Friday, March 2, 2007

Leicester to Host Victorian Studies Conference

The University of Leicester’s internationally renowned Victorian Studies Centre, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, will host a conference this month to consider the pasts and futures of Victorian studies.

As the longest established Victorian studies center in Britain, Leicester has been at the forefront of the discipline’s development in the UK, and has built up a distinguished record of forward-looking, interdisciplinary research on various aspects of the nineteenth century. The conference, "Victorian Studies: Pasts and Futures," will take stock of the present state of Victorian studies and point to new and emerging directions in research. In addition to the two keynote addresses, the conference will feature panel sessions on "Reading the Victorians" and "The Victorians in World Context." Read more...

In July 2005 I had the good fortune to present a paper at a VSC-sponsored conference on the actor-manager Henry Irving and was very impressed by both the place and its people.

Shown here: Queen Victoria by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1842


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