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London Nineteenth-Century Studies Graduate Conference 2023: Home and Away in the Long Nineteenth Century – 11 February 2023

The London Nineteenth-Century Studies Graduate Strand is pleased to announce that our upcoming in-person conference will take place on Saturday, 11th February. This year’s conference will explore the themes of ‘Home and Away’ in the long nineteenth century.

The nineteenth century was a period in which industrial and technological advancements enabled national as well as international travel. This in turn to a clear differentiation between what was meant by ‘home’ and ‘away’. With nineteenth century citizens denied the mobility that we enjoy today, this conference intends to discover the ways nineteenth century citizens facilitated and engendered ideas of the home and that of being away, through written words, technological inventions or the exchange of material things.

This conference features papers from PGRs and ECRs, as well as a Keynote talk from Dr Mary Shannon at the University of Roehampton, which looks at Billy Waters and African American culture in early New York.

The conference will be held in person at Senate House, London.

Please see below for the programme. The detailed programme, with abstracts and speaker information, is also available.

Registration and welcome

9:00-9:45

Keynote: Dr Mary L. Shannon (University of Roehampton)

Complicating ‘Home’ and ‘Away’: The Busker Billy Waters and 19th Century Black Performers in New York and London

9:45-11:00

Break

11:00-11:15

Panel 1: Service and care 

11:15-12:15

Hendrikje Kaube (Freie Universität Berlin)

Acquiescence and Acrimony: Working Gentlewomen in Victorian and Edwardian Homes

Lourdes Salgado Vinal (University of Liverpool)

Geocriticism and Gendered Spaces in G. W. M. Reynolds’s Servant Novels

Charlotte Wilson (University of Oxford)

Caregiving in the Home, Character, and Self-Suppression in Charles Dickens’s Little Dorrit

Lunch

12:15-1:00

Panel 2: Childhood

1:00-2:15

Harriet Salisbury (University of Roehampton)

Hogwarts or Heaven: Harry Potter and the Blessed Child

Sophie Thompson (University of Kent)

The Socialist Utopia as Child’s Play: The Games of H. G. Wells and E. Nesbit

Pamela Mansell (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Home and away as Viewed through the Pages of the Maidstone and Southend Secondary School Magazines at the End of the Long Nineteenth Century

Panel 3: Empire

2:15-3:30

Samuel Cheney (University of Edinburgh)

Listening to Empire, Hearing Race: Music and Sound in British Travel Writing from China, c. 1860 – c. 1920

Nicola Froggatt (National Trust)

Whose Home Now? How Western Australian Settlers Used Aboriginal Objects to Control Narratives at the Glasgow International Exhibition (1901)

Chetna Jena (University of Greenwich)

“Lost in a Tangle”: Visions of Vegetal Vitality in the Scientific Romances of H. G. Wells

Break

3:30-3:45

Panel 4: Travel and Migration

3:45-5:00

Arthur Charlesworth (City, University of London)

Up the Junction: The Potential Energy of the Victorian Railway Station

Anna Dadaian (UCL) and Anastasia Sitnina (Independent Scholar)

Life in American Frontier Boomtowns: A New “Home”

Beth Mills (University of Exeter)

Writing from ‘Exile’: Scientific Identity in Grant Allen’s Early Letters to Herbert Spencer

Closing remarks

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London Nineteenth-Century Studies Graduate Conference 2023: Home and Away in the Long Nineteenth Century – Registration Open!

The London Nineteenth-Century Studies Graduate Strand is pleased to announce that our upcoming in-person conference on Saturday, 11th February is open to registration. This year’s conference will explore the themes of ‘Home and Away’ in the long nineteenth century.

Please follow the link to Eventbrite to book your free ticket. The registration will close by the end of Thursday 2 February.

The nineteenth century was a period in which industrial and technological advancements enabled national as well as international travel. This in turn to a clear differentiation between what was meant by ‘home’ and ‘away’. With nineteenth century citizens denied the mobility that we enjoy today, this conference intends to discover the ways nineteenth century citizens facilitated and engendered ideas of the home and that of being away, through written words, technological inventions or the exchange of material things.

This conference features papers from PGRs and ECRs, as well as a Keynote talk from Dr Mary Shannon at the University of Roehampton, which looks at Billy Waters and African American culture in early New York.

The conference will be held in person at Senate House, London.

Please see below for the draft programme. The detailed programme, with abstracts and speaker information, is also available.

