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Keynote Speakers

Christine Ferguson:

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Christine Ferguson is a Professor of English Studies at the University of Stirling, where her research focuses on the entangled histories of science, popular fiction, and Britain’s occult revival in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is the author of Determined Spirits: Eugenics, Heredity, and Racial Regeneration in Anglo-American Spiritualist Writing (Edinburgh University Press 2012), and with, Andrew Radford, co-editor of The Occult Imagination in Britain, 1875-1947 (Routledge 2018). In 2019, she launched with Dr. Manon Hedenborg White the ESOGEN network, an international initiative dedicated to the study of esotericism, gender, and sexuality.

Dr. Ferguson’s talk at BWWC 2020 is titled “‘Where Sex is the First Great Teacher’: Rape and the Woman’s Reincarnation Romance at the Fin de Siècle.”

Lisa M. Wilson:

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Lisa M. Wilson is a Professor in the English and Communications Department at SUNY-Potsdam. Dr. Wilson is the Managing Editor of the Digital Mitford, a collaborative digital scholarly editing project that aims to produce a digital edition of the letters and literary works of Mary Russell Mitford (1787-1855).

Dr. Wilson’s talk at BWWC 2020 is titled “Why Feminist Scholarly Editing is More Important Than Ever: Digital Mitford.”

Chi-ming Yang:

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Chi-ming Yang is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in the literary and visual culture of race and empire, with a focus on East-West cultural exchanges stretching from the early modern period to the 18th century, and up through the contemporary moment. Her book, Performing China: Virtue, Commerce, and Orientalism in 18th-Century England, 1660-1760, studied the impact of the China trade on British literary culture. Her current book projects concern the early science fiction writings of Octavia E. Butler and the entwinings of animals, race, chinoiserie, and popular visual culture.

Dr. Yang’s talk at BWWC 2020 is titled “Chinoiserie Animation & the New Color Media of 18th-century Europe.”