Consuming (the) Victorians

2016 Annual Conference of the British Association for Victorian Studies

Major Updates

The_White_Rabbit_(Tenniel)_-_The_Nursery_Alice_(1890)_-_BLA few major updates before the registration deadline for BAVS 2016 is upon us (31 July – just under a week).

Update the First. The final version of the programme for BAVS 2016: Consuming (the) Victorians has gone to the printers, and is now available on our ‘Programme‘ page! You can  download a PDF version of the programme at this link, and a PDF of the abstracts and biographical notes at this link. We have also added more information on the keynote speakersspecial sessions, musical interludes, and various exhibitions that will be taking place at BAVS 2016.

Update the Second. You can now sign up for a tour of Cardiff’s many Victorian arcades, to take place on September 1st at 1:45 pm and 2:30 pm. Please reserve your (free) place using this link: eventbrite.com.au/e/cardiff-arcades-tour-tickets-26514411318. More information here.

Update the Third. Registration for our pre-conference PGR/ECR workshops has closed, but we are still taking reservations for the three special sessions at BAVS 2016 itself. To register for one or more of these sessions, please send us an e-mail at bavs2016@cardiff.ac.uk.

Update the Fourth. Our ‘Press & Media‘ page has been updated with some additional goodies, including posters and tote bag designs.

Happy browsing, and we look forward to seeing you soon at BAVS 2016!

Cardiff Arcades Tour

Arcade2Join Martin Willis, Ruth McElroy, and Caroline Langley for a series of Cardiff Arcades tours. The tours will take place on September 1st (day two of BAVS 2016) at 1.45pm and 2.30pm, starting at Castle Arcade. They take around 40 minutes.

Book your place here (limited availability): www.eventbrite.com/e/cardiff-arcades-tour-tickets-26514411318

 

Cardiff’s Victorian Edwardian Arcades

Cardiff’s Arcades embody the emergence of a truly Victorian city: built on industry and entrepreneurship, by workers and owners alike. The Arcades were a symbol of Cardiff’s status as a city born of and in nineteenth-century capitalism. They were the naves of those new cathedrals of consumption, department stores, and also the city’s arteries carrying people, produce and culture back and forth across the urban landscape. They remain, in the twenty-first century, at the very heart of Cardiff society and culture as well as inspiring its urban regeneration.

Blue = Castle (1887)              Purple = Duke Street (1902)   Red = High Street (1886) Yellow = Morgan (1899)     Orange = Royal (1870)      Green = Wyndham (1887)

Blue = Castle (1887)              Purple = Duke Street (1902)   Red = High Street (1886)
Yellow = Morgan (1899)     Orange = Royal (1870)      Green = Wyndham (1887)

 

These arcades, a recent invention of industrial luxury, are glass-roofed, marble-panelled corridors extending through whole blocks of buildings, whose owners have joined together for such enterprises. Lining both sides of the corridors, which get their light from above, are the most elegant shops, so that the arcade is a city, a world in miniature, in which customers will find everything they need. [Benjamin, arcades project]

SIR,- I have not been in the Royal Arcade since till opening day until this evening, and I can assure you I was quite surprised and disappointed to see the class of persons who frequent it. I really consider it a pity that such an improvement to our town should be spoilt and disgraced at the very outset by a rabble such as I saw tonight. There seems to be no order whatever. Children and roughs are allowed to perambulate at will. I was stopped for several minutes by a crowd collected to witness a fight (or, what I think more likely, a sham fight got up for the purpose of robbery)!! [South wales echo, 1870]

You can download the tour leaflet here. Please e-mail WillisM8@Cardiff.ac.uk for more information.

 

Deadline Approaching: PGR/ECR Workshop Registration (22 July)

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Don’t forget, the deadline to register for the BAVS 2016 PGR/ECR workshops is in just under a week, on 22 July 2016.

Postgraduate and early-career researchers are invited to participate in the morning programme before the start of the main conference, co-organised by Cardiff’s Dany van Dam and this year’s BAVS Postgraduate representatives (Emma Butcher and Abby Boucher). You can participate regardless of whether you are a speaking delegate or a non-speaking delegate at the conference. The workshop schedule and additional details can be found here, as well as under the ‘Programme’ tab.

