Forthcoming Study Days

Since 2009, VPFA Study Days have explored the works of writers such as Rhoda Broughton, Wilkie Collins and Mary Elizabeth Braddon, and addressed themes from Victorian Animals to the Threatened Child. View details of past Study Days here.

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for our next VPFA Study Day:

NOTES FROM THE NILE: Egypt in the Long Nineteenth Century

University of Birmingham | September 15th 2023

Organised by the University of Birmingham in collaboration with the University of Roehampton.

Keynote: Dr Eleanor Dobson (Associate Prof in English Literature at the University of Birmingham)

Dr Leire Olabarria (Lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Birmingham) will run a session on the amassing of Egyptian collections in the long nineteenth century, with a focus on Britain and the Eton-Myers Collection.

Call for Papers

Egypt has long been a subject of interest for literary, cultural, and political exchange. This interest was perhaps most salient in the nineteenth century – when empires ruled the world, and Egypt was pillaged for its resources and artefacts. Questions of ethics and morality were present throughout the century but were often shelved or paled in favour of grand tales of exploration, discovery, and revival. This conference intends to explore the alluring fictional tales in the period but is also interested in where historical accuracy has given way to creative license, what audiences have been considered, and how Egyptology was ‘consumed’ in the nineteenth century.

We invite papers on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Egyptian language
  • Art, architecture and/or landscape
  • Archaeology
  • Fictional or historical accounts
  • Epigraphy
  • Museum studies
  • Other
  • The ethics of displaying Egyptian bodies
  • Ancient Egyptian bodies and science
  • Travel writing
  • Mummy curse stories
  • Non-human bodies: animals, insects, etc.
  • Race, gender, sexuality and/or class
  • Ability / disability

If you are interested in running a VPFA study day, please download the Study Day Proposal Form (Word), and email it to Drs Janine Hatter and Helena Ifill at