Consuming (the) Victorians

2016 Annual Conference of the British Association for Victorian Studies

Remember to Book Your Accommodation

Please be reminded that the registration package for BAVS 2016 does not include accommodation and that this needs to be booked separately. The available rooms at Colum Hall and Aberconway Hall are filling up fast so if you want to stay close to the conference venue at a competitive rate, please ensure you book as soon as possible.

Aberconway Hall offers semi-ensuite rooms, with a bathroom shared between two rooms. If you would want to share the bathroom with someone you know, please note down their name in the ‘special requirements’ section when you book. Alternatively, there are still single ensuite rooms available at Talybont, but be aware that this is somewhat further from the venue (around 20 minutes on foot). If you prefer to stay in a hotel, a list of suggestions is provided in the ‘accommodation’ section.

BAVS 2016 Bursaries Deadline Approaching

The deadline to apply for one of the twelve postgraduate and postdoctoral researcher bursaries for the 2016 British Association of Victorian Studies Conference, ‘Consuming (the) Victorians’ is approaching fast!

Click here for more information about the bursaries, including how to apply. You can also find this information under the ‘Registration‘ tab in the menu.

The letter of application and the CV should be sent to bavs2016@cardiff.ac.uk with ‘BAVS 2016 bursary application’ under the subject line by 30 April 2016. Any enquiries should be similarly addressed.

All bursaries are for £100 and are to be used by recipients to cover some of the costs of attending the conference. You do not have to be giving a paper at the conference to apply for the bursaries, but recipients of a bursary are required to become actively engaged at and/or after the conference. Please note that payment of these bursaries will only take place after BAVS 2016, once all requirements have been met.

BAVS 2016 Bursaries Now Available

We are pleased to announce that twelve postgraduate and postdoctoral researcher bursaries are available for the 2016 British Association of Victorian Studies Conference, ‘Consuming (the) Victorians’.

All bursaries are for £100 and are to be used by recipients to cover some of the costs of attending the conference. You do not have to be giving a paper at the conference to apply for the bursaries, but recipients of a bursary are required to become actively engaged at and/or after the conference. Please note that payment of these bursaries will only take place after BAVS 2016, once all requirements have been met.

Victorian coinage (click the image for a breakdown of 19th-century currency).

Victorian coinage (click the image for a breakdown of 19th-century currency).

Click here for more information about the bursaries, including how to apply. You can also find this information under the ‘Registration‘ tab in the menu.

Lost in the Fog

Dear Victorianists,

We understand that some of you are still having trouble receiving our e-mail updates. Fortunately, our e-mail delivery client (and benevolent robot overlord) tells us that none of your e-mails have been lost in the ether – or the London fog.

‘A London Fog’. Illustrated London News, 1847.

Here are a few of the things you can do to help ensure that our e-mails get through in future:

  • Check your spam, junk, or clutter folder for messages from bavs2016@cardiff.ac.uk. Some of you submitted multiple e-mail addresses with your proposal, so make sure you check all of them.
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If all else fails, keep checking this website. We will post any relevant information for BAVS 2016 here as soon as we have it. You can also subscribe for updates using the link in the righthand column of this page, which will notify you every time we post something new to the website.

In the meantime, you can view the contents of our most recent e-mail here. Again, all of the information included in the e-mail is also available on our website, under registration, programme, and accommodation.

Book Your BAVS 2016

Registration for BAVS 2o16 is now online!

'Signing the Register' (undated), by Edmund Blair Leighton (1852–1922), Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.

‘Signing the Register’ (undated), by Edmund Blair Leighton (1852–1922), Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.

Please remember that you need to book accommodation separately from registration; for ensuite and semi-ensuite campus accommodation reserved for the conference (and for local hotel information) see our ‘Accommodation’ page, which we will continue to update. On this page you will also find a list of hotels in the immediate area.

To view the provisional programme, click here.

For an overview of the sights and sounds of Cardiff, click here and here.

