War and Peace, 10th Annual Conference

Tuesday 3 - Saturday 7 July 2018, Senate House, London




All delegates should be members of the VPFA, please contact Anna Gasperini at vpfamembership@gmail.com if you need to arrange this.

The Victorian Popular Fiction Association is dedicated to fostering interest in understudied popular writers, literary genres and other cultural forms, and to facilitating the production of publishable research and academic collaborations amongst scholars of the popular. Our annual conference is now in its tenth year and is celebrating with a five day extravaganza! Alongside the usual keynotes, special panels, reading group and exhibition, there will be trips out to different events around London.

The conference will explore the theme of 'War and Peace', and its relation to Victorian popular literature and culture, in a broad, imaginative and interdisciplinary manner.

Keynote speakers:

  • Mariaconcetta Costantini, G. d'Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara
  • Carolyn Oulton, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Cathy Waters, University of Kent

Rountable on the State of the Field: Juliet John, Andrew King, Kate Newey, Catherine Pope

Exhibition: ‘How Novel Was the Novelette? Fiction, Gender and Popular Nineteenth-Century Periodicals’, curated by John Spiers​

Reading Group: ‘Invasion Fiction’, hosted by Andrew King, Beth Gaskell​ and Ailise Bulfin

Four special extended panels hosted by experts in the field:

  • Invasion, Empire and Popular Anxieties 1880-1918 (hosted by Beth Gaskell, in association with the Invasion Network )
  • Religious Controversy and Reconciliation (hosted by Naomi Hetherington)
  • Class War, Conflict and Reconciliation (hosted by Tara MacDonald)
  • Peace, War and the Supernatural (hosted by Ruth Heholt, in association with Revenant)


  • £120 standard
  • £95 concession (student/unwaged/retired)



The School of Advanced Study is part of the central University of London. The School takes its responsibility to visitors with special needs very seriously and will endeavour to make reasonable adjustments to its facilities in order to accommodate the needs of such visitors. If you have a particular requirement, please feel free to discuss it confidentially with the organiser in advance of the event taking place. Enquiries: Events Officer, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU; Email: IESEvents@sas.ac.uk