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Call for Papers: The London Victorian Studies Colloquium

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Radicalism and Reform in the Long Nineteenth Century

  • Date04 January 2019

Friday 26th and Saturday 27th April 2019 Plenary Speakers: Dr Carol Jacobi (Tate Britain) & Dr Helen Goodman (Bath Spa)

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The London Victorian Studies Colloquium is an annual residential colloquium for postgraduates and postdocs working in Victorian Studies. The Colloquium is an informal two days, combining postgraduate papers, training and professionalisation workshops, and time for networking in the beautiful Victorian surroundings of Royal Holloway.

This year, the colloquium seeks to explore the themes of Radicalism and Reform in the Long Nineteenth Century.

The event will include:
• Plenary talks from Dr Carol Jacobi (Curator of British Art, 1850-1915, Tate Britain) and Dr Helen Goodman (Bath Spa University)
• Research Beyond the Article with Professor Redell Olsen (RHUL) and Dr Joanna Taylor (Manchester)
• Panel Discussion on Academic Careers and the Place of ECRs in the University
• Training in Nineteenth-Century Collections and Designing Innovative Teaching

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and the colloquium is open to Masters, doctoral students and postdocs from the UK or abroad, working on any nineteenth-century topic. Registration will open shortly.

Participants do not have to give papers, but we do seek proposals for a small number of 15-20 minute papers on interdisciplinary topics related to the conference theme. These may include, but are in no way limited to:

- Reforming Movements: Theosophy, the Salvation Army, women’s movements, animal rights, prison reform, law reform
- Radical Politics: socialism, anarchism, anti-slavery
- Reform as a return to past practices: Tractarianism/the Oxford Movement, anti-industrialism, artistic revivals
- Imperialism and its afterlives
- Radical Networks: local, national, transnational
- Radical Bodies: Women’s Suffrage and Queer Histories
- Past, Present, Future Time: From Utopias to Apocalypse
- Representing social problems and constraints in the ‘Condition of England’ novel
- Artistic, literary and cultural reforms, radicals and movements
- Scientific and technological progress
- Radical approaches to Victorian Studies; reforming the discipline

Please submit 200-250 word abstract and a brief biography to Gursimran Oberoi ( by 15th February 2019.

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