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!

Emma Butcher (erbutcher@gmail.com) and Jo Taylor (j.e.taylor@keele.ac.uk)

Emma is a second-year AHRC doctoral candidate at Hull University. Her thesis responds to the Brontës as commentators of war, looking at representations of conflict and military masculinity in their juvenilia. A keen tweeter and blogger, she can be found both here and here: EmmaButcher_

Jo is in the writing-up year of her PhD at Keele University. Her thesis explores the use of poetic spaces in negotiating influence anxieties in the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s children and grandchildren. She guest-blogs for Romantic Textualities and is the Editorial Assistant for the Byron Journal. She can be found on Twitter: @JoTayl0r0

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