Past Conferences

2018 Conference: War and Peace, 3-7th July 2018, Senate House, London

Keynote Speaker: Mariaconcetta Costantini (University of Pescara-Chiati)

Keynote Speaker: Carolyn Oulton (Canterbury Christ Church)

Keynote Speaker: Cathy Waters (University of Kent)

Exhibition: ‘How Novel was the Novelette?’, Curated by John Spiers, Introduction by Kara Tennant

Greta Depedge PGR Prize Winner: Rachel Egloff

Read the ProgrammeAbstracts and BiosReading Group PackExhibition Booklet and CFP

You can read all about our collaboration with the Invasion Network in their blog post about our conference here

2017 Conference: Travel, Translation and Communication, 19-21th July 2017, Senate House, London

Keynote Speaker: Mary Hammond (University of Southampton)

Keynote Speaker: Anne-Marie Beller (Loughborough University)

Keynote Speaker: Catherine Wynne (University of Hull)

 Exhibition: ‘Picturing the Mass Market, from the 1880s, in Britain’, Curated by John Spiers

Greta Depledge PGR Prize Winner: Eleanor Shipton

Read the Programme, Abstracts and Bios, Reading Pack, Exhibition Booklet, Storify and CFP

2016 Conference: Victorian Popular Genres, 14-15th July 2016, Senate House, London

Keynote Speaker: Dr Joanne Knowles (Liverpool John Moores University)

Keynote Speaker: Dr Andrew Maunder (University of Hertfordshire)

 Exhibition: ‘Popular Victorian & Edwardian Fiction: From Cheaper, to Cheap, and then to Cheapest’, Curated by John Spiers

Greta Depledge PGR Prize Winner: Alison Moulds

Read the VPFA 2016 – Programme, Abstracts and BiographiesReading Pack and CFP


2015 Conference: Authenticity and Artifice, 13-15th July 2015, Senate House, London

Keynote Speaker: David Glover, ‘Styles of Popularism in Victorian Popular Fiction in the Long Nineteenth Century’

Keynote Speaker: Linda Dryden, ‘Stevenson and H G Wells: Monomaniacs, Duality and Evolutionary Science’

Guest Speaker: Ann Featherstone, ‘Sagacious Canines and Brave Brutes: Re-discovering the Victorian Dog-Drama’

Greta Depledge PGR Prize Winner: Duncan Milne

Read the VPFA 2015 – Programme, VPFA 2015 – Abstracts and Biographies and Reading pack (PDF)


2014 Conference: Treasure and Trash, 8-10th July, Senate House, London

Keynote Speaker: Dr Jonathon Shears (Keele), ‘“[…] battered […] soiled […] broken […] empty […] half-smoked […] stale”: The Hangover in Victorian Popular Fiction’.

Guest Speaker: Judith Flanders, ‘Painting Reality: Home vs. Home-ness’

Senate House Library Special Collections Talk and ‘hands-on’ mini-exhibition: Dr Karen Attar, ‘Trash, Treasure or Trashy Treasure at the Institutional Library’.

Read the Conference Report, the Programme, Abstracts and Bios, and the Reading Pack


2013 Conference: Bodies and Victorian Popular Culture, 10-11th July 2013, Senate House, London

Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Hurren, ‘Dying for Victorian Medicine: The business of anatomy, body-trafficking, and the experience of being poor in popular culture’

Keynote Speaker: Pamela K. Gilbert, ‘Sentimental Bodies: Victorians and the reading experience’

Guest Speaker: Rose Collins ‘Graves Matters’

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2012 Conference: Hard Cash: Money, Property, Economics and the Marketplace in Victorian Popular Culture, 11-12th July 2012, Senate House, London

Keynote Speaker: Regenia Gagnier ‘The Global Circulation of Victorian Popular Fiction’

Keynote Speaker: Deborah Wynne, ‘Hades! The Ladies! Male Drapers and Female Shoppers’

Guest Speaker: David Waller ‘The Perfect Man: The Muscular Life and Times of Eugen Sandow, Victorian Strongman’

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2011 Conference: Sex, Courtship and Marriage in Victorian Popular Culture, 18-19th July 2011, Senate House, London

Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Phegley

Roundtable Discussion: Pamela Gilbert ‘The Other Victorians: Sexuality and Victorian Popular Fiction’ and Janice Allen, ‘A Queer Marriage: The Relationship between Realism and Sensationalism’

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2010 Conference: Victorian Popular Culture: Prose, Stage and Screen, 22nd-24th July 2010, Senate House, London

Keynote Speaker: Kate Newey

Keynote Speaker: Nickianne Moody

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2009 Conference: Victorian Popular Novelists 1860-1900, 10th-12th September 2009, Senate House, London

Keynote Speaker: Pamela Gilbert

Keynote Speaker: Juliet John

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