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Conference at a Glance:

Thursday, September 1st (UoB Campus, Teaching & Learning Building)

9:15: Welcome
9:30-11:00: Panel Session 1
11:00-11:30: Coffee break
11:30-12:30: Keynote #1 (Prof. Jane Hamlett & Prof. Julie-Marie Strange)
12:30-13:30: Lunch & ECR Lunch Workshop: Presenting Yourself on Paper
13:30-15:00 Panel Session 2
15:00-15:15: Break
15:15-16:45: Panel Session 3
16:45-17:00: Break
17:00-18:30: Panel Session 4
18:30-19:30: Reception
19:30-21:00: ‘Veritable Michael Field’ Opera

Friday, September 2nd (UoB Campus, Teaching & Learning Building)

9:00-10:30: Panel Session 5
10:30-11:00: Break
11:00-12:30: Panel Session 6
12:30-13:30: Lunch and AGM
13:30-15:00: Panel Session 7
15:00-16:00: Break and Digital Forum presentations with demo stands
16:00-17:00: Book Prize Panel
17:00-18:00 Panel Session 8
18:30-19:30: Keynote #2 (Prof. Joseph Bristow)
19:30- 21:30: Conference Dinner

Saturday, September 3rd

9:00-10:30: Panel Session 9
10:30-12:00: President’s Panel


THURSDAY, September 1

PANEL SESSION 1 (Thursday 1st, 9:30-11:00am)

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A. Pre-Raphaelite Women (I)

Lara Camilleri (University of Malta), ‘The Theme of Motherhood in Elizabeth Siddal’s Hybrid Poem “At Last” (c1860)’

Alex Round (Birmingham City University), ‘Transcending Boundaries: Race and Ethnicity in Rebecca Solomon’s “The Young Teacher”’

Serena Trowbridge (Birmingham City University), ‘The Drama of Womanhood: Literary Portraits by Emma Sandys

B. Periodicals and Publishing Culture

Laurel Brake (Birkbeck, University of London), ‘The (Changing) Object of Study: Formats, 19C Journalism and the Scholarly Edition’

Maria Damkjær (University of Copenhagen), ‘Master Humphrey’s Clock and the Print Imaginary’

Yohko Nagai (Keio University, Japan), ‘Revelation Through Dissimulation: The Relevance of Pseudonymity in George Eliot’s Writings’

C. Performing Femininity

Delaram Motlagh (University of Birmingham), ‘Performing Cleopatra: Gender, Sexuality, and Empire on the Fin-de-Siècle Stage’

Jay Sullivan (Roehampton University), “Words fell from her lips as liquid music’: Feminine Noise-Making as Sound Imperialism’

D. Animal Studies

Helen Cowie (University of York), “Is the Elephant Following the Dodo?’: Elephants, Ivory and Conservation in Victorian Britain’

Lauren Cullen (University of Oxford), ‘“Brute Affection” in Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Aurora Floyd (1863)’

Patricia Moises (King’s College London), ‘To be Blunt, Hagar is Horrible: Constructing Identity Through Horses as a Victorian Equestrienne’

E. Home and Homelessness in Literature of the Socialist Revival: Radical Politics and Domestic/Literary Form, 1880-1910

Ingrid Hanson (University of Manchester), ‘Reconstructing Home in Exile: Socialist Christmas Trees of the Fin-de-Siècle’

Gemma Holgate (Royal Holloway, University of London), ‘Socialism as Home-Building? Ethical Socialist Perspectives on Women and Work’

Peter Jones (Queen Mary, University of London), ‘“Mere Driftwood”: Socialist Fiction and the (Re-)Invention of Homelessness, 1880-1909’

Wanne Mendonck (University of Cambridge), ‘“A Socialist Home”: Jane Hume Clapperton, Edith Lees/Ellis, and the Domestic Politics of a Quotidian Utopia’

F. Victorian Birmingham

Mie Othelie Berg (University of Birmingham), ‘A Moral Weapon: Rational Recreation, Social Control and the Victorian Town Hall Organ’

Victoria Mills (Birkbeck, University of London), ‘Joseph Chamberlain’s Orchids: Empire, Satire and the Queer Ecologies of the Greenhouse’

