‘A Time of Judgement’: Programme & Registration

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This international and interdisciplinary conference  examines the role of ‘judgement’ in the nineteenth century in  Anglophonic and European cultures. Judgement operated and developed in a multiplicity of ways in this period: and the conference reflects this by studying judgement in legal and popular discourse, in works of visual representation and novels, in scholarship, and the literary marketplace. Judicial celebrity culture, public justice, Lord Byron’s readership, business failure, prize competitions, and secularists: these are among the many important and fascinating topics to be explored through the lenses of judgement and judging.


Programme and registration details and links are provided on this page.


“A Time of Judgement” The Operation and Representation of Judgement

in Nineteenth-Century Cultures

23 June – 24 June 2016

 A pdf version can be downloaded here: PUNCS Conference Programme Final Version


Please note all sessions take place on the second floor of the Roland Levinsky Building (RLB), Plymouth University. 

23 June 2016


9.00 – 9.45      Registration (including tea and coffee) – Roland Levinsky Building 206

9.45 – 10.00    Welcome – Roland Levinsky Building 207


10.00am First Parallel Session


1A        Representing Judgements – Roland Levinsky Building 207

Marissa Bolin (York)              ‘“When I am called before the Judgment Seat, I shall have this in my hand”: Hester Dethridge’s “Confession” in Wilkie Collins’ Man and Wife

Alice Richardson (Australian National University)     ‘The Portrayal of Judges in Australian Art’


1B        Imagery and Moral Judgement – Roland Levinsky Building 209

Annika Bautz (Plymouth)       ‘“Spectators of taste and judgement”: reviewing stage adaptations of Scott’s Guy Mannering (1815) and The Bride of Lammermoor (1819)’

Daniel Grey (Plymouth)         ‘The Cruel Mother? Judging Infanticidal Women in Nineteenth Century England and Wales’

Craig Newbury-Jones (Plymouth) ‘Representing Men of Law as Moral Arbiters’

11.30am           Coffee – Roland Levinsky Building 206

12.00pm Second Parallel Session

2A       Cultures of Public Justice – Roland Levinsky Building 207

Meg Arnot (Roehampton)       ‘Judging Vengeful Violence in Mid-Nineteenth Century Legal and Popular Discourse’

Sascha Auerbach (Nottingham) ‘“Mornings at Bow Street”: Public Justice and the Origins of Metropolitan Courtroom Culture, 1751–1828’

Rian Sutton (Edinburgh)        ‘“To the Editor”: Post-Conviction Press and the Power of the “Court” of Public Opinion’

2B       Judgements of Faith – Roland Lewinsky Building 209

David Nash (Oxford Brookes) ‘The Judgement Of Prometheus: Victorian Secularists Contemplate the Law, Morality and the Place of Both in a Secular Universe’

Emily Paterson-Morgan (Independent) ‘Some New Nebuchadnezzar: Byron, Napoleon and the Scourge of God Motif’

Julian Whitney (Emory)          ‘Reading Urizen as Divine Arbiter in William Blake’s Legal Allegory of The Four Zoas

1.30pm                         Lunch – Roland Levinsky Building 206

2.30pm Third Parallel Session

3A       Judging Literature – Roland Lewinsky Building 207

Christiaan Engberts (Leiden) ‘Should a Scholar be a Judge? A Contested Judicial Metaphor in Nineteenth Century Oriental Studies’

Karin Koehler (St Andrews) ‘Judging by the Hand: Handwriting in Victorian Literature’

Josefina Tuominen-Pope (Zurich) ‘Judging an Author by his Audience: Byron and the Mass Reading Public in the Romantic Periodical Press’


3B       Making Judgements – Roland Levinsky Building 209

James Gregory (Plymouth)      ‘Representing Mercy and Judgement’

John Knox (South Carolina)   ‘Morals for the Masses: Walter Scott on Thomas Reid’s Theory of Moral Judgment’

Doug Watson (Plymouth)       ‘“As orderly and satisfactorily as could possibly be desired”: Mechanics’ Institutes and Judgement in Artistic and Cultural Contexts’

4.00pm                         Tea – Roland Levinsky Building 206

4.30pm Keynote 1 – Roland Levinsky Building 207

Professor David Amigoni (Keele)

5.30– 6.30pm   Wine Reception – Roland Levinsky Building 206

7.30pm                Conference Dinner – The Waterfront http://www.waterfront-plymouth.co.uk/ 


24 June 2016

9.15am        Fourth Parallel Session

4A       Awarding Prizes – Roland Levinsky Building 207

Rachel Bryant Davies (Cambridge) ‘Judging the Judge: Paris, the Golden Apple and the Trojan War in Nineteenth-century Reviews’

Kathryn Ledbetter (Texas State) ‘Creating a “Winning Design”: Prize Competitions in Victorian Periodicals’

