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 600 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!

Briony Wickes (briony.wickes@kcl.ac.uk) and Zoe Chadwick (zoe.chadwick@hotmail.co.uk)

Briony is a final year PhD student in the English Department at King’s College London, supported by the AHRC London Arts and Humanities Research Partnership. Her thesis, provisionally entitled ‘Fur, Feathers, Fat, and Wool: Animals, Trade, and Settler Colonisation in the Victorian Novel, 1830-1890’, considers how animals and animal bodies are entangled in the imaginative work and material creation of Victorian settlement, focusing specifically on literary representations of four major colonial industries – sheep farming, the fur trade, whaling, and the feather industry. She can be found on Twitter @brionyjoy

Zoe is a PhD Candidate at Newman University in Birmingham, England. Her doctoral research focuses on ‘extreme’ representations of the mind and body in late-Victorian Gothic fiction. She co-founded Newmarts, an arts and humanities research blog for Newman University and she co-edits for ‘Critical Commentary’ the CREST research journal. She is also co-hosting the ‘Victorian Fears Colloquium’ for 2018. She is on twitter @chadwick_zoe 


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