G. Victorian Architectures

Dominique Moran (University of Birmingham), ‘Back to Brick: Victorian Prison Architecture, Materiality and Inhabitation’

Sebastian Marshall (University of Cambridge), ‘From Landscape to Cityscape: Visual Restoration in Edward Falkener’s “Ephesus, and the Temple of Diana”’

Jennifer Rabedeau (Cornell University), ‘Reading the Nation: Architecture as Text in The Stones of Venice

11:00-11:30: Coffee break

11:30-12:30: Keynote #1 (Jane Hamlett & Julie-Marie Strange)

12:30-13:30: Lunch & ECR Lunch Workshop

PANEL SESSION 2 (Thursday 1st, 13:30-15:00pm)

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A. Imagined Ecologies

Richard Fallon (University of Birmingham), ‘The Imaginable in Late Nineteenth-Century Palaeoscience’

Rebecca Styler (University of Lincoln), ‘Cross-Species Community and Poetic Ecotheology in George Macdonald’s Fairy Tales’

Stephanie Zgouridi (Princeton University), ‘“A Little Lower than the Angels or a Little Higher than the Brutes”: Evolution, Degeneration, and Epistemic Fear in the Works of Henry Maudsley’

B. Queer Love

Charles Gough (University of Birmingham), ‘Marc-André Raffalovich’s Queer Mysticism’

Natasha Booth-Johnson (University of Birmingham), ‘Queer Fiction by Politically Active Female Authors (1882-1914)’

Jack Quin (University of Birmingham), ‘Sculpture Poems and ‘the Fleshly School of Poetry’

C. Pre-Raphaelite Women (II)

Emily Cox (Yale University), ‘Time and Free Will in Edward Burne-Jones’s Briar Rose: Thinking with the Fin-de-Siècle Tendril’

Tatiana Kontou (Oxford Brookes University), ‘Photography, Play and Marie Spartali Stillman’

Cátia Rodrigues (Royal Holloway, University of London), ‘(De)Constructing Aesthetics: The Employment of Professional Models by the Pre-Raphaelite Group, 1848-1865’

D. Neo-Victorian (I)

Angharad Eyre (Queen Mary, University of London), ‘Readers, Writers, Editors – Feminists? Early College Women and Victorian Studies’

Mette Hildeman Sjölin (Lund University), ‘A ‘Shakespeare of Their Own’ for Victorian Girls: Mary Cowden Clarke’s The Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Heroines

Beth Palmer (University of Surrey), ‘Marys Seacole (2022): Writing Lives and the Ethics of Caring’

E. Museums and Archives

Heather Craddock (Roehampton University), ‘The Botanical Imagination of Empire: Victorians and their Plants in the Archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew’

Jordan Kistler (University of Strathclyde), ‘What does fine art feel like? Emotions and Classification in the Victorian Museum’

Alexandra Solovyev (University of Oxford), ‘Hyde Clarke and the Smyrna Mail: Imagining, Enlightening, and Archiving the British Community in Ottoman İzmir’

Lucy Whitehead (Edge Hill University), ‘“Clamorous Collectors and Bold Bidders”: The American Acquisition of Victorian Novelists’ Manuscripts, 1890-1963′

F. (Re)presenting Old Age: Ageing and the Aged in Victorian Visual Culture

Caitlin Doley (University of York)

Ruby Ellis (Universität Heidelberg)

Shira Gottlieb (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)

G. Imagining Other Places

Frances Nethercott (University of St Andrews), ‘Thomas Carlyle and his ‘Idea’ of Russia’

Jacqueline Stamp (Independent Scholar), ‘Acerbi & Morris: Gentlemen Travellers Exploring Icelandic/Norse Sagas, Terrain & Seas at Either End of the Nineteenth Century’

H. Transatlantic Impacts

Michael Knies (University of Scranton), ‘“We Hear of Experiments Being Made”: The American Impact on Periodical Printing in the United Kingdom, 1875-1890

Clare Stainthorp (Queen Mary, University of London), “America has done more than England to shatter the superstition of him of Nazareth’: Looking Across the Atlantic in the British Freethought Press’

15:00-15:15: Break

PANEL SESSION 3 (Thursday 1st, 15:15-16:45pm)

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A. Death in Victorian Culture

