Consuming (the) Victorians

2016 Annual Conference of the British Association for Victorian Studies

Category: Troubleshooting

Programme Changes (Thursday, 1 September)

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

4E: Music and Theatre strand (4): Consuming Spectacles, Sensations, and the Exotic on the Victorian Stage

Panel convened by Beth Palmer (University of Surrey)

Chair: Akira Suwa (Cardiff University)

  • Tiziana Morosetti (University of Oxford): ‘Consuming Uncle Tom on the Victorian stage’
  • Beth Palmer (University of Surrey): ‘Consuming “sensation” in the theatre of the 1860s’
  • Joanna Robinson (King’s College London and University of Surrey): ‘Miniature spectacles: Performing nations in toy theatres’

Please note change of chair.

5B: Self-Improvement

Chair: Ann Heilmann (Cardiff University)

  • David Rowland (The Open University): ‘Widening access to art music: Creating new audiences in Victorian Britain’
  • Melissa Score: ‘“Martha Makepeace” and the working woman’s household economy in Cassell’s Working Man’s Friend’
  • Paul Raphael Rooney (Trinity College Dublin): ‘Consuming autodidacticism: Improving reading, The Working Man’s Friend (1850-51) and the Victorian print culture’

Please note change of chair.

5E: Music and Theatre strand (5): Consuming Music: Private and Public

Chair: George Biddlecombe (Royal Academy of Music)

  • Wendy Stafford (University of Southampton): ‘Consuming passions? An investigation into a Victorian country house music collection’
  • Ian Maxwell (University of Cambridge): ‘The Chamber music clubs in the universities of Victorian Britain’

Due to unforeseen circumstances Erin Johnson Williams cannot attend.

5F: Visual Culture strand (4): Classicism and Aesthetics

Chair: Catherine Han (Cardiff University)

  • Jordan Kistler (Keele University): ‘Creation vs. consumption: Rethinking the ideal in art’
  • Madeleine Emerald Thiele (Aberystwyth University): ‘The Edwardian consumption of Victorian angels’

Ciarán Rua O’Neill’s paper has moved to 2F.


5G: Medicine, Science and Technology strand (4): Natural History

Chair: Helen Kingstone (Leeds Trinity University)

  • Matthew Wale (University of Leicester): ‘“A healthy four-penny-worth of [science] gossip”: Consuming natural history through 19th-century periodicals’’
  • Rose Roberto (National Museums Scotland and University of Reading): ‘(Un)natural selection in Chambers’s Encyclopaedias’

Due to unforeseen circumstances David Lowther has had to withdraw. 

6A: Sensation Fiction

Chair: Helen McKenzie (Cardiff University)

  • Suchitra Choudhury (University of Glasgow): ‘Consumerism and colonialism: The red Paisley shawl in Wilkie Collins’s Armadale
  • Anne-Louise Russell (Anglia Ruskin University): ‘Much more than simply “supply[ing] the cravings of a diseased appetite”: Florence Marryat and sensation fiction published in London Society’

Kate Mattacks has had to withdraw.

6G: The Ethics of Consumption: Political Economy, Periodical Journalism, Poetry 

Panel convened by Nora Plesske (TU Braunschweig, Germany)

Chair: Silvana Colella (Università di Macerata, Italy)

Nora Plesske (TU Braunschweig, Germany): ‘Celebrations of cheapness: Mass consumption and the wealth of the nation’

Joanna Rostek (University of Giessen, Germany): ‘A Feminist Economic Reading of Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley’

Please note that Joanna Rostek’s paper will be read out by Megen de Bruin-Molé and that Laurenz Volkmann’s paper has had to be cancelled.  

7B: Business, Brands and Betting

Chair: Sarah Bull (University of Cambridge)

  • Graham Harding (St Cross College, Oxford): ‘“Advertisements of every kind to bring their brand into notoriety”: Brand Innovation and “Brandolatry” in the nineteenth-century champagne trade’
  • Rohan McWilliam (Anglia Ruskin University): ‘The Gatti family and the Victorian West End: Food, theatre and entrepreneurship in the making of London’s pleasure district’
  • Stephen Tate (Blackburn College): ‘“What but greed, what but avarice, would induce a man . . . to carry on that business?” Coupon betting and the British sporting press c1900’

Please note revised title of Graham Harding’s paper.

7L: Spectacles of the Victorian Press

Chair: Ann Heilmann (Cardiff University)

  • Jock Macleod (Griffith University, Australia): ‘Incorporating readers: Consumption and Victorian histories of the press’
  • Alexandra Leonzini (Freie Universität Berlin/ Humboldt Universität zu Berlin): “The important squabble”, “an extraordinary scene”, or “a most disgraceful row”?: The Tamburini Riot as it appeared in British print media’
  • Matthew Bradley (University of Liverpool): ‘Consuming Victorian apocalypse: The end of the world and the Victorian press’

Please note change of chair due to Clare Horrocks speaking in 7C.  

8B: The Form and Facture of The Pleasure of that Obstinacy: J. Hillis Miller on Anthony Trollope, Reading and Technology

Please note that the chair of this session is Joanna Robinson (King’s College London and University of Surrey), not Simon Grennan (as indicated in the Abstracts booklet).

Panel organiser, speaker and commentator: Frederik Van Dam (University of Leuven, Belgium)

Screening of documentary and discussion


8G: Medicine, Science and Technology strand (6): Consuming Pre-Historic Beasts

Panel convened by Will Tattersdill (University of Birmingham)

Chair: Jordan Kistler (University of Birmingham)

  • Richard Fallon (University of Leicester / Centre for Arts and Humanities Research, Natural History Museum): ‘H. N. Hutchinson’s extinct monsters (1892): Making palaeontology palatable at the fin de siècle’
  • Will Tattersdill (University of Birmingham): ‘Becoming fossils: Adequated metaphors of the Victorian dinosaur in 20th-century popular culture

Katherine Ford’s paper has moved to IF

Notes for Speakers and Chairs

Below are some notes for speakers and chairs at BAVS 2016.


Thank you for your contribution to this conference, which could not take place without you! Below is some technical information for your session.


There is bottled water for all the speakers by the computer in each room.  


Each room is equipped with a computer, a projector, and audio speakers. Controls for the projectors and speakers are located near the computers. It is also possible to connect an external computer (i.e. your laptop) to the projector using the VGA connection provided.

Speakers needing a VGA-to-Mac adaptor are advised to bring their own adaptors. (We are not stocked for the different models of Macbook.)

You are advised to bring your powerpoint on a USB stick.

If there is an issue with the equipment, please seek the advice of the helper assigned to your room, who will be able to contact the technicians on your behalf, or consult Ann (07980 401842). The technicians can be found in room 0.07.

How to log on

All the computers in the PTC will be logged on ready for use. When you close your powerpoint presentation down, please don’t log off to avoid delays with setting the computer up for the next speaker/session.

If a previous speaker accidentally logged off, the log-in details are:

Username: lecturer

Password: lecturer

Between each panel is either a 10-minute break or a refreshment break. We encourage you to use this time to set up for your session alongside the other speakers. 


Papers are capped at 20 minutes. This is to ensure that each speaker is given equal amounts of time and that there is an opportunity for discussion at the end. Please therefore make sure that your paper does not exceed the time limit. (If you are presenting as one of two speakers in a three-paper session, you have a little bit more leeway!) To make time-keeping easier, we have prepared reminder cards (2 minutes, 1 minute, STOP) that the chair may draw your attention to.

Enjoy your paper and your session!  


Thank you for volunteering your services and expertise as a panel chair – especially if this should be your first experience of chairing a session or if you are chairing several panels. Below you will find some information on the equipment and general tips.


There is bottled water for all the speakers and yourself by the computer in each room.


