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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Centre for the Study of the Nineteenth Century and its Legacies

We are an interdisciplinary community aiming to connect the wide range of expertise across the long nineteenth century and foster collaborative connections, both within and beyond Queen Mary University of London.

We are new as a QMUL Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Centre in autumn 2022 (as a Centre: we were The Nineteenth-Century Network, 2020-2022). Please watch this space as the webpage develops...

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Wednesday 12th October, QMUL Mile End Campus: Internal QM Centre Launch (no need to book; QMUL staff and students only)

Wednesday 26th October, 2-4pm, QMUL Mile End Campus: all welcome (Free: please Book here)

poster for Gretchen Gerzina book tour showing cover of book Black England

Professor Gretchen Gerzina (Amherst) in conversation, on the new edition of her book Black England: A Forgotten Georgian History.

Update: due to illness, Professor Gerzina is unable to attend. Please join us in the meantime for a shortened introduction to, and celebration of, the book for Black History Month, and we look forward to hearing from Professor Gerzina another time.

Respondents: Dr Valentina Aparicio, Dr Rachael Gilmour, Dr Amanda Sciampacone, Dr Rob Waters.

In collaboration with the QMUL Postcolonial Seminar.

Book here (free)


Wednesday 2nd November, 5-7pm, QMUL Mile End Campus: Professor Rohan McWilliam (Anglia Ruskin), 'Theatrical Celebrity and the Coming of the Picture Postcard, 1890-1914'. Respondent Aoife Monks.

Book here! (free)

Events booking shortly (all free)...

Monday 5th December, 4-7pm, hybrid and in Durham, with Durham Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies: research conversation and book launch of Intersection Encounters with the Nineteenth-Century Archive, edited Rachel Bryant Davies and Erin Johnson-Williams.


Lead Director

Dr Rachel Bryant Davies, Lecturer in Comparative Literature, School of Languages, Linguistics, and Film


Dr Matthew Ingleby, Lecturer in Victorian Literature, School of English and Drama

Professor Alastair Owens, Professor of Historical Geography and Head of School of Geography

Dr Clare Stainthorp, Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow

Contact us

For more information about, or to join the mailing list, please contact: This is a shared mailbox.

There is also a Teams channel (still named Nineteenth-Century Network) available to existing QMUL colleagues, for updates, shared files, and meeting links.

Follow us @C19QMUL

Tweets by Dr Clare Stainthorp

Founding Members of the Nineteenth-Century Network

This list will be updated regularly as new members join

Dr Will Bowers, Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Thought, School of English and Drama

Professor David Duff, Professor of Romanticism, School of English and Drama

Chunlin Men, 1st year PhD student, School of English and Drama

Professor Angus Nicholls, Professor of Comparative Literature and German, School of Languages, Linguistics, and Film

Dr Amanda Sciampacone, Lecturer in British and European Art since 1700, School of History

Professor Kiera Vaclavik, Director of the Centre for Childhood Cultures, School of Languages, Linguistics, and Film

Professor Georgios Varouxakis, Professor of the History of Political Thought, School of History


Past Activities

Discussion Group

 Monthly discussion forum: informal 'show and tell' format (online in 2020) on abstract topics and big themes with interdisciplinary scope (such as, for example, 'anecdotes', decades of the 1800s, melodrama, music, vaccinations...).

*Times and dates for the second half of Semester One coming soon: please fill out the doodle poll (on the Teams channel) and watch this space!*


A mixture of work-in-progress talks, research papers, and lectures from external speakers.

Book launch

9th November 2020, 18:00 to 19:30

The virtual launch of Dr Rachel Bryant Davies and Dr Barbara Gribling’s edited collection Pasts at play: childhood encounters with history in British culture, 1750-1914 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020)

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