Nineteenth-Century Matters 2021-22

Edge Hill University


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 sixth year, it is aimed at postdoctoral researchers who have completed their PhD, but who are not currently employed in a full-time academic post. Nineteenth-Century Matters offers unaffiliated early career researchers a platform from which to organise professionalisation workshops and research seminars on a theme related to nineteenth-century studies, and relevant to the host institution’s specialisms. The focus should be on the nineteenth century, rather than on Romanticism or Victorianism.

For the coming academic year, Nineteenth-Century Matters will provide the successful applicant with affiliation in the form of a Visiting Research Fellowship at Edge Hill University. The fellowship will run from 1st October 2021 – 30th September 2022. The fellow will become a member of the EHU Nineteen Research Centre and will draw upon and contribute towards its vibrant research culture. EHU Nineteen is an interdisciplinary research centre focusing on long nineteenth century studies, with specialisms including digital humanities and print culture, masculinity and gender studies, children’s literature, theatre, humour, and neo-Victorianism. It also benefits from connections with museums, galleries and cultural heritage partners across the North West and UK.

In addition to intellectual exchange and collaboration, the successful fellow will benefit from:

  • Access to EHU library resources, both physical and digital, for the full academic year.
  • A mentor from EHU Nineteen who can advise on research, careers, and public engagement.
  • Access to EHU Nineteen events and research community, including Virtual Speaker Series and research networking events.
  • Access to the BARS/NASSR Conference being hosted at EHU in 2022. There is also the option of timing the fellowship event to be part of this conference.
  • Access to EHU Nineteen webinar function to host online events if desired.
  • A place of work – if desired – at Edge Hill’s beautiful campus in the NW of England.         
  • Up to 14 nights accommodation for planning and delivery of events if required. (Subject to availability on desired dates at EHU’s Hollies accommodation. )

There is no requirement for the Fellow to live on the campus or in the Ormskirk area during the fellowship. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to enable the successful applicant to continue with an affiliation and remain part of the academic community. It is a non-stipendiary post, and the fellow will need to support themselves financially during the academic year. The fellow will, however, be financially supported by BARS and BAVS with the organising of a research and professionalization event on a theme relevant to their own and/or Edge Hill’s research interests, with a contribution of £1500 towards costs incurred. It is also expected that the fellow will acknowledge BARS, BAVS, and Edge Hill University in any publications that arise from their position.

Application Process

Applicants should submit a CV with a two-page proposal of their research topic and event, and explain why they would benefit from the fellowship. Applicants can propose research on any aspect of the nineteenth century, and we are keen to encourage interdisciplinary proposals which might include, but are not limited to: literature, history, art history, theatre, periodical culture, medical humanities and 19thC legacies. Applications should be sent to Laura Eastlake at (, Briony Wickes ( and Paul Stephens ( The deadline for applications is Friday 10th September 2021 (23:59 GMT).

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