Journal of Victorian Culture – Call for Reviewing Editors

The Journal of Victorian Culture promotes the best work on all aspects of nineteenth-century society, culture and the material world, including literature, art, performance, politics, science, medicine, technology, religion, lived experience, and ideas. It welcomes submissions which address a broad Victorian studies readership and explore new questions and approaches. Concerned with the long nineteenth century, its legacies, and echoes in the present day, the journal encourages articles which interrogate periodization, historiography and critical traditions.

Following the retirement of some members of the editorial board an opportunity has arisen for new members to join as Reviewing Editors. The journal invites expressions of interest in this role from individuals working in the field who meet the following criteria. Potential candidates should send a one page statement explaining their interest in the role and one-page CV to,, or by the end of December 2021.

The Reviewing Editor Role

We are looking for enthusiastic, knowledgeable and critical Victorianists to join the JVC editorial collective. JVC operates a distinctive and democratic editorial structure comprised of a team of four co-editors and an editorial board of reviewing editors (REs). The co-editors and REs work closely together. Each RE takes responsibility for finding specialist reviewers for around 3 submissions per year. On the basis of the reviews, the RE then provides a recommendation to the co- editors. In the case of a recommendation for major revisions, the RE’s opinion is usually sought on resubmission. The role involves using ScholarOne, the JVC online content management system.

In addition to working with prominent scholars and reviewing exciting new work, our Reviewing Editors are also encouraged to develop ideas for the journal’s distinctive Round Table, New Agenda, and Perspective fora, and thus to contribute to the shaping of the field. The JVC editorial team (editors and reviewing editors) is unpaid and operates on a voluntary basis.

Criteria for the Role

The JVC Board is deliberately seeking to widen its membership and encourages expressions of interest from scholars from a wide range of backgrounds, specialisms, and career levels. We warmly welcome expressions of interest from scholars of colour and from constituencies currently under-represented on the board.

We welcome applications evidencing one or more of the following:

· Nineteenth-century expertise in any area or discipline. We are particularly looking to expand the board’s coverage of Critical Race Theory, global, imperial and colonial and transatlantic histories, voices and perspectives, theatre studies and poetry, eco-critical approaches and disability studies.

· Some significant editorial experience, such as journal roles, editing special issues or collections of essays, or PhD supervision.

· A proven track record of collegiality and team contributions to the field through, for example, the activities of the learned societies, conference organisation etc.

· Nineteenth-century subject specialism developed within, or in collaboration with, organisations (e.g. museums, galleries) outside the university sector.

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