Susan Leedham (Plymouth)    ‘The Collecting Impulse: Judgements of taste in Plymouth’s Cottonian Collection’


4B        Judging the Court or Business – Roland Levinsky Building 209

Hugo de Rijke (Plymouth)      ‘A matter of some delicacy: The Judgment of his Peers in Israel Rank’s The Autobiography of a Criminal (1907)’

Michael Knies (Scranton)       ‘“American Novelties are Foolishness!” British Judgements on the American Typeface and Printing Invasion, 1878–1890’

Sarah Wilson (York)               ‘The Business of Judgement and Judg(e)ing Business in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Mapping Legal Frameworks With “Success” and “Failure,” and the Challenges Presented by Criminalising Entrepreneurship’

10.45am           Coffee – Roland Levinsky Building 20

11.15pm Fifth Parallel Session

5A       Judging Character – Roland Levinsky Building 207

Stephen Basdeo (Leeds Trinity) ‘Judging Robin Hood: The Outlaw in Nineteenth-Century Literature’

Kathryn E. Devine (Vanderbilt) ‘The Case of Camille Claudel: Liberating folie from Psychoanalytical Chains’

Aleardo Zanghellini (Reading)            ‘Judgement on Same-Sex Desire and Political Legitimacy in the Cleveland Street Affair’

5B       Judgements in a Provincial Town: a Case Study of Plymouth – Roland Lewinsky Building 209

Iain Channing (Plymouth)      ‘Quis Custodiet? Police discipline in the Three Towns’

Judith Rowbotham (Plymouth) ‘“A Punishment Utterly Disproportionate to the Offence”: The Press in Judgement on Plymouth Crime’

Kim Stevenson (Plymouth)    ‘Temperate Judgements: Plymouth’s Voices of Authority’

12.45pm    Lunch – Roland Levinsky Building 206

1.30pm  Keynote 2– Roland Levinsky Building 207

Professor Leslie Moran (Birkbeck) ‘The Judicial Image, Photography and Celebrity Culture in the Nineteenth Century’

2.30pm Sixth Parallel Session

6A       Judgments On and By Judges – Roland Levinsky Building 207

Ginger Frost (Samford)           ‘“Infamous Falsehoods”: Judges, Perjury, and Affiliation Trials in England, 1860–1930’

Alison Pedley (Roehampton) ‘“Owing to Emotion” The Causes and Effects of the Emotional Reactions of Judges in Cases of Child Murder, England 1830–1900’

Gail Savage (Maryland)          ‘“A bridge in chaos”: Sir Cresswell Cresswell (1794–1863) and the English Divorce Court’

6B       Indebtedness, Judgement, and Literature, 1750–1850 – Roland Levinsky Building 209

Cian Duffy (Copenhagen)       ‘Dunned […] with 15,000 volumes’: books, debts, and judgements in De Quincey’s Letters to a Young Man (1823) and Suspiria de Profundis (1845)’

Peter Howell (St. Mary’s)       ‘Judgements on Debt in Frances Burney’s Cecilia (1782) and Camilla (1796)’

Brian Ridgers (St Marys)         ‘“One pretty little child out of the heap who could be saved”: character, money and judgement in Henry Mayhew’s London Labour and the London Poor


4pm    The Conference Ends

Informal Post-Conference Dinner and Drinks

If you are staying on, you are very welcome to join us for a post-conference dinner and drinks at Rockfish Plymouth http://www.therockfish.co.uk/  at 6pm.


Follow the link to our estore, where you can register for the conference.

For more information about Plymouth University estore, go to http://estore.plymouth.ac.uk/

The ‘early bird’ conference rate is £75, after 31 May 2016 the late delegate rate is £100 (and the last date to purchase this will be 16 June 2016).


The conference takes place at the Roland Levinsky Building in University of Plymouth.
There is an interactive University campus map here:

This is booked by participants separately: areas for ‘bed and breakfasts’ within walking distance of the University campus include the Plymouth Hoe area, by the sea but still only a 10 minutes’ walk from the University campus.

The conference estore site has details about accommodation, at discounted rate to PUNCS conference participants,  in Jurys Inn Plymouth (a 5-10 minute walk from campus).


If you are wishing to combine tourism with the visit, the official site for Plymouth, ‘Britain’s Ocean City,’ is:

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to the conference organisers.

Conference Administrator

Rebekah Cunningham  rebekah.cunningham@plymouth.ac.uk

Conference Organisers
Annika Bautz:              annika.bautz@plymouth.ac.uk
James Gregory:           james.r.gregory@plymouth.ac.uk
Daniel Grey:                daniel.grey@plymouth.ac.uk
Kim Stevenson:             kim.stevenson@plymouth.ac.uk