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Thursday 10 September

Venue: 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh
08:30 – 09:10 Registration & arrival coffee
09:10 – 09:20 Welcome (Opening Address)
09:20 – 10:40
International Press Dimensions

British and Irish News Coverage in Antebellum American Newspapers 1846-1861

Dianne Bragg, University of Alabama

Transnational exchange between British and Swedish periodicals in the 1830s and 1860s

Cecilia Wadso Lecaros, Lund University Sweden

From Glasgow to Hobart: Gaelic periodical publishing and the Highland diaspora

Sheila Kidd, University of Glasgow

Press Content & Structure

The Origin of the British Sporting Press: Single score-lines to full game analysis

Jessie Wilkie, Deakin University Australia

Reading between the (By)lines: Authority, Anonymity and Attribution in 19th Century Newspapers

Steve Harrison, Liverpool John Moores University

Visual Cultures

Participating in Victorian Science through the Illustrated Periodical

Geoffrey Belknap, University of Leicester

Your Picturesque Account of the Matter’: Bitextuality in Sherlock Holmes

Elinor Hickey, Queen Mary University of London

Wood-engravings in the serial publications of W & R. Chambers

Rose Roberto, University of Reading

10:40 – 12:00
The Penny Press

Individual Publications of Note: The Penny Magazine

Lucy Warwick, Oxford Brookes University

Criminality in The New Newgate Calendar

Stephen Basdeo, Leeds Trinity University

Rebirthing the Nation: The Dublin Penny Journal and Alternative Histories

Elizabeth Tilley, National University of Ireland, Galway

Regional Press Identities

Citizens as journalists in the Victorian local press

Andrew Hobbs, University of Central Lancashire

Political Allegiance as a Business Strategy in the 19th century English Provincial Press

Rachel Matthews, Coventry University

Provincial newspapers, communities, and local and regional identity: Ilfracombe, Devon, 1860-1

Andrew Jackson, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln

Press & Periodical Editors

T.P. O’Connor and the New Journalism

Frederick Nesta, University College London – Qatar

Michael Davitt and the Labour World, 1890-1

Carla King, St Patrick’s College Dublin

A Mania for Magazines: John Maxwell, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, and the Cultivation of Working-Class Readers

Jennifer Phegley, University of Missouri-Kansas City

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:20
Oscar Wilde

Oscar’s Wild(e) Women and Their World

Michelle O’Connor, Trinity College Dublin

Oscar Wilde as Editor of the Woman’s World

Eleanor Fitzsimons, University College Dublin

International News Distribution and the Wilde Trials

Colette Colligan, Simon Fraser University Canada

Irish Press I

Professional Networks and Managerial Culture in the British and Irish Press, 1836-1899

James O’Donnell, National University of Ireland, Galway

The Irish Catholic Press in Britain and the “Troubles of Journalism”, 1884-1934

Joan Allen, Newcastle University

The Irish Famine, Modernity and the Development of the Press

Michael Foley, Dublin Institute of Technology

Advertising & Readership

Literality to Literary: Advertising Books in British Newspapers

Peter Robinson, University of Tokyo

Looking for the colonial audiences of the Illustrated London News in digital newspapers archives of former British colonies, 1842-1850

Thomas Smits, Radboud University Netherlands

The Strand Magazine, Advertising and the Meaningful Object

Kate Brombley, University of Portsmouth

14:20 – 15:40
Gender Dynamics

Irish Women Writers in the London Intellectual Press of the 1890s

Nora Moroney, Trinity College Dublin

Community and Silence: Female Religious Orders in Local Irish Newspapers, 1849-1900

Bridget Harrison, Queen’s University, Belfast

Irish Press II

None of the Grays was any good’: The Gray Family and the Freeman’s Journal, 1841-1893

Felix Larkin, Dublin

‘War, the Eagle, and … linotype’: The Skibbereen Eagle, the Southern Star and the South African War, 1899-1900

John O’Donovan, University College, Cork


‘An Obstinate Quill’:  Fr. Matthew Russell SJ and The Irish Monthly, (1873-1898)

Declan O’Keeffe, Clongowes Wood College

Theoretical Directions

Robert Louis Stevenson, W. E. Henley, and the Magazine of Art: Authorial and editorial tension

Richard Hill, Chaminade University of Honolulu

The Meaning of Censorship

Geoff Kemp, University of Auckland

Matthew Arnold, W.T. Stead, and the Pall Mall Gazette: ‘New Journalism’ and the role of religious difference

Philip March, Birkbeck London

5:40 – 16:10 Afternoon coffee & refreshments
16:10 – 17:30
Authorial Identity

“Putting things in their proper places”: Victorian Women Editor-Critics and the Problem of Authority

Solveig Robinson, Pacific Lutheran University, Washington

Charles Dickens: A Life Communicated Through the 19th-Century Press

Emily Bowles, University of York

The Public Profile of the Victorian Journalist

Joanne Shattock, University of Leicester


Circles’ of Communicating Children: Provincial Newspapers and Child Writers in Late-Nineteenth-Century Britain and Ireland

Sian Pooley, Magdalen College, Oxford University

Dear Uncle Toby’: Content and Readership of ‘The Children’s Corner’ in the Nineteenth-Century Provincial Newspaper Press

Frederick Milton, Newcastle University

Late Nineteenth-Century Readers, Interactive and Sideways Print Consumption, and Alfred Harmsworth’s Answers

Paul Rooney, Trinity College Dublin

Venue: National Library of Scotland
18:00 – 19:00 Beyond the Fragments: Researching the Digitalised Victorian Newspaper

Keynote: Professor Aled Gruffydd Jones

19:00 – 20:00 Wine Reception



Friday 11 September

Venue: 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh
09:00 – 09:20 Arrival coffee
09:20 – 10:40
Press & Periodical Genres I

Geography in Print: The Geographical Journal and the Production and Dissemination of Geographic Knowledge, 1830-1900

Benjamin Newman, Royal Holloway, University of London

The Medical Press and its Public

Sally Frampton, University of Oxford

The Sympathy of a Crowd’: Creating Scientific Communities in Nineteenth-Century Natural History Periodicals

Matthew Wale, University of Leicester

Press & Policies

The Victorian Barmaid: Her role and social status as reported in newspapers of the time

Allan Boughey, Edinburgh Napier University

Nineteenth-Century Nuts’: The Anatomy of a Victorian Lads’ Mag

Bob Nicholson, Edge Hill University

The Petition and the Pledge in the Chartist Press

Victoria Jane Clarke, University of Leeds

Space & Time in Press Contexts

Don’t Stand Still: Space-Time Compression and the Development of Modern Subjectivity in Cassell’s Illustrated Family Paper

Annisa Suliman, Leeds Beckett University

Harmsworth’s Daily Timesaver: The world’s first tabloid as an experiment in placing speed at the heart of the reading experience

Robert Campbell, University of South Wales

The Movement of Print Information across Space and Time

Michael Palmer, University of Paris

10:40 – 12:00
Resources, Mobility & Technology

The American Impact on Periodical Printing in the United Kingdom, 1875-1890

Michael Knies, University of Scranton

The Local Print Economy in 19th century Scotland

Helen Williams, Edinburgh Napier University

Irish Newspapers and Periodicals, 1800-1900: An Illustrated Survey

John North, University of Waterloo Canada

Irish Famine & Land Reform

Paupers, Penury and Pressman: Irish newspaper coverage of the Dublin insolvency courts during the period of the Great Famine

Abigail Rieley, Dublin

Harriet Martineau, the Irish Question, and Post-famine

Deborah Logan, Western Kentucky University

From Observer to Participant: James Redpath Covers the Irish Land War in 1880

Patrick Maume, Dublin

Press & Periodical Genres II

Charles Knight’s Impact on Nineteenth-Century Print Culture

Ged Hodgson, De Montfort University, Leicester

Cut… Paste… Fire! Victorian Journalism, Duelling and the Fabrication of History

Margery Masterson, Bristol University

It’s Best to Be British: European Travel Writing and Creation of National Identity in All the Year Round

Brienne Thornbury, Oxford Brookes University

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:00 Round-table & conference conclusion



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