Established in 1971 as a small group for Victorian studies in the southeastern US, the Victorians Institute has grown into an interdisciplinary academic society with a peer-reviewed journal and an annual conference attracting international participation. Read more about its origins, past officers and editors, or the institute’s constitution and bylaws.

Current Officers

President: Timothy Carens, College of Charleston
Vice President: Cheryl Blake Price, University of North Alabama
Secretary: Bonnie Shishko, Queens University of Charlotte
Treasurer: David Latané, Virginia Commonwealth University

Faculty council members at large

Esther Godfrey, University of South Carolina Upstate
Emily Harbin, Converse College

Graduate student council members at large

Cherrie Kwok, University of Virginia
Anthony Garcia, Old Dominion University
Luciana Lilley, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Editors of the Victorians Institute Journal

Maria K. Bachmann, Middle Tennessee State University
Don Richard Cox, University of Tennessee

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Membership is open to everyone interested in Victorian literature, history, and culture. Our annual conference attracts scholars from around the world. Be part of the conversation! Members also receive the award-winning Victorians Institute Journal.

Dues are only US $25 per year ($30 outside USA).

To join with a check, please send the appropriate amount payable to “Victorians Institute” to

David Latané
Treasurer, Victorians Institute
Department of English
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA 23284-2005
E-mail: dlatane@vcu.edu

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Related organizations and resources for Victorian studies.

NAVSA — North American Victorian Studies Association. Includes information about conferences, member publications, and prizes, along with a blog of CFPs and events Of Victorian Interest.

BAVS — events, membership, and conference info for the British Association for Victorian Studies

AVSA — the Australiasian Victorian Studies Association hosts conferences beyond the geographical center for Victorian studies

RSVP — the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals offers conferences, fellowships, and resources for research and teaching, as well as the journal Victorian Periodicals Review

VISAWUS — the Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of Western Canada hosts conferences and publishes a journal, Victorian Review

INCS — the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies association hosts annual conferences, prizes, and publishes Nineteenth-Century Contexts

Dickens Project — a consortium of universities supporting research and a summer workshop on Dickens studies

Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies — events at Birkbeck, University of London, and publishers of the open-access journal 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century

NINES — peer-reviewed digital collections of nineteenth-century materials and scholarship online

VICTORIA-L — an active email listserv including many thousands of researchers, students, and enthusiasts. Previous questions and answers can be searched in its archive.

JVC Online — an online outpost of the Journal of Victorian Culture including discussion and events

BRANCH — A large online essay collection and timeline on “Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History”

The Victorian Web — an august web collection of essays, biographies, historical contexts, and more

The Hoarding — a blog devoted to reporting recent work in British Romantic and Victorian literature

The Victorian Society in America — a non-profit organization committed to historic preservation, education, and enjoyment of the US’s nineteenth century heritage

V21 Collective — a breakout group of researchers interested in Victorian studies in context of contemporary issues

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Contact Us

Stay in touch with VI events and other members by joining our Facebook group.

General inquiries

PC Fleming
President, Victorians Institute
Park Johnson 316
1000 17th Ave North
Nashville, Tn 37208
Phone: 615.329.8769
Email: thevictoriansinstitute@gmail.com

Membership inquiries

David Latané
Treasurer, Victorians Institute
Department of English
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA 23284-2005


Victorians Institute Journal

For manuscript submissions, orders for back issues, reprint permission requests, queries about advertising, and other business communications

Maria K. Bachman
Department of English
Peck Hall Room 302
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Don Richard Cox
Department of English
301 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-0430


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