The Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America

VSNY is making plans for its annual “Emerging Scholars” event this fall, which will highlight recent scholarship about aspects of 19th-century and early-20th-century culture, including literature, architecture, theater, fine and decorative art, politics, manufacturing, education, gender roles, reform movements, fashion, and food. Recent topics for emerging scholars have included celluloid collar advertisements, New York brothel furniture, and a mining tycoon’s luxurious dinnerware. Three current university students or recent graduates will give 15-minute presentations. Stay tuned for details of 2020 topics and event scheduling.

Check back later for the new event date.
To whet your appetites, we have posted previews of two of the lecture below.


In anticipation of VSNY’s Emerging Scholars lectures, enjoy a vicarious Victorian feast in lockdown with this video by Bard Graduate Center alumna/Metropolitan Museum of Art senior collections manager Leela Outcalt. She gives a taste of her research into how the author Elizabeth Robins Pennell (1855-1936) influenced culinary traditions and documented James McNeill Whistler’s party-throwing habits.


Reviving and Enlivening: How tableau vivants brought art into a social dialogue. Presented by Olivia Armandroff as a preview of her presentation for the Victorian Society New York’s Fall 2020 Emerging Scholars Event.






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