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Organising Committee

Seb Averill - MA in Modern History
James Bennett - MA in Modern History
Sarah Jane Bodell (joint chair) - MPhil/PhD
Lucy Gill - MARSCH
John Morgan (joint chair) - MPhil/PhD

The full conference programme, including abstracts,
can be downloaded here.(PDF Document)

Warwick History Postgraduate Conference


Location: Zeeman (Maths & Stats) Building, Warwick University  
Date: Thursday 30th May, 2013  

9:15 – 9:45

Registration - Zeeman Building Atrium
9:45 – 9:55 Opening remarks in MS.02
Prof Maria Luddy, Head of Department

10:00 – 11:20


Panel 1a in MS. 03

‘Locating Luxury’

Chair - Natalie Cox

  • Serena Dyer - Squeezing, Transforming, Distorting: Representations of the Fashionable Body in Satirical Prints, 1750-1820
  • Karolina Hutkova - The Indian Silk Industry and the Seventeenth-Century System of Trade
  • Claire Tang - Enamelled Porcelain in Eighteenth-Century China
  • Anqi Wu - The Relationship Between Porcelain and Women in 1550-1750 China


Panel 1b (running in parallel) in MS. 05

‘Early Modern Religious Exchanges’ sponsored by the Early Modern Forum

Chair - Stephen Bates

  • Caitlin Scott - The Problem of Toleration: Religious Persecution During the English Interregnum (1649-1660)
  • Chris Scanlon - Survey of the Anglo-American Trans-Atlantic Puritan Community, 1632-60
  • Laura Johnson - Antichrist and The Brats of Babylon
11:20 – 11:50 Break - Zeeman Building Atrium

11:50 – 13:00

Panel 2a in MS. 03

‘Tudor England’ sponsored by the Early Modern Forum

Chair - Dr David Hitchcock

  • Josh Moulding - Retrospectives Presentation
  • Alice Byrne - The Cult of St George and the Henrician Reformation
  • Ben Redding - The Birth of the 'Elephant and the Whale': Henrician Naval Policy and its Inspiration on Elizabeth I
  • Matthew Wakeman - Games Legislation in Early Modern England


Panel 2b (running in parallel) in MS. 05

‘War and Memory in the Twentieth Century’

Chair - Grace Huxford

  • Collin Lieberg - Retrospectives Presentation
  • Jasmine Ryder McGiff - The Church of England and the First World War
  • Blanka Matkovic - Demographic Losses in the Second World War in Former Yugoslavia: Methodological Issues
  • Richard Preece - Bella Horrida Bella? The Twice Thankful Villages in National Context
13:00 – 14:00  Lunch - Zeeman Building Atrium

14:00 – 15:00 

Panel 3a in MS. 03

‘Sex and Sexualities in the Modern West

Chair - Sarah Jane Bodell

  • Mara Gregory - 'Beamed Directly to the Children': School Broadcasting and Sex Education in Britain, 1966-1980
  • Martha Michaud - The Gay Autobiography of the Early Twentieth Century: Transsexual Narratives and the Development of the Homosexual Discourse in North America
  • Hannah Perkins - The World at Her Fingertips: The Changing Place of Female Masturbation in Society


Panel 3b (running in parallel) in MS.05

‘Communicating War’

Chair - Hannah Graves

  • Mark Bennett - 'Strange Views Upon the American Question': Sheffield and the American Civil War
  • Denis Courtois - Is London Out of Touch? The Uphill Battle of the BBC in France, 1940-42
  • Grace Huxford - Brainwashing in Britain: The Aftermath of the Korean War (1950-53) in British Cold War Culture
15:00 – 15:30  Break - Zeeman Building Atrium

15:30 – 16:30  

Panel 4a in MS. 01

‘The Politics of Pop Culture in the Modern Americas’

Chair - Josh Moulding

  • Charlie Angelo - Postcolonial Comedy and National Identity in the Nineteenth-Century Hispanic World
  • Hannah Graves - 'A Disservice to the U.S.': The Blackboard Jungle (1955) and the Politics of Export in Cold War Hollywood
  • Sebastian Averill - 'Shadows Betray You Because They Belong to Me': Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy and the Ideological Functioning of Persistent Auterism


Panel 4b (running in parallel) in MS.05

‘Early Modern English Cultures’ sponsored by the Early Modern Forum

Chair - Malik Ahmad

  • Helen Livingstone - Murder of Maleficium? Infant Death and Witchcraft in Early Modern England
  • Paula McBride - Magic, Witchcraft and Healing in the Early Modern English Midlands
  • Lucy Gill - Drinking in Restoration London: The World of the Tavern in the Diary of Samuel Pepys


Date: Friday 31st May, 2013  

9:30 – 10:00

Registration - Mathematics Building Atrium

10:00 – 11:00

Panel 5a in MS. 03

‘Modern Musical Cultures’

Chair - Collin Lieberg

  • Andrew Hodgetts - Why did the British Musicians' Union restrict American jazz musicians from performing in Britain from 1935 until 1961, and what were the consequences of the restrictions for music in Britain?
  • Jess Coupe - April in Paris
  • Rhiannon Roberts - 'Where is the Love?': A Content Analysis of Misogyny in Popular Hip-Hop, 1990-2010

Panel 5b (running in parallel) in MS. 05

‘Cultural Approaches to Early Modern England’ sponsored by the Early Modern Forum

Chair - Naomi

  • Tom Colville - Conceptions of the Idiot in the Early Modern Period
  • Gareth Davies - 'In the Existing State of Things [Marriage] Must of Necessity Be An Affair of Finance': Economic Aspects of Marriage-Making as Reflected in Eighteenth-Century Novels and Plays
  • Han Zhao - 'Conscience Will Keep a Private Session Within Your Selves': The Cultures of Shame in Britain, 1650-1800
11:00 – 11:30  Break - Zeeman Building Atrium

11:30 - 12:30

Panel 6a in MS.03

‘Childhood and Society in the Modern British Isles’

Chair - Jenny Crane

  • Cecilia Hallstrom - Cork Inquiry 1859: Revealing the Irish Workhouse Child
  • Emma Thornton - Experiences and Treatment of Physically-Handicapped Children, 1900-1950
  • Jane Winter - 'A Silly Woman is a Tragedy': The Role of Girls' Clubs in Shaping the Bodies, Minds and Futures of Girls and Young Women, c. 1918-1939

Panel 6b (running in parallel) in MS.05

‘Encounters with Empire’

Chair - Rebecca Williams

  • Natalie Cox - Cooley, Kirk and the 1864 Maps of Lake Nyassa: Reconstructing an Historical Geography of Nineteenth-Century British Geography
  • Kyle Jackson - Mizos, Missionaries and Medicine: Early Religious and Medical Contact in Lushai Hills
  • Helen Scadeng - Women's Health and Emigration: The Organised Emigration of Single British Women to South Africa, 1901-1910
12:30 - 13:30

Lunch - Zeeman Building Atrium

13:30 - 14:30

Panel 7a in MS.03

‘Care and Control in Modern Britain’

Chair - Tom Bray

  • James Bennett - 'A Slum Sport Played in Slum Stadiums': 1980s Football Culture, Politics and the Hillsborough Disaster
  • Alice Jordan - Women and Eugenics: Involvement and Influence on Twentieth-Century Britain
  • Claire Sewell - Social Psychiatry, Social Research and the Emergence of the Carer in Post-War Britain

Panel 7b (running in parallel) in MS.05

‘Early Modern Coventry and Warwickshire’ sponsored by the Early Modern Forum

Chair - Dave Toulson

  • Ruth Barbour - Eighteenth-Century Warwickshire Catholics: Dangerous 'Others' or Friendly Neighbours?
  • Julie Chamberlain - Women's Contribution to Public Life in Early Modern Coventry
  • Rachel Kelsey - Networks and Politics of Early Modern Gentry Women in Warwickshire
14:30 - 15:00 Break - Zeeman Building Atrium
15:00 - 16:00

Panel 8a in MS.03

‘Radicalism, Politics and Print’

Chair - Steven Gray

  • Rowan Burrows - The Chartist Press and Oratory Journalism
  • Henry Chen - The Fall of the Qing Empire and the Rise of Chinese Nationalism: A Study of Liang Qichao's Work
  • Charlotte Peavoy - The Religious and Political Beliefs of the Members of the Rosehill Circle of Coventry

Panel 8b (running in parallel) in MS.05

‘Approaches to Medical History’

Chair - Claire Sewell

  • Laura Glenny - There Are Three of Us in This Relationship: to what extent has the technological innovation of ultrasonography altered perceptions of foetal personhood from 1965 to 2000?
  • Cassie Livesey - Stress and Control in Britain and America: A Comparative Study
  • Greg Wells: Retrospective Diagnosis versus Narrative-Based Medicine: A New Slant on an Old Debate

16:00 – 16:20 

Closing remarks in MS. 02
Han-na Cha, Research Student Skills Programme
Prof Rebecca Earle, Director of Graduate Studies


Wine reception - Zeeman Building Atrium