Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies
The Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies has a 25-year-long reputation as an internationally-recognized centre of excellence devoted to reconsidering the concept of the Victorian for the contemporary world.
Well-known for its interdisciplinary focus, the work of the Centre queries and tests chronological boundaries by reconsidering conceptions of the long nineteenth century, as well as examining representations of the Victorians and reconfigurations of Victorianism in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It also tests geographical boundaries by considering what the concept of the Victorian meant on the world stage, including the British Empire. The Centre generates impactful research, bringing insights from rigorous scholarly study to bear on urgent questions of social justice and inclusion, climate change and the environment.
The Centre offers a programme of seminars, workshop events, and conferences. It is home to the MA in Victorian Studies and provides PhD supervision opportunities. It sponsors the Journal of Victorian Culture and hosts an annual lecture by a Visiting Professor: previous appointees have included Professor Peter Mandler (Cambridge), Professor Dinah Birch (Liverpool), and Professor Miles Taylor (York).