Ben Carver teaches literature and theory at Aarhus University in Denmark. He writes about speculative fiction, and his recent book (Palgrave) on alternate history in nineteenth-century thought and writing has been described by Fredric Jameson as a “stimulating history of plural virtualities that demonstrates how poetic our prosaic 19th century was in fact, and how productively it confronted its own unrealized possibilities.” He is now working on a project on conspiracy culture and literary form.
I am a historian of the British Empire. My work focuses on the British encounter and engagement with the wider world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, situating the history of empire in its global and maritime contexts. I am interested in the relationships, interactions and patterns of exchange created by the British Empire, and in assessing the impact of these experiences on both British and colonial societies. Before joining the University of Southampton, I was Curator of Imperial and Maritime History at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. During my time at the museum, I worked on the development and delivery of two gallery projects, focusing on Atlantic and Indian Ocean history respectively. I continue to be interested in the role of material culture and museums in representing the history of empire.
Nga Bellis-Phan is a Legal Historian specialized in European Early modern Private law and Economic history (16th-18th century). After graduating from law school with a full scholarship from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she is now a funded PhD candidate at the Institute of Legal History – University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas and a teaching assistant at the Law School of University Paris-Nanterre. Her research focuses on securities for debt based on movable goods, with a particular interest in the legal theory and practice of pawns and pawnbroking. Academic interests > European Legal History & Economic History (16th-19th century) Securities for debts, Credit networks, Movable property, Insolvency > Vietnamese Legal History (15th-20th century) Full up-to-date CV here.
I obtained my PhD degree in Egyptology at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) after completing my studies at the University of Florence and the University of Pisa. I currently work as Lead Curator of the Circulating Artefacts project at the British Museum (Department of Egypt and Sudan). The project aims to create a cross-platform alliance against the looting of pharaonic antiquities. My PhD research investigated the Graeco-Roman cartonnage manufacture (i.e. mummy masks, foot-cases, full body covers) at Ismant al-Kharab, ancient Kellis, in the Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt, and identified local traits and features in the decoration, as an expression of the regional tradition. The survey and the comparison of archaeological data with the antiquities market raised issues of cultural heritage preservation and protection by establishing that a number of tombs at Kellis were looted in recent times. From 2008, I founded two research projects with the main purpose of retracing funerary artefacts in museums and private collections and documentation in libraries and archives about the Nizzoli family from the 19th century, who contributed to the creation of four Egyptian collections in Europe. I have a keen interest in Cultural Heritage, material culture, burial customs, local variations, and Digital Humanities. I am a member of the Dakhleh Oasis Project, and in 2018 I was part of the organisation of the International Conference for the 40th anniversary of the DOP.
Professor Fiona M. Palmer is a musicologist and a performer whose research focuses on the socio-economic history of music and musicians in Britain (1780s–1940s). A double bassist, mezzo-soprano and flautist, Fiona is a first-class graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire and undertook her PhD in Musicology at the University of Birmingham (British Academy Scholar). Aside from academic posts, her career has included work as a professional orchestral player, as the Manager of the Examinations Department at the ABRSM, and as a peripatetic instrumental and vocal teacher and conductor. In October 2007 Fiona moved from a Senior Lectureship at Queen’s University, Belfast, to take up the position of Professor of Music and Head of Department at Maynooth University. Under her Headship (2007–2014) the Department of Music benefited from (inter alia) expanded personnel and physical resources; a systematic review, revision and development of its research activities and undergraduate and postgraduate programmes; and an expansion of its conference hosting, portfolio of ensembles and concert-giving activities. Research & Publications Fiona’s publications focus on music and musicians in the British marketplace between the late eighteenth and twentieth centuries. They are concerned with the culture and commerce of the music profession and examine institutions, standards and competition, performance practice, canonization, publishing, reception and socio-economic issues. Books Fiona’s most recent monograph is Conductors in Britain c. 1870–1914: Wielding the Baton at the Height of Empire (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2017). This book contextualizes and reconsiders the emergence and reception of the role of conductor in the late Victorian age. It examines evolving institutional and professional opportunities during this richly dynamic period. The conductors at the heart of this re-evaluation include Julius Benedict, William Cusins, Arthur Sullivan, Joseph Barnby, Alexander C. Mackenzie, Frederic H. Cowen, Dan Godfrey Jr and Landon Ronald. Their varying experiences, contributions, networks and opportunities combine to reflect the progress of the emerging conducting profession. This large project draws on Fiona’s detailed research into British concert-life and sheds new light on the histories of organizations such as the Philharmonic Society of London, the Liverpool Philharmonic