Founded in 2000, the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS) is a multi-disciplinary organisation dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge about the Victorian period. It has over 800 members, drawn from the academic community and the general public, in both the UK and abroad. Members have a wide range of interests in the nineteenth century, including art history, cultural studies, history, literary studies, performance studies and the history of science. BAVS hosts a major international conference each year and offers funding opportunities for members at any stage of their career to undertake research or organise events. For further details or information about joining BAVS, please see the website.

This blog, The Victorianist, is run by the postgraduate representatives of the Executive Committee with the aim of sharing information, links, and updates relevant to the membership of BAVS. Most of the postings take the form of calls for papers or articles and we welcome organisers sending us details of such opportunities. However, we also welcome additional content such as reviews, discussions, or opinion pieces from members – just get in touch if you’d like to write for us!

Carys Hudson (

Carys is a third year PhD candidate and Teaching Assistant at Queen’s University Belfast. Her thesis investigates the reshaping of childhood and adolescence by Decadent writers by examining Decadent approaches to aesthetics, individualism, gender and sexuality, reader response, and literary models, considering the child both as subjects in adult fiction and readers of juvenile fiction. Her Twitter can be found at: @carysrhudson.

Hollie Geary-Jones (h.gearyjones@chester.ac.uk)

Hollie is a third year PhD candidate and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chester. Her thesis titled ‘The Nineteenth-Century Sex Worker in Fact and Fiction: Infectious Performance and Dressing the Self’ examines the extent to which French and English sex workers were able to mislead society by subverting stereotypes to clothing, body, and behaviour. She tweets at: @HollieGJ1.

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