Those wishing to participate in the workshops must register in advance. Places are limited, so please do so as soon as possible. Instructions for registration can be found below.

This year’s programme consists of several workshops:

All workshops include practical elements for participants to become involved. If the number of participants exceeds our expectations, a fourth workshop will be added to avoid having overly large groups. The illustration workshop is limited to sixteen participants per session. The workshops will each be given twice, once during the first block of time (9:30-10:45) and once during the second (11:15-12:30). More detailed descriptions of the workshops can be found below.

1backtoschoolboy-graphicsfairy008bwTo register for the PGR/ECR morning programme, please send an e-mail to bavs2016@cardiff.ac.uk with ‘PGR/ECR workshop registration’ in the title by Friday, 22 July. In this e-mail, please indicate your first and second choice of workshop so that we can ensure that you are able to participate in at least one of these in case a workshop needs to be added. There is no additional registration cost for the morning programme as it is generously supported by BAVS and by Cardiff University, but do ensure that you have registered for the conference itself (either the full conference or part of it).

Registration Deadline Approaching (31 July)

illustration-of-a-victorian-era-couple-dancing-at-a-ballJust over two weeks now until registration for BAVS 2016 comes to a close! The registration deadline is 31 July, 2016. We encourage you to book before the deadline (if you haven’t already), as some of the events – such as the dinner and the various local tours – are first-come, first-served.

The programme has been updated, and can be found at this link and under the ‘Programme‘ tab. This includes more information about keynotes, special sessions, and exhibitions during the conference. If you would like to chair any of the panels that are still open, please send us an e-mail at bavs2016@cardiff.ac.uk to let us know.

In the meantime, please note that the registration package does not include accommodation. Accommodation must be booked SEPARATELY. Our ensuite campus accommodation is now fully booked, but our campus-based Aberconway Hall (semi-ensuite flat, bathroom shared between two; if you wish to share with a friend, please give their name) and Talybont North (ensuite; 15 minute walk to conference venue) are still available. If you wish to book rooms in either Aberconway Hall or Talybont, please go to the page below and click the link to ‘special accommodation‘ under ‘University Accommodation’: http://bavs2016.co.uk/location-travel/book-your-accommodation/.
 
This link will also take you to a list of non-affiliated hotel accommodation in Cardiff.

Please note that if there is insufficient interest, the rooms we have reserved for the conference are likely to be released towards the end of July. If you have not booked accommodation yet and wish to benefit from the very competitive rate of our university accommodation, please do so now.

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As always, you can contact us at bavs2016@cardiff.ac.uk with any queries. 

Do feel free to share your thoughts about the upcoming conference on Facebook or Twitter (#BAVS2016). We look forward to seeing you in Cardiff!

Dickensian in Cardiff and Global Dickens at BAVS 2016

dickensian.39757You are warmly invited to join us the day before the 2016 BAVS conference for two special public events: ‘Dickensian in Cardiff’ and ‘Global Dickens’. Full details below (and as a Word document). These events are free but pre-booking is essential and early booking recommended as spaces are limited. Please do feel free to invite the Dickens enthusiasts amongst your friends and family. The Dickensian exhibition will continue throughout the conference, so we look forward to welcoming all delegates to that.

We are hoping to feature your treasured Dickens objects and collections in an online gallery, and in the conference roundtable ‘Dickensian (Re)Imaginations’. All responses to the ‘My Dickens’ call below very gladly received. Please spread the word. And do get in touch with any questions arising by e-mailing Holly Furneaux at furneauxh@cardiff.ac.uk.

Dickensian in Cardiff and Global Dickens

30 August 2016, Cardiff University 

Public events exploring reimaginings of Dickens in the UK and worldwide

Dickensian in Cardiff: Behind the Scenes of the BBC Drama Series

Exhibition curated by the Charles Dickens Museum in partnership with Red Planet

Explore the making of critically acclaimed BBC series Dickensian. Written by award-winning TV writer Tony Jordan (EastEnders, Life on Mars and Hustle, amongst others) and produced by Red Planet Pictures, Dickensian launched in December 2015. It has been described as “brilliantly reimagined Dickens” (Independent).

