Keynotes and invited lectures

Members of the Centre are regularly invited to give lectures. Recent examples include:

Daisy Hay

  • 2015  ‘Adventures of an Unromantic Biographer’ Keynote at the Writing Lives Together: Romantic and Victorian Biography, Leicester.


John Plunkett

  • 2015 ‘Adventures of an Unromantic Biographer’ Keynote at the Writing Lives Together: Romantic and Victorian Biography, Leicester.


Paul Young

  • November 2014 Romancing the Bone: W. H. Hudson’s The Purple Land, Liebig’s Extract of Meat Company and the Agro-industrialization of Late-C19th Time and Space. English Research Seminar, University of Portsmouth.
  • October 2011 Envisioning Investment: British Speculation in American Railways, 1865-1914. Institute of Railway Studies and Transport History, National Railway Museum/University of York.
  • March 2011 Robinsonades, Railways and Goat-Powered Modernity: Anglo-American Expansion and the Idea of Adventure Capitalism. English Research Seminar, University of Newcastle.
  • October 2009 Around the World in 80 Moves: Board Games and Globalization in the Nineteenth Century. English Research Seminar, University of Hull. 
  • November 2008  ‘To mathematically jump from trains into steamships and from steamships on to trains’: Around the World in Eighty Days and the Making of the Modern World. London Nineteenth Century Research Seminar Series. Institute of English Studies, University of London.
  • June 2007 ‘Cook ‘em, Eat ‘em’: Cannibals at the Crystal Palace. Dartington Symposium, University of Plymouth.
  • February 2007 ‘Oh Now All Things Become Uncommon and Enchanted to Me’: The Arabian Nights, the Crystal Palace and Victorian Commodity Culture. Victorian Fiction and the Material Imagination. Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies. Birkbeck College, University of London.  

Regenia Gagnier

  • Sally Ledger Memorial Lecture, Athenaeum Club, London, 2016; 
  • Birkbeck College, U London 2016; 
  • International Association of University Professors of English (IAUPE), IES Senate House, London 2016;
  • University of Warwick 2016:
  • Political Theory Seminar, U Exeter 2016
  • University of Exeter Education Conference 2016
  • University of Exeter College of Humanities, Postgraduate Conference 2016;
  • The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) Asia's Think Tank, Brighton 2015;
  • Trollope Bicentenary, Leuven 2015;
  • MLA Annual Convention, Vancouver: Presiding Officer of the Division on Anthropological Approaches to Literature 2015
  • School of Advanced Study, London 2015;
  • GTP Training Day Exeter 2015;
  • Griffith University, Australia 2015;
  • Oxford 2014;
  • English Language and Literature Association of Korea, Seoul 2014;
  • Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies 2014;
  • India International Centre, Delhi 2014;
  • University of Delhi 2014; 
  • Dickens Fellowship London 2014;

    San Servolo, Venice. AVSA/BAVS/NAVSA Joint International Conference. Plenary Panel: "The State of Victorian Studies." 3 June 2013
  • University of Hull. The Annual Victorian Lecture. "Victorian Studies, World Literatures and Global Circulation." 16 May 2013
  • Nashville, TN. Vanderbilt-Exeter Programme in Literature, Genomics, and Public Policy. Plenary Lecture: "World Literatures and What it Means to be Human in the Environmental Niche." 25-28 Feb. 2013
  • Nov. 2010. North American Victorian Studies Association, Montreal. "Perspective and Distance in the Global Circulation Project: The Global Literatures of Liberalism and Decadence."
  • University of California, Riverside, The Global Nineteenth Century, October 2010
  • University of Reading: The Good of Criticism: the Value of Literary Studies March 2010 "The Global Circulation Project"
  • University of Portsmouth: Transatlantic Decadence in Art and Literature April 2010 "Global Decadence"

Joe Kember

  • Keynote at 'The Second Birth of Cinema', Newcastle University, 1-2 July 2011

Alex Murray

  • 'Venice, sans hope': Transatlantic Decadence and New York Writing', On Cosmopolitanism Seminar – Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies, May 2013

John Plunkett

  • 'Exhibitions for All: Victorian Civic Culture, Popular Education and the Origins of RAMM', Victorian Values and 21st-century Britain study sessions, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, March 2012
  • 'Pictures for the People; Victoria, Albert and Photography', Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, 2011
  • 'Queen Victoria and Affect', Commodities and Culture in the Colonial World, University of Javadpur, Calcutta, 2010

Angelique Richardson

  • Keynote Exeter Medical Humanities conference 2014; Oxford Victorian Research Seminar 2015, UCL Science and Literature seminar series, 2015; Public lectures at RAMM (2015), Dorset County Museum 2015; Interview on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme (1st May 2015) on Hardy's Wessex and regional identity."
  • 'Darwin and the Natural Historians', Friends of the Museum Lunchtime Lecture, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, December 2012
  • 'Victorian Natural History', Victorian Values and 21st-century Britain study sessions, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, March 2012
  • 'Hardy and War', Keynote Lecture at Thomas Hardy Conference and Festival, Dorchester, July 2010
  • 'Hardy, Morality and Biology', Institute of English Studies Modernism Seminar, March 2010
  • 'Hardy and the Eugenists', British Society for Literature and Science Annual Conference, Newcastle, April 2010