Kirstie Blair is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Stirling, and has previously worked at the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow. She primarily works on Victorian poetry and poetics, and has particular research interests in the history of medicine, history of religion, working-class literature and culture and industrial heritage. For the last seven years she has been researching Scottish and Northern working-class culture and industrial heritage, resulting in several articles, an anthology, The Poets of the People’s Journal (ASLS, 2016) and a monograph, Working Verse in Victorian Scotland: Poetry, Press, Community (OUP, 2019). She led the ‘Piston, Pen & Press’ AHRC project from 2018-22 (  (Email:

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Valentina Bold is an internationally recognised expert on cultural heritage, focussing on Scotland post 1750. She works freelance, managing projects and delivering events, exhibitions and publications, often in partnership with heritage organisations. Her work is anchored in three decades of academic experience at the Universities of Stirling, Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. For twenty years she was Reader in Literature & Ethnology, and Director of the Solway Centre for Environment & Culture, at the University of Glasgow. Valentina has written over one hundred items on poetry, song, material culture and the connections between them. She is best known, however, for her work on Scottish writers including ‘James Hogg: A Bard of Nature’s Making’ (2007) and ‘Smeddum: A Lewis Grassic Gibbon Anthology’ (2001) and ‘Robert Burns’​ Merry Muses of Caledonia’​ (2009). ‘Gateway to the Modern: Resituating J.M.Barrie’ (2014) was the first book of essays about the writer of ‘Peter Pan’, co-edited with Andrew Nash. She is series editor of Studies in the History and Culture of Scotland, for Peter Lang, Vice-Chair of Literature Alliance Scotland and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Alex Bremner is a Professor in Architectural History at the University of Edinburgh. He specializes in the history and theory of Victorian architecture, with a particular interest in British imperial and colonial architecture. His books include the multi-award winning Imperial Gothic: Religious Architecture and High Anglican Culture in the British Empire, c.1840–1870 (Yale University Press, 2013), Making History: Edward Augustus Freeman and Victorian Cultural Politics (British Academy/Oxford University Press, 2015), edited with Jonathan Conlin, and an edited volume entitled Architecture and Urbanism in the British Empire (Oxford University Press, 2016), which forms part of the Oxford History of the British Empire companion series.


Tanya Cheadle is a lecturer in gender history at the University of Glasgow. She specialises in the gendered and sexual history of modern Scotland, with a focus on the intersection of esoteric and progressive thought at the Victorian fin de siecle. Her current research project is funded by the Carnegie Trust and examines masculinity and male power in the Scottish occult revival, 1880-1920. With Prof. Christine Ferguson, she has recently co-edited a special issue for Correspondences on ‘Masculinities, Sexualities and Esotericism’. Her monograph, Sexual Progressives: Reimagining Intimacy in Scotland, 1880-1914 was published by Manchester University Press in 2020. (Email:

Matthew Creasy is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. He has written essays and articles on the work of James Joyce, Arthur Symons, Paul Verlaine, periodical culture and decadence. He was PI for the ‘Decadence and Transition’ Network (AHRC, 2018-2020) and ‘Scottish Cosmopolitanism at the Fin de Siècle’ Workshop (RSE, 2020-21) His critical edition of Symons’s The Symbolist Movement in Literature was published by Fyfield-Carcanet during 2014. He is currently working on critical editions of works by George Moore and Robert Louis Stevenson. (Email:

Linda Dryden is Professor of English Literature at Edinburgh Napier University. She is the author of Joseph Conrad and the Imperial Romance, The Modern Gothic: Stevenson, Wilde and Wells, and Joseph Conrad and H.G. Wells: The Fin-de-Siecle Literary Scene, as well as numerous articles on Conrad, Wells, and Stevenson. Linda created the RLS Website , edits the Journal of Stevenson Studies, and is a co-founder of RLS Day in the City of Edinburgh. (Email:

Sarah Edwards is Senior Lecturer in English Studies at the University of Strathclyde. Her research interests include Edwardian and neo-Edwardian literature and culture, life writing, architecture and literature and the architectural humanities more generally.