For this unique event, a capsule exhibition will travel to Cardiff. You can see costumes, props, production material and parts of the set, illustrating the craft involved in creating the settings, building the atmosphere and realising the characters of Dickensian. The exhibition will be illuminated by short talks by Louisa Price (Charles Dickens Museum and exhibition curator) and Holly Furneaux (Professor of English at Cardiff University and literary advisor to Dickensian).

Free, pre-booking required. 4pm exhibition opens. Please reserve your space at http://dickensian-at-cardiff.eventbrite.co.uk

5.00pm wine reception and welcome to the exhibition.

Venue:  Cardiff University, Post Graduate Teaching Centre, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

Global Dickens: Reimagining Dickens Around the World

A panel of international Dickens experts consider Dickens’s global legacies

Speakers: Michael Hollington (University of Kent, UK), Melisa Klimaszewski (Drake University, USA), Chieko Ichikawa (Ibaraki University, Japan)

Chair: Holly Furneaux (Cardiff University, UK)

Free, pre-booking required. 5pm wine reception. 6pm roundtable short talks and discussion. 7.30pm close. Please reserve your space at http://dickensian-at-cardiff.eventbrite.co.uk

Venue:  Cardiff University, Post Graduate Teaching Centre, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

Virtual Gallery – My Dickens

Wherever you are in the world you can be part of the event. Send us a photo or short description of your favourite Dickens collectable or collection (be it a first edition of David Copperfield, character toby jugs, a Mrs Gamp doll, a bi-centenary stamp or whatever!). Where does your object or collection live in your house? Is it on prominent display? Or tucked away in acid-free tissue or UV filtered glass? We’ll curate an online gallery of ‘My Dickens’, which will be exhibited during the event. Please send your ‘object’ to: mydickensbavs@gmail.com or instagram MyDickensBavs

Speaker Registration Deadline (Friday, 1 July 2016)

Don’t forget – speakers at BAVS 2016: ‘Consuming (the) Victorians’ must register by 1 July. Speakers not registered by that date will be deemed to have withdrawn.

If you haven’t registered already, we advise you to do so earlier rather than later to avoid being thwarted at the last minute by technical problems.

Speakers should also be registered as members of the British Association for Victorian Studies. For instructions on how to register, please see this page. You may not receive confirmation of your membership before 1 July, but it is important that speakers complete the registration process by that date.

You can find the registration form, as well as an overview of registration rates, on the relevant page of our website.

The final registration deadline for non-speaking delegates is 31st July.

If you have any questions, please e-mail the organisational team at BAVS2016@cardiff.ac.uk. We would be happy to help you in any way we can.

PGR/ECR Workshops: Skills Training Within and Beyond Academia

1backtoschoolgirl-graphicsfairy008bwPostgraduate and early-career researchers are invited to participate in the morning programme before the start of the main conference, co-organised by Cardiff’s Dany van Dam and this year’s BAVS Postgraduate representatives (Emma Butcher and Abby Boucher). You can participate regardless of whether you are a speaking delegate or a non-speaking delegate at the conference. The workshop schedule and additional details can be found here, as well as under the ‘Programme’ tab.

Those wishing to participate in the workshops must register in advance. Places are limited, so please do so as soon as possible. Instructions for registration can be found below.

This year’s programme consists of several workshops:

All workshops include practical elements for participants to become involved. If the number of participants exceeds our expectations, a fourth workshop will be added to avoid having overly large groups. The illustration workshop is limited to sixteen participants per session. The workshops will each be given twice, once during the first block of time (9:30-10:45) and once during the second (11:15-12:30). More detailed descriptions of the workshops can be found below.

1backtoschoolboy-graphicsfairy008bwTo register for the PGR/ECR morning programme, please send an e-mail to bavs2016@cardiff.ac.uk with ‘PGR/ECR workshop registration’ in the title by Friday, 22 July. In this e-mail, please indicate your first and second choice of workshop so that we can ensure that you are able to participate in at least one of these in case a workshop needs to be added. There is no additional registration cost for the morning programme as it is generously supported by BAVS and by Cardiff University, but do ensure that you have registered for the conference itself (either the full conference or part of it).

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.

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