Plenaries

Plenaries

Gowan Dawson

Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture, University of Leicester

BA (East Anglia),  MA (Nottingham), PhD (Sheffield)

Professor Dawson’s main research interests are in the nineteenth century, especially in the cultural history of Victorian science, as well as in the print culture of the period.

He is the author of Darwin, Literature and Victorian Respectability (Cambridge University Press, 2007), and co-author of Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical: Reading the Magazine of Nature (Cambridge University Press, 2004).  With Bernard Lightman, he is general editor of Victorian Science and Literature, 8 vols. (Pickering and Chatto, 2011–12), and editor of Victorian Scientific Naturalism: Community, Identity, Continuity (University of Chicago Press, 2014).  He has recently completed a new book, Show Me the Bone: Reconstructing Prehistoric Monsters in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America, and has edited, with Geoffrey Cantor, the first volume of The Correspondence of John Tyndall (Pickering and Chatto, 2015).

In 2012/13 Professor Dawson held a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship, and has also received research grants from the British Academy, the National Science Foundation (USA), the UK-India Education and Research Initiative, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  He is currently co-director, with Sally Shuttleworth and Chris Lintott, of the AHRC-funded project "Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries," an innovative collaboration between Leicester, Oxford University, the Natural History Museum, the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal Society. The project, which was awarded a large grant of £1,975,000 in the AHRC "Science in Culture" theme, examines how methods of communication and engagement developed in the nineteenth-century periodical press offer potential models for facilitating ‘citizen’ involvement in contemporary science.

Caroline Levine

Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

AB (Princeton University), PhD (University of London)

Professor Levine's research and teaching interests include Victorian literature and culture, formalism, realism, narrative theory, world literature, and the relations between art and politics. She is now building on the work of her recent book, Forms, to focus on the importance of repetition to both social relations and literary forms, and is the editor for The Norton Anthology of World Literature. Both her published work and teaching aim to bridge the gap between historical-political approaches to culture and the more traditional techniques of literary formalism. Dr. Levine is co-organizer of the Sawyer Seminar on World Literature and founder of the Creative Arts and Design Residential Learning Community.

Selected publications include:

In addition to Gowan Dawson and Carole Levine, there will be a panel commemorating the 50th anniversary of Steven Marcus’s The Other Victorians.