Christine Ferguson is a Professor in English Studies in the Division of Literature and Languages at Stirling, where her research focuses on the entwined histories of the literary gothic and the British occult revival in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Her major publications include the books Determined Spirits: Eugenics, Heredity, and Racial Regeneration in Anglo-American Spiritualist Writing 1848-1930 (2012) and Language, Science, and Popular Fiction in the Victorian Fin de Siècle (2006); with Andrew Radford, she is co-editor of The Occult Imagination in Britain, 1875-1947 (Routledge 2018). She is currently at work on a scholarly edition of Arthur Conan Doyle’s spiritualist novel The Land of Mist (contracted to Edinburgh University Press), and a monograph entitled Open Secrets: The Popular Fiction of Britain’s Occult Revival (contracted to Oxford University Press). Between 2021-22, she led The Media of Mediumship: Encountering the Material Culture of Modern Occultism in Britain’s Science, Technology and Magic Collections AHRC project, and, between 2016-18, the AHRC Popular Occulture in Britain, 1875-1947 research network. (Email:

Professor David Finkelstein (BA, PhD, FEA, FRHistS, FRSA) is a cultural historian who has published over 90 published books, essays and refereed journal articles in areas related to cultural history, book history, print culture and media history. Themes covered have included Scottish publishing history, the Scottish publishers William Blackwood and Sons, transnational roving printers, creative compositors and international periodical press studies. Books he has written or edited include The House of Blackwood: Author-Publisher Relations in the Victorian Era, The Book History Reader, Introduction to Book History, Negotiating India in the Nineteenth-Century Media, and Print Culture and the Blackwood Tradition. More recently he has published Movable Types: Roving Creative Printers of the Victorian World (Oxford University Press, 2018), and the edited Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, volume 2: Expansion and Evolution, 1800-1900 (Edinburgh University Press, 2020), winner of the 2021 Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize for its contribution to the promotion of Victorian press studies. Current projects include a co-edited companion to the British colonial periodical press, essays on the business and economics of the 18th century British and Irish press, on print unions and the colonial press, and on Scottish publishing history, as well as work on print workplaces in Edwardian visual culture and picture postcards.

Michelle Foot is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. As an Art Historian her research interests include Modern Spiritualism, the Celtic Revival and Scottish Art. In 2016 she completed her doctoral thesis onModern Spiritualism and Scottish Art between 1860 and 1940 at the University of Aberdeen, which she is now preparing for publication. She teaches nineteenth-century European and British art.


Alice Jenkins is Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture at the University of Glasgow, and works mainly on the emergence of the knowledge economy in the nineteenth century. Publications include  Space and the ‘March of Mind’: Literature and the Physical Sciences, 1815-1850  (OUP, 2007) and an edition of Michael Faraday’s essays,  Michael Faraday’s ‘Mental Exercises’: An Artisan Essay-Circle in Regency London  (Liverpool UP, 2008). She has recently completed a book on Victorian ideas about the ultimate unity of knowledge, as well as a cultural history of Euclidean geometry in the nineteenth century, which was written as part of her three-year research project, ‘Nineteenth-Century Euclid’, funded by the European Research Council. (Email:

Jacqueline Jenkinson is a senior lecturer in modern British history at the University of Stirling. Her research focuses on the history of minority peoples in the 19th and 20th centuries, and she has written several books and numerous articles on the 1919 seaport riots, and on British government policy towards minority and refugee people in the First World War, including on the treatment of Belgian refugees in Britain. She is currently working on a journal article on the exclusion of African and Caribbean colonial troops from the Imperial peace celebrations in London in 1919 which contrasts with their participation in Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1897. Her other research interest is in the social history of medicine. She has written books on Scotland’s Health 1919-1948, and Scottish Medical Societies 1731-1939 as well as several articles on the professionalization of Victorian Scottish medicine. (Email:

Dr Laura Kelly is senior lecturer in the history of health and medicine at the University of Strathclyde. She has published two monographs to date, Irish Women in Medicine, c.1880s-1920s: Origins, Education and Careers (Manchester University Press, 2012), and Irish Medical Education and Student Culture, c.1850-1950 (Liverpool University Press, 2017), as well as numerous articles and book chapters related to the social history of medicine in modern Ireland. Her most recent project ‘Contraception and Modern Ireland, c.1922-92’ was funded by a Wellcome Trust research fellowship and is the subject of her third monograph forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. (Email:

Charlotte completed her PhD in 2023 and is currently a Lecturer in Scottish Literature at the University of Stirling for 2023/24. Her primary research interests are magazine and periodical studies in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her thesis focused largely on the People’s Friend, a Scottish magazine established in Dundee in 1869 that printed its 8,000th issue in October 2023. She is also interested in working-class writers and poets and Scottish women writers since 1850, and has worked on projects associated with both topics; she was a research assistant for the AHRC project Piston, Pen and Press between 2021 and 2022, and in 2022 co-guest-edited a special issue of the Scottish Literary Review showcasing early-career research on Scottish women writers who were active between 1880 and 1950. Her published work has been featured in Victorian Periodicals Review, Scottish Literary ReviewThe Bottle Imp, and Lost Modernists. Elsewhere, her work on Scottish women’s magazines has been featured on BBC Scotland News and BBC Radio Scotland, as well as the Scottish Magazines Network (based at the University of Stirling).