Daniel Burrell (Durham University), “The Invisible Worm?’: New Conceptualisations of the Earthworm and their Impact on Cremationism in Victorian Britain’

Joshua Dight (Edge Hill University), ‘Lashings of Commemoration and Chartists Making a Meal out of Remembrance’

Anna Rivers (University of Warwick), ‘Buried Alive: Emily Brontë’s Dungeon Poems and Victorian Death Culture’

B. Medicine and Imagination

Mary Chapman (University of Leeds), ‘Making A Name for Herself: The Pioneering Work of Dr Helen Boyle in the Early Treatment of Insanity’

Sara Lyons (University of Kent), ‘The Victorian Prehistory of IQ Testing’

Emily Taylor-Pirie (University of Birmingham), TBA

C. The Uncommon Reader: Scholarship Beyond Literacy

Matthew Rubery (Queen Mary, University of London), ‘Neurodivergent Readers in The Nineteenth Century’

Louise Creechan (Durham University), ‘Dyslexia as Praxis: Historical Subjects/Subjective Histories’

Lucinda Matthews-Jones (Liverpool John Moores), ‘‘I’ve never read Dickens’: Being a Dyslexic Victorian Historian’

D. Representing Others in the Periodical Press

Linda Mathlouthi (University of Lorraine, France), ‘“The Children of the Lost” During the Nineteenth Century: Fragmented Perceptions, Evolving Approaches and Social Whistleblowing’

Ardyn Tennyson (Roehampton University), ‘The Case of Martha Ricks and Sarah Blyden: Black African Women in Victorian Newspapers’

Michelle Witen (Europa-Universität Flensburg), ‘“Cheap, Healthful Literature”: Political Bias and Irish Home Rule in The Strand Magazine’

E. Eliot and Hardy

Patrick Armstrong (University of Cambridge), ‘Radical Optics: Microscopy in George Eliot and Thomas Hardy’

Niketa Narayan (University of Cambridge), ‘A Solitary Astronomer ‘in the backwoods’: Melodrama and the Democratization of Science in Thomas Hardy’s Two on a Tower’

Amy Waterson (University of Edinburgh), ‘Shifting Realities During the Nineteenth-Century and Thomas Hardy’s A Pair of Blue Eyes’

F. Transnational Responses to the Victorians

Alex Bubb (Roehampton University), ‘The Qu’ran on the Victorian Bookshelf: Translators, Publishers, and Popular Readerships’

Paula Alexandra Guimarães (University of Minho / CEHUM, Portugal), ‘Comparing Literature and Empire: British-Portuguese Intercultural Contacts and Responses during the Victorian Period’

G. Reading Dress and Bodies

Tarini Bhamburkar (University of Bristol), ‘Dancer, Emancipated Woman, or Harlot? The ‘Nautch Girls’ of Victorian India

Hollie Geary-Jones (University of Chester), ‘Dressing the Body: Cosmetics, Wigs, and the Nineteenth-Century Sex Worker in Fact and Fiction’

Li Liu (University of Warwick), ‘“To See Is To Be”: (Ad)dressing Class and Gender in Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield (1850) and Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton (1848)

16:45-17:00: Break

PANEL SESSION 4 (Thursday 1st, 17:00-18:30pm)

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A. Anxious and Haunted Expressions of Child Loss

Jen Baker (University of Warwick), ‘“They only can be said to possess a child for ever, who had lost one in infancy”: Grieving for, Saving, and Immortalising the Child in Victorian Consolidation Paratexts’

Emily Vincent (University of Birmingham), ‘some momentary contact, permitted to give me a little strength’: Writing Maternal Grief in Margaret Oliphant’s Stories of the Seen and the Unseen’

Krissie West (Independent Scholar / Centre for Research in Childhood, University of Reading), ‘Grief is not / Death is not’: Uncanny Failures of Death and Mourning in Literary Constructions of Child Death’

C. Neo-Victorian (II)

Kees de Vries (University of Groningen), ‘The Neo-Victorian Vampire: Retelling Dracula in the Twenty-First Century’

Katrina Jan (University of Birmingham), ‘The Sexualisation of Jack the Ripper in the Contemporary Novel’

