The Nineteenth-Century Research Group

Promoting an interdisciplinary approach to the nineteenth century at the University of Lincoln

Month: March 2014

Studentships for Nineteenth-Century Research at Lincoln

The University of Lincoln is investing over half a million pounds in new strategic research opportunities, including fully-funded PhD studentships to start in September 2014, and three of the available studentships include active members of the Nineteenth-Century Research Group on the supervisory team.

Professor Lucie Armitt, Dr Rebecca Styler, and Dr Martin Eve (all Humanities) are open to candidates proposing nineteenth-century research topics for the studentship ‘Gothic: Literary Travel and Tourism‘.

Dr Jim Cheshire (Art & Design) and Dr Hannah Field (Humanities) invite book-historical proposals related to the Tennyson Research Centre for ‘Tennyson in His Library: Reading, Writing, and Collecting Books in the Nineteenth Century‘.

Dr Kate Hill (Humanities) and Dr Anna Catalani (Architecture), whose proposed studentship is entitled ‘British Archaeology in the Nineteenth Century: Between Antiquarianism and Science‘, encourage applicants interested in investigating the history of British archaeology in the nineteenth century.

Details of application processes. funding packages, and a full list of studentships here.

Dawn Correia on Nineteenth-Century Kaleidoscopes

Dawn Correia, a PhD candidate in the School of Art and Design here at Lincoln, presented work-in-progress on 12 March. Dawn’s PhD focuses in particular on the kaleidoscope designs of the natural philosopher and inventor Sir David Brewster (1781–1868), whose own intentions for a primarily scientific use of the kaleidoscope were eclipsed by its popularity as a toy and fashionable amusement. Utilising often neglected sources, including patents and scientific treatises, and high-profile collections of kaleidoscopes at the Museum of the History of Science at Oxford, the University of Exeter, and the Whipple Museum of the History of Science at Cambridge, Dawn traced historical, material, and theoretical contexts for the kaleidoscope in the period.

In addition to her doctoral work, Dawn is an artist-practitioner. Since 2010, her design practice has embraced her historical research into optical philosophical instruments; this is expressed through her creation of optical mixed-media small-scale sculptural pieces using ceramics, glass, and wood.

Carpenter kaleidoscope and cells. Photograph © Dawn Correia 2011. Courtesy of National Museums Scotland.

Carpenter kaleidoscope and cells. Photograph © Dawn Correia 2011. Courtesy of National Museums Scotland.