Welcome to the Nineteenth-Century Centre

The Nineteenth-Century Centre at the University of Birmingham provides a collaborative network for scholars working across traditional disciplinary, national, and temporal boundaries. We host regular events of interest to our members and mobilise the rich resources of the local area to support both research and teaching.

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CFP: 19CC Postgraduate Symposium

    Call for Papers – 19CC Postgraduate Symposium The University of Birmingham Nineteenth-Century Centre is delighted to share the Call for Papers for our Postgraduate Symposium taking place on Monday, 15th May 2023. The Postgraduate Symposium will be an opportunity for students to come together in a low-pressure environment to hear about and celebrate … Continue reading “CFP: 19CC Postgraduate Symposium”

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19CC Research Seminar: Dr James Grande (KCL) & Dr Jack Quin (Birmingham)

19CC Research Seminar Dr James Grande (King’s College London) and Dr Jack Quin (University of Birmingham) Wednesday 8th March 2023, 5pm-7pm Arts 104 Dr James Grande (King’s College London), ‘Amelia Opie, Music and Dissent’ Harriet Guest has written, ‘Opie’s was one of the most successful publishing careers of the early nineteenth century’, but until recently … Continue reading “19CC Research Seminar: Dr James Grande (KCL) & Dr Jack Quin (Birmingham)”

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19CC Semester Two Programme

Nineteenth-Century Centre: Semester Two Programme We are delighted to announce our programme of events for this semester! At present, all research seminars are scheduled to take place in-person on campus (more details including room locations and abstracts will be sent ahead of each event). We have a number of fantastic papers on the programme for … Continue reading “19CC Semester Two Programme”

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Nineteenth-Century Interiors Book Event

New Books on 19thC Interiors Event Co-Organised by the William Morris Society in the United States and the Historic Interiors Affiliate Group of the Society of Architectural Historians Friday 24th February 2023, 6pm Online via Zoom On Friday 24th February, the William Morris Society in the United States and the Historic Interiors Affiliate Group of … Continue reading “Nineteenth-Century Interiors Book Event”

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Lapworth Museum of Geology Archives Event

Lapworth Museum of Geology Archives Event Thursday 26th January 2023, 10am-1pm Location: Lapworth Museum, Earth Sciences Building The Charles Lapworth archives at the Lapworth Museum have recently been catalogued by Rachel Brown, and the Museum is holding an event to introduce researchers to the kinds of materials it contains and to the online catalogue. Lapworth’s … Continue reading “Lapworth Museum of Geology Archives Event”

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Work-in-Progress Seminar: Literature at Sea with Michael Malay (Bristol) and Jimmy Packham (Birmingham)

19CC Online Work-in-Progress Seminar Series: Literature at Sea Dr Michael Malay (University of Bristol) and Dr Jimmy Packham (University of Birmingham) Wednesday 18th January 2023, 5pm-7pm Online via Zoom Please join us online at 5pm on Wednesday 18th January for a work-in-progress seminar focused on literature at sea. Our two speakers will explore questions of … Continue reading “Work-in-Progress Seminar: Literature at Sea with Michael Malay (Bristol) and Jimmy Packham (Birmingham)”

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Eleanor Dobson and Claire Jones (UoB): Poetry and the Visual Arts

Wednesday 23rd November, Arts 103 (Constance Naden), 5pm-7pm This event will facilitate informal discussion about the relationship between poetry and the visual arts across the long nineteenth century, speaking to the particular research interests of members of the Nineteenth-Century Centre across the Department of English Literature and the Department of Art History, Curating and Visual … Continue reading “Eleanor Dobson and Claire Jones (UoB): Poetry and the Visual Arts”

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Tess Somervell (Oxford): ‘Sweets of Poetical Despondence’: Creating Autumn in the Early Nineteenth Century

‘Sweets of Poetical Despondence’: Creating Autumn in the Early Nineteenth Century Dr Tess Somervell Worcester College, Oxford Wednesday, 9th November, 5pm-7pm Arts 103 (Constance Naden Room) In Jane Austen’s Persuasion (1817), the heroine Anne Elliot repeats ‘to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn … that season which had drawn from … Continue reading “Tess Somervell (Oxford): ‘Sweets of Poetical Despondence’: Creating Autumn in the Early Nineteenth Century”

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Claire Wood (Leicester): ‘The Devil’s Handwriting”: Solving the Mysteries of Dickens’s Shorthand’

‘“The Devil’s Handwriting”: Solving the Mysteries of Dickens’s Shorthand’ Dr Claire Wood University of Leicester Wednesday, 19th October 5pm – 7pm Arts Lecture Room 4 In the 150 years since his death, Charles Dickens’s works have never been out of print. Yet, incredibly, several texts in Dickens’s hand remain unknown because they are written in his … Continue reading “Claire Wood (Leicester): ‘The Devil’s Handwriting”: Solving the Mysteries of Dickens’s Shorthand’”

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Tennyson Talks

The Tennyson Society will be hosting a series of online talks this academic year, all of which will take place on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm London time.  OCTOBER 6                 Linda K. Hughes ‘The Elegies of Tennyson and Michael Field: Reclaiming and Transcending Loved Remains’.                                           NOVEMBER  3              Erik Gray                                                  ‘Tennyson and Sappho Revisited’    DECEMBER  … Continue reading “Tennyson Talks”

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