Kirstie Blair holds a Chair at the University of Strathclyde, and has previously worked at the Universities of Stirling 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 four years she has been researching Scottish working-class poetics, resulting in several articles, an anthology, The Poets of the People’s Journal (ASLS, 2016) and a forthcoming monograph, Working Verse in Victorian Scotland: Poetry, Press, Community  (Email:

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 senior lecturer 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 history at the University of Glasgow. She specialises in the gendered and sexual history of modern Scotland, with a particular focus on feminist and socialist subcultures in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Her first monograph, Sexual Progressives: Reimagining Intimacy in Scotland, 1880-1914 is due to be published by Manchester University Press in 2018. Her next research project is provisionally entitled Enchantment and the Self: Scottish Occultism and Sexual Identity, 1880-1914 and will examine the extent to which occult spaces acted as crucibles for the forging of modern sexual and gendered identities in Scotland. (E-mail:

Matthew Creasy is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. He has written essays and articles on the work of James Joyce, William Empson, and Arthur Symons. His critical edition of Symons’s The Symbolist Movement in Literature was published by Fyfield-Carcanet during 2014 and he is currently working on the role of fin de siècle periodical culture in the formation of British responses to Decadence. (Email:

Linda Dryden is Professor of English Literature at Edinburgh Napier University, the School Director of Research, and the Director of the Centre for Literature and Writing (CLAW). 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); she is the editor of Spiritualism, Health, Race, and Human Variation (2014), and, with Andrew Radford, The Occult Imagination in Britain, 1875-1947 (forthcoming 2018). She iscurrently PI on the AHRC network project, Popular Occulture in Britain, 1875-1947. (Email:

David Finkelstein  is Professor of Cultural History and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business at the University of Plymouth. His research and teaching interests include print culture, Scottish media history, and Victorian printer migration and creative cultures. Recent published work includes Movable Types: Roving Creative Printers of the Victorian World (2018) and the edited Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, vol 2: Expansion and Evolution, 1800-1900 (2020). Current projects include work on representations of Victorian industrial workplaces in visual culture and picture postcards, and the co-edited Edinburgh Companion to the Colonial Periodical Press (forthcoming, EUP).(Email:

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.

David Goldie is a senior lecturer in English at Strathclyde. His research interests are in late-19th and early 20th Century literature, literary criticism, and popular culture, particularly as they relate to Scotland. His published works on nineteenth-century culture and literature include his co-edited Scotland and the Nineteenth-Century World (2012), essays in the Review of Scottish Culture and the International Journal of Scottish Literature, and chapters in The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Volume 6, The Nineteenth Century and The Oxford History of the Novel: Volume 4, The Reinvention of the British and Irish Novel 1880-1940.

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:

Laura Kelly is lecturer in the history of health and medicine and Wellcome Trust research fellow at the University of Strathclyde. She works on the history of gender and medicine in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Ireland and is currently researching the history of contraception in modern Ireland. Her publications include 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). (Email:


Alexandra Lewis is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Aberdeen, where she is also Associate Director of the Centre for the Novel and a member of the WORD Centre for Creative Writing.  Alexandra has published on Victorian literature and culture; literature and medicine; and Neo-Victorian fiction, and is currently editing the next Norton Critical Edition of Wuthering Heights. She serves on the executive committee of both the British Association for Victorian Studies (as Communications Officer) and the Australasian Victorian Studies Association (as UK Representative). (Email:

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 Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast. 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 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.

Richard Niland, Lecturer in English at the University of Strathclyde, is the author of Conrad and History (OUP, 2010) and editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent (2016). He is currently working on aspects of the relationship between Argentine and British literary culture in the 19th century. His work has also appeared in The Polish Review, The Journal of Popular Culture, and Literature and History.

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).

Francis O’Gorman is Saintsbury Professor of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh and the author or editor of 23 books, largely from or about nineteenth-century British literature. Most recently he has published editions of Trollope, Swinburne, and Edward Thomas’s literary criticism. He has a longstanding interest in the work of John Ruskin. (Email: francis.o’

Cally Phillips is an independent researcher with interests in Scottish literature of the late Victorian period, especially the work of S.R.Crockett and J.M.Barrie. In 2014, to mark the 100th anniversary of Crockett’s death, Cally founded the S.R.Crockett society (The Galloway Raiders) at the same time republishing 32 volumes of his Galloway based novels. She holds the Crockett research archives of the late Dr I.M. Donaldson and Richard D. Jackson as well as a complete Crockett library and has now published over 50 Crockett related titles. In 2017 she founded the J.M.Barrie Literary Society (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 at Edinburgh Napier University. Anne’s research to date has focused on representations of imprisonment 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 a volume editor for the Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Arthur Conan Doyle. She is in the process of embarking on a new research project on German-British relations, c. 1870-1914, including representations of the Franco-Prussian War.  (Email:

Michael Shaw is Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Kent.  He was previously Research Assistant on the Carnegie-funded research project, ‘The People’s Voice: Scottish political poetry, song and the franchise 1832-1918’, and for the Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo-Victorian Studies.  His research focus is fin-de-siècle literature and art, with a particular emphasis on the Celtic Revival and decadence.  He is currently writing a book, Cultural Revival in Fin-de-Siècle Scotland (under contract with EUP), which examines the ways that fin-de-siècle critiques of utilitarian modernity supported Scottish cultural revivalism.  In 2016, he was awarded a Beinecke Library Postdoctoral Fellowship by Yale University to begin editing the correspondence between Robert Louis Stevenson and J. M. Barrie. (Email:

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 Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of St Andrews.  Greg’s research interests include Romantic and Victorian poetry; literature and science; nineteenth-century writing about psychology; the periodical press; and the links between literary form and gender in the nineteenth century. His first monograph, The Poet’s Mind: The Psychology of Victorian Poetry 1830-1870 (OUP, 2012), examines the ways in which Victorian poets borrowed from, disagreed with, and helped to shape the developing scientific discipline of psychology in the mid-nineteenth century.  He is currently writing his second monograph, Poetical Matter, which studies the exchange of methods, concepts, and language between poetry and the physical sciences in the nineteenth century. (Email:

Anna Vaninskaya  is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature. She came to the University of Edinburgh in 2010, after holding a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Cambridge Victorian Studies Group and a Junior Research Fellowship in English at King’s College, Cambridge.  She is the author of William Morris and the Idea of Community: Romance, History and Propaganda, 1880-1914 (Edinburgh UP, 2010), as well as over forty articles and book chapters on topics ranging from Chesterton, Orwell, Tolkien, Chukovsky and Stoppard to nineteenth-century socialism, education, popular reading, historical cultures, and immigration. (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 Chancellor’s Fellow in History at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He is the author of The Dynamiters: Irish Nationalism and Political Violence in the Wider World, 1867-1900 (Cambridge, 2012) and his research mainly focuses on the themes of social movements, diaspora and political violence in transnational and comparative perspectives. (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:

International Associates

Alison Chapman is Associate Professor of English at the University of Victoria, Canada. Her research specialisms include Victorian poetry, transnationalism, and digital humanities. She was the recipient of the UVic Scottish Studies Faculty Fellowship (2014-15) and she has written on Scottish Victorian poetry in her recent book Networking the Nation: British and American Women Poets in Italy, 1840-1870 (OUP, 2015). In addition, her ongoing digital project, A Database of Victorian Poetry includes poetry from Scottish periodicals such as Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal and the Chartist Circular. She is finishing a new monograph on Victorian poetry and place.

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:

Maureen Martin is Associate Professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey.  Her research focuses on Victorian literature, art, and culture, especially in Scotland, and she has a particular interest in gender issues.  Her publications include The Mighty Scot: Nation, Gender and the Nineteenth-Century Mystique of Scottish Masculinity, published in 2009 by State University of New York Press.

Juliet Shields is Associate 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, Victorian print culture, Scottish literature and culture, and diaspora studies. She is currently completing a book on nineteenth-century Scottish women’s writing titled The Romance of Everyday Life. (Email: