The Dickens Project
The Centre for Victorian Studies at Royal Holloway is one of only 3 UK institutions affiliated to
the University of California Dickens Project. In recent years the Department of English has supported a member of staff and the successful PhD candidate in our annual competition to attend the week-long Dickens Universe Summer School at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Participants follow an intensive programme of teaching and lectures alongside a diverse range of scholars and students, from high school students to renowned Ivy League Professors in this exceptional international exchange of ideas.
Graduate students attending the Dickens Universe have found it an incredibly valuable and rewarding experience. A documentary detailing The Dickens Project and its annual summer event, The Dickens Universe is available to watch here.
Click here to read Rosalind White's experience of Eliot Universe 2017.
Click here to read Michael James's experience of the Dickens Universe 2016.
The London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar
The Centre is affiliated to the London Nineteenth Century Studies Seminar which is currently lead by Sophie Gilmartin (RHUL) and Matthew Ingelby (QMUL). The series meets three times a term on Saturdays at Senate House in Central London with the support of the University of London's Institute of English Studies. The London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar involves a large and influential community of senior scholars and postgraduates. Several members of the Centre for Victorian Studies at Royal Holloway are actively involved in the University-wide steering committee that plans these seminars and have co-organised themed programmes of events with the IES including The Nineteenth-Century on the Move (co-organisers Mark Turner, King's College; Ruth Livesey, Royal Holloway) October - December 2008 which brought together literary scholars and historical and cultural geographers to examine new thinking in relation to mobility and culture.
All graduate students associated with the Centre for Victorian Studies are privileged to have easy access to the wide-range of events that take place at the Institute of English Studies in Senate House, Bloomsbury.
Pets and Family Life
Pets and Family Life in England and Wales 1837-1939 is a major new research project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It is the first large-scale historical study of the relationships between families and their cats, dogs and other companion animals in modern Britain. The project is run by Dr. Jane Hamlett from Royal Holloway, University of London and Professor Julie-Marie Strange from the University of Manchester, who are working with a team of researchers including Dr. Lesley Hoskins and Dr. Rebecca Preston.