Past sessions

Programme 2020-2021

– 24 March 2021: Pr. Josephine McDonagh (University of Chicago): “Seeking Asylum: Nineteenth-Century Migration, the La Guayrian Emigrants, and Jane Eyre.” Respondent: Dr. Sandeep Bakshi (Université de Paris)

– 22 January 2021: Pr. Béatrice Laurent (Université Bordeaux-Montaigne), “Of Water and Women in the Victorian Imagination.” Respondent: Pr. Hilary Fraser (Birkbeck, University of London). You can rewatch the session here

– 13 October 2020: Pr. Julia Kuehn (University of Hong Kong), “George Eliot’s Italian Journeys: Historical Place Writing and Chronotopes in Romola and Middlemarch”. Respondent: Pr. Sara Thornton (Université de Paris)

Programme 2019-2020

– Wednesday 4th March 2020: Dr. Colette Colligan (Simon Fraser University, Canada) gave a paper entitled “Revisiting the Wilde Trials in the Parisian Press”. Respondents: Julien Schuh (Université de Nanterre) and Daniel Jean (University of Paris, LARCA).

– 29 January 2020, 17.30: Dr. Robert Ivermee (SOAS, University of London): “’A Most Capricious Waterway’: The Hooghly River and the limits of colonial power in British India.” Respondent: Dr. Sandeep Bakshi (University of Paris, LARCA).

– 29 January 2020, 12.00-13.30 (ODG, room 134): Pr. Marlène Daut (University of Virginia, Charlottesville), book presentation, Baron de Vastey and the Origins of Black Atlantic Humanism. Joint session with the A19 and Histoire du politique seminars.

– 22 January 2020, 17.30: Dr. Céline Prest, Book launch of “Charles Dickens’s The Pickwick Papers.” Respondent: Pr. Sara Thornton (University of Paris, LARCA)

– 13 November 2019, 17.15: Dr. Carmel Christy (Université de Delhi), “Shared ‘womanhood’, exclusive caste privilege: Caste question as transformative”ESS SESSION

Respondent: Dr. Sandeep Bakshi (University of Paris)

– 6 November 2019: Dr. Jesse Oak Taylor (University of Washington), “Nature Repairs Our Ravages? George Eliot’s Novel Ecosystems.” Joint session with the A19 seminar.

Respondent: Pr. Sara Thornton (University of Paris)

– 16 October 2019: Dr. Sean Witters (University of Vermont), “The Needle, the Image, and the Tomb: Rebecca Massey, History, and Addiction.”

Programme 2017-2018

– 12 June 2019: Dr. Richard Bates (University of Nottingham), ‘Dutiful daughter to “difficult” woman: gender and home life in the case of Florence Nightingale’. Respondent: Marie Ruiz (Université de Picardie Jules Verne)

15th May 2019, Camille Martin-Payre (Université Paris Diderot), “Reproducing Dorian Gray: Technology and media in contemporary rewritings of The Picture of Dorian Gray.” Respondent: Xavier Giudicelli (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne)

3 April 2019, Ludmilla Toualbia (Université Paris Diderot), “Counter-Mapping in Dickens’ and Rushdie’s Urban Narratives.” Respondent: Dr. Pushpa Arabindoo (UCL)

6 March 2019, Julien Bazile (Université de Lorraine et Université de Sherbrooke), “Ecrire une histoire vidéoludique de la Caraïbe. Aux sources d’Assassin’s Creed : Black Flag.” Respondent: Marie-Jeanne Rossignol (Université Paris Diderot)

 20 February 2019, Caroline Duvezin-Caubet (Université de Poitiers), ‘Postcolonial Steampunk.’ Respondent: Dr. Sandeep Bakshi (Université Paris Diderot)

– 7 November 2018, Will Slauter (Université Paris Diderot), ‘Originals, Reproductions, and Artistic Copyright in Victorian Britain.’ Respondent: Pr. François Brunet (Université Paris Diderot)

Programme 2016-2017

– 7 March 2018: Guillaume Didier (Université Paris-Sorbonne) gave a paper entitled “Mythe et récit d’exploration en Angleterre, 1860-1872. À la recherche des sources du Nil et des Montagnes de la Lune.

– 23 November 2016: Pr. Julian Wolfreys (University of Portsmouth) gave a paper entitled “Victorian Hauntings: reflections on forms of persistence.” 

– Wednesday 11 January 2017: Charlotte Wadoux (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3) gave a paper entitled “The Staplehurst Railway Accident as a Gothic Motif in Dan Simmons’s Drood.” Respondent: Pr. Catherine Lanone (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)

– 21 February 2017: Dr. Melissa Dickson (University of Oxford) gave a paper entitled “Medical Technologies and Listening to the Body.” Respondent: Dr. Sophie Vasset (Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7)

– 7 June 2017: Mathilde Vialard (Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7): “The Nineteenth-Century Idée Fixe: The Concept of Monomania and its Influence on Literature.” Respondent: Pr. Christine Berthin-Murphy (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense)

Programme 2015-2016

– 22 June 2016: Thomas Constantinesco, Michel Imbert, Cécile Roudeau (Université Paris 7) “The persistence of the word Victorian in America”

– 19 May 2016: Aina Marti (King’s College London): “Inhabiting Victorian Sexual Ideology in Eyes Wide Shut and Antichrist. Respondent: Clémence Folléa (Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7)

– 10 January 2016:Páraic Finnerty (University of Portsmouth): “Women’s Transatlantic Poetic Network.” Respondent: Adeline Chevrier-Bosseau(Université Paris-Est Créteil).

– 4 November 2015: Leslie De Bont (Université de Nantes): “She hovers on the periphery of our vision, insubstantial, puzzling, spectral”: Persisting intertextuality and May Sinclair’s place (or lack of it) in literary history.” Respondent: Dr Leigh Wilson (University of Westminster)

– 7 October 2015: Sarah Barnden (King’s College London) “From Life: Julia Margaret Cameron, sympathetic Shakespeare and photographic afterlives.” Respondent: Pr. Ladan Niayesh (Université Paris Diderot).

– 23 September 2015: Andria Pancrazi (Université Paris Diderot): “Cold Feet, Ruined Gold : Decomposing bodies in A.C. Swinburne’s poetry” Respondent: Sébastien Scarpa (Université Stendhal-Grenoble 3).

Programme 2014-2015:

 – 23 October 2014: Tomek Mossakowski (King’s College London): Imaginary terrors, unpleasant consequences: scurvy and same-sex affairs during polar exploration.” Respondent: Pr. Frédéric Regard (Université Paris-Sorbonne).

– 26 November 2014: Hubert Malfray (Université Paris-Sorbonne): “The persistence of the criminal theme: the Newgate Novel and the popularity of literary transgression.” Respondent: Pr. Nathalie Vanfasse (Université d’Aix-Marseille).

– 10 December 2014: Verity Burke (University of Reading): “Outside the Laboratory Door: Narrative Medicine in Wilkie Collins’s Heart and Science.” Respondent: Dr. Andrew Manghan (University of Reading).

– 29 January 2015: Katherine Osborne (King’s College London): “Scratches in the Window: Education and Discipline in Wuthering Heights.” Respondent: Professor Catherine Bernard (Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7).

– 4 February 2015: Pr. Roger Chazal (Emeritus Professor, Paris 8 University): “Persistance et systémique : romantique et victorien, et cetera.” Respondent: Pr. Jean-Marie Fournier (Université Paris Diderot)

– 25 March 2015: Dr. Michael Talbot (Université Paris 1): “Exploring persistence in humour: Cartoons and comic dialogues in the late Ottoman Empire.” Respondent: Sam Dolbee (New York University)

– 15 April 2015: Róisín Quinn-Lautrefin (Université Paris Diderot): “’As I cannot write’: stitching self and soul in Elizabeth Parker’s sampler.” Respondent: Ariane Fennetaux (Université Paris Diderot).

– 20 May 2015: Nicola Kirkby (King’s College London):“Railways and Narrative Lines in Elizabeth’s Gaskell’s North and South.” Respondent: Pr. Sara Thornton (Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7).

– 10 June 2015: Una Brogan (Université Paris Diderot): “Humour in British and French bicycling literature and culture, 1880-1914.” Respondent Will Noonan (Université de Bourgogne).

Programme 2013-2014:

– 9th October 2013: Owen Holland (University of Cambridge). “William Morris’s News from Nowhere and the Politics of Mundane Intervention.” Respondent: Pr. Isabelle Gadoin (Université de Poitiers).

– 21st November 2013: Nolwenn Corriou (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle). “‘A rare and beautiful hand’: collecting the colonial body.” Respondent: Dr. Stefano Evangelista (Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow at Trinity College, Oxford).

– 4th December 2013: Claire Deligny (Université Paris Diderot). “‘The asylum and the community’: the lunatic asylums at Lancaster, Prestwich and Rainhill (Lancashire) and the local press, 1845-1914.” Respondent : Catherine Cox (University College, Dublin).

– 9th January 2014: Pr. Antoine Cazé (Université Paris Diderot) and Pr. Cristanne Miller (University at Buffalo, titulaire de la Chaire Tocqueville Fulbright, Janvier 2014): “Visual Persistence: The Appearance(s) of Emily Dickinson’s Poetry.”

– 5th February 2014: Clare Walker-Gore (University of Cambridge), “At the Margins of Mystery: Sensational Difference in the Novels of Wilkie Collins.” Respondent: Kathryn Maude (King’s College London).

– 18th February 2014: Pr. David Peters Corbett (Professor of Art History and American Studies, University of East Anglia): “Landscape, Development and Mid-Nineteenth-Century America.” Respondent: Pr. François Brunet (Professor of Art and American Literature, Université Paris Diderot).

– 19th March 2014: Fariha Shaikh (King’s College London), “Mobility, Space and Place: Settler Emigration and the Nineteenth-Century Novel.” Respondent: Pr. Elleke Boehmer (University of Oxford).

– 8th April 2014: “Chartism in Poetry.” Mike Sanders (University of Manchester): “L’aube des prolétaires? Reading Chartist Poetry after Rancière.” Fabienne Moine (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense): “A Sense of Belonging/s: Eliza Cook’s Contribution to Chartist Poetry.” Respondent: Pr. Fabrice Bensimon (Université Paris-Sorbonne).

– 21st May 2014: Edmund Birch (University of Cambridge): “Fictions of the Press: Gissing’s Lost Illusions.” Respondent: Pr Nicholas White (University of Cambridge).

– 11th June 2014: Diane Leblond (Université Paris Diderot), “Ghosts from Wonderland: Jeanette Winterson’s Gut Symmetries and the Visual Pragmatics of Intertextuality.” Respondent: Pr. Jean-Jacques Lecercle (Université Paris X – Nanterre).

Programme 2012-2013:

– 10th October 2012: Sonia Ouaras (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), ‘The Mind in Distress: Investigation into the Uncanny in Victorian Fiction’. Respondent: François Vergne (Maître de conférences, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle).

– 14th November 2012: Céline Prest (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), ‘Circulation, Saturation and Implosion: the Dynamics of Paper in Dickens’s Novels’. Respondent: Pr. André Topia (Professor Emeritus of English Literature at the Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle).

– 5th December 2012: Sarah Gould (Université Paris Diderot), ‘From “Sir Sloshua” to significant surface: the approach to texture in Rossetti’s Ecce Ancilla Domini and early Pre-Raphaelite painting’. Respondent: Pr. David Peters Corbett (Professor of Art History and American Studies, University of East Anglia).

– 7th December 2012: Victorian Persistence: Persistence in/of Victorian Literature and Culture. A one-day postgraduate conference.

– 16th January 2013: Shannon Delorme (Oxford University / Université Paris Diderot), ‘Physiology or Psychic powers? William Carpenter and the debate over Spiritualism in Mid-Victorian Britain’. Respondent: Thibaud Trochu (Université Paris 1).

– 27th February 2013: Pr. Mathieu Duplay (Professor of American Literature, Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7), ‘Emerson/Marx: la révolution et ses doubles’ and Jagna Oltarzewska (Université Paris-Sorbonne), ‘From Emerson to Eminem’.

– 21st March 2013: Marie Laniel (Maître de Conférence, Université d’Amiens – Picardie-Jules-Verne), ‘Virginia Woolf’s Victorians’. Respondent: Pr. Catherine Bernard (Professor of British Literature and Art History, Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7).

– 17th April 2013: Marie Ruiz (Université Paris Diderot), ‘Overpopulation in Victorian England: ‘“Surplus Women”: Emigration as the nineteenth-century solution to female overpopulation’, Marie Terrier (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), ‘Annie Besant and nineteenth-century Neomalthusianism: “family limitation” or “birth-restricting checks” as remedy to overpopulation and poverty’. Respondent: Pr. Myriam Boussahba Bravard (Université Paris Diderot).

– 15th May 2013: Marina Poisson (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle),  ‘Persisting? Resisting? Persistent figures, actions and visions in Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith.’  Respondent: Pr. Alain Jumeau (Université Paris IV-Sorbonne).

– 12th June 2013: Helena Gurfinkel (Assistant Professor from Illinois), ‘The Ethics of the Signifier: Wilde with Lacan’.  Respondent: Pr. Pascal Aquien (Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne).

Programme 2011-2012:

– 10th November 2011: Introductory session. Estelle MurailRóisín Quinn-Lautrefin, Pr. Sara Thornton.

– 14th December 2011: Róisín Quinn-Lautrefin (Université Paris Diderot), ‘Production, Consumption and Subjectivity in the Age of Industry.’ Respondents: Cécile Beaufils(Université Paris Diderot) and Loïc Prud’homme.

-11th January 2012: Estelle Murail (Université Paris Diderot), ‘The Flâneur: Paradoxes, Polymorphism, Persistence.’ Respondents: Dr. Tom Stammers (Research fellow in History at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge) and Dr. Tatiana Michoud – Pogossian (Université Paris Diderot).

– 16th March 2012: Florence Bigo (Université Paris Diderot), ‘The Didactics of Visual Narrative in Adapting for the Small Screen.’ Respondents: Pr. Jeremy Tambling(University of Manchester) and Ariane Hudelet (Maître de conférences, Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7).

– 21st March 2012: Cécile Bertrand (Université Paris Diderot), ‘Persistence and Violent Crime in Popular Sensational Representation.’ Respondents: Anne Chassagnol (Maître de conférences, Université Paris 8), Delphine Cadwallader (CPGE, Lycée Albert Schweitzer).

– 4th April 2012: Valentine Prévot (Université Paris Diderot), ‘Boys’ Adventure Stories: Persistence of British Male Identity?’ Respondents: Mark Fitzpatrick (Université Paris 3),Edouard Marsoin (Université Paris Diderot)

– 2nd May 2012: Clémence Folléa (Université Paris Diderot), ‘Persistence as Hysteria: Miss Havisham and her Avatars.’ Respondents: Pr. Georges Letissier (Université de Nantes),Renaud Lejosne-Guigon (Université Paris 3).

– 6th June 2012: Ana Anastasescu (Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7), ‘Postmodern Rewritings of Victorian Novels: Shifting Paradigms of Knowledge.’ Respondent: Jocelyn Dupont (Maître de conférences, Université de Perpignan).

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