Projects

Current Projects:

  • ‘George MacDonald’s Scotland’ Conference, University of Aberdeen, 2017
  • This three-day conference will explore all aspects related to the Scottish upbringing, education and heritage of the cleric, polymath and writer of fantastic literature George MacDonald. It aims to fathom the importance of this facet in his enduring literary, theological cultural impact upon a wide circle of thinkers and writers such as H. G. Wells, G.K. Chesterton, and the Inklings. Attendees will be able to explore a selection of MacDonald’s manuscripts and letters through workshops and exhibitions. There will be an opportunity for delegates to visit the MacDonald’s birthplace Huntly, and see further resources held in the town’s Brander Library which is not usually available to the general public.
  • Keynote speakers include Dr Colin Manlove (University of Edinburgh),Dr David Robb (University of Dundee), Dimitra Fimi (Cardiff Metropolitan University) Dr John Pazdziora (Shantou University).
  • Download the Call for Papers
  • Follow the conference on twitter and on facebook, and wordpress.
  • Alice’s Day, Oxford 
  • A collaborative event of over 20 Oxford institutions celebrating the creation of  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, organised in conjunction with The Story Museum, Christ Church, The Bodleian Library, The Lewis Carroll Society, Oxford Museums, Cowley Road Carnival and others. Alice’s Day 2015 marked the 150th anniversary of the novel’s publication as well as the anniversary of the famous river trip of Carroll and Alice on which the tale was first told. The event welcomed 10 000 guests.
  • The theme of 2014 was “Underground.”  I co-curated an exhibition of Underground-literature in the Bodleian Library’s Divinity School, which featured several Alice-related volumes as well as C.S. Lewis’s The Silver Chair (1953), George MacDonald’s The Princess and the Goblin (1872), and J.R.R. Tolkien’s original illustrations of The Hobbit (1937).
  • Follow #AliceDay  and #Alice150 on twitter

Past Projects:

  • ‘Wonderday’, Christ Church, Oxford
  • A sell-out public engagement study day, this event is directed at a university entry age and scholarly audience, as well as the general public. Featuring academics such as Kiera Vaclavic, Melanie Keene and Edward Wakeling, students as well as visitors from the general public will have the possibility to explore rarely seen archives and locations at Christ Church and in a series of lectures, tours and interactive events. This events presents a unique opportunity to learn more about the history of the creation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and its historical context in the very place it all began, from Alice’s Nursery and the Deanery Garden to Carroll’s manuscript material and Alice’s sketches, produced under the instruction of John Ruskin.
  • Ada Lovelace Symposium, Bodleian Library, Oxford
  • A series of events celebrating the Bicentenary of Ada Lovelace, including a Conference, Symposium and Postgraduate Workshop, as well as Exhibition at the Weston Library (New Bodleian) in December 2015, collaboratively organised by representatives of the Bodleian Libraries, the Mathematical Institute,  Department for Computer Science and the English Faculty of the University of the University of Oxford
  • Click here for more information
  • Literature and Science Early Career Researcher’s Forum, University of Oxford
  • The Literature and Science Early Career Researchers’ Forum aims to bring together D.Phil students and postdoctorate researchers working in the interdisciplinary field of literature and science. The forum will act as both a reading group and research seminar in which researchers near the beginning of their careers will be able to present and develop their work. The forum welcomes researchers in literatures of all kinds from ancient to modern, and in the history of medicine as well as science. Historians and philosophers of science and medicine are also welcome. Up-to-date information on the group will be posted regularly on the Oxford Literature and Science Network website lit-sci-ox.org. Information can also be obtained by emailing litsciox@gmail.com
  • LitSciOx Website
  • LitSciOx on Twitter
  • The Common Denominator: A Postgraduate Conference in Mathematics and Culture, Leipzig University, 2014
  • Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Prof Robin Wilson (University of Oxford, Society for the History of Mathematics) and Prof Michele Emmer (Sapenzia University of Rome)
  • Organised by members and PhD students of the Institute for British Studies of Leipzig University, the aim of this three-day interdisciplinary conference (20-22 March 2014) is to bring together researchers from diverse academic and professional disciplines. By establishing mathematics as the common denominator between the individual panels, the links between mathematics and cultural studies are brought into focus. The conference will explore the reception and representation of mathematical concepts across such diverse fields as popular culture, literature, linguistics and didactics.
  • Find @Denominator2014 on Twitter
  • The Common Denominator on facebook
  • Celebrating Alice: 150th anniversary of the first telling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Weston Whit Fayre, Sheffield, 2013
  • Event organised in cooperation with Rhyme and Reason Booksellers, Weston Park Museum, the Sheffield University Drama Group, the “Nostalgia” Victorian Acting Group and the Lewis Carroll Society, this event celebrated the first telling of Alice in Wonderland with readings, a nonsense poetry competition, crafting sessions and, of course,  a croquet tournament. Reports on our event could be found in the Daresbury Chronicles and the Lewis Carroll Society’s newsletter Bandersnatch.
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