Victorian Encounters and Environments

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Victorian Popular Fiction Association
contact email: 

'Victorian Encounters and Environments'

Victorian Popular Fiction Association, Twelfth Annual Conference 

15th – 17th July, 2020, University of Greenwich 


Keynote Speakers:

Dr Jessica Cox (Brunel University) 

Prof Alexis Easley (University of St Thomas) 

Prof John Spiers (Institute of English Studies) 


Reading Group: ‘Close Encounters of the Third Sex’,  hosted by Mollie Clarke and Helena Esser 

Roundtable: Teaching Victorian Sensation Fiction, hosted by Chris Louttit 

Roundtable and series launch: Key Popular Women Writers  


Call for Papers 

The Victorian Popular Fiction Association is dedicated to fostering interest in understudied popular writers, literary genres and other cultural forms, and to facilitating the production of publishable research and academic collaborations amongst scholars of the popular.  

We invite a broad, imaginative and interdisciplinary interpretation on the topic of ‘Victorian Encounters and Environments’ and its relation to any aspect of Victorian popular literature and culture which addresses literal or metaphorical representations of the theme. Inter- and multidisciplinary approaches are welcome, as are papers which address poetry, drama, global literature, non-fiction, visual arts, historical and social contexts. Papers addressing works from the “long Victorian period” (i.e. before 1837 and after 1901) are also welcome.  

Please send proposals for 20 minute papers, panels of three papers (by individual scholars, or affiliated with another Learned Society), or non-traditional papers/panels, on topics which can include, but are not limited to:

Publishing, reading and writing environments  

Inside and outside, public and private 

Space and place: architecture, landscape 

Scientific and medical environments  

Eco-criticism and sustainability 

Cross-cultural encounters 

Animal encounters 

Global environments  

Spiritualism and mediumship 

Class encounters 

Gendered environments and encounters  

The home environment: furniture, interior design, relationships 

The work environment  

Encountering the past: historical fiction, Neo-Victorian fiction 

Encountering the future: sci-fi, space exploration 

Encountering the other: Gothic, weird fiction 

Cross-genre encounters 

Artistic encounters: Pre-Raphaelite art 

Sensory environments  

Travelling encounters: adventure, exploration, tourism, trains, transport, flâneurs, voyeurs 

Interviews and experiences: journalism, (auto)biography 

Cultural environments: opera, performance, visual culture, music hall 

Material culture: encounters with objects, physical environments 


Please send proposals of no more than 300 words, a 50 word biography and your availability over the conference dates in Word format to Drs Janine Hatter, Helena Ifill and Erin Louttit at:   

Deadline for proposals: Friday 31st January 2020