All changes are also reflected in the conference programme on this website.

Conference welcome and keynote 1: please note the change of venue:

Julian Hodge (NOT Law LT)


Julian Hodge

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Conference Welcome

Damian Walford Davies, Head of School of English, Communication and Philosophy

Ann Heilmann, Chair of the Organising Committee


Julian Hodge

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Keynote 1

Chair: Ann Heilmann

Patricia Duncker (University of Manchester): ‘Imagining George Eliot’

1F: Visual Culture strand (1): Victorian Illustration

Chair: Rose Roberto (University of Reading)

  • Will Finley (University of Sheffield): ‘“Vehicles for pretty prints”: The consumption of image and text and the transformation of topography 1835-1850’
  • Bethan Stevens (University of Sussex): ‘Greedy rats: The business of Victorian wood engraving’

(Moved from 8G) Katherine Ford (Science Museum, London): ‘Demons, devils and dragons: Representations of pterosaurs in 19th-century science and culture’

1H: Consuming Otherness strand (1): Consuming 19th-century France

Panel convened by Kate Griffiths (Cardiff University)

Chair: Kathy Rees

  • Richard Leahy (University of Chester): ‘Frameworks of desire and mass consumption: Networked society in the works of Émile Zola’
  • Kate Griffiths (Cardiff University): ‘Translating Zola for 21st-century television: Audience, consumption, context and The Paradise (BBC, 2012)’
  • Andrew Watts (University of Birmingham): ‘Consumed by Spirit: Reincarnating Balzac in Charles d’Orino’s Tales from the Beyond (1904)’

Please note Andrew Watt’s change of title.

 1M: Consuming Christ: Ethics and Faith

Chair: Rosemary Mitchell (Leeds Trinity University)

  • Keri Cronin (Brock University, Canada) and Maria Power (University of Liverpool): ‘Christ in the laboratory: Religious ethics and the anti-vivisection movement in late Victorian Britain’
  • Melissa E. Buron (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Birkbeck College): ‘Proselytizing or profiteering? James Tissot and the commercialization of the Bible’

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances Nele Pollatschek is no longer able to attend.

 2F: Visual Culture strand (2): Behind the Scenes at an Exhibition

Chair: Kate Newey (Exeter University)

  • Helen Kingstone (Leeds Trinity University): ‘“First, climb to the roof”: Making contemporary history consumable’
  • (Moved from 5F) Ciarán Rua O’Neill (University of York): ‘Consuming Classical and Renaissance sculpture: The Caryatid in Victorian Britain’
  • Anthony Walker-Cook (Durham University): ‘The museum and its various metaphors in Victorian literature’. Please note that due to illness this paper will be read out by Ann Heilmann

2K: Digitisation strand (1): Roundtable: Digital Visualisation and Victorian Studies   

Convened by Christopher Donaldson (Lancaster University) and

Joanna Taylor (Lancaster University)

Chair: Anthony Mandal (Cardiff University)

  • Zoe Alker (University of Liverpool): ‘Building Bentham’s panopticon’
  • Christopher Donaldson (Lancaster University): ‘Deep mapping mobile geographies’
  • Les Roberts (University of Liverpool): ‘The Cestrian Book of the Dead: Digital necrogeography and spatial anthropology’
  • Matthew Sangster (University of Birmingham): ‘Accruing Romantic London’
  • Joanna Taylor (Lancaster University): ‘Walking, writing and mapping the English Lake District’

Zoe Alker has withdrawn.