Invasion Network panel at the Victorian Popular Fiction Association conference, July 2018, London

We are delighted to announce that the Invasion Network is hosting a special panel at the 10th annual Victorian Popular Fiction Association conference, themed ‘War and Peace’, at the Institute for English Studies, University of London, Senate House this July 3rd – 7th.

Special Panel 1: Invasion, Empire and Popular Anxieties 1880-1918 – in association with the Invasion Network, 4.30 – 6.30, Wed 4th July

Panel Host: Beth Gaskell

Ailise Bulfin, ‘Gothic Invasions: Demonising the Armed Forces of Europe’

Michael Matin, ‘Invasion Fiction and the Late-Victorian Prehistory of the Wellington House Propaganda Project’

Kim Wagner, ‘Sahibs in Disguise: The Trope of Going Native and the British Imagination’

The conference also features a reading group on the topic of Invasion Fiction, which is going to discuss H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds (1898) and George T. Chesney’s The Battle of Dorking (1871).

2.00pm – 3.00pm: Reading Group: ‘Invasion Fiction’, Wed 4th July

Hosts: Andrew King, Beth Gaskell and Ailise Bulfin

We are so delighted to be involved in a conference that features Warwick Goble’s well-known War of the Worlds illustration as its signature image. The full VPFA conference programme can be found on the association’s website.


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