This page contains the most up-to-date information on panels and sessions. Click here to download an (older) PDF version of the programme booklet, and here for a PDF booklet of the abstracts and biographical notes.

Friday, 2 September

8.45 Registration for new arrivals (until 11.30)

0.16 LT


Keynote 3

Chair: Keir Waddington (Cardiff University)

Frank Trentmann (Birkbeck, University of London): ‘Private comfort, public spirit: Victorian consumer culture in a global context’


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10.30-11.20 Panel sessions 9
2.01 9A: Growing Scentiments

Chair: Kate Griffiths (Cardiff University)

Victoria Mills (King’s College London; Darwin College, Cambridge): ‘The orchid mania: Men, fiction and flowers at the fin de siècle’

Naomi Yuval-Naeh (Tel Aviv University, Israel): ‘What’s a plant worth? Victorian plants as emotional commodities’

2.02 9B: Sales and Spectacles

Chair: Sarah Parker (Loughborough University)

James R.T.E. Gregory (University of Plymouth): ‘Thomas Atkins and the panorama of “good & superior conditions”’

Alison Clarke (University of Liverpool and the National Gallery): ‘“He expressed a strong wish to see photographs of all we have”: Agnew’s, art dealing and the consumption of photographs’

1.29 9C: Modes of Production, Consumption and the Case of Christmas

Chair: Serena Trowbridge (Birmingham City University)

Elizabeth Ludlow (Anglia Ruskin University): ‘Storytelling at Christmas: Elizabeth Gaskell’s contributions to the “Extra Christmas” numbers of Household Words and All the Year Round‘

Josh Poklad (Leeds Trinity University): ‘Fetishized commodities or a fetishized economy? The spectacle of Victorian production’

1.30 9D: Victorian Afterlives strand (8): Victorian/Neo-Victorian Heritage Cultures

Chair: Akira Suwa (Cardiff University)

Jack Gann (Leeds Trinity University): ‘The Victorians through beer goggles: Nostalgia, theatricality and the Heritage pub’

Waiyee Loh (University of Warwick): ‘Japanese tourists in Victorian Britain: Japanese participation in the Heritage industry in Britain’

1.19 9E: Music and Theatre strand (9): Theatrical Time Travel

Chair: Rachel Cowgill (University of Huddersfield)

Laura Eastlake (University of Glasgow): ‘Romans and revenues: The Toga play in the late nineteenth century’

Hannah Greenstreet (University of Oxford): ‘Contemporary (theatrical) approaches to Victorian theatre’

1.27 9F: Visual Culture strand (6): Political Cartoons

Chair: Clare Horrocks (Liverpool John Moores University)

Rebecka Klette (Birkbeck, University of London): ‘Temporal stereotypes: Consuming the Victorian fin de siècle through political cartoons’

Rachel Ainsworth (University of East Anglia): ‘The Cretan question and “The Vengeful Weapon”: An analysis of late-19th-century political cartoons and themes from La Crète Devant l’Image

1.26 9G: Medicine, Science and Technology strand (6): Scrambled Messages: Code

Panel convenor and Chair: Clare Pettitt (King’s College London)

Anne Chapman (King’s College London): ‘“Dr Ripley was so surprised that he dropped his hat and forgot to pick it up again”: Encoding and decoding visits in the work of Conan Doyle’

Cassie Newland (King’s College, London): ‘The codified consumer’

0.24 9H: Money Problems

Chair: Laura Foster (Cardiff University)

Silvana Colella (Università di Macerata, Italy): ‘Consuming speculation: The popular appeal of finance in Davenport Dunn and Little Dorrit’

Dr Muireann O’Cinneide (National University of Ireland, Galway): ‘Prizes worth the paying for: Electoral politics and consuming voters in Barsetshire and Carlingford’

0.23 9K: Village Life

Chair: Keir Waddington (Cardiff University)

Katie Palmer Heathman (University of Leicester): ‘“A village is only a little slice of the big world pudding”: Consuming culture, interpreting lives’

Michelle Deininger (Cardiff University): ‘“Worthy to stand beside the best portraits of George Eliot”: Lilian Bowen-Rowlands’ The Piteousness of Passing Things’

0.22 9L: Esoteric Politics and Poetics

Chair: Will Tattersdill (University of Birmingham)

Jonathan Baldwin (Royal Holloway): ‘Crime in the socialist literary utopia/dystopia’ (Please note that due to unforseen circumstances this paper will be read out by Catherine Han)

Sarah Crofton (Strathclyde University): ‘The silver apples of the moon: Lost lands, theosophy and the Celtic twilight’

0.25 Cardiff SHARE students: Special Session with Frank Trentmann
Arts and Social Science Library Sidney Paget exhibition

Special session: Special Collections

Curated by Karita Kuusisto (Cardiff University)


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President’s Panel

Chair: Hilary Fraser (Birkbeck College, London)

Kate Flint (University of Southern California)

Clare Pettit  (King’s College London)

Valerie Sanders (University of Hull)


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Closing words

BAVS President, Hilary Fraser (Birkbeck College, London)


Main Building

Packed lunch and final refreshments

Viriamu Jones Gallery, Main Building

Park Road

1.30, 140,


Guided walk to Cardiff Castle

Tours of Cardiff Castle (2.10, 2.20, 2.30)

By prior registration

Walks will set off outside the Main Building