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!

Dr Danielle Mariann Dove (

Danielle is a Teaching Fellow in Nineteenth-Century Literature at the University of Surrey. Her research centres on dress, fashion, and materiality in Victorian and neo-Victorian literature and culture. She tweets at: @Danielle_M_Dove

Heather Hind (heather.hind@roehampton.ac.uk)

Heather completed her PhD at the University of Exeter, supported by the AHRC South West and Wales DTP. Her thesis, ‘Hairwork in Victorian Literature and Culture’, explores how the crafting of objects from human hair came to shape and frame bodies, identities and relationships in the Victorian imagination. She works on the Brontës, Margaret Oliphant, Wilkie Collins, and Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. She can be found on Twitter @drheatherhind

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