British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS) 2020 Conference

Univerity of Birmingham
Arts and Law, Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research, Students
Monday 20th July 2020 (09:00-19:00)
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Founded in 2000, the British Association for Victorian Studies has grown in both numbers and reach to provide researchers in Britain and beyond with an important forum through which to promote and advance Victorian Studies.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Association, BAVS travels to Birmingham: the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, Aston University and Newman University welcome delegates to a city steeped in Victorian history and brimming with Victorian resources and archives. Surrounded by Art and Industry, we will celebrate how the field has developed over the last two decades and look forward to how it will continue to innovate in the years ahead.

Keynote speakers



For the first time in its history, the conference will not have a theme. We invite submissions for papers, panels (3-4 speakers) and roundtables (5-7 speakers) from across the disciplines that address any aspect of Victorian Studies, its past, and its future; those that are related to the strands listed at the bottom of this CFP are especially welcome. We also invite participants to develop their own call for papers for panels or roundtables, which will be posted on the BAVS 2020 website.


We encourage submissions to two new Forums: the Digital Forum and the Pedagogy Forum. The Digital Forum, curated by Professor Michaela Mahlberg (UoB), will include a session of flash-talks followed by digital presentations of leading Digital Humanities projects in the field of Victorian Studies today. The Pedagogy Forum is a dedicated space to share good practice, reflect on contemporary challenges in teaching Victorian Studies, and develop collaborative teaching opportunities and programmes.