Akira Suwa (Doshisha University), ‘Romanticising the Victorian Past for the Japanese Reader in Moriarty the Patriot

Will Tattersdill (University of Birmingham), ‘Victorian Seriality in Twenty-First Century Sci-Fi: Sherlock Holmes, H. G. Wells, and Star Trek Discovery’

D. The Regency & The Victorians

Alan Bean (University of Birmingham), ‘A Victorian Precursor: William Collins, R.A. (1787-1847)’

Catherine Delafield (Independent Scholar), ‘Etheldreds’ Tales: Forgotten Austen in Victorian Family Histories’

Debbie Parker Kinch (The Open University), ‘‘Such latitudes of treatment; which I do not know how to defend’: The Depiction of Percy and Mary Shelley in Bessie Rayner Parkes’ Gabriel (1856)’

E. Henry James

Charlotte Boyce (University of Portsmouth), ‘Posthumous Celebrity and Auratic Encounter in Henry James’s Late Victorian Tales’

Tristan Burke (Bangor University), ‘Proletarian Nights and Communal Luxury: Utopian Dreams in Henry James’s The Princess Cassamassima

Martin Potter (University of York), ‘Aesthetic Dilemmas in Henry James’ The Tragic Muse

F. Elizabeth Gaskell

Anja Hartl (University of Konstanz, Germany), ‘The Politics and Aesthetics of Shame in Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South

Nicola Kirkby (Royal Holloway, University of London), ‘‘Broken World Thinking’: Gaskell, Eliot, and Cultures of Repair’

Lisu Wang (University of Leicester), ‘Intangible Domestic Mobility and Scientific Performance in Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters

Zhiying Zhang (University of Exeter), ‘Slapstick and Transgression in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford

G. Gender & Race in the Mid Nineteenth-Century

Pamela K Gilbert (University of Florida), ‘“Supple Brown Fingers”: Hands, Race and Historical Will in the Mid-Century’

Sophia C. Jochem (Independent Scholar), ‘Beyond Domesticity: Dickens, Femininity, and Race’

Ge Tang (University of Melbourne), ‘“But yet I was never ill”: Corporeal Feelings, Masculinity, and Race in Anthony Trollope’s The West Indies and the Spanish Main

H. Japonisme

Massimiliano Papini (Northumbria University), ‘Morality and Late Victorian Consumption of Japanese Decorative Art: Naturalism, Cosmopolitanism and Individualism in Domestic Advice Literature’

Arisa Yamaguchi (Seitoku University, Japan), ‘Re-thinking Sartorial Japonisme in Association with the Idea of Degeneration of the Late-Nineteenth Century Britain’

18:30-19:30: Reception

19:30-21:00: ‘Veritable Michael Field’ Opera, Debating Hall, Guild of Students, UoB

FRIDAY, September 2

PANEL SESSION 5 (Friday 2nd, 9:00-10:30am)

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A. Abattoirs, Aliens and Urban Cannibals: Carnivorous Culture and the Rise of Meat-Eating Modernity

Paul Young (University of Exeter), Moderator

Rosalind Hayes (University College London), ‘The Role of Visuality in Victorian Slaughterhouse Reform’

Fiona Schroeder (University of Exeter), ‘Alien Meat and Vegetarian Aliens: Debating Carnivorism in Late-Victorian Interplanetary Fiction’

Lesley Steinitz (University of Cambridge), ‘The Culture and Science of Meat-Eating: Bovril, Cannibalism and Advertising’

B. Victorian Ecologies of Alternative Knowledge

Shani Cadwallender (Birkbeck, University of London), ‘‘In debt to the forest trees’: The Humble Anthropocentrism of Eliza Cook’s Arboreal Poetry’

Claire Cock-Starkey (Birkbeck, University of London), ‘‘Death allowed to enter’: Power and Agency in Rural Working-Class Death Folklore’

Jemma Stewart (Birkbeck, University of London), ‘Creating a “mutual sympathy” with nature or “made solely to gladden the heart of man”? A Consideration of the Victorian Language of Flowers’

C. Picturing Victorians

Anactoria Clarke (The Open University), ‘Expressing Otherness through Centaurs in Art, Poetry and Correspondence: Charles de Sousy Ricketts and His Network of Writers’

