Research events are listed below, for early career/HE talks see my ECR pages.
“Sea treasures in nineteenth-century literature.” Keynote presentation. Becoming sea treasures: epistemological constructions and marine resource regulation. 3ROceans conference 2018. University of the Azores, 12 to 14th September 2018.
“Sensing outwards: suntanned skin and the borders between self and world in Victorian medicine and culture.” North American Victorian studies Association annual conference, 11th to 14 October 2018.
“From walking the Moors to threading the streets: Charlotte Brontë’s journeys.” Keynote presentation. Traversing land, sea, and sky: travel and the landscape. University of Bristol, 25th April 2018.
“This moving panorama of life”: Re-inserting transport into the history of the Great Exhibition”. Making the Connections – Transport and its Place in History; conference of the York Transport Historians, sponsored by the National Railway Museum at King’s Manor, York, 16th November 2016. Abstract.
“Brontë Countries: The Literary Landscapes of Haworth and Brussels in Charlotte Brontë’s Legacy”. Literary Yorkshires workshop, 21st May 2016.
“‘The distance is quite imaginary’: Locating the nation and the world in Dickens’s David Copperfield“. Texts in Place/Place in Texts symposium, Royal Holloway, University of London, 21st May 2015. Abstract.
“‘So very oriental’: British masculinity and the travelling body in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford“. Border Masculinities, Lancaster University, 19-20th September 2014.
“Victorian literary mobilities: the case of Dickens’s Bleak House.” Mobility Cultures Colloquium, Centre for Mobilities Research, Lancaster University, 5th September 2014.
“Literary Mobilities: post-2012 reflections on locating literature in national landscapes.” Shakespeare on the Road symposium, Shakespeare Centre, 11th October 2013.
“Transport”: Special Topic Panel host, Victorian Popular Fiction Association, 19-21st July 2017.
“Brontë’s Brussels: Locating the Brontë Legacy Abroad.” Charlotte Brontë: A Bicentennial Celebration of her Life and Works, May 2016.
“‘Dying of thirst and fever under a scorching sun’: representing India in John Marchmont’s Legacy.” Sensational Influences: Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Literary Legacy, September 2015. “
“‘An ecstasy of freedom and enjoyment’: gender and mobility in Charlotte Brontë’s writing.” Victorian Modernities, University of Kent, 25-27th June 2014.
“‘A brown sunburnt gentleman’: the travelling male body in Victorian literature.” Victorian Masculinities: Midlands Interdisciplinary Victorian Studies Seminar, University of Nottingham, 16th January 2014.
“Locating the Victorians: mobility, place and the past in neo-Victorian culture”; Neo-Victorian Cultures: The Victorians Today, Liverpool John Moores University, 24-26th July 2013.
“From local to global and back again: Locating Dickens in the bicentenary year”; position paper for Dickens: Local and Global seminar, BAVS/NAVSA/AVSA Conference “The Local and the Global“, Venice, 3rd-6th June 2013.
“‘Something in the place’: Dickens 2012 and Literary Tourism”; Dickens Day 2012, Institute of English Studies, 13th October 2012.
“‘What Connection can there be?’ Objects, People and Place in Henry Mayhew’s 1851: or, the Adventures of Mr and Mrs Sandboys.” Victorian Things Revisited, Midlands Interdisciplinary Victorian Studies Seminar, 29th June 2012.
“‘A moving and a moving on’: Mobility, Space and the Nation in Dickens’s Bleak House“. Dickens Day 2011: Institute of English Studies, 15th October 2011.
“‘A perambulating mass of woollen goods’: Bodily composition in mid-nineteenth century railway representation”. Composition and Decomposition BAVS 2011: University of Birmingham, 1st-3rd September 2011.
“‘The Formation of a Surface’: Travelling Bodies in Dickens’s Little Dorrit‘”. Travel in the Nineteenth Century: Narratives, Histories and Collections: University of Lincoln, 11th-13th July 2011.
“‘Wandering out into the World’: Women Walking in the mid-Victorian Novel”. 18th and 19th Century British Women Writers Conference; Texas A&M University, April 2010.
“Traversing the City: Embodied Transit Spaces in Charlotte Bronte’s Villette“. Literary London 2009; Queen Mary, University of London, July 2009.
“‘Everything Dissolving into Cloud’: The Space of the Journey in Dickens’ Little Dorrit“. The Novel and Its Borders; University of Aberdeen, July 2008.
“The Re-mythologising Body in Angela Carter’s The Passion of New Eve“. Debating the Difference: Gender, Representation and Self-Representation. University of Dundee, September 2007.
New History Lab, 11th December 2015: “Sunburnt Gentlemen: Gendering Empire in Dickens’s Novels.”
Nottingham Trent research seminar, 15th January 2014: “‘A brown sunburnt gentleman’: Global travel and the male body in the mid-Victorian novel.”
Bangor University School of English Research Seminar, 11th December 2013: “‘Wandering like a wild thing’: Rural women and walking in George Eliot’s early fiction.”
Sheffield Hallam Department of English Staff Research Seminar, 30th November 2012: “Travelling bodies and local-global negotiations in the mid-Victorian novel.”