The Gladstone Centre Conference: Teaching the Victorians

3rd July - 5th July 2018

Teaching the Victorians: The Nineteenth Century in Higher Education Today

Teaching and the Victorians is a collaborative conference between Gladstone’s Library and the University of Liverpool. Its aim is to consider contemporary pedagogy in Victorian studies in the current HE context – above all, we want to foster wide-ranging and intellectually honest thinking about what teaching Victorian studies means today. How do we best teach the Victorians? Does the discourse of ‘relevance’ help or hinder us? How is what we are teaching under the banner of Victorian studies changing, and what are the implications of these changes? How far do institutional contexts and ideologies affect our teaching of the nineteenth century? Are there clashes between the ‘values’ of the contemporary HE sector and Victorian values? What are the professional and personal ‘brands’ of Victorian studies today, and do they matter?

We’d welcome panels/papers on any of (but not exclusively) the following:

  • Pedagogical writing in the Victorian period
  • The politics of professional academic identity in Victorian studies
  • The role of social media in nineteenth-century pedagogy
  • The relationship between HE teaching and institutional structures/brands
  • The Victorians as part of the contemporary HE syllabus
  • The relationship between teaching and research in relation to the Victorians
  • Methodologies, in light of recent debates about historicism and theory in the field
  • Marketization and the Victorians
  • The boundaries of Victorian studies
  • The role of cultural institutions in teaching the Victorians
  • How academic teachers (particularly those doing so part-time) use other career experience to bear on their teaching of the Victorians
  • Sharing good practice in the teaching of Victorian studies
  • Student responses to the Victorians, and the ways these may be changing

The core of Teaching the Victorians will be discussion and debate - so individual papers should aim to be the starting point for these kinds of discussions, and be only 10-15 minutes in duration. Proposals for panels/papers (300 words max), should be sent/copied to both and

Conference Information

Accommodation at the Library itself is reserved for speakers and participants in the first instance and will be released closer to the conference. Non-residential places are available now, priced at £160.

For more information or to book, please call 01244 532350 or email