Harriet Thompson

Harriet is an AHRC-funded PhD candidate in the English department at King’s College London. She is the Administrator for the Centre for Life-Writing Research. Harriet’s research explores literary representations of interactive communications technologies in the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries, specifically in relation to shifting conceptions of gender and sexuality.

Shija Yu

Shijia Yu is a second year PhD student in History of Art at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her research looks at the popular nineteenth-century optical toy, the paper peepshow, produced between 1825 and 1851 in England. She currently catalogues the world’s biggest paper peepshow collection at the V&A.

Naomi Hinds

Naomi is a first year English PhD Student at University College London, funded by the Wolfson Foundation. Her research explores how the increased concern about excrement, and the circulatory routes that it should take through Victorian London infected the language of mid- and late-nineteenth century literature.

Natalie Reeve

Natalie is a first-year PhD student at Royal Holloway, funded by the AHRC TECHNE doctoral training partnership. Her research focuses on the self-representation and influence of the Pre-Raphaelite artist-poets Elizabeth Siddal and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, reading the creative couple anew in broader literary, artistic and historical narratives.