Programme and further details now available:

Joint Meeting of MIVSS (Midlands Interdisciplinary Victorian Studies Seminar) and MRS (Midlands Romantic Seminar)

“Borders in the Long 19th Century”

Friday 13 January 2012, 11.30am–5pm (Martin Hall, Loughborough University)

11. 30 am – Welcome (All sessions will take place in NN.0.07, Martin Hall)

11.45              Session 1: Spatial and Social Borders (Chair – Kate Hill)

Keynote 1: ‘Public Good vs. Public Pleasure: social boundaries and public parks in Victorian England’, Katy Layton-Jones (Leicester)

‘Quiet: towards a phenomenology of the urban in Dickens’, Julian Wolfreys (Loughborough)

12.45 Lunch (in venues around campus)

1. 30                Session 2: Romantic and Victorian Borders 1 (Chair – Rebecca Styler)

Keynote 2: ‘Teaching and Researching Across the Romantic / Victorian Border’, Julian North (Leicester)

‘Romantic and Victorian Collecting: Continuity and Change’, Kate Hill (Lincoln)

2. 40 Tea break (Martin Hall foyer)

3pm                Session 3 – Romantic and Victorian Borders 2 (Chair – Anne-Marie Beller)

‘Ann Radcliffe’s The Romance of the Forest, the Past and the Sublime’, Jon Dent (Loughborough)

‘From Ivanhoe to Rebecca and Rowena: Walter Scott’s Shaping of Victorian Writing’, Celine Sabiron (Oxford)

4.15                 Session 4: General Discussion – Borders, Boundaries and Thresholds (Chair: Carol Bolton)

5.00 Refreshments – wine / orange juice

Details of the venue and directions can be found here:

This event is free, but please register by e-mailing Anne-Marie Beller ( or Carol Bolton ( There are 5 travel bursaries available for postgraduate students, provided through funding by BAVS (British Association for Victorian Studies). If you would like to apply for one of these, please contact Kate Hill ( stating your name, affiliation and approximate travel costs.