Rohan McWilliam (Anglia Ruskin University), ‘The Victorian Actress and the Coming of the Picture Postcard’

Helen Rutherford (Northumbria University), ‘Forgotten Victorians: Picturing John Theodore Hoyle the Coroner for Newcastle upon Tyne’

D. Piston, Pen & Press: Industrial Workers and Literary Cultures

Oliver Betts (Railway Museum), ‘Verses of Discipline, Verses of Community: Work, Discipline, and Organisation in the Poetry and Song of Northern British Industrial Communities’

Kirstie Blair (University of Stirling), ‘Islam and the Industrial Worker: John Parkinson/Yehya-en-Nasr in the Scottish and Islamic Press’

Mike Sanders (University of Manchester), ‘“Stattys”, Sonnets and Sketches: The Poetics and Politics of Remembrance in the Work of David Lawton’

E. African Encounters

Stephen Donovan (Uppsala University, Sweden), ‘Charterland: The Image of Rhodesia in Late-Victorian Britain’

Helena Esser (Independent Scholar), ‘Beau Sabreurs: Heroic Masculinity, The Female Gaze, and Anti-Imperialism in Ouida’s Adventure Fiction’

Justin Livingstone (Queen’s University Belfast), ‘Exploring Africa Through the Short Story: Winwood Reade and The African Sketch-book’

F. Thomas Hardy

Doug Battersby (Stanford University), ‘Exhibiting Bodily Affect: Thomas Hardy’s Betraying Heart’

Helen RA Ingham (University of Birmingham), ‘Soundscapes in Tess of the d’Urbervilles

Fergus McGhee (University of Cambridge), ‘Hardy, McTaggart, and the Romance of Knowing’

G. Non-Finito: New Studies on G F Watts’s Sculpture

Stacey Clapperton (Watts Gallery), ‘G F Watts’s Public Sculpture in the Twenty-First Century: Challenges of Contemporary Curation’

Nicole Cochrane (Watts Gallery), ‘G F Watts and the Classical Body: The Language of Allegory’

Melissa Gustin (Watts Gallery), ‘England’s Michelangelo? G F Watts’s Female Sculptures and the Reproduction of the Renaissance’

H. Models of Labour

Iona Isobel Craig (University of Strathclyde), ‘Miner’s Reading Rooms as Centers for Trade Union and Radical Activity’

Brontë Schiltz (Independent Scholar), ‘“As long as you are industrious, you will get on very well”: Producing The String of Pearls’ Economies of Horror’

Camille Stallings (University of Oxford), ‘Rival Representations of the Working-Class: Rhetoric and Moral Realism in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press’

10:30-11:00: Break

PANEL SESSION 6 (Friday 2nd, 11:00-12:30pm)

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A. Fashion History

Frankie Dytor (University of Cambridge), ‘Fashioning the Renaissance’

Madeline Hewitson (Ashmolean Museum), ‘The Aniline Revolution: Classifying Colour in Victorian Fashion’

Heather Hind (Lancaster University / Roehampton University), ‘Declining Hairwork in Margaret Oliphant’s Phoebe, Junior (1876)’

Tara Puri (University of Bristol), ‘Worn Materiality: Dress Patterns in Mid-Victorian Women’s Magazines’

B. Play and Plays

Peter K. Andersson (Örebro University), ‘The Uncivilising of Victorian Comedy: The Growing Surrealism of the 19th-Century Clown’

Ani Bezirdzhyan (University of Michigan), ‘Living Pictures: Staging Liberation in The Octoroon and Daniel Deronda

Harry Daniels (University of Oxford), ‘The Sad Child in the Garret: The ‘Vital Lie’ and its Vicissitudes in Edmund Gosse’s Father and Son and Henrik Ibsen’s Wild Duck

C. Responding to the Victorians: Or Three Studies in Neo-Victorian Afterlives and Inheritances

Zoe Hope Bulaitis (University of Birmingham), ‘Dark Academia: Investigating Decadence in the Digital Age’

Chloe Osborne (Royal Holloway, University of London), ‘Reflections on Interdisciplinary Methods – Undisciplining Victorian Studies ad Anthropology’

Nat Reeve (Royal Holloway, University of London), ‘”Were, and had been, and could be“: In which I ponder the Queer Potential of my Neo-Victorian Fiction’

