Forthcoming Study Days

*Announcement: Call For Papers for two forthcoming VPFA Study Days.*

Call For Papers (1)

Victorian Animals

Two forthcoming study day events on animals in Victorian popular fiction and culture

Saturday 18th November 2017: Study Day & Workshop at Liverpool John Moores University

Spring 2018: Conference at Portsmouth University


We are now inviting submissions for papers to be presented at the LJMU study day in November 2017. This study day will examine popular representations of animals with a special focus on archives, the visual and the ephemeral. It will include a workshop session on archive and digitised materials from the LJMU 19th-Century Special Collections.

We welcome paper proposals of up to 250 words on popular representations of Victorian animals in fiction, print culture and popular culture. If you (also/alternatively) wish to express an interest in submitting a proposal for the Portsmouth conference in spring 2018, please let us know.

Email proposals for the November 2017 and a short biography to and by 15th September 2017.


Call For Papers (2)

“A Sudden Swift Impression”: Re-Examining the Victorian Short Story

A Victorian Popular Fiction Association – Short Story Network Study Day

Hosted by the University of Brighton

Saturday 27th January 2018

Keynote Speaker: Dr Emma Liggins (Manchester Metropolitan University)

on ‘Victorian Women’s Ghost Stories and the Haunted Space: From Elizabeth Gaskell to Margaret Oliphant’

The Victorian Popular Fiction Association and the Short Story Network invite you to submit proposals for this Study Day on the short fiction of the long 19th century.

Scholarship is increasingly recognising the short story as a form that, far from being the inferior relation of the novel, has its own distinctive aesthetic and discursive possibilities. This Study Day will explore the contention that precisely the qualities that led to the short story’s marginal status – its brevity, immediacy, and possible ephemerality – provided writers scope for formal narrative experimentation and for exploring different ways of representing social reality. The conference organisers welcome proposals for 20 minute papers. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The ghost story and Gothic fiction
  • The short story, crime and detection
  • The short story and humour
  • The short story and romance
  • Imperial short stories
  • Short fiction and the periodicals market
  • The short story and women writers
  • The New Woman
  • Children’s literature / juvenile story papers
  • The short story and sensation
  • The serial short story
  • The short story and science fiction
  • Medicine and the short story

The Study Day will also include a Reading Group (story to be circulated in advance) and the first AGM of the Short Story Network (


Please submit a 300 word proposal and a 50 word biography to Dr Lucy Andrew and Dr Vicky Margree at by Monday 2nd October, 2017.