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Upcoming Events

  • 4 September 2018: Technical Skills for Textual Editing: Understanding Variants. University of Stirling

This training workshop will take doctoral researchers through the processes of setting and printing an Early Modern text using the Victorian Columbian Press, followed by collating this text using the Hinman Collator.

Bringing together Stirling’s Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and Centre for Scottish Studies, Dundee’s Centre for Scottish Culture, and Strathclyde’s Scottish Centre for Victorian Studies, the training will be part of a wider two-day symposium on Textual Editing (Transforming the Theory and Practice of Editing) at the University of Stirling.

The first part of the workshop, led by Kelsey Jackson Williams with assistance from PhD students Jill Dye (Stirling) and Mhairi Rutherford (Dundee and Stirling), will demonstrate how variants come about, while the second part of the workshop, led by Emeritus Professor John Drakakis with assistance from PhD student Lorna Wallace (Stirling) and Jennifer Robertson (Strathclyde and Stirling), will demonstrate how a modern editor discovers variants, and will foreground the editorial decisions s/he must then make.

Registration details coming soon.

Previous Events

  • 27 April 2018: Crime Fiction(s): Victorian and Neo-Victorian Narratives of Crime and Punishment. Edinburgh Napier University.

The SCVS is delighted to be co-sponsoring ‘Crime Fiction(s)’ at Edinburgh Napier, organized by Lois Burke, Helena Roots and Anne Schwan. Speakers include Benjamin Poore and Zoe Alker. Registration is now open. Please register as soon as possible by following the link below. There is a regular delegate rate (£25) and a concessionary rate (£10) for postgraduates and early career researchers without permanent employment. You will also find a brief description of the conference schedule on the registration page:

Crime Fiction(s), April 2018, cfp

  • 15 February 2018: The People’s Voice Launch Event

This free conference marked the launch of the People’s Voice website, funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and created by staff at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde. This is a free online resource essential for anyone interested in the popular political culture of Scotland in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The details of over a thousand poems, online song recordings and essays and schools resources are included in the database, which was officially launched at the conference.

Full programme: Launch Event Programme.

  • 24 November 2017: Codes and Signals. University of Strathclyde

An SCVS workshop with Prof Caroline Arscott (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Prof Clare  Pettitt (KCL) and Dr Oliver Betts (National Railway Museum).

This half-day interactive workshop explored Victorian coding, messaging and signalling. Drawing on expertise from the ‘Scrambled Messages’ AHRC project                                           ( and the National Railway Museum, it will          investigate Victorian communications technology and its meanings for different users.

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27 October 2017: The Occult in and Beyond Victorian Scotland. University of Stirling.

Sir William Fettes Douglas, The Spell (1864).  National Galleries of Scotland.

A one-day conference in collaboration with the Centre for Scottish Studies at Stirling.

Event poster

Full schedule is available here: Updated Programme

  • 6 June 2017: Poetry at the Polls: Election Verse from Scotland’s Past

7:30-9pm at the Glad Café, Glasgow. Free entry.

Join us for an evening of scurrilous, satirical, comic and tragic poems from historical elections, hosted by the University of Glasgow and Strathclyde team behind the ‘People’s Voice’ project. Come to listen or bring your own election poems, old or new.

Supported by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and the Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo-Victorian Studies.

Event poster: Poetry at the Polls

  • 22-23 June 2017: Victorian Impacts 

A two-day event at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde. Organised under the aegis of the Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo Victorian Studies.

How does knowledge move between universities and the communities in which they are geographically located?

How is knowledge transformed as it moves through institutional and civic contexts?

What are the Victorian roots of these patterns of knowledge mobility?

This event brings together Victorianists interested in the relationships between universities and civic, regional or professional communities in the nineteenth century and the present day.

The first day will focus on investigating how knowledge moved between these groups in Victorian Britain.  The second day will be an opportunity to think about the ways in which current Victorianist research projects are dealing with impact and knowledge mobility.

Speakers include:

Prof. Mark Llewellyn (Director of Research, AHRC; Strathclyde)

Prof. John Bowen (University of York)

Dr Rosemary Golding (Open University)

Dr Heike Jöns (Loughborough University)

Dr Lucinda Matthews-Jones (Liverpool John Moores University)

A full schedule is available here: Victorian Impacts schedule

Attendance is free.  To register, please email Elsa Richardson (University of Strathclyde):

For further information, please email Alice Jenkins (University of Glasgow):

Conference poster: Victorian Impacts poster