Some speakers may want to access the audiovisual equipment for their presentation. Each room is equipped with a computer, a projector, and audio speakers. Controls for the projectors and speakers are located near the computers. It is also possible to connect an external computer (i.e. the speaker’s laptop) to the projector using the VGA connection provided. Speakers needing a VGA-to-Mac adaptor are advised to bring their own adaptors. We have also asked that speakers bring their powerpoints on a USB stick. If there is an issue with the equipment, please seek the advice of the helper assigned to your room, who will be able to contact the technicians on your behalf, or consult Ann (07980 401842). The technicians can be found in room 0.07.

How to log on

All the computers in the PTC will be logged on for use. Please advise speakers not to log off at the end of their session. If the computer was accidentally logged off, the log-in details are:

Username: lecturer- Password: lecturer


Papers are capped at 20 minutes. Allowing time for a brief introduction of each speaker, could you keep track of time to ensure that speakers do not exceed 20 minutes so that there is space for discussion at the end. (If you chair a three-paper session with only two speakers, you will have a little more leeway.) To make your task easier, we have prepared timing cards: 2 minutes, 1 minute, STOP. Feel free to use some or all of these cards during the papers, as you and the speakers prefer.


Given the pressurized time schedule, and in order to encourage the audience to consider synergies between papers, we recommend that the discussion session comes at the end rather than after each paper.

Please introduce each speaker, giving their institutional affiliation and a brief indication of their work (PhD student, postdoctoral or independent scholar, Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Reader, Professor etc. working on … ). You will find each speaker’s biographical note in the section following their outline in the Abstracts booklet. We encourage you to keep the introduction short so as not to cut into the time for speakers and the discussion.

Please thank each speaker, encouraging applause for their contribution before moving on.


After all papers have been delivered and all speakers thanked for their contribution, invite responses/questions from the floor. Please try to ensure speakers get equal time and attention.

While listening to each paper, it may be useful to jot down at least one question for each speaker to get the discussion going, or in order to shift the attention between individual speakers to ensure that each of them is at least asked one question.

Please keep check of the time to ensure the session closes at the advertised time, ready for the next panel to be set up.

Before breaking up the session, please thank the speakers once again for their papers.

We are grateful for your support and hope that you enjoy the conference and your panel(s).

Lost in the Fog

Dear Victorianists,

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‘A London Fog’. Illustrated London News, 1847.

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In the meantime, you can view the contents of our most recent e-mail here. Again, all of the information included in the e-mail is also available on our website, under registration, programme, and accommodation.

Information on Accommodation and Registration

Dear Victorianists,

We’ve received a few queries about accommodation, following yesterday’s e-mail responses to the abstracts.

Accommodation is not included in the conference fees, but we have secured a BAVS 2016 rate with the Jury’s Inn. In addition, we have pre-booked ensuite and semi-ensuite university accommodation for the conference, which you can find at this link (or under the ‘Accommodation’  tab in the menu). We have also provided a list of some other accommodation options in the area, with whom we have no affiliation.

Finally, we hope that registration will be available from Monday, 21 March. The reason for the slight delay is that we have been able to arrange for it all to happen online – so, you will not need to e-mail  in a Word form, but can fill in a digital form instead, which will be submitted to our administrators automatically. This will hopefully make everyone’s life much easier, and it also keeps your information much more secure.

More details to follow! In the meantime, leave your questions here in a comment, or e-mail us at

Call for Papers Closed

Dear Victorianists,

You will have noted that our Call for Papers closed on 1 March. We have continued to receive abstracts, which will automatically be placed on the waiting list, but will not be considered at this time.

The abstracts committee has its initial meeting to discuss all the abstracts on Wednesday, 9 March, with a number of additional meetings to follow, and we hope to bet back to you with a response by (or soon after) Friday, 18 March.

In the meantime, give yourselves a hand – our collected document of abstracts comes in at more than 100,000 words!

Call for Papers Closes Tomorrow!

Just one more day to submit your abstract for BAVS 2016: ‘Consuming the Victorians’! Our call for papers closes at midnight (GMT) on Tuesday, 1 March, 2016. We will keep you updated about the status of your proposals here, and on social media (Twitter and Facebook).

We hope to see you in Cardiff this Autumn.

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