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The Victorians and the Environment

Friday 28 April 2017, Birmingham City University, Millennium Point 492

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Tea/coffee will be provided but you will need to bring lunch or buy it from one of the University outlets. The event is free of charge but please register your attendance by emailing



10.30   Coffee/Tea and Welcome

11.00   PLENARY: John Miller (University of Sheffield), ‘Ephemeral Fiction and the Ecology of Glamour: The Case of the Fur Seal, 1875-1900’.

12:00   PANEL 1: Environment and Ownership

Haythem Bastawy (Leeds Trinity University), ‘Indolent Orient: Two Halts in the Desert’

Lauren Butler (University of Sheffield), ‘“Unpleasant Sights and Discordant Sounds are Alike Unknown”: Soundscape, Morality and Community Agency in the Victorian Estate Village’

Pete Yeandle (Loughborough University), ‘Bovril goes to war’

1:15     LUNCH

2:00     PANEL 2: Victorian Climate

Jo Waugh (York St John University), ‘Mischievous Errors, Fanciful Causes: Climate, Race, and Evolution’

Amanda Sciampacone (University of Warwick), ‘“Animalized Atmospheres”: Climatology and Disease in Victorian Britain’

Andrew Jackson (Bishop Grosseteste University), ‘On weather, health and nature: a provincial seaside resort newspaper comments on the environment and development, IIlfracombe, 1860’

3:15     TEA BREAK

3:40     PANEL 3: Environmental Optimism

Serena Trowbridge (Birmingham City University), ‘Sympathetic “voices from the trees”? Trees and woods in Elizabeth Siddall’s poetry’

Neil Sinden (Ruskin Land), ‘Ruskin Land’

4:30     END

Feel free to stay for a drink at a nearby bar at the end of the day.

As usual, travel bursaries will be available to postgraduate students on a first come first served basis – there will be 5 bursaries of £20, though if there is not much uptake we may be able to provide more help with travel costs to individuals. Please contact Serena Trowbridge ( if you are interested in applying for a travel bursary.

MIVSS is supported by the British Association for Victorian Studies.