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Welcome to the Religion and Spiritualities caucus, a research network within the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA).

The Victorian era has often been called the “age of doubt.” But it was also an age of religious revivals and prominent dissenting movements, of numerous public controversies about the nature of religious belief, and of the rise of comparative religion. Our caucus seeks to show the how the study of religion and spirituality can contribute to our understanding of Victorian literature and culture.

We define the terms “religion” and “spirituality” broadly, and welcome a range of interdisciplinary perspectives, methodological approaches, and areas of interest. Our initiatives include organizing panels, seminars, and roundtables at NAVSA’s annual conferences. In between conferences, we host virtual events and facilitate a mailing list to facilitate communication among scholars and teachers working in this field. This list allows members to share their recent publications, circulate CFPs, and organize collaborations.



A woman with a harp seated on top of a globe, symbolizing hope.
George Frederick Watts. Hope. 1886.