Event: Victorian Impacts

22-23 June 2017

A two-day event at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde. Organised under the aegis of the Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo Victorian Studies (

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Call for Submissions: Making Masculinity: Craft, Gender, and Material Production in the Long Nineteenth-Century

Guest Editors:  Dr Katie Faulkner (The Courtauld Institute of Art and Arcadia University) Dr Freya Gowrley (University of Edinburgh)

This special issue of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies will use ‘craft’ as a framework for understanding how various forms of masculinity were constructed and expressed during the long nineteenth-century (1789-1914) in Britain and internationally.

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OCTOBER 13-14, 2017


“The reaction of joy was as passionate as his grief had been, and he hugged his recovered gems to his bosom.” The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, “The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet”
“…Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.” Great Expectations

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CFP: H. G. Wells and Bernard Shaw: Socialism and the Irrational

H. G. Wells and Bernard Shaw: Socialism and the Irrational
London School of Economics and Political Science, London WC2

23 September 2017

Close friends and – at times – bitter rivals, H. G. Wells and Bernard Shaw stood in the public mind for the belief that men and women could be persuaded by rational argument to support Fabian socialism, scientific and industrial development, and world citizenship. They took up controversial and often conflicting positions on internationalism and revolution (especially the Russian revolution), war, feminism, democracy, human rights and much else. But there are limits to rationalism in both writers’ thought. Continue reading “CFP: H. G. Wells and Bernard Shaw: Socialism and the Irrational”

Victorians and their Dragons

It’s St. George’s Day! And, to celebrate, I thought I’d bring you another post in the style of ‘Victorians and their Dogs’ and ‘Victorians and their Cats’, only this time we’ll be celebrating ‘Victorians and their Dragons’. Please remember: a dragon is for life, not just for St. George’s Day.

Co-written with @DrDouglasSmall – funny man, academic, and researcher of Victorian drugs.  Continue reading “Victorians and their Dragons”

Movie Night: Titanic (Shut up, it totally counts as *long* nineteenth century’)

For those of you who follow my good buddy  @bizarrevictoria, you’ll know that we like to unwind after a long semester by watching bad Victorian movies and good-naturedly ripping them to shreds for your amusement. We’ve recently roasted such cinematic classics as Dracula 2000Vanity Fair (2004), The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), and The Raven (2012). Then we got word that our colleague @DrDouglasSmall had never seen Titanic. THIS SHALL NOT STAND, sayeth I, and so Douglas was duly taped to a chair and made to endure all 3hrs 15mins of melodramatic, iceberg-tastic, Celine-Dion-athon.

You can check out the results over at BizarreVictoria’s page.

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Tuesday 5 September 2017, Leeds Beckett University
The simultaneous awareness of past and present evident in historical crime fiction seems to offer a means of gaining a new perspective on the present through the past.” – John Scaggs (2005: 134)
Confirmed Keynote: Dr Heather Shore (Leeds Beckett University)
Confirmed Keynote: Frances Brody (Author)


CFP: ‘Mobilising Militant Pasts: Histories of Protest, Unrest and Insurrection in Politics and Culture’

King’s College London
31 August – 1 September 2017
Call for Papers
The extent of retrospection in culture and politics is a topic oft-commented upon and lamented. Public engagements with history and heritage are frequently lumpenly categorised as ‘nostalgia’: sanitised, selective, reassuring. Yet this obscures the sheer diversity of militant pasts in the present, and of the contexts and processes that facilitate their re-manifestation. Che Guevara’s face adorns posters and t-shirts worldwide, while Garibaldi gets dunked in tea. Historic campaigns for racial and gender equality have been regularly dramatized, including in the recent films Selma (2014) and Suffragette (2015). Internecine violence is frequently documented, and its martyrs commemorated, in the fabric of the physical environments where it occurred, as the murals of Belfast and Derry testify. Such remembering and half-remembering of histories of divided societies, of protest, unrest and insurrection, is far from inherently safe, nor easily categorised.

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CFP: Picturing the Reader: Reading and Representation in the Long Nineteenth Century

Picturing the Reader: Reading and Representation in the Long Nineteenth Century
A one-day interdisciplinary conference 
Liverpool Hope University, UK,
7 September 2017
Keynote speaker: Professor Mary Hammond, University of Southampton

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