Postgraduate bursaries announced for Victorian Collaborations Study Day

Postgraduate bursaries available

Victorian Popular Fiction Association and Manchester Metropolitan University

Study Day:

‘Victorian Collaborations’

MMU Cheshire Campus

22nd April 2017

10am-5pm with optional afternoon tea at Crewe Hall Hotel

Keynote by Patricia Pulham (Portsmouth): ‘Collaborating with the Dead: The Advantages and Disadvantages of Borrowed Prestige’

Postgraduate students are invited to apply for one of four £50 bursaries (funded by the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, MMU Cheshire) towards subsidising travel, accommodation and registration for the VPFA ‘Victorian Collaborations’ Study Day.

For a full schedule please see:

Tickets are available here: Registration:


Study Day with vegetarian buffet lunch and refreshments: £16.50

Optional Afternoon Cream Tea at The Brasserie, Crewe Hall Hotel, 5-7.30 pm (transport with 7.45pm Crewe train station drop off, included): £27

If you would like to be considered, please email before the deadline of 3pm on the 3rd April 2017 with your name, address and PhD programme details, as well as a brief explanation of how the study day will support your research. You will be notified on April 5th whether your application has been successful.

N.B. Receipts will be reimbursed within 7 days of the Study Day.  Your contact for this is Dr Kirsty Bunting

Good Luck, and thank you for your interest in our Study Day.

Registration now open for The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Solutions and Resolutions

The Drood InquiryRegistration has now opened for ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Solutions and Resolutions’ on Saturday 20th September 2014, at Senate House, London.

To celebrate the official launch of The Drood Inquiry, this one-day conference will explore the mysterious world of Drood and its solutions. Tickets cost £25 and can be purchased through Eventbrite.

Draft Programme

09.30-10.00 Registration

10.00-10.45 Introduction: The Heritage of Edwin Drood (Chair: Dr Pete Orford, University of Buckingham)

Keynote: Reflections on past and present Drood scholarship
Professor Don Richard Cox, University of Tennessee

10.50-11.45 – Panel 1: The Solutions of Edwin Drood (Chair: Dr Pete Orford, University of Buckingham)

Imitating the inimitable: attempts to complete Edwin Drood
Dr Camill Ullelan Hoel and Dr Tor Nordam, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

M R James and the Edwin Drood Syndicate
Jane Piddock, University of Aberystwyth

11.45-12.00 – Coffee break

12.00-13.30 – Panel 2: The Appropriation of Edwin Drood (Chair: Professor John Drew, University of Buckingham)

Premonition of the End: Fictionality in Dickens’s Edwin Drood and Gissing’s Henry Ryecroft
Tom Ue, University of Birkbeck

‘Another kind of immortality, more essential and more strange’: Dick-ensian hauntings, in the works of Susan Howe and Jean-Piere Ohl
Clemence Follea, Universite Parie Diderot

Evidence, storytelling, and the resistance of closure in Dan Simmon’s Drood
Dr Anne-Marie Beller, University of Loughborough

13.30-14.30 – Lunch (provided)

14.30-16.00 – Panel 3: The Characters of Edwin Drood (Chair: Professor David Paroissien, University of Buckingham)

From ‘universal terrorist’ to ‘tragic anti-hero’: John Jasper as a villain of the times
Dr Jonathan Buckmaster, Royal Holloway

The Identification of Sapsea
Sven Karsten, Independent

The Mystery of Heads in Drood
Emma Curry, University of Birkbeck

16:00-16:15 – Coffee break

16:15-17:00 – Panel 4: The Locations of Edwin Drood (Chair: Dr Hazel Mackenzie, University of Buckingham)

‘The great black city cast it’s shadow on the waters’: Jasper’s London in The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Hadas Elber-Aviram, University College, London

‘Venerable, Architectural and Inconvenient’: The Rented Spaces of Edwin Drood
Ushashi Dasgupta, University of Oxford

17:05-17:45 – Round table: The Digitalisation of Edwin Drood (Chair: Dr Hazel Mackenzie, University of Buckingham)

Discussion from the Drood Inquiry team on digitalising Drood
Dr Pete Orford, University of Buckingham, Alys Jones

Ticket prices include lunch and refreshments throughout the day – please contact the organisers to notify them of any special dietary requirements.