Annual symposium celebrates 200 years of all things Victorian

Victorian FEATURED

The Victorian Studies Network at York’s 12th annual cross-campus research symposium will take place on Friday, Oct. 25 in the Stong College Master’s Dining Room on York University’s Keele Campus. Titled “Two Hundred Years of All Things Victorian,” it will feature research presentations by faculty and graduate students from the departments of Sociology, English, Humanities and Theatre Studies.

The cross-disciplinary program includes a variety of topics such as Victorian popular science, theatre, literature, and visual arts. Graduate students and faculty from all departments are invited to attend.

The symposium schedule is as follows:

Tea, coffee and welcome, 10 to 10:15 a.m.

Host: Lesley Higgins

Morning session,  10:15 to 11:45 a.m.

Moderator: Victor Shea


  • Jennifer Judge (English and Liberal Studies, Seneca College), “Science Fiction and Satire: Imagining the Links”;
  • Matthew Dunleavy (English, York University), “Not even a kiss!: The Fallen Woman Without the Fall in Margaret Harkness’s ‘Roses and Crucifix'”; and
  • Rusty Shteir (Humanities, York University), “Women and Plants in 19th-Century English Canada: Accessing Knowledge.”


Afternoon session, 1:15 to 2:45 p.m.

Moderator: Khyati Nagar


  • Marlis Schweitzer and Jayna Mees (Theatre Studies, York University), “Clara’s Curls: Performing Girlhood and the Politics of Hair”;
  • Radhika Mongia (Sociology, York Unviersity), “Consent and Contract in Indian Indenture: Freedom as a Performative”; and
  • Lorraine Janzen Kooistra (English, Ryerson University), “Wood Engraving as a Generative Technology.”

Lunch and refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend. RSVP to Lesley Higgins at

For 12 years, the Victorian Studies Network at York has been connecting researchers and enhancing relationships between faculty and graduate students. Its goal is to facilitate interdepartmental and interdisciplinary work, to enrich the individual and collective experience of research in the field and to showcase York as a centre for Victorian studies.

For more information about the symposium, visit the event web page.