Churnjeet Mahn is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Strathclyde. She has published on British women’s travel to Greece in the Victorian period and is currently working on a new AHRC-funded project that will includes research on British travel to colonial Punjab.

Paul Maloney is Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Culture & Creative Arts, University of Glasgow. His work centres on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Scottish popular theatre and Victorian entertainment culture, and he has particular interests in popular political theatre, national identity, ethnic stage representations, and the performance history of popular theatre forms such as music hall, variety and pantomime. He is a Trustee of the Panopticon Trust and is the author of Scotland and the Music Hall, 1850-1914 (Manchester University Press, 2003) and The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall and Cosmopolitan Entertainment Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). (Email:

Graeme Morton is Professor of Modern History at the University of Dundee where he is Director of the Centre for Scottish Culture. With research interests in nationalism, national identity and diasporic studies, and primarily focused on the Victorian age, his recent publications include William Wallace: A National Tale (2014), The Scottish Diaspora (2013), and Ourselves and Others: Scotland 1832-1914(2012). He is editor (post 1688) of The Scottish Historical Review.

Ralph O’Connor is Professor in the Literature and Culture of Britain, Ireland and Iceland at the University of Aberdeen. He works on Romantic and Victorian literature and science, with a special interest in the poetics and narratology of science-writing and in the cultural history of the life and earth sciences. His books include The Earth on Show: Fossils and the Poetics of Popular Science 1802-1856 (Chicago, 2007) and Science as Romance, vol. 7 of Victorian Science and Literature (ed. Gowan Dawson and Bernard Lightman, Pickering & Chatto, 2012-13). With Ben Marsden and Hazel Hutchison, he coedited Uncommon Contexts: Encounters between Science and Literature, 1800-1914 (Pickering & Chatto, 2013). With Michael A. Taylor (formerly of National Museums Scotland) he has just completed a new edition and study of the Scottish stonemason Hugh Miller’sThe Old Red Sandstone; or New Walks in an Old Field (1841).

Cally Phillips is an independent researcher with interests in Scottish literature and culture of the late Victorian period, especially the work of S.R.Crockett and J.M.Barrie. Founder of The Galloway Raiders, formed in 2014 to mark the centenary of Crockett’s death, Cally is a leading authority on his work. She has been responsible for republishing many works by and about Crockett in paperback. As of 2022 ‘The Complete Crockett’ project sees all his print published work available for free download in digital PDF format from the online archive site. Cally holds the physical Crockett research archives of the late Dr I.M. Donaldson and Richard D. Jackson as well as a complete library of Crockett’s hardback editions. (Email:

Anita Quye is a Senior Lecturer in Conservation Science at the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History, University of Glasgow. Previously she was a principal analytical scientist at National Museums Scotland, specialising in organic materials. She works on the preservation and heritage significance of material culture with particular research interests in industrially-produced textiles and artefacts of the Victorian era, especially those made with early synthetic dyes and plastics. (Email:

Andrew Radford lectures in the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow. His research focuses primarily on mystical geographies and the British occult revival. His publications include the books Thomas Hardy and the Survivals of Time (2003), Mapping the Wessex Novel (2010), Franco-British Cultural Exchanges 1880-1940 (2012), Mary Butts and British Neo-Romanticism: The Enchantment of Place (2016) and Modernist Women Writers and Spirituality: A Piercing Darkness (2017) (co-edited with Elizabeth Anderson and Heather Walton). (Email:

Elsa Richardson is a Chancellor’s Fellow in the History of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Strathclyde. Working at the intersection between the medical and cultural history, her research considers the relation of heterodox practices, beliefs and movements to mainstream society and culture, with particular focus on the interaction between medicine and the imagination, science and the supernatural, psychology and the occult. Her first monograph, published in 2017, examined the place of extraordinary visionary experience in the Victorian scientific and popular imaginary. She is currently working on a number of projects that examine histories of nutrition, vegetarianism, other alternative health cultures in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain. (Email:

Anne Schwan is Professor in English and Director of the Centre for Arts, Media and Culture at Edinburgh Napier University. Anne’s research to date has focused on representations of crime, imprisonment and internment from a historical and contemporary perspective. She is the author of Convict Voices: Women, Class, and Writing about Prison in Nineteenth-Century England (University of New Hampshire Press, 2014), and coauthor of How to Read Foucault’s Discipline and Punish (Pluto, 2011), among a number of other publications. She is volume editor for A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four in the Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Arthur Conan Doyle – the first scholarly edition of the works of Conan Doyle – and also serves as a Board Member for the Edition. (Email:

