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Unsettling Victorians
Vancouver, Canada
March 3 - 6, 2022


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The Last of England. Ford Madox Brown, 1855. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons.

We are excited to welcome you to "Unsettling Victorians" at our new online home in Virtual Vancouver. Our original setting in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, on traditional, ancestral, and unceded Coast Salish territory remains extremely significant as the defining context for this event. The original location of the conference, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and historic Stanley Park, features stunning landscapes and seascapes, transpacific and transcontinental connections, and multi-layered political and cultural histories. “Unsettling Victorians,” interpreted in the broadest sense, is inspired by the myriad resonances of our settler-colonial setting in the era of decolonization.

What unsettled the Victorians and what is unsettling about the Victorians? How can we work to unsettle the Victorians? The conference fosters discussions that develop a critical perspective on settler and colonial identities, cultures, environments, structures, and assumptions; incorporate Indigenous topics, issues, methodologies, or ways of knowing; explore decolonial approaches, strategies, or techniques in Victorian literature, culture, history, pedagogy. The conference also features a broad range of papers, panels, round tables, and digital projects on many aspects of our general theme.

For more information, please contact:

NAVSA 2021-22 Keynote Speakers


(Queen's University)


(University of British Columbia)


(University of Toronto)

Click here to learn more. 

Organizers of this conference respectfully acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen peoples, on whose unceded traditional territories we live and work. We extend our respect to all First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples for their valuable contributions, past and present, and we encourage participants in this conference to acknowledge and learn about your own relations to ancestral lands. For further information, visit

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