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24 April 2024 - 24 April 2024

9:00AM - 6:00PM

Teaching and Learning Centre, Room TLC123, Durham University

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The Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies (CNCS) at Durham, Newcastle, and Northumbria Universities is pleased to announce its annual Postgraduate Conference, to be held at Durham University on Wednesday, 24 April 2024.

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Hard Times , Hubert von Herkomer (1849-1914), credit Manchester Art Gallery

Hard Times for the Nineteenth Century and for These Times
Postgraduate Conference 2024
TLC123, Durham University, Wednesday, 24 April 2024
**Register by April 12**


  • 9:30 Registration
  • 9:45 Introduction

10:00 Hard Times in Nineteenth-century Economics, Law, and Medicine
 Jacqueline Smart (Northumbria), “The Gateshead Poisoning Case: Ralph Crow, William Naylor, 
John Milnes Favell and the Tensions between Coroners and Magistrates over “Necessary 
Inquests” in the 1860s” 

Adam O’Taylor (Durham), “The Church of England’s Financial Profits from the Deadly Business 
of Nineteenth-century Coal Mining”

David Labastida (Toronto), “Disease and Medical Uncertainty: Cinchona and the Battle of 
German Doctors Against Fever, 1800-1840”

  • 11:00 Tea and Coffee

11:30 Writing the Nineteenth Century: Gender, Technology, and Ecology
Anna Ferràndez López (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), “Looking at Life from a Top-floor Window: 
The “New Woman” in Amy Levy’s The Romance of a Shop (1888)”

James Inkster (Newcastle), “Changing Futures by Ourselves: Villette and Ecological Re-Direction”
Mario Realini (St. Andrews) “Artery or Vein? French Perspectives on Life along the River Thames, 

Francis Brown (Exeter), “Dark Nights as Hard Times? Modernity, Technology, and Peripherality 
in Late-Nineteenth-Century Sherborne (Dorset)”

  • 13:00 Lunch (provided)

14:30 Transnational Representations in the Victorian Era
Paolo D’Indinosante (Sapienza/Silesia), “Neo-Victorian Nagra: Rethinking the Victorian Empire 
in Twenty-First-Century Poetry”

Ben Thompson (Northumbria), “Painted Caricature and Humorous Images in the Long 
Nineteenth Century: ‘Fine hot joints, greedy monopolists and a financier’s dupes’”

Caroline Gill (Northumbria), “Christopher Dresser and Meiji Japan: Interrogating the Validity of 
Victorian Connoisseurship and its Post-colonial Context” 

  • 15:30 Tea and Coffee

16:00 Keynote Lecture: Dr Ella Dzelzainis (Newcastle)

17:00 Close

Download the full programme here   CNCS PG Annual Conference