Research events are listed below, for early career/HE talks see my ECR pages.
“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.
“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. Sea treasures slides.
“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.”