Society, Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra, the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra, the Royal Choral Society, Birmingham Promenade Concerts and music festivals nationwide. Fiona’s previous books include: Vincent Novello (1781–1861): Music for the Masses (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006) — the first large-scale contextualized reappraisal of the career of the pioneering London-based editor and publisher. This monograph complements her earlier book which repositioned one of the most influential, well-connected and successful virtuosi in nineteenth-century London: Dragonetti in England (1794–1846): the Career of a Double Bass Virtuoso (Oxford University Press, 1997). Other Research Outputs Recent publications include: an interrogation of the value and exploitation of pedigree, networks and marketing in the careers of conductors in 19th-century Britain (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2016); an appraisal of the role of Handel’s Messiah in 19th-century Britain in relation to wider European nationalism and choral power (Leiden: Brill, 2015); and a contextualization of the Liverpool Philharmonic Society’s conductors in the second half of the nineteenth century (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014). Chapters currently in the press include a detailed analysis and contextualization of the socio-economic and professional underpinnings of the Liverpool Philharmonic Society’s development in the mid-19th-century (OUP, 2017). A chapter examining the inauguration of the Liverpool Philharmonic Society’s Hall (1849): ‘A Home for the ‘Phil’: Liverpool’s First Philharmonic Hall (1849)’ appeared in P. Rodmell ed., Music and Institutions in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Ashgate, 2012). Other published articles and reviews can be found in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 19th-Century British Music Studies 3, The Musical Times, The Strad, Muzio Clementi: Studies & Prospects, Early Music, the Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland and the newsletters of the North American British Music Studies Association and of the Handel Society. Fiona has written and revised entries for New Grove 2, the New Dictionary of National Biography, Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, the Dictionary of Hymnology and the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland. Recent and forthcoming international conference papers and invited lectures include locations such as the USA, Italy, Croatia, Oxford, Liverpool, London, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff and Cambridge. Performing Activities Fiona was very lucky to be trained via the Northamptonshire Music Service from a young age and participated in multiple ensembles, recitals, international tours and residential courses. As a first-class graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire, with double bass as her first study, she freelanced with many ensembles, especially the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (1989–1997). During these years the CBSO enjoyed the stewardship of Sir Simon Rattle and Fiona was involved with recordings under the direction of such maestri as Walter Weller and Paarvo Jaervi; she also spent some time as a member of New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Synopsis of Training and Employment Fiona undertook her doctoral research at Birmingham University (1990–93) where she was fortunate to enjoy the mentorship of Professor Cyril Ehrlich alongside supervision from Professors Basil Deane and Colin Timms. She was Manager of the Examinations Department at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in London (1997–99). During this time she project-managed the ground-breaking Diploma 2000 Syllabus and liaised with educational agencies (such as the QCA) over matters of comparability. In July 1999 she moved to Northern Ireland to work at Queen’s University in Belfast and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2002. During her eight years at QUB she transformed the Performance Programme, convened the BMus degree, taught modules across the curriculum (undergraduate and postgraduate) and served on committees at School, University and national level. She also regularly played the double bass on a freelance basis with the Ulster Orchestra, travelling with them to New York and to perform at the BBC London Promenade Concerts. Outreach Fiona currently serves on the Board of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland (2007—), as External Examiner for the BA Music programme at Liverpool Hope University (2015-19) and a member of the Development Committee of the North American British Music Studies Association. Formerly a Councillor of the Royal Musical Association (2002–05), Fiona was an elected Councillor of the Society for Musicology in Ireland for three consecutive terms (2006-15). Fiona has chaired for HETAC and participated in inter-institutional curricular discussions; she has also chaired the finals of the Catherine Judge Memorial Award (2014; 2015). She has acted as an external examiner for programmes at the Royal College of Music and at Dundalk Institute of Technology, and for doctoral dissertations at the Universities of Melbourne, Leeds, Canterbury Christchurch College, Queen’s University Belfast, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music. She has contributed to radio documentaries and discussions on Bayerische Rundfunk Klassik, BBC Radio Ulster, RTÉ Radio 1, and RTÉ Lyric FM. Fiona is a member of the International Advisory Board for the Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle and acts as a peer reviewer for a number of publishers.
19th-century British literature, Early 20th-century British literature, gender and sexuality studies, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf
19th & 20th century American Literature
Darwinism & NeoDarwinism
19th century British Literature
Victorian novel, history of medicine, medical humanities, gender, popular fiction
Life Writing, Women’s Literature, 18th and 19th century British Literature