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A Showcase of Research by MA in Victorian Studies Graduates


​​Following the appointment of Professor Karen Sayer and Reverend Professor Jane de Gay as Co-Directors of the Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies (LCVS) 2020, we are pleased to announce the next event for this year.

What's happening?

Join us as we build on the Centre's 25-year-long reputation by drawing in scholars from a wider range of subject areas to reconsider the concept of the Victorian for the 21st century. 

The upcoming graduate round table will event will include contributions from:

  • Hannah Gosling on workhouses;​
  • Rhiannon Lund on the disabilities and the workhouse;
  • Debbie Whitaker on Victorian mothers;
  • Kirstie Williamson on the Brontes and
  • Fred Milner on Patrick Bronte. 


Tuesday 11 February
6.30pm (refreshments from 6.00pm)


Leeds Trinity University, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5HD (AG21 South Room)

Guests do not need to register for this event, just make your way to AG21 for 6.00 – 6.30pm

Further information

LCVS has a 25-year-long reputation as an internationally-recognised centre of excellence devoted to reconsidering the concept of the Victorian for the contemporary world.

Well-known for its interdisciplinary focus, the work of the Centre queries and tests chronological boundaries by reconsidering conceptions of the long nineteenth century, as well as examining representations of the Victorians and reconfigurations of Victorianism in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It also tests geographical boundaries by considering what the concept of the Victorian meant on the world stage, including the British Empire. The Centre generates impactful research, bringing insights from rigorous scholarly study to bear on urgent questions of social justice and inclusion, climate change and the environment.

The Centre offers a programme of seminars, workshop events, and conferences. It is home to the MA in Victorian Studies and provides PhD supervision opportunities. It sponsors the Journal of Victorian Culture and hosts an annual lecture by a Visiting Professor: previous appointees have included Professor Peter Mandler (Cambridge), Professor Dinah Birch (Liverpool), and Professor Miles Taylor (York). 

One of its first interdisciplinary ventures will be a creative writing project – a collection of poems inspired by George Eliot to be published by Yaffle Press in the Spring. It encourages work on the long 19th century, as well as studies of contemporary representations of the Victorians in film and media, including the steampunk revolution. The Centre is also emphasising a broad geographical focus, looking at Victorianism in the Empire and beyond.

Upcoming events:

  • Laura Sellers – 12.00pm on Thursday 20 Feb 2020, with Thackray ambulance – 'Curating Medical Histories'
  • Michael Meeuwis – 6.00 for 6.30pm on Monday 18 May 2020 – 'Imagining Victorian Theatre at the Centre.'
  • Di Drummond – 6.00 for 6.30pm on Monday 15 June 2020 – 'The campaign for 'Votes for Women' and the English Radical tradition'

Read more about LCVS research projects and outputs and visit their blog.