D. Neo-Victorian (III)

Seda Bahar Pancaroglu (TOBB University of Economics and Technology), ‘Return of the Author: Emily Brontë in Caryl Phillips’s The Lost Child

Anya Eastman (Royal Holloway, University of London), ‘‘I awoke the imagination of my century so that it created a myth and legend around me’: Editing the Afterlife of Oscar Wilde’

Ann Heilmann (Cardiff University), ‘The (B)Order(s) of Release: Neo-Victorian Representations of Ruskin, Gray and Millais’

Daný van Dam (Leiden University), ‘Does Postcolonial Neo-Victorianism Need Decolonising?’

E. The Sea

Jessica Cook (UCLA), ‘Nautical Nonsense’

Asha Hornsby (University of St Andrews), ‘Contagious Crossings: Marine Medicine & Landed Reform’

Ronan Patrick McGreechin (SGSAH, University of Stratchclyde), ‘Scrapbooking in the Late-Nineteenth Century Workplace: The Denny Brothers’ Drawing Office Arkivz’

F. The Society of Authors, 1884-1914: Squabbles, Survival and Support

Emily Bell (University of Leeds), ‘Who’s Included (and How Can We Tell)?: Visualising the Networks of The Society of Authors’

Gillian Neale (University of London), ‘‘Skilled assistance’: The Society of Authors as a Professional Support Provider’

Richard Salmon (University of Leeds), ‘‘One successive series of squabbles’: The Society of Authors and Professional Association’

G. Corporeal Forms: Digital Methods and the Victorian Archive

Gerardine Meaney (University College Dublin), ‘The Importance of Being Ambiguous: Gender, Class and Migration in the Palliser Novels’

Katie Mishler (University College Dublin / Museum of Irish Literature), ‘Mapping Spectrality in the Irish Urban Gothic’

Briony Wickes (University College Dublin), ‘Bodies with Organs: The Politics of Noise in the British Library’s Digital Archives’

H. Pedagogy Forum

Éadaoin Agnew (Kingston University, London), ‘Victorian Diversities Research Network’

Chris Houghton (Gale), ‘The Digital Victorian Gothic – Examples of Teaching Digital Humanities in the Undergraduate Classroom’

Jimmy Packham (University of Birmingham), ‘Gothic Pedagogies’

Gursimran Oberoi (University of Surrey and Watts Gallery) and Adrian S. Wisnicki (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), ‘Towards Launching the ‘Victorian Art History’ Lesson Plan through Undisciplining the Victorian Classroom’

12:30-13:30: Lunch and AGM

PANEL SESSION 7 (Friday 2nd, 13:30-15:00pm)

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A. Digital Forum (Roundtable)

Emily Bell (University of Leeds), ‘Dickens Search’

Kirstie Blair (University of Stirling), ‘Piston, Pen & Press: Mapping Industrial Workers’ Literary Cultures’

Rachael Gardner-Stephens (Adam Matthew Digital), ‘Getting re-acquainted with the Victorians: Using film as a primary source to explore the everyday lives of the late Victorians and Edwardians’

Michaela Mahlberg (University of Birmingham), ‘Reading Fiction with CLiC’

Gerardine Meaney & Briony Wickes (University College Dublin), ‘Introducing CURATR’

Beverley Park Rilett (Auburn University), ‘It Doesn’t Start Itself: Building the Digital George Eliot Archive’

B. Other Michael Fields (Roundtable)

Carolyn Dever (Dartmouth College)

Jill Ehnenn (Appalachian State University)

Sarah Parker (Loughborough University)

Marion Thain (King’s College London)

Amy Kahrmann Huseby (Florida International University)

Ana Parejo Vadillo (Birkbeck)

C. Why Victorian Studies Needs G. W. M. Reynolds: A Roundtable Organised by the G. W. M. Reynolds Society (Roundtable)

Stephen Basdeo (Independent Scholar), ‘Reynolds and Translation’

Hayley Braithwaite (University of York), ‘Reynolds and the City’

Ian Haywood (Roehampton University), ‘Reynolds and Europe’

Daniel Jenkin-Smith (Aston University), ‘Marx and Reynolds’

