'Writing Political Economy, 1750-1850'

15th-16th January, 2016


This two-day conference brought together those currently working on political economy in literary studies and in the humanities more broadly.  It featured keynote addresses from Professor Mary Poovey (NYU) and Professor Peter de Bolla (Cambridge), showcased current work on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century political economy and considered this work's implications for the state of literary studies today.




The British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS) held an afternoon of special talks by leading researchers in Victorian literature and culture at the University of Sussex on the 10th of May, 2016.


The talks, listed and linked below, explored the state of the field in Victorian Studies through the current work of four distinguished researchers, following the success of the first BAVS Talks at Oxford in 2015.


Professor Holly Furneaux (Cardiff)

'Victorian Military Masculinity'


Dr Bethan Stevens (Sussex)

'Medium and the Victorian Archive'


Professor Thomas Dixon (Queen Mary)

'Dickens, Wilde and the History of Emotions'


Professor Ian Gregory (Lancaster)

'Digital Approaches to Understanding Lake District Literature'




SPRING, 2017


Wednesday 15th February, 5pm, Jubilee G22

Luisa Calè (Birkbeck)

‘Extra-illustration and Ephemera:  Altered Books, Loose Pieces, and the Alternative Forms of the Fugitive Page’


Tuesday 21st February, 5 p.m., Arts B B217

Martin Willis (Cardiff)

‘The Case of the Cataleptic Patient: Fictions of Sleep and Trance, 1850-1900’


Tuesday 14th March, 5 p.m., Arts B B217

Nan Da (Notre Dame)

‘Intransitive Encounter: China and the US's Form Before Literary Exchange’


Tuesday 28th March, 5 p.m., Arts B B217

Sharon Ruston (Lancaster)

‘Humphry Davy: Patents, Priority and Poetry’



AUTUMN, 2016


Wed. 21st September, 5pm

Silverstone Lecture Theatre 

English Colloquium (co-hosted with the Sussex Humanities Lab)

Bethan Stevens, with Hannah Field, George Mind, Nicholas Royle, Isobel Selig-man, and Lindsay Smith

‘Alice to Alice: Dalziel 1865–1871—A Creative and Critical Tour of the Virtual Exhibition’.


Wed. 19th October, 5pm

Jubilee 144

English Colloquium, co-hosted with the Sussex Centre for American Studies

Michelle Coghlan (Manchester), ‘Radical Calendars: The Paris Commune and Postbellum US Internationalism’.


Tue. 15th November, 5pm

Arts B B217

Research Seminar

Stefano Evangelista (Oxford), ‘Lafcadio Hearn, Koizumi Yakumo, and Cosmopolitan Aestheticism’.


Tue. 22nd November, 5pm

Arts B B217

Research Seminar

Emily Rohrbach (Manchester), ‘Literary Voice and Gothic Dispossessions: A Comparative Poetics’.



SPRING, 2016


10th February:

Hannah Field (Sussex)

‘Illustrious Dunces’


2nd March:

Benjamin Kohlmann (Freiburg)

‘“This Earthborn Song”: Edward Carpenter, Land Nationalisation and the Common Good’


6th April:

Emily Senior (Birkbeck)

‘A Sort of Physicians and Conjurers: Obeah, Revolution and Colonial Modernity’


20th April:

Timothy Michael (Oxford)

‘“Philosophy, baptiz'd”: The Romantic Construction of Cowper’


'Alice to Alice: Dalziel 1865 – 1871'


Alice to Alice features 200 images from The Dalziel Archive, an unparalleled collection of around 54,000 wood engravers’ proofs held in the British Museum. The exhibition, in ten thematic sections, brought the celebrated wood-engraved illustrations from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871) into dialogue with other work made by the Dalziels in the years bookended by these publications. Illustrations of literature by Dickens and Christina Rossetti featured alongside more unusual images of Victorian design and architecture; medical and veterinary art; and wood-engraved interpretations of radical photography by Julia Margaret Cameron.


The exhibition's launch event, on the 21st September 2016, featured talks by Bethan Stevens, George Mind, Nick Royle, Isabel Seligman from the British Museum, and Lindsay Smith.


The website, curated by Bethan Stevens and designed by George Mind, can be viewed here.






'Woodpeckings: Victorian prints, book illustration and word-image narratives'


Friday 16th – Saturday 17th June, 9am-5pm,

Stevenson Lecture Theatre.


A two-day event with talks on the British Museum’s Dalziel Archive, as well on the latest research in Victorian illustration, print, and word-image narratives. There will be a round table and sessions inviting participants to examine material in the Prints and Drawings study room.






4 October, 5 pm, Jubilee 144

Richard Barney (SUNY Albany)

‘Strange Eyes: Edmund Burke and the Bio-Aesthetics of Revolution’

(Co-sponsored with the School of English Colloquium)


15 November, 5 pm, Jubilee 144

Cécile Roudeau (University of Paris Diderot)

Title TBC

(Co-sponsored with the School of English Colloquium and the Centre for American Studies)


4 December, 5 pm, Arts B B217

Emma Newport (Sussex)

‘Barrenness and Sterility: Rethinking English Cosmopolitanism’


13 December, 5 pm, Jubilee 144

Elisha Cohn (Cornell University)

'Inhuman Voices: Dickens, Dogs, and the Ontology of Character'

(Co-sponsored with the School of English Colloquium)