Registration and welcome

9:00-9:45

Keynote: Dr Mary L. Shannon (University of Roehampton)

Complicating ‘Home’ and ‘Away’: The Busker Billy Waters and 19th Century Black Performers in New York and London

9:45-11:00

Break

11:00-11:15

Panel 1: Service and care 

11:15-12:15

Hendrikje Kaube (Freie Universität Berlin)

Acquiescence and Acrimony: Working Gentlewomen in Victorian and Edwardian Homes

Lourdes Salgado Vinal (University of Liverpool)

Geocriticism and gendered spaces in G. W. M. Reynolds’s servant novels

Charlotte Wilson (University of Oxford)

Caregiving in the Home, Character, and Self-Suppression in Charles Dickens’s Little Dorrit

Lunch

12:15-1:00

Panel 2: Childhood

1:00-2:15

Harriet Salisbury (University of Roehampton)

Hogwarts or Heaven: Harry Potter and the Blessed Child

Sophie Thompson (University of Kent)

The Socialist Utopia as Child’s Play: The Games of H. G. Wells and E. Nesbit

Pamela Mansell (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Home and away as viewed through the pages of the Maidstone and Southend secondary school magazines at the end of the long nineteenth century

Panel 3: Empire

2:15-3:30

Samuel Cheney (University of Edinburgh)

Listening to Empire, Hearing Race: Music and Sound in British Travel Writing from China, c. 1860 – c. 1920

Nicola Froggatt (National Trust)

Whose home now? How Western Australian settlers used Aboriginal objects to control narratives at the Glasgow International Exhibition (1901)

Chetna Jena (University of Greenwich)

“Lost in a Tangle”: Visions of Vegetal Vitality in the Scientific Romances of H. G. Wells

Break

3:30-3:45

Panel 4: Travel and Migration

3:45-5:00

Arthur Charlesworth (City, University of London)

Up the Junction: The Potential Energy of the Victorian Railway Station

Anna Dadaian (UCL) and Anastasia Sitnina (Independent Scholar)

Life in American Frontier Boomtowns: A New “Home”

Beth Mills (University of Exeter)

Writing from ‘exile’: Scientific identity in Grant Allen’s early letters to Herbert Spencer

Closing remarks

LNGSS-GS Conference

We are excited to announce the call for paper for our annual conference. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘home and away in the long nineteenth century.’ Please see the poster below for details.

Do send your proposal to lncssgs@gmail.com by Monday 9 January 2023. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at the same email address.

LNCSS-GS social – guided tour of Highgate Cemetery

We are excited to arrange our first social/networking event for Sat 29th October, 2022, in which we’re hoping to arrange a private tour of Highgate Cemetery. Anyone who wants to stay and mingle afterwards can come along for a warm drink at a local Victorian pub.

If you are interested in attending, please kindly let us know by emailing lncssgs@gmail.com. Booking opens in a few days’ time, so hopefully we should have first pick of time slots, but we are hoping to secure a slot for early afternoon.

Tickets are £15 each and this includes access to the East Cemetery, which we would visit as a group after our tour of the West Cemetery is done. The tour groups are capped at 16 people, so please do email us early if you are keen, but certainly by next Thursday (6th October).

Events and Notices:

VIRTUAL EVENT: ‘INSIGHTS IN THE RESEARCH JOURNEY’

Thank you to our wonderful panelists Dr. Fern Pullan and Dr. Helena Esser for sharing their invaluable insights on the research Journey. The notes from the virtual event are attached below:

VIRTUAL EVENT: ‘INSIGHTS IN THE RESEARCH JOURNEY’

The LNCSS – GS are thrilled to announce our next virtual event on Thursday, 16th, December 2021 (4:00-5:30pm GMT). Panelists Dr. Fern Pullan and Dr. Helena Esser will be sharing their research experiences regarding the PhD process followed by a Q & A!

CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE LNCSS-GS CONFERENCE

We are thrilled to announce the Call for Papers for the LNCSS-GS Conference titled ‘Communities, Relationships and Networks in the Long Nineteenth Century’ is officially open! (See the poster below for details)

OPPORTUNITY: JOIN THE GRAD STRAND COMMITTEE!

Public Engagement Workshop!

Grad Strand Workshop: Public Engagement
Thursday 22nd April at 1pm

Panellists: Dr Gregory Tate (St. Andrews), Lee Jackson (Royal Holloway) and Mollie Clarke (Roehampton).

In this virtual workshop, our panel speak about their experiences of engaging the wider public with their work. Far from the old stereotype of the ivory tower, academics are now more and more encouraged to take their research to audiences beyond the academy. With this in mind, we invite three speakers who have engaged public audiences in fascinating and diverse ways to reflect on their experience and discuss how we as budding academics might go about seeking public engagement opportunities to share our research to diverse
audiences.

Dr Greg Tate was a BBC New Generation Thinker in 2013; since then, he has spoken on Romantic and Victorian literature for BBC Radio, and has published in the TLS. Lee Jackson has published 2 trade histories and 7 historical crime novels, and has provided research expertise for a number of popular historical TV shows. Mollie Clarke is currently undertaking a placement with the National Archives, in which she has been at the forefront of ongoing efforts to publish and contextualise the Archives’ important LGBTQ+ holdings for recent commemorative events.

PGRs and ECRs at any stage welcome. Register on Eventbrite.