Conference 2014 Schedule

 

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John Thelwall at 250: Medicine, Literature, and Reform in London, ca. 1764-1834
University of Notre Dame, London Global Gateway
Fischer Hall, 1-4 Suffolk Street, London, England
25-27 July 2014
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Thursday, July 24 – Pre-Conference Events (by Registration)

09:30-10:30     
Tour 1 of Thelwall’s elocutionary Institution (for members of John Thelwall Society)
Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln’s Inn Fields 

10:30-11:15
John Thelwall Society AGM, Garden Court Chambers

11:15-12:15
Tour 2 of Thelwall’s elocutionary Institution (for members of John Thelwall Society)
Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln’s Inn Fields 

13:30-19:30
Pre-Conference ‘Peripatetic’ Excursion in south London, by coach and foot, with readings (led by Judith Thompson)–Departure location to be announced

19:30-22:00
Informal pub get-together and meal–Location to be announced

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Friday, July 25

09:00
Registration (Fischer Hall); coffee and pastries

09:30-09:45
Welcome: Gordon Bottomley and Yasmin Solomonescu, Co-organisers

09:45-10:45
Keynote Lecture: Penelope J. Corfield (Royal Holloway, University of London) – ‘John Thelwall between the Optimists and Pessimists: Political and Religious Debates in 1790s Britain’

10:45
Break

11:00-12:30
Panel 1: Re-Framing Thelwallian Radicalism
Chair: Penelope J. Corfield (Royal Holloway, University of London)

  • Steve Poole (University of the West of England) – ‘John Thelwall, John Gale Jones, and the Jacobin Imperative’
  • John-Erik Hansson (European University Institute) – ‘Radical Politics and Diversity of Communication Strategies in the 1790s: The Cases of William Godwin and John Thelwall’
  • Rhian E. Jones (Independent Scholar) – ‘The Privy Council and the Repression of the Radical Societies’

12:30
Catered Lunch

13:30-15:00
Panel 2: Bodies Politic
Chair: Ian Newman (University of Notre Dame)

  • Molly Desjardins (University of Northern Colorado) – ‘Blood Relations: John Thelwall’s Daughter of Adoption and the Slavery Debate of the 1790s’
  • Margaret MacMillan (University of Notre Dame) – ‘Seizing the Orator: The Metaphor of Impressment in Thelwall’s Political Writings’
  • Yasmin Solomonescu (University of Notre Dame) – ‘ “The Channels of Vital Sustenance”: Thelwall, Coleridge, and Peter Crompton’

15:00
Coffee Break

15:15-16:45
Panel 3: Theatrical Thelwall
Chair: Michael Scrivener (Wayne State University)

  • David Worrall (Nottingham Trent University) – ‘Thelwall in Theatreland: Revisiting Incle and Yarico’
  • Greg Kucich (University of Notre Dame) – ‘The Politics of Thelwall’s  Theatre’
  • Kala Hirtle (Dalhousie University) – ‘Fay, or Fairy: Binaries in Thelwall’s The Fairy of the Lake and Tennyson’s “Merlin and Vivien” ’

19:00-22:30
Reception, Dinner, and Entertainment: ‘Raising a Glass to Ale and Liberty’
(The Ship Tavern, Oak Room — 12 Gate St., Holborn)
Featuring a talk on radical tavern culture by Ian Newman (University of Notre Dame); poetry by Gregory Leadbetter (Birmingham City University); music by Mick Sands and Friends
We hope to recreate elements of a reform society meeting, so please bring a toast or song to share, historical or newly composed for the occasion!

