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!

Abby Boucher (abigailkboucher@gmail.com) and Briony Wickes (briony.wickes@kcl.ac.uk)

Abby is a lecturer in English literature at Aston University. Her current research focuses on representations of the aristocratic body in Victorian literature, especially as it concerns gender, medicine and science. She has been published in Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Revenant, and The Wilkie Collins Journal.

Briony is a third-year PhD student in the English Department at King’s College London. Her thesis, provisionally entitled ‘Fur, Feathers, Fat, and Wool: Animals, Global Trade, and Settler Colonisation in Victorian Literature’, argues that animal bodies are integral to the conceptual and material work of nineteenth-century settlement in the New World. She can be found on Twitter here: @BrionyJoy


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