Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies

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The Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies has a long-standing reputation as an internationally recognised centre of excellence devoted to reconsidering the concept of the Victorian for the contemporary world. 

Well-known for its interdisciplinary focus, the work of the Centre queries and ​tests chronological boundaries by reconsidering conceptions of the long nineteenth century, as well as examining representations of the Victorians and reconfigurations of Victorianism in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The interdisciplinary focus has been extended to embrace creative writing, with practice-based researchers reimaging and reinterpreting the Victorian age through poetry.

The Centre tests geographical boundaries by considering what the concept of the Victorian meant on the world stage, including the British Empire. It generates impactful research, bringing insights from rigorous scholarly study to bear on urgent questions of social justice and inclusion, climate change and the environment. 

The Centre’s activities include: 

  • A programme of seminars, workshop events and poetry readings
  • Conferences
  • Contributions to the Being Human Festival 
  • PhD supervision opportunities  
  • Sponsorship of the Journal of Victorian Culture
  • An annual lecture by a Visiting Professor

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