The Nineteenth-Century Research Group

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

Author: Kate Hill (page 2 of 6)

Next Nineteenth Century Group meeting, 28 November

Dear All,

The Nineteenth-Century Research Group meets next Wednesday, 28th November, on the Brayford Campus of Lincoln University, to hear Dr Kate Hill of Lincoln University speak about her work on women as museum users/collectors, entitled ‘Feminist Museology in the Nineteenth Century’. The meeting is at 4.15-5.30, in MC0020 (ground floor of MHT building)> Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided to enhance our discussion.

We will also share ideas for next term’s programme.

Next meeting – date change 17 October

Dear all
In a change to the advertised programme, our next meeting will be on Wednesday 17 October, 4.15-5.30pm, room tbc. The themes for the meeting will be the Pre-Raphaelites, to coincide with the Tate Britain exhibition – Jim Cheshire will introduce a discussion of PRB art, and Rebecca Styler will pre-circulate two PRB poems for discussion. Contact Rebecca for copies of the poems –

Meetings this term

Dear all
Welcome back, the new academic year is here! Yes, really. No, I’m not ready yet either. Some advance notice of our meeting dates this term. Meeting 1 will be on Wednesday 31 October at 4pm; meeting 2 will be on Wednesday 28 November at 4pm. Themes/titles/programme and rooms will be confirmed at a later date.

MIVSS meeting at Keele University, 29 June

We can now confirm the details for the next MIVSS meeting at Keele University:

Victorian Things Revisited
Keele University, Friday 29th June 2012

(All sessions will take place in Claus Moser, 0.12)

11.30–11.45am Welcome and Opening Remarks

11.45–12.45pm SESSION ONE (Chair Kate Hill)

Charlotte Mathieson (Warwick), ‘“What connection can there be?”: Objects, people and places, c. 1851’

Rosemary Hoyle (North Lindsey), ‘Things in Dickens’s Edgelands’

12.45–1.45pm LUNCH

1.45–2.45pm SESSION TWO (Chair Jonathan Shears)

Julia Courtney (Open University), ‘Living Things?’
Michael Lee (Leeds Met), ‘Eating Things in Lewis Carroll’

2.45–3.15pm COFFEE

3.15–4.45pm SESSION THREE (chair tbc)

Stella Pratt-Smith (Oxford), ‘Material, Manufactured, Modern: the Science of Victorian “Thing” Culture’

Stephen Etheridge (Huddersfield), ‘Brass Instruments, Bandsmen and Working-Class Identity: Brass Bands in the Southern Pennines and the creation of working-class identity c.1840-1900’

Mary Addyman (Warwick), ‘Exploring the collection of Richard and Henry Cuming’

A campus map and directions can be found here:

This event is free, but please register by emailing Jonathon Shears ( by Wednesday 27th June. There are a small number of 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.

MIVSS Meeting in June, Keele University

Dear all – advance notice that the next meeting of MIVSS will be on 29 June at Keele University, on the subject of Victorian Things Revisited. The call for papers is below.

Victorian Things Revisited, Keele University, 29th June 2012

The Victorian fascination with objects and things has been reflected in the last twenty years in what has come to be known as the ‘material turn’ of Victorian Studies. The emergence of ‘thing theory’ and its offshoots has provided new ways of thinking about the social, political, religious and aesthetic dimensions of material culture. What do Victorian things currently mean to us and what still needs to be debated and understood? ‘Victorian Things Revisited’ is a one-day meeting of the Midlands Interdisciplinary Victorian Studies Seminar (the event will take place from approx 11.30am to 5pm, exact timings tbc). We invite papers on any aspect of researching and teaching the subject of material culture. Topics might include:

The ‘Social Life’ of things
Waste and Recycling
Objects and the uncanny

Please send ideas for papers of 20-30 minutes length to Jonathan Shears ( and Kate Hill ( by 31 May 2012. This is an informal event and we do not require full conference-type proposals – and please do not exceed 250 words. You do not have to live or work in the Midlands, but preference may be given to those who do.

As usual, travel bursaries will be available to postgraduate students on a first come first served basis – there will be 5 bursaries of £20, though if there is not much uptake we may be able to provide more help with travel costs to individuals. Please contact Kate Hill ( if you are interested in applying for a travel bursary.

MIVSS is supported by BAVS

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