Mary L. Shannon (Roehampton University), ‘Reynolds and Authorship’

D. Representing India

Éadaoin Agnew (Kingston University, London), ‘‘This universe is one’: Anti-Colonial Discourse in Swami Vivekananda’s ‘Raja Yoga’

Charlotte Coull (Independent Scholar), ‘Forlorn Moors and Misplaced Druids: The Indian Megalith in the Victorian Mind’

Meera Jagannathan (University of Houston), ‘Toru Dutt: A Study in Comparative Cosmopolitanism’

E. Poetry & Poetic Forms

Jack L Hart (University of Oxford), ‘Inaudible Dickinson’

Patricia Rigg (Acadia University), ‘“A Woman’s Sonnets” or “Sonnets by a Woman”? Augusta Gregory and the Parodic Strategy of Baudelaire’

Michael J. Sullivan (University of Oxford), ‘Anglo-Italianate Verse Forms in Manuscript: Tennyson, Byron and Sesta Rima’

F. Evolution in Victorian Fiction

Billie Gavurin (University of Bristol), ‘‘Impossible Fables’: Myth, Evolution and the Hybrid at the Fin de Siècle’

Anna McCullough (University of St Andrews), ‘Andrew Lang, Relapse, and the Regressive Nature of Fairy Tales’

Andrea Selleri (Bilkent University, Ankara), ‘Huxley and Wells on Evolution and Ethics’

G. Victorian Law and Punishment

Eleanor March (University of Birmingham), ‘Defining the ‘Dickensian Prison’: A Corpus Stylistics Analysis of Prisons in Dickens’s Novels’

Francis Boorman (Institute of Advanced Legal Studies), ‘Arbitration in Victorian England’

Dominique Moran & Eleanor March (University of Birmingham), ‘Penal Afterlives and Spectrality: Oral Histories of Victorian Prisons’

15:00-16:00: Break and Digital Forum Presentations

16:00-17:00: Book Prize Panel

PANEL SESSION 8 (Friday 2nd, 17:00-18:00pm)

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A. Old Age

Lavender Earnest (Brigham Young University), ‘Worn-out Wombs and the Dearth of Old Women Narrators in the Romantic-era British Novel’

Helen Kingstone (University of Surrey), ‘Multi-generational Society and Margaret Oliphant’s Novels’

B. Spiritualisms

Brittany Anne Carlson (Iowa Wesleyan University), ‘Spiritualism, Abstract Art, and Fictional Narratives: Modelling the Fourth Dimension’

Ashley Miller (Albion College), ‘Stillbirth in the Summerland: Spiritualism, Reproduction, and Loss’

C. Aesthetic Forms

James Harrison (University of Bristol), ‘Walter Pater and the ‘Sensuous Element’ of Prose’

Tricia Zakreski (University of Exeter), ‘“Sweet ordering, arrangement and decision”: Anne Thackeray Ritchie and the Uses of Harmony’

D. Settling Scores

Merrick Burrow (University of Huddersfield), ‘Edgar Allan Poe and the Exact Science of Deception’

Timothy Gao (University of Bristol), ‘The Pistol as a Novel Weapon’

E. The Victorian Cottage

Ethan Evans (Cardiff University), ‘‘A queer little cottage’: George Eliot, George Henry Lewes, and Queer Domesticity at Brookbank’

Catherine Peck (University of Surrey), ‘The Questionable Cottage Space: Exploring the Country Cottage in Nineteenth-Century Literature’

F. Realisms

Dino Franco Felluga (Purdue University), ‘The Shape of the Real’

Jessica R. Valdez (University of East Anglia), ‘Realism and the Colonial Imagination’

G. Forming and Reforming Women

Hendrikje Kaube (Freie Univesität Berlin), ‘Lady’s Companions and Female Redundancy in Victorian England: A Closer Look at the Ambiguous Position of the Friend-for-Hire’

Agnieska Setecka (Adam Mickiewicz University in Ponzań), ‘Political Economy, Paternalism and Economic Progress in Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley and Harriet Martineau’s Deerbook

Isobel Sigley (Loughborough University), ‘Feminine and Feminist: The Mischievous Delicacy of Beatrice Harraden’s ‘A Bird on its Journey’ (1894)’

