Dr Clare Stainthorp, MA Hons and MLitt (Glasgow), PhD (Birmingham)Leverhulme Trust Early Career FellowEmail: email@example.comProfileTeachingResearchPublicationsPublic EngagementProfileI joined QMUL as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in January 2021 to work on a project about nineteenth-century atheist, secular, and agnostic movements and the associated periodical press. I am a co-director of QMUL's Centre for the Study of the Nineteenth Century and its Legacies.I have previously worked at University College London in a role facilitating impact activities and REF case studies across the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences. Prior to that I provided postgraduate and admissions support in the Department of English. In 2019, I was a research assistant on a collaborative project between UCL and the Resolution Foundation exploring the intersections of structural inequalities: ‘Exploring Inequalities: Igniting research to better inform UK policy’. I was awarded my PhD by the University of Birmingham in 2017 for research on the Victorian poet, philosopher, and scientist Constance Naden, the subject of my first monograph. In 2017/18 I was the Nineteenth-Century Matters Early Career Fellow at Cardiff University, a position supported by the British Associations of Victorian Studies and Romantic Studies. I have taught undergraduates and postgraduates at QMUL, UCL, and the University of Birmingham. I am the Newsletter Editor for the British Association for Victorian Studies. I am an associate director of the International Society for Historians of Atheism, Secularism, and Humanism. I sat on the QMUL Public Engagement Small Grants Funding Panel as a representative for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences from 2021-23. I was the editorial assistant for the journal Modernist Cultures 2014-18. You can find me on Twitter here.TeachingIn 2023/24 I am teaching: ESH6076 'Identity and Belief in Victorian Britain' In addition, I am very happy to discuss topics related to my areas of research with both undergraduate and postgraduate students.ResearchResearch Interests: Nineteenth-century literature and intellectual history Freethought movements Victorian periodicals Literature and science Victorian poetry Recent and On-Going Research I am primarily working on my Leverhulme-funded project (‘Reading the Freethought Movement: Atheism, Agnosticism, and Secularism, 1866–1907'), writing a monograph provisionally titled Forms of Freethought: Britain's Atheist, Agnostic, and Secularist Periodicals, 1860-1910. This research focuses on how freethinkers harnessed the power of periodicals as networks to shape conversations about faith and society in Victorian Britain. I am interested in the forms of writing - from dialogues and editorials to life writing and poetry - that freethinkers used to fashion their sense of themselves. I also look at how the freethought press fostered a sense of collective identity as a radical reform movement and how these writings can enhance our understanding of nineteenth-century society as well as provide a new perspective on modern-day secularism. In 2022, I organised the conference Freethought in the Long Nineteenth Century: New Perspectives at QMUL. My 2019 monograph was the first major study of the freethinking poet, philosopher, and student of science Constance Naden (1858–1889), about whom I have also published several shorter pieces. The book introduces Naden’s life and diverse works, demonstrating how a rigorous scientific education, a thorough engagement with poetry and philosophy of the long nineteenth century, an involvement with the Victorian radical atheist movement, and a comic sensibility each shaped her intellectual achievements. I argue that Naden’s guiding principle was ‘unity in diversity’, a concern that resonated across a century shaped by scientific discovery, secularisation, and political agitation. This research was underpinned by my discovery of three of Naden’s adolescent notebooks, dating from the 1870s. The notebooks’ contents doubled her poetic corpus and were the first manuscript materials attributable to Naden. In collaboration with her descendants, I facilitated the deposit of these documents at the University of Birmingham’s Cadbury Research Library where they are now publicly accessible. I was co-editor, with Naomi Hetherington, of a Routledge Historical Resource, Nineteenth-Century Religion, Literature and Society: Disbelief and New Beliefs (2020). This volume reproduced and contextualised important but inaccessible primary texts to illuminate transformations in Britain’s religious landscape, for which I co-wrote the introduction and was reponsible for the sections 'Scientific Approaches', 'Spiritualism', and 'Freethought'. Other strands of my current research include nineteenth-century esotericism and the works of George Egerton, the periodical as a form, and freethought writing for children; more broadly, I am interested in Victorian women's poetry, the dialogue as a literary form, and the development of the social sciences in Britain. PublicationsBooks Nineteenth-Century Religion, Literature, and Culture, Vol. 4 Disbelief and New Beliefs, co-edited with Naomi Hetherington (Routledge, 2020) Constance Naden: Scientist, Philosopher, Poet (Peter Lang, 2019) Articles and chapters ‘Constance Naden’, in The Oxford Handbook of American and British Women Philosophers in the Nineteenth Century, ed. by Lydia Moland and Alison Stone (Oxford University Press, 2023) http://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780197558898.013.13 'Dialogic Forms in Freethought Periodicals: Free Discussion and Open Debate', Victorian Periodicals Review, 55.3 (2022), 373–97. http://doi.org/10.1353/vpr.2022.0029 'Letters Shedding Light on the Relationship between Constance Naden and Madeline Daniell', Notes & Queries 69.4 (2022), 349–50. https://doi.org/10.1093/notesj/gjac095 ‘On the Discovery of a Sequence of Constance Naden’s Notebooks: Finding Her Voice, 1875–1879’, Victorian Poetry 56.3 (2018), 233–63. http://doi.org/10.1353/vp.2018.0015 ‘Tracing the Sculptural Legacy of Constance Naden: Memorialisation, Gender and the Portrait Bust’, co-authored with Sarah Parker, Journal of Victorian Culture, 23.4 (2018), 508–26. http://doi.org/10.1093/jvcult/vcy046 ‘Activity and Passivity: Class and Gender in the Case of the Artificial Hand’, Victorian Literature and Culture, 45 (2017), 1–16. http://doi.org/10.1017/S1060150316000401 ‘Constance Naden: A Critical Overview’, Literature Compass, 14 (2017). http://doi.org/10.1111/lic3.12401 Report Structurally Unsound. UCL and Resolution Foundation ‘Exploring Inequalities: Igniting research to better inform UK policy’ project report [PDF] (2019). Co-authored with Siobhan Morris, Oliver Patel, and Olivia Stevenson. Short articles ‘Constance Naden’ and ‘Freethinkers’, Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women Writers, ed. by Lesa Scholl and Emily Morris (2020) http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02721-6 ‘Teaching guide for “Constance Naden: A Critical Overview”’, Literature Compass, 14 (2017). http://doi.org/10.1111/lic3.12410 Reviews 'The Humanist Movement in Modern Britain: A History of Ethicists, Rationalists and Humanists, by Callum Brown, David Nash, and Charlie Lynch', Cultural and Social History (forthcoming 2023) 'The Cambridge History of Atheism, ed. by Stephen Bullivant and Michael Ruse', Global Intellectual History (2022) https://doi.org/10.1080/23801883.2022.2078989 ‘Victorian Poetry and the Culture of Evaluation by Clara Dawson’, BAVS Newsletter, 20.3 (2021) https://bavs.ac.uk/newsletters/ ‘The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women's Poetry’ ed. by Linda K. Hughes’, Women: A Cultural Review, 30.4 (2019), 491–94 http://doi.org/10.1080/09574042.2019.1676063 ‘The Political Poetess Victorian Femininity, Race, and the Legacy of Separate Spheres by Tricia Lootens’, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, 14.2 (2018). http://www.ncgsjournal.com/issue142/stainthorp.htm ‘The Victorian Period: Poetry’, The Year’s Work in English Studies, 97 (2018), 844–71. Co-authored with Michael J. Sullivan http://doi.org/10.1093/ywes/may009 ‘The Victorian Period: Poetry’, The Year’s Work in English Studies, 96 (2017), 872–97. Co-authored with Michael J. Sullivan http://doi.org/10.1093/ywes/max015 ‘The Victorian Period: Poetry’, The Year’s Work in English Studies, 95 (2016), 914–40. Co-authored with Clara Dawson http://doi.org/10.1093/ywes/maw015 If you are interested in reading any of my published work but are unable to access it, please get in touch and I'll be happy to share preprints.Public EngagementI have a keen interest in the theory and practice of public engagement, stemming from my time working as a Research Impact Officer at UCL. I welcome opportunities to share my research with, and learn from, those outside academia. My public facing and impact activities include: Radio and Podcasts: 'Eliza Flower and non-conformist thinking', Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3 (October 2023) 'Freethought in the Nineteenth Century', Victorian Legacies (March 2022) 'Freethought “Zines,” Poetry, Small-R Republicans, and More, with Dr. Clare Stainthorp', Beyond Atheism (May 2021) 'Exploring place-based inequalities in the UK', UCL Minds (December 2019) Articles: 'Is All Publicity Good Publicity? How the first editor of the Freethinker attracted the public’s attention', The Freethinker (September 2022) 'Constance Naden (1858-1889)', Humanist Heritage (August 2021) ‘Seeing Science in the Stars: Constance Naden’s sonnets and the night sky’, Lucy Writers (May 2020) ‘How the language we use entrenches inequalities’, The Conversation (October 2019) ‘Constance Naden: A Danger to Herself?’, Dangerous Women Project (November 2016) Talks and Events: 'Great and Good?', Being Human Festival in collaboration with Humanist Heritage and Conway Hall (November 2023) - free family-friendly workshop, booking required. 'Secular Celebration: Then and Now', Being Human Festival in collaboration with Conway Hall (November 2022) - free workshop. Two recent academic talks on freethought periodicals are available via Youtube: 'Attracting the public’s attention: the amplification of secular views by the freethought press' (2022) and 'Growing a Revolution: Freethought Dialogue and Debate in the Secular Review/Agnostic Journal' (2021) 'Humour as Liberation: Constance Naden’s Comic Poetry', Comic Women's Poetry of the Nineteenth Century database (July 2022) Online Talk: 'Constance Naden: Birmingham’s "most gifted daughter"', Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project (August 2020) Public lecture to celebrate the acquisition of Constance Naden’s adolescent notebooks by the University of Birmingham’s Cadbury Research Library (December 2015) Other: In partnership with Constance Naden’s descendants, I led a successful campaign to replace Naden’s gravestone in Birmingham’s Key Hill Cemetery, which was illegible and in a state of disrepair. The appeal featured in local media and led to an ‘In-Conversation’ event on Naden at the Birmingham and Midland Institute (March 2018) and other public talks. The new gravestone was installed in May 2019. Historical consultant for ‘Making Space’, an art installation and exhibition by Liz Hingley commissioned by University of Birmingham for International Women’s Day (April 2017).