Doctor Holly Furneaux – Keynote
Holly’s main research interests are in the nineteenth century, especially in gender, sexuality, the body, medicine and the Victorian novel. She is currently working on an AHRC funded project, ‘Military Men of Feeling: Masculinity, Emotion and Tactility in Victorian Warfare’, in partnership with the National Army Museum. Focusing on the Crimean War, the project investigates overlooked aspects of soldiers’ felt experience, such as family feeling in regiments, soldier adoptions, the production of trench art, and battlefield nursing. Recognising a widespread cultural emphasis on the gentle soldier, this project desposes persistent ideas about Victorian masculinity as well as enhancing our understanding of the complexities of battlefield feeling. The book from this project is under contract with Oxford University Press.
Professor Joanne Bailey – Keynote
Joanne is a Professor of History at Oxford Brookes University. She teaches social and cultural British History from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. Joanne’s current project aims to investigate how people learned about being manly and unmanly in England between two points of national crisis: the Seven Years War and the Crimean War. She hopes to unpick the concepts of ‘manly’ and ‘unmanly’ at a broad national level and then explore them in more detail through a series of case-studies. These will include material culture such as the idealised motifs of St George, rural labouring men, Jack Tar, and the working men who adorned the emblems, certificates and banners of early trades unions and friendly societies. She’ll also think about how men’s bodies were ‘policed’ to reward or punish being manly or unmanly.
Doctor James Davey – Evening Speaker
Curator of Naval History at the National Maritime Museum. He has recently co-curated the NMM exhibition ‘Nelson, Navy, Nation: The Story of the Royal Navy and the British People, 1688-1815.’ The gallery explores ‘how the Royal Navy shaped everyday lives as it became a central part of society and turned sea-faring heroes into national celebrities.’ James has recently co-edited a book with Quintin Colville on the same topic and has previously published on other naval themes such as strategy, caricatures and heroes. He is in the process of writing a monograph about the Napoleonic Wars.