to get your discount tickets for Saturday 11 May 7.30pm and Tuesday 14th May 7.30pm when booked online ONLY: https://www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/productions/2019/jane-clegg.php …

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Charity-in-formation, Period Brit Lit Films seeks EoI’s from possible trustees

Tuesday 7th of May 2019 by WebTeam

A charity-in-formation, PBLF seeks an academic as either a specific specialist, or as General Fundraising Supervisor, or Secretarial trustee. Please see the website (95% finished) www.pblf.lifestones.biz If interested in being a co-founding trustee, please go to ‘Get Involved’ page and click on ‘Trustees’. Then click on the various possible labels to see the various job …

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