Information on Accommodation and Registration

Dear Victorianists,

We’ve received a few queries about accommodation, following yesterday’s e-mail responses to the abstracts.

Accommodation is not included in the conference fees, but we have secured a BAVS 2016 rate with the Jury’s Inn. In addition, we have pre-booked ensuite and semi-ensuite university accommodation for the conference, which you can find at this link (or under the ‘Accommodation’  tab in the menu). We have also provided a list of some other accommodation options in the area, with whom we have no affiliation.

Finally, we hope that registration will be available from Monday, 21 March. The reason for the slight delay is that we have been able to arrange for it all to happen online – so, you will not need to e-mail  in a Word form, but can fill in a digital form instead, which will be submitted to our administrators automatically. This will hopefully make everyone’s life much easier, and it also keeps your information much more secure.

More details to follow! In the meantime, leave your questions here in a comment, or e-mail us at bavs2016@cardiff.ac.uk.

BAVS 2016 Programme Now Online

All of the BAVS 2016 abstracts now have been considered and re-considered, and responses went out earlier today! Please let us know if you haven’t received an e-mail response from us, and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Queen Victoria signing the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia, 9 July, 1900. Bronze relief. City of Ballarat.

Queen Victoria signing the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia, 9 July, 1900. Bronze relief. City of Ballarat.

In the meantime, several of our amazing conference organisers have already put together a provisional programme. You can find it at this link.

Registration will hopefully go live early next week, at which point we will post another notification. Be sure to subscribe for updates in the righthand column of this website to be notified of any new posts by e-mail, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for instantaneous updates.

Call for Papers Closed

Dear Victorianists,

You will have noted that our Call for Papers closed on 1 March. We have continued to receive abstracts, which will automatically be placed on the waiting list, but will not be considered at this time.

The abstracts committee has its initial meeting to discuss all the abstracts on Wednesday, 9 March, with a number of additional meetings to follow, and we hope to bet back to you with a response by (or soon after) Friday, 18 March.

In the meantime, give yourselves a hand – our collected document of abstracts comes in at more than 100,000 words!

Call for Papers Closes Tomorrow!

Just one more day to submit your abstract for BAVS 2016: ‘Consuming the Victorians’! Our call for papers closes at midnight (GMT) on Tuesday, 1 March, 2016. We will keep you updated about the status of your proposals here, and on social media (Twitter and Facebook).

We hope to see you in Cardiff this Autumn.

Image via the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (www.rs4vp.org).

Image via the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (www.rs4vp.org).

 

Getting to Know Cardiff

Happy February, Victorianists!

With just a few weeks to go until our call for papers closes on 1 March, we thought you might enjoy a little taste of what the city of Cardiff has to offer. With that in mind, we’ve updated our Location & Travel pages quite extensively to feature both the conference venue for Consuming (the) Victorians and some local attractions. You can also find practical information about getting to and from Cardiffconference accommodation, and eating out in Wales’s capital city.

City of Cardiff

Cardiff is a vibrant and expanding young capital, which has strong historical links to the region, as evidenced by its two castles which were rebuilt in the 19th century, its municipal buildings whose architecture is characteristic of the early 20th century and the docks area which established Cardiff as a major international port. But Cardiff is forward-looking too: since gaining city status in 1905 and becoming the Welsh capital fifty years later, it has continued to grow and diversify in a number of dynamic ways.

In addition to its rich Welsh heritage, the city is home to a large multicultural population; expansions in the last twenty years, particularly through the regeneration of the Cardiff Bay area, has made it a commercial and administrative centre for modern business; the basing of the Welsh Government’s Senedd has solidified Cardiff’s central role in the political fabric of the UK, while its continuing commitment to the arts, sports and culture is evident by the presence of the Welsh Millennium Centre, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, two international stadia and three of the main broadcasting companies (in addition to a many independent ones).

An aerial view of the city, from Cardiff Bay

An aerial view of the city, from Cardiff Bay.

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