who we are

In the autumn of 2010, it occurred to some of us in the greater New Haven-New York-Philadelphia area that we enjoyed the extraordinary good fortune of living and working in a region abounding with scholars and teachers of various aspects of nineteenth-century British studies. Taking advantage of this geographic concentration of Victorianists, we decided to form a "collective" in order to facilitate exchange and collaboration among ourselves and our graduate students. Some forms of such exchange and collaboration have been in place for many years: the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium-to which many, but not all, our institutions belong--allows students at one university to register for classes at another; the CUNY Victorian Seminar has long provided a monthly forum for the sharing of works-in-progress, by both faculty and dissertating graduate students from the NYC-area and beyond; and the Mid-Atlantic Conference of British Studies and Northeast Victorian Studies Association have long offered annual opportunities for the exchange of ideas. We hope that the members of the collective will continue to participate in these activities and others like them, while exploring new areas of collaboration, such as cross-institutional meetings of graduate student colloquia, dissertation-writing or orals-reading groups, co-sponsored conferences, cross-institutional dissertation committees, team teaching, and the like. Please consult other areas of this site for contact information, regional course offerings in nineteenth-century British studies, upcoming events of interest, and discussion.