Michael Shaw is Lecturer in Scottish Literature at the University of Stirling. His research focuses on fin-de-siècle literature and art, with a particular emphasis on the Celtic Revival and decadence.  His monograph The Fin-de-Siècle Scottish Revival: Romance, Decadence and Celtic Identity (EUP, 2020) examines the ways in which fin-de-siècle styles and ideas supported and defined Scottish cultural revivalism. His volume of edited correspondence, A Friendship in Letters: Robert Louis Stevenson & J. M. Barrie, was also published in 2020. He is currently CI of the RSE-funded project, The Scottish Revival Network, having previously been CI of another RSE project, Scottish Cosmopolitanism at the Fin de Siècle.

Kate Simpson is Lecturer in Information Studies at the University of Glasgow. She is a recent Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Edinburgh University. Her research interests are in the digital creation and curation of 19th century cultural objects and texts, colonial and imperial literatures and 19th century European exploration in Africa and India. She is an Associate Project Scholar and UK Outreach Director for Livingstone Online. Her current research project entitled Boundaries of Gender: ‘petticoat governments’ and secondary voices in nineteenth century European expeditions of Africa – foregrounds the many women, both European and African, who assisted and enabled David Livingstone (1813-1873) on his journeys in Africa. (E-mail:

Gregory Tate is a Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of two monographs – The Poet’s Mind: The Psychology of Victorian Poetry (2012) and Nineteenth-Century Poetry and the Physical Sciences: Poetical Matter (2020) – and the editor of a volume of the poetry and prose of Arthur Hugh Clough in Oxford University Press’s 21st-Century Oxford Authors series. He has published essays on Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, May Kendall, Jane Austen, John Keats, Humphry Davy, and science in the nineteenth-century periodical press. He is currently writing a book about English grammar and literary style in Victorian poetry and prose. (Email:

Anna Vaninskaya is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. She is the author of William Morris and the Idea of Community: Romance, History and Propaganda, 1880-1914  (Edinburgh University Press, 2010), named Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2011; Fantasies of Time and Death: Dunsany, Eddison, Tolkien (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), winner of the 2021 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Myth and Fantasy Studies; and editor and co-translator of London Through Russian Eyes, 1896-1914: An Anthology of Foreign Correspondence (Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming 2022). Her other publications, including articles, book chapters and journal special issues, address topics ranging from nineteenth-century socialism, education, popular reading and historical cultures to immigration and Anglo-Russian cultural perceptions.  She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of William Morris Studies, the Bloomsbury Academic Perspectives on Fantasy series and Oxford Bibliographies Online (Victorian Literature) and is also the creator of the Scotland-Russia: Cultural Encounters Since 1900 online archive, funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh. (Email:

Lena Wånggren is a researcher and teacher at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Her main research concerns late nineteenth-century literature and gender studies, but she has also published on literature and medicine, literature and science/technology, pedagogy, intersectionality and social justice, and Scottish writing. Her book Gender, Technology and the New Woman was published May 2017 with EUP.  (Email:

Niall Whelehan is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He is the author of Changing Land: Diaspora Activism and the Irish Land War (2021) and The Dynamiters: Irish Nationalism and Political Violence in the Wider World, 1867-1900 (2012). His research mainly focuses on migration, land reform, political violence and social movements, and transnational and comparative approaches. (Email:

After completing his PhD at the University of Kent, Jonathan Wild held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Centre for the History of the Book, before being appointed as Lecturer at Edinburgh in September 2005. He is the author of The Rise of the Office Clerk in Literary Culture, 1880-1939 (Palgrave, 2006), and The Great Edwardian Emporium: The Literature of the 1900s (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming).  He has also published articles on George Gissing, Jerome K. Jerome, Arnold Bennett, and the popular literary magazine John O’London’s Weekly. (Email:

Helena Ifill is a lecturer at the University of Aberdeen where she is Director of the Centre for the Novel. Her research focuses on popular fiction, particularly sensation fiction and the Gothic, and its intersections with the medical sciences (including pseudosciences). She a co-series editor for Key Popular Women Writers and an Associate Editor for Victorian Popular Fictions. Her monograph, Creating Character: Theories of Nature and Nurture in Victorian Sensation Fiction was published with MUP in 2018. Her current projects are on the popular Victorian author Charlotte Riddell and depictions of evil doctors and vampiric patients in Victorian Gothic fiction.

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Dr Alison Chapman is Professor of English at the University of Victoria, where she specializes in nineteenth-century literature and culture (especially Victorian poetry and digital studies). Before moving to Canada in 2005, she taught at the universities of Sheffield Hallam, Dundee, and Glasgow. Her most recent monograph is Networking the Nation: British and American Women’s Poetry and Italy, 1830-1870 (Oxford University Press 2015). Current projects include a monograph on Victorian poetry, place, and form, in addition to serving as the Director and Editor of the Digital Victorian Periodical Poetry Project.  Awards for her research include the UVic Faculty of Humanities Research Excellence Award, the UVic Scottish Studies Fellowship, and the Boydston Award (from the Association for Documentary Editing) She is the recipient of grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the British Academy, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom, as well as fellowships from the Armstrong Browning Library and Princeton University Library. Dr. Chapman is currently on the editorial board of the Cambridge University Press series Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, and the academic journals Victorian Poetry and Victorian Review.

Koenraad Claes is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ghent University Department of Literary Studies (Belgium), where he is employed on the individual research project “Narratives of Continuity: Form and Function of the British Conservative Novel in the Long Nineteenth Century” (Research Foundation Flanders—FWO), for which he studies Scottish authors such as Walter Scott, James Hogg, J. G. Lockhart, Susan Ferrier and Margaret Oliphant. Before that, he was a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Research Associate on the project “The Lady’s Magazine: Understanding the Emergence of a Genre” at the University of Kent. His first monograph, a history of the little magazine genre in the late Victorian period, is under contract with Edinburgh University Press, and contains a chapter on the Scottish periodical the Evergreen (on which he has also published elsewhere). He is the managing editor of the open-access journal Authorship.

Marina Dossena is Professor of English Language at the University of Bergamo (Italy), where she was Head of the Department of Foreign Languages and Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies (2006-12). Her main research interests focus on English historical linguistics, especially in relation to Scots and Scottish Standard English. As a result, Victorian Scotland plays a very important part in her studies, not least because she is currently compiling a corpus of nineteenth-century Scottish correspondence all based on previously unedited manuscripts. Her most recent publications concern historical pragmatics (argumentative discourse and nineteenth-century business English) and historical sociolinguistics (Late Modern English and the Scottish diaspora). Her works include the monograph Scotticisms in Grammar and Vocabulary (Birlinn, 2005). In April 2017 Marina Dossena became Honorary Fellow of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies. (Email:

Mary Ellis Gibson is the Arthur Jeremiah Wright Professor of Literature and Chair of the English department at Colby College, Maine. Her current research projects include ‘Second Cities in the Circuits of Empire: Glasgow, Calcutta and the Legacy of the Scottish Enlightenment’. As former PI of this project before moving from Glasgow back to the U.S., she is co-ordinating the program for the conference ‘Scotland in India, India in Scotland’ (May 2017, University of Glasgow). Her current projects include a bio-critical study of four middling people and the social uses of poetry in nineteenth-century India. Among them is John Leyden, the border poet and friend of Sir Walter Scott, who collaborated with him on the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Borders, and who went to India on the Bengal Medical Service.  

Lesley Graham is a senior lecturer at the University of Bordeaux (France) where she teaches in the Department of Languages and Cultures. Her research interests include questions of identity in 19th Century Scottish travel writing and other non-fiction genres, and the work of Robert Louis Stevenson. She is currently editing a volume of uncollected essays (1880-1894) for the New Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson (EUP). Lesley is president of the French Society for Scottish Studies. (Email:

Juliet Shields is Professor of English at the University of Washington, where she teaches courses in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature. Her research interests include the history of the novel, nineteenth-century print culture, Scottish literature and culture,women’s writing, and diaspora studies. Her most recent books are Scottish Women’s Writing in the Long Nineteenth Century: The Romance of Everyday Life (Cambridge UP 2021), and Mary Prince, Slavery, and Print Culture in the Anglophone Atlantic World (Cambridge UP, 2021).  She is currently working on a project that traces connections between Black and Scottish writing in the long nineteenth century.

Alexandra Lewis is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She was previously Director of the Centre for the Novel at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Alexandra has published on Victorian literature and culture; literature and medicine; and Neo-Victorian fiction. Recent publications include the Norton Critical Edition of Wuthering Heights and an edited collection on The Brontës and the Idea of the Human: Science, Ethics, and the Victorian Imagination (Cambridge University Press). Current projects include a monograph on nineteenth-century trauma, and a short story collection and novel. She serves on the executive committee of both the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS) and the Australasian Victorian Studies Association (AVSA), as well as the international advisory board for the Collaborative Organization for Virtual Education (COVE). (Email: