Directory of academic and postgraduate groups
Birkbeck Nineteenth Century Reading Group
This informal and relaxed group of postgraduate researchers aims to discuss a variety of critical and literary texts from the long nineteenth century. Covering a range of genres including poetry, drama, melodrama, fiction, and criticism, we are keen to broaden our understanding of the period and to explore areas beyond our own individual projects. We meet over a drink on the third monday of the month, October through July. Please contact email@example.com for further information.
Death, Commemoration and Memory Research Group
The DCM Research Group is a virtual research group dedicated to the academic study of Death, Commemoration and Memory, based within the School of Arts, Culture and Environment at the University of Edinburgh. Founded in 2008, it provides a forum for postgraduates and staff whose research engages with any aspect of the Group’s remit, attracting junior and senior scholars from a variety of academic disciplines. Further information is available here.
The DCM group will be hosting a two-day conference in Edinburgh, 24-25 June 2010, on the theme of ‘Death, Commemoration and Memory: An Exploration of Representation, Concept and Change’.
The Leeds Nineteenth Century Reading Group
The Leeds Nineteenth Century Reading Group meets once a month to discuss a variety of texts written during the Nineteenth Century. Each member of the group has the opportunity to suggest a text for discussion. We welcome anyone who has an interest in the literature of the period, including undergraduates, postgraduates, staff and real people (members of the public). The Reading Group provides members with an opportunity to discuss their ideas in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Also, as each meeting is on different material, there is no obligation to come to every meeting.
If anyone has a query, please email David and Amber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
London Gaskell Reading Group
This exciting new interdisciplinary reading group unites Gaskell enthusiasts, undergraduates, postgraduates and academics from across London and the south east to discuss and celebrate one of the most distinctive voices in nineteenth-century fiction. In the bicentenary of Gaskell’s birth, we shall be reading a range of her work from major novels to some of the lesser-known short stories, considering such themes as place, work, material culture, story-telling, affect, industrial life, female writing, the woman question, science and empire.
Meetings will be held alternately at Roehampton University and King’s College London. Please join us for a glass of wine and some lively discussion.
If you are interested in attending, please email one of the organisers, Alison Lundie (email@example.com) or Louise Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org). [See http://victorianist.wordpress.com/2010/04/15/inaugural-meeting-of-the-london-gaskell-reading-group/]
The Pre-Raphaelite Society
The Pre-Raphaelite Society is dedicated to the celebration of the mood and style of art which Ruskin recognised and preserved by his writings, and to the observation of its wide-ranging influence. In co-operation with societies of similar aims world-wide, it seeks to commemorate Pre-Raphaelite ideals by means of meetings, conferences, discussions, publications and correspondence, and to draw attention to significant scholastic work in this field. First and foremost, however, it is a society in which individuals can come together to enjoy the images and explore the personalities of the Pre-Raphaelites and their followers through the medium of fine art, the appreciation of good design and the excellence of the traditional arts. For further details please visit their website.
Their next event is a conference on 26 June: ‘Pre-Raphaelite Art and Literature: Connections and Influences’ [see http://victorianist.wordpress.com/2010/04/09/pre-raphaelite-art-and-literature-connections-and-influences-26-june/]
Shows of London Group
The Shows of London group is a mixed group of academics and postgraduates at King’s College London and the Courtauld Institute who are interested in the entertainment and display cultures of nineteenth-century London, urban cultures, and technologies of spectacle and consumption. We meet three to four times a term to discuss particular works on these topics and the broad methodological issues that they raise.
Theories and Methods: Literature, Science and Medicine
This AHRC-funded Collaborative Research Training programme comprises a number of events over a two year period. The programme is being led by the University of Salford, in collaboration with eleven other partners: the Universities of Keele, Leicester, Manchester, King’s College London, the London Consortium, the Science Museum, National Maritime Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Royal College of Surgeons, Royal Institution of Great Britain, and the Wellcome Library. Students are taught by experts with different approaches to disciplinary boundaries, and will be equipped with the skills needed to utilise manuscript sources, rare books, material objects, philosophy, literature, film and visual arts in their study of the connections between literature, science and medicine. Further information about the project and the events that it hosts is available at http://litscimed.org.uk/.
The University of York Victorian Society
The Victorian Society is a research community run by postgraduates at the University of York. We are an interdisciplinary group, open to anyone with research interests in the nineteenth century. Our aim is to promote an interinstitutional research network by hosting events such as lectures, reading groups, and conferences. If you’re interested in learning more about what we do, please contact us via the blog.
Victorian Popular Fiction Association
The Victorian Popular Fiction Association has been established to offer a regular forum for the dissemination and, hopefully, publication of the vast amount of research currently being done on Victorian popular fiction.
The planning of the Victorian Popular Novelists 1860-1900 conference in September 2009 confirmed to the Association’s founders that research into this area of Victorian studies was both diverse and rewarding. We anticipate that we will hold a biennial conference but also anticipate that regular research seminars would be productive and informative, enabling academics working in this field to share their work and establish and maintain a vibrant network of collaborative scholarship. For further details please see their website.