The Victorians Institute sponsors an annual conference for humanities scholars and students to share new work in Victorian studies. Held at participating institutions across the southeastern US, the conference attracts international participation and has concentrated on a range of relevant themes.

At each conference, the Victorians Institute endeavors to provide travel grants for graduate students and/or independent scholars who need financial assistance. Additionally, graduate students are encouraged to submit for the Patrick Scott Prize, given for the best graduate paper presented at the annual conference, and including a $500 cash prize as well as an opportunity to revise for publication in the Victorians Institute Journal.

Upcoming conferences

Hard Times is scheduled for October 7-8, 2023 at NC State University in Raleigh, NC. Please see the conference website for additional details, registration info, travel and accommodations, etc.

If you would like to host a Victorians Institute conference, please get in touch!

Previous conferences

2022: Anniversaries and Auguries: The Victorians Institute’s Golden Jubilee. USC Upstate, Spartanburg, SC (CFP, program)

2021: Refractions/Reflections: Victorian(ist) Ways of Seeing. Charlotte, NC (CFP, program)

2019: Transatlantic Connections: Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, & Victorian Studies. Charleston, SC (CFP, program)

2018: Consuming (the) Victorians. Asheville, NC (CFP, program)

2017: Victorian Recovery. Furman University, Greenville, SC

2016: Victorian STEAM. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (CFP, program)

2015: Victorian Work and Labor. Converse College, Spartanburg, SC (CFP, program)

2014: The Mysteries at Our Own Doors. Winthrop University, Omni Charlotte Hotel, NC (CFP, program)

2013: Through the Looking Glass. Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN (CFP, program)

2012: Victorian Mixed Media. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (CFP, program)

2011: Charles Dickens: Past, Present, and Future. Coastal Carolina University, Myrtle Beach, SC (program)

2010: By the Numbers: The Victorian Quantification of Everything; or From Zero to NINES in Under Two Centuries. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (program)

2009: Creativity and the Arts in Victorian Culture. Converse College, Spartanburg, SC (program)

2008: Disrupting Victorian Studies: Inconvenient Facts, Shocking Discoveries, Surprising Events, Forgotten Voices, Unknown Writings, Mangled Texts. University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (CFP, program)

2007: Victorian Secrets. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (program)

2006: Gender and Reform in Victorian Culture. Converse College, Spartanburg, SC (CFP, program)

2005: University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Greensboro, NC

2002: The Military in Victorian England. The Citadel, Charleston, SC (program)

2001: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC (program)

2000: ‘This Strange Disease of Modern Life’: Victorian Illness, Health and Medicine. University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (program)

1999: Framing the Victorians: 1830s / 1890s (program)

1998: Unruly Bodies: Victorian Liberals, Liberal Governance, and the Liberal Imagination. West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV (program)

1997: The Victorian Classroom. James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA (program)

1995: Thomas Carlyle and Victorian Cultural Critique. Co-hosted by the University of South Carolina and Columbia College, Columbia, SC (program)

1994: University of Richmond, VA (program)

1992: Tennyson 2000: Rethinking and Reappraisal. College of Charleston, SC (program)

1989: The Browning Centennial and Victorian Mixed Media. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (program)