CFP: Religion and Victorian Popular Literature and Culture (deadline 11 Oct 2019)

Clare Stainthorp's picture

We are delighted to announce ‘Religion and Victorian Popular Literature and Culture’, a Victorian Popular Fiction Association Study Day taking place on Saturday 9 May 2020 at the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield. Please see below for an outline of the CFP and here for the full CFP:


Keynote: Dr Anne-Marie Beller and Dr Kerry Featherstone (Loughborough University), ‘“No greater spiritual beauty than fanaticism”: Women Travellers' Encounters with Islam in the Nineteenth Century’ 

Workshop: working with rare nineteenth-century texts on religion, led by Dr Naomi Hetherington (University of Sheffield), Dr Clare Stainthorp (UCL) & Dr Rebecca Styler (University of Lincoln) 


The category of the popular has played a significant role in the ‘religious turn’ in Victorian studies over the last two decades. Historians of Victorian religion have turned to popular culture and folklore to challenge traditional paradigms of decline and secularisation. Amongst scholars of Victorian literature and visual culture, there has been an upsurge of interest in the influence of new religious movements on popular literary and visual forms. This study day aims to extend our understanding of the relationship between religion and popular culture in the Victorian period by bringing together scholars from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including literature, history, art history and religious studies, to explore popular manifestations of religion and the expression and representation of religion in popular culture texts of all kinds.  


We seek proposals for 20-minute papers, or a themed panel of three papers, from scholars at all levels including undergraduate and postgraduate students, ECRs and independent researchers. 


Alongside two postgraduate bursaries kindly funded by BAVS and VPFA, there is an ECR/precarious worker bursary in memory of Dr Nickianne Moody who was to be a keynote at the study day (£10 fee + £20 travel each). More information about applying for these, and registration, will be supplied closer to the event. 


Please submit a 300-word proposal and a 50-word biography in Word format to the organisers Dr Naomi Hetherington and Dr Clare Stainthorp at by 11 October 2019. 


Best wishes, 

Clare and Naomi 


Dr Naomi Hetherington (University of Sheffield) 

Dr Clare Stainthorp (UCL) 


The Religion and Victorian Popular Literature and Culture study day is generously supported by the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS) and the Victorian Popular Fiction Association (VPFA), and kindly hosted by the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield