About us

We are delighted to welcome all our speakers at our conference.

Special thanks goes to our keynote speakers, Professor Alannah Tomkins (Keele) and Professor D’Maris Coffman (UCL)


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the conference organisers

DrJoyce Goggin

Co-chair (University of Sussex, 2019) Chair (Amsterdam, 2018)


Joyce Goggin is a senior lecturer in literature at the University of Amsterdam, where she also teaches film and media studies. She has published widely on gambling and finance in literature, painting,  film, TV, and computer games. She is currently researching and writing on casino culture, Las Vegasization and public debt, gamification and the entertainment industries. Her most recent published work includes “Crise et comédie: Le système de John Law au théâtre néerlandais,” in La réception du Système de Law (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2017), “Trading and Trick Taking in the Dutch Republic: Pasquin’s Wind Cards and the South Sea Bubble,” in Playthings in Early Modernity: Party Games, Word Games, Mind Games (Western Michigan University, 2017), and a co-edited volume entitled The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness (Routledge 2016).

Dr Emma Newport

Chair (University of Sussex, 2019) Co-chair (Amsterdam, 2018) Chair (KCL, 2017)

Emma Newport is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Sussex, having previously been a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London.  Her time at King's College London extended over twelve years of undergraduate and post-graduate study, most of it working under the tutelage of Professor Clare Brant. 

Emma is interested in eighteenth-century attitudes to China and, more broadly, in women’s positions in a network of global exchanges of ideas and objects. Emma teaches Romantic poetry, particularly focusing on lyric poetry, William Blake, and women poets; Jane Austen and her fellow novelists in context; and creative writing.

Emma has recently published an article on Lady Dorothea Banks and the fictility of porcelain and has a forthcoming chapter on new and unusual forms of life writing. She is also writing a book called Housing China.





Hannah Barker - Keynote Speaker (UK, 2017)

Professor Hannah Barker, University of Manchester

Professor Hannah Barker, University of Manchester

Hannah Barker a historian of industrial revolution England, and the north of England in particular. Her recent research has concentrated on issues of gender and work in towns and she has assessed the impact of industrialisation on women’s employment, and specifically the degree to which the advent of modern capitalism marginalised women workers. Her most research book (published with OUP in 2017) builds upon this work and examines the concept of ‘family strategy’ in terms of small family businesses, as well as exploring the emotional life of families and their use of domestic space. 

Hannah is Professor of British History at the University of Manchester and Director of the John Rylands Research Institute. She is also Chair of Manchester Histories, a charity which works to transform lives in Greater Manchester through histories and heritage, and is currently acting as a Historical Advisor for the National Trust at Quarry Bank Mill, where she working on an exciting expansion project


Amy Murat, King's College London

Amy Murat, King's College London

Amy Murat - Co-Organiser, (UK, 2017)

Amy Murat is a doctoral candidate at King's College London. Her PhD research explores the material practices of 19th century friendship and how they support female creative impulses to writing. 

Amy’s research takes an interdisciplinary approach to the role of female collective creativity, within the context of mixed gendered, cross-generational artistic networks; the relationship of women’s writing to that of a dominant male tradition; the significance of emotion within aesthetic responses to art.

Amy teaches across both the English and Comparative Literature departments at King’s. She has also taught on the King’s Summer School and was the Administrator (2015-16) for the Centre for Life-Writing Research.

Amy’s professional background is in the museum sector (Keats House, Museum of London). Her academic research thus draws upon her experience of working with diverse historic collections. In other words, she is a self-confessed lover of all things old and dusty.

Caroline Criado Perez - Keynote Speaker (UK, 2017)

Caroline Criado Perez (OBE), LSE

Caroline Criado Perez is a journalist and broadcaster and public speaker. She writes across the major national media, most regularly for the New Statesman and The Guardian, and appears in both print and broadcast as a commentator.

She is also an award-winning feminist campaigner. Her most notable campaigns have included co-founding The Women’s Room, getting a woman on Bank of England banknotes, and forcing Twitter to revise its procedures for dealing with abuse. She was the recipient of the Liberty Human Rights Campaigner of the Year award and one of the Guardian’s People of the Year in 2013, and was named OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015. She is currently campaigning for a statue of a suffragette to be erected in Parliament Square by 2018, the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK. Her first book, Do it Like a Woman, was published by Portobello Books in 2015. 

She lives in London with her small excitable dog, Poppy, has a degree in English language and literature from Oxford, and is completing an MSc in Gender at LSE.