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Saturday, July 26

09:00
Registration; coffee and pastries

09:30-10:30
Keynote Lecture: Sharon Ruston (Lancaster University) – ‘Medicine, Science, and Literature in Thelwall’s Lifetime’

10:30
Break

10:45-12:15
Panel 4: Vitality Debates Revived
Chair: Yasmin Solomonescu (University of Notre Dame)

  • Michael Scrivener (Wayne State University) – ‘Moses and Materialism: Thelwall, Levison, and the Vitalism Question’
  • Mary Fairclough (University of York) – ‘Electricity, Vitality, and Political Health in the 1790s’
  • Annalisa Volpone (University of Perugia) – ‘Eighteenth-Century Medico-Cultural Debate and Poetic Imaginaire: The Examples of John Thelwall and William Blake’

12:15
Catered Lunch

13:15-14:45
Panel 5: Radical Science and the Press
Chair: Sharon Ruston (Lancaster University)

  • John Bugg (Fordham University) – ‘Joseph Johnson and Radical Science’
  • Michael Brown (University of Roehampton) –  ‘ “Bats, Rats, and Barristers”: The Lancet, Libel, and the Radical Stylistics of Early Nineteenth-Century English Medicine’
  • Jessica Roberts (University of Salford) – ‘William Lawrence, Richard Carlile, and the Physiology of Free Speech’

14:45
Break

15:00-16:30
Panel 6: Speaking Bodies
Chair: Judith Thompson (Dalhousie University)

  • Julia Carlson (University of Cincinnati) – ‘Embossing the Vernacular: The Rise of Sign Systems for the Blind’
  • Sarah Zimmerman (Fordham University) – ‘Lessons on Lectures: Thelwall’s Theory of Public Speaking’
  • Mark Diachysyhn (Dalhousie University) – ‘ “Sweetness and Science”: Voice and Power in Thelwall’s Theatre Reviews for The Champion (1819-1821)’

16:30-17:00
High Tea

17:15
Meet at Fischer Hall entrance for walk or public transportation to the Old Operating Theatre Museum

18:o0-20:00
Evening Visit to the Old Operating Theatre Museum (9a St. Thomas St.)

18:00
Wine reception
18:30-19:15
Introduction by Assistant Curator Kirsty Chilton: ‘Cline, Thelwall, and Guy’s Hospital’
19:15-20:00
Self-guided tour of museum
20:00
Rest of evening free

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Sunday, July 27

09:00
Registration; coffee and pastries

09:30-11:00
Panel 7: New Contexts and Constructs
Chair: Greg Kucich (University of Notre Dame)

  • Tim Fulford (De Montfort University) – ‘Thelwall and the Elzevir Edition’
  • Anthony John Harding (University of Saskatchewan) – ‘Conversations in Wartime: Thelwall, Wordsworth, and The Excursion’
  • Judith Thompson (Dalhousie University) – ‘John Thelwall at 250: A Ghost Story’

11:00
Break

11:15-12:45
Panel 8: Sound and Sense
Chair: Molly Desjardins (University of Northern Colorado)

  • Celine Ibsen (Dalhousie University) – ‘The Voice of Patriot Virtue: Echoes of Comus in John Thelwall’s Prison Sonnets’
  • Danen Poley (Dalhousie University) – ‘Thelwall the Theorist: Tracing a Universal Framework’
  • Aubrey Nunes (Independent Scholar) – ‘Three Linked Themes in Thelwall’s Life and Work: Cadence, Polarity, and Humanism’

12:45
Catered Lunch

13:45-14:45
Keynote Lecture: Sir Geoffrey Bindman, QC – ‘Democracy’s Debt to John Thelwall’

14:45
Break

15:00-16:15
Roundtable: John Thelwall Today: Human Rights, Social Justice, and Equality
Chair: Steve Poole (University of the West of England)
David Watkinson (Garden Court Chambers)
Sir Stephen Sedley (University of Oxford; Former Lord Justice of Appeal)
Sir Geoffrey Bindman, QC

16:15
Closing words: Steve Poole, Chair, John Thelwall Society

18:30
Reception in Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons (35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields)– Feel free to arrive as early as 18:00 if you want more time to look around.

19:30-22:30
250th Anniversary Conference Banquet, Royal College of Surgeons