We invite proposals for the conference "Victorian Discovery: Celebrating Innovation and Invention in the Long Nineteenth Century, 1789-1914" to be held in-person at the University of Leicester on 1st July 2022.

This one-day, in-person conference held by the Victorian Studies Centre at the University of Leicester seeks to celebrate the myriad discoveries and changes that took place across Victorian culture and society. In the long nineteenth century medical, scientific and technological innovation revolutionised ways of life. Knowledge was expanding and evolving, and being disseminated among ever-growing audiences and readerships. Literature, art, and fashion were full of experimentation and creativity. Victorian society was alive with the spirit of discovery.

Our conference aims to consider how Victorians responded to this change and the impact that it had on their lives. How did new discoveries and innovations shape perceptions of their society and culture? Did the Victorians welcome or resist change? Did these discoveries, inventions or innovations cater to or benefit all classes, genders and ethnicities? We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers on any aspect of the theme and encourage scholars of all backgrounds and career stages to apply. Topics could include but are not limited to:

Please send your proposal of no more than 250 words and a short biography to victoriandiscoveriesconf2022@gmail.com by 30th April 2022.

Last modified 28 March 2022