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Keynote Speakers

Christine Ferguson:

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Christine Ferguson is 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 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.”

Eugenia Zuroski:

Eugenia Zuroski is Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University.  She is Editor of the journal Eighteenth-Century Fiction, and author of A Taste for China: English Subjectivity and the Prehistory of Orientalism (Oxford University Press, 2013) and the poetry chapbook Hovering, Seen (Anstruther Press, 2019). 

Dr. Zuroski’s talk at BWWC 2020 is titled “Eliza Haywood’s Anamorphic Visions.”

Period Dance Workshop by Cheryl Wilson:

Cheryl A. Wilson is Dean of the School of Humanities & Social Sciences and Professor of English at Stevenson University in Maryland.  She is the author of Literature and Dance in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Jane Austen to the New Woman (Cambridge, 2009) and her work on dance has also appeared in Victorian PoetryNineteenth-Century ContextsPersuasionsVictorians Institute JournalBRANCH, and Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies.