BAVS conference 2019: Victorian Renewals.

Logo printed for BAVS 2019 by Dr Kelsey Williams on the Pathfoot Columbian Press, University of Stirling

SCVS is delighted to be co-hosting the British Association of Victorian Studies 2019 conference at the University of Dundee, 28-30 August 2019, on the theme ‘Victorian Renewals.’ The CFP has now been released (PDF below), and we are accepting paper proposals for a deadline of 1 March 2019. Confirmed keynote speakers include Prof Jo McDonagh, University of Chicago; Prof Heather Shore, Leeds Beckett; and Prof Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, Ryerson University, Toronto. The opening day will feature a plenary roundtable on ‘Scotland and Victorian Studies’, with Prof Gerry Carruthers, Prof Penny Fielding, Prof Aileen Fyfe and Prof Murdo Macdonald.

BAVS 2019 Call for Papers

A train crosses the new Tay Bridge, with the stumps of the first Tay Bridge visible. Photo courtesy of Dundee Central Library, Wellgate, Dundee

The conference will start on the morning of the 28th and end mid-afternoon on the 30th. Sessions will take place on the university campus, which is in the city centre, approximately 10-15 mins walk from the railway station.

Dundee’s Victorian heritage and influence is visible throughout the city, but our theme also celebrates the ongoing renewals and renovations of this heritage, most notably embodied in the £1bn renewal of the waterfront and its flagship building, the V&A Museum of Design, opened in September 2018. Dundee is an easily walkable city, and attractions for Victorianists also include the McManus Gallery and Museum, Verdant Works (the Jute Museum) , HMS Unicorn, and the rich research materials held by Dundee Central Library and Dundee City Archives. It has a thriving arts and creative scene and there are numerous entertainment and eating and drinking venues within a short walk of the conference location.  The city is readily accessible by train from either the West Coast (Glasgow- c.1.5 hours to Dundee) or East Coast (Edinburgh – c.1-1.5 hrs to Dundee) main lines. It is also accessible by bus or train from Edinburgh or Glasgow airports, which are served by most major airlines, and limited flights are available from London Stansted to Dundee Airport (Loganair) around the conference dates.

For further information or conference queries, email the conference address: bavs2019@dundee.ac.uk, or contact lead organisers Kirstie Blair (kirstie.blair@strath.ac.uk) or Daniel Cook (d.p.cook@dundee.ac.uk).