H. Charles Dickens

Neil Addison (Japan Women’s University), ‘‘Like the Giant in his Travelling Boots’: Railways, Steamboats and Charles Dickens’ Industrial Sublime’

Joanna Hofer-Robinson (University College Cork) and Peter Orford (University of Buckingham), ‘The Plays of Charles Dickens’

18:30-19:30: Keynote #2 (Prof. Joseph Bristow)

19:30- 21:30: Conference Dinner

SATURDAY, September 3

PANEL SESSION 9 (Saturday 3rd, 9:00-10:30am)

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A. Rethinking Boundaries: Transnational Subjectivity and Victorian Women Travellers

Silvia Antosa (University of Enna “Kore”, Italy), ‘‘Frances Eliot’s ‘Misaligned’ Transnational Encounters in Europe’

Claudia Capanicioni (Bishop Grosseteste University), ‘Lucie Duff Gordon’s Transnational Views of Egypt’

Mariaconcetta Constantini (University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy), ‘Edith Durham in Albania: Rethinking Identity across Nations and Gender Boundaries’

Julia Kuehn (University of Hong Kong), ‘Geopoetic Forms: Women Travellers Writing in the Harem Space and Gender’

B. Indulgence and the Ethics of Eating

Anna Gasperini (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), ‘ “Only there lay the chocolate, sweet and tempting”: Gluttony, Temptation, and Virtue in Christina Rossetti’s Speaking Likenesses (1874)’

Isabella Brooks-Ward (University College London), ‘‘A Good Wind of Laughter’: Verting with George Meredith’

Beth Howell (University of Exeter), ‘Victorian Vegetarianism: Poetry and Policy in the Work of Anna Kingsford 1846-1888’

C. Ghosts

Alicia Barnes (University of Surrey), ‘Railing Through Reality: Railways and Layered Experience in Nineteenth-Century Ghost Stories’

Ariella Feldman (Independent Scholar), ‘Tracing Charlotte Brontë’s Interest in Ghosts from the Glass Town saga to Villette and the Influence of Sir Walter Scott as a Folklore Source on Her Works’

Matthew Ingleby (Queen Mary, University of London), ‘Rental Ghosts, 1850-1900’

Lorena MacMillan (Anglia Ruskin University), ‘ “The Epoch of Belief”: Charles Dickens’s Inlfuence on the Supernatural Theories of Andrew Lang in The Book of Dreams and Ghosts

D. Illustrating the Victorians

Nicholas de Godoy Lopes (Bard Graduate Center), ‘The Importance of Being Earnest: British Design Reform and the Problem of Play’

Michelle Reynolds (University of Exeter), ‘Decadence for Children?: Ethel Reed’s Illustrations in Arabella and Araminta Stories (1895) and In Childhood’s Country (1896)

Shija Yu (Birkbeck, University of London), ‘Exposing the Medium: Paper Peepshow and the Undermining of Contemporaneity in the 1850s’

E. Music in a Transnational Context

Victoria C. Roskams (University of Oxford), ‘Resolving Discordant Jewishness: Amy Levy’s Revision of Daniel Deronda’s Jewish Musicians’

Chloe Valenti (University of Cambridge), ‘Perceptions of Italian Music and Identity in Victorian Popular Music’

F. Haunted Dickens

Celeste Callen (University of Edinburgh), ‘Dickens and the Disequilibrium of the Self: Between Haunting Pasts and Unpredictable Futures’

Kristin Reeves (University of Lincoln), ‘Dickens, Suicide, and the Bridges of London’

Emily Vause (University of Edinburgh), ‘Demented Dolls, Ghostly Shadows, and the Fractured Self: The Monstrous Doubles of Charles Dickens’ Bleak House

G. Religious and National Identities

Nigel Browne-Davies (Independent Scholar), ‘Victorians in Empire: The Creoles in Sierra Leone, 1870-1900’

Monika Mazurek (Pedagogical University of Krakow), ‘Truth and Untruthfulness: National and Religious Stereotypes in the Victorian Novel’

Madeline Potter (Edge Hill University), ‘Ritualism, Sacraments, and Sacred-Monstrous Fluidity in Bram Stoker’s Dracula

10:30-12:00: President’s Panel

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