London Nineteenth-Century Postgraduate Colloquium 10 Sept 2016

Please find attached call for papers and poster for this year’s London Nineteenth-Century Postgraduate Colloquium, hosted by the Institute of English Studies.

This year’s colloquium will be held on the 10th September at Senate House

The conference blog is available here:

This is a multi- and interdisciplinary conference and proposals are welcomed for papers on a wide range of topics.

The deadline for proposals is 31 July.


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Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, Summer 2016 Programme

Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies Summer Term 2016 Programme

Friday 13 May 2016

‘Genres and Writing in the Digital Age’, 3.00-9.00pm

3.00-5.00pm ‘Novel Poetry’, Dino Felluga (Purdue)

Materials will be distributed in advance, please write to

Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square 6.00-9.00pm ‘Nineteenth-Century Digital Periodicals’

Laurel Brake (Birkbeck), Helen Rogers (Liverpool John Moores University), and Dino Felluga (Purdue) Room G01, 43 Gordon Square


Monday 16 May 2016


‘Writing Arctic Disaster: Authorship and Exploration’, Adriana Craciun (UC Riverside), Felix Driver (Royal Holloway), and Michael Bravo (Scott Polar Institute, Cambridge) Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square


Tuesday 17 May 2016


‘Collecting and Archiving the Victorians’, speakers from the National Portrait Gallery, Guildhall Art Gallery, the Bethlem Museum of the Mind, and the Salvation Army Room G03, 43 Gordon Square


Thursday 19 May 2016


‘Running Wilde: outdoor exercise & the peculiar history of the treadmill’, Vybarr Cregan-Reid (University of Kent) Room G04, 43 Gordon Square


Friday 10 & Saturday 11 June 2016

‘Victorian Psychology Now’, a half-day reading workshop FOLLOWED BY A FULL-DAY SYMPOSIUM with Caroline Arscott, Carolyn Burdett, Benjamin Morgan, Tom Quick, Roger Smith, Heather Tilley, and Tiffany Watt-Smith Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square


This event is funded by the Birkbeck Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund


Friday 17 June 2016

‘Embarrassing Bodies: Feeling Self-Conscious in the Nineteenth-Century’

Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square


Friday 8 & Saturday 9 July 2016

‘Forgotten Geographies in the Fin de Siècle, 1880-1920’

Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square


For more information on the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, visit:

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Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies: Thursday 26 November 2015

Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies
Autumn 2015 Programme

The next event of the autumn term for the Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies will feature Ruth Phillips (Carleton University) presenting on ‘Mississauga Methodist: Peter Jones and the Visual Mediation of Ojibwe Identity in Nineteenth-Century Canada’ on Thursday 26 November 2015 from 7.30pm to 9.00pm in the Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD.

The Reverend Peter Jones, or Kahkewaquonaby, was born in 1802 into an Indigenous world in what is now southern Ontario and died in 1856 as a respected member of a settler society on the brink of achieving self-government within the British empire. The son of a Mississauga mother and a Welsh father, he married into a prominent British Methodist family and devoted his life to missionary work amongst fellow Mississauga traumatized by the rapid dispossession, dislocation, alcoholism and family violence they suffered during the first half of the nineteenth century. This lecture explores Jones’s visual and textual modes of self-fashioning as mediations of these struggles, his own bicultural heritage and the divided loyalties he sought to reconcile.

The session is free and all are welcome, but since the venue has limited space it will be first come, first seated.

For more information, see:

Please email to join our mailing list or to obtain further information about the series.

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New Look for 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century

We are delighted to announce that 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century at has had a makeover. We hope you’ll agree that the journal is looking very good as it prepares to celebrate its first ten years this autumn.

19 publishes two themed issues per year under the auspices of invited guest editors. It is part of Birkbeck’s Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies and is under the general editorship of Dr Carolyn Burdett.

The journal is now proudly housed within the Open Library of Humanities (OLH), a platform for open access publishing also based at Birkbeck. The OLH has a unique model to fund open access journals in the humanities that doesn’t rely on author charges but instead receives support from a large number of libraries. Please do see their website at for more on getting your libraries involved or to learn about moving other journals to their model.


Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies School of Arts Birkbeck, University of London

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19C Studies – Literary Cosmopolitanism: Theory and Practice: Deadline 30 Sept 2015

‘Literary Cosmopolitanism: Theory and Practice’

A one-day Graduate Workshop

Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, Birkbeck, University of London

19 November 2015

Call for Participations

Literary Cosmopolitanism Further Details

Cosmopolitanism, etymologically derived from the Greek for ‘world citizenship’, offers a radical alternative to the ideology of nationalism, asking individuals to imagine themselves as part of a community that goes beyond national and linguistic boundaries. Together with the cognate concepts of inter-nationalism and trans-nationalism, cosmopolitanism has become a widespread and contentious term within literary studies, affecting our understanding of nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature in particular.

This one-day graduate workshop is designed to introduce doctoral students to the current critical debate on cosmopolitanism. It will consist of a seminar based on pre-circulated critical material followed by the opportunity to relate the discussion to the participants’ individual research. The workshop is open to PhD students in all areas of nineteenth- and twentieth-century literary studies (English, comparative literature, modern languages), from all universities, but it is limited to a maximum of 15 participants. No previous knowledge of theories of cosmopolitanism is required. There is no registration charge and lunch will be provided as part of the event. Two small travel bursaries are available for participants coming from further afield.

In order to secure a place, or for general enquiries, please write to Prospective participants should send a CV and a short statement of maximum one page stating how they envisage that attending the workshop will benefit their research by 30 September 2015 at the latest.

‘Literary Cosmopolitanism: Theory and Practice’ is part of the AHRC-funded project The Love of Strangers: Literary Cosmopolitanism in the English ‘Fin de Siècle’ (PI Stefano Evangelista, Oxford University). It is a collaboration between Birkbeck, University of London and Oxford University. The workshop will take place in London and will be led by Stefano Evangelista, Ana Parejo Vadillo, and Clément Dessy.


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New issue of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century Online Journal

19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 20 (2015) Charting the Crimean War: Contexts, Nationhood, Afterlives

The Crimean War (1853–56) is much more culturally significant than its popular mythologies suggest. Now remembered mainly for the Charge of the Light Brigade and the Lady with the Lamp, the war is a pivotal moment in the history of modern warfare seen as both the last of the old wars and first of the new. The first total war, it inaugurated new forms of weaponry, tactics, communication, war reporting, military medicine, and new attitudes towards soldiers. The issue provides a number of new perspectives on these features of the war as it played out in the British, French, and Russian imagination. Contributors mediate the vexed issue of medical provision for the British and Russian armies; sensitivities around Britain’s military alliance with France; royal and poetic interventions into the welfare of the British soldier; the religious, commercial, and emotional investment in soldier-heroes like Captain Hedley Vicars and the Light Brigade; the memorialization of the final action of the war, the fall of Sebastopol; and, finally, the war’s continuing cultural and geopolitical relevance. Incorporating statistical analysis, journalism, photography, objects, art, film, and literature, this issue of 19 makes a case for the conflict’s wide-ranging significance.


‘Charting the Crimean War: Contexts, Nationhood, Afterlives’

Rachel Bates, Holly Furneaux, and Alastair Massie

‘Reporting the Crimean War: Misinformation and Misinterpretation’

Mike Hinton

‘Russian Medical Service During the Crimean War: New Perspectives’

Yulia Naumova

‘The French Army and British Army Crimean War Reforms’

Anthony Dawson

‘”All Touched my Hand”: Queenly Sentiment and Royal Prerogative’

Rachel Bates

‘The Afterlife of Thomas Campbell and “The Soldier’s Dream” in the Crimean War’

Tai-Chun Ho

‘Who Blew the Balaklava Bugle?: The Charge of the Light Brigade and the Afterlife of the Crimean War’

Lara Kriegel

‘The Life and Afterlives of Captain Hedley Vicars: Evangelical Biography and the Crimean War’

Trev Broughton

‘Sebastopol: On the Fall of a City’

Trudi Tate

‘Off the Chart: The Crimean War in British Public Consciousness’

  1. L. Berridge

To download the articles, see:

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