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Jo Croft is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Liverpool John Moores University, specialising in psychoanalysis and spatial theory. She completed her PhD on ‘Adolescence and Writing: Locating the Borderline’ at Sussex University, and adolescence continues to be an axiomatic term in her research. Since publishing Our House: The Representation of Domestic Space in Modern Culture in 2006 (edited, with Gerry Smyth) Croft’s research has centred on on spatial pathologies (especially those suggested by ‘stuff’, hoarding, and clutter) and she is currently working on a book provisionally entitled The Space Is Me: Sorting Out the Mess of Spatial Identification.



Katherine Curran works as a Lecturer in Sustainable Heritage at the Centre for Sustainable Heritage (CSH) in the Bartlett, University College London. Katherine has worked at the CSH since 2011, carrying out research into the conservation of plastics, polymer degradation and analysis of VOC emissions from plastics and paper artefacts. Before joining the CSH, Katherine worked as a Visiting Fulbright Scholar in the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, USA. Katherine obtained her PhD in polymer chemistry in 2009 from University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland.



Maryanne Dever is Associate Professor in the School of Humanities & Social Science at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She is co-convenor (with Linda Morra) of the Archive Futures Research Network ( and co-author of The Intimate Archive. Her current research  focus is on the status of archived paper with the advent of digital technologies and her new project, Paper: Materiality and the Archived Page, explores intersections of materiality and method in archive-based literary research.  She is currently co-editing a special issue of the journal  Archives and Manuscripts on ‘Literary Archives, Materiality and the Digital’. In 2014 Maryanne was a Visiting Researcher in the Dept of Information Studies at UCL.



Christopher Holliday has recently completed a Film Studies PhD at King’s College London. His research is aimed at developing an approach to the computer-animated film which elaborates upon its unique visual currencies and formal attributes, organised as a generic framework that supports the study of computer-animated films as a new genre of contemporary cinema. Primary research interests include popular Hollywood cinema, as well as nuances of film style, fictional world creation and conceptions of performance within the context of the digital media and traditional animation. He currently teaches in the Film Studies department at King’s College, and is also a visiting lecturer in animation at the University of Kent.



Claire Friend is a final year doctoral candidate in the school of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. Her thesis: The Social Life of Paper in Edinburgh 1750-1820 is an examination of the manufacture, consumption and experience of paper.



Katherine Inglis received her PhD from Birkbeck in 2009, and is now a Chancellor’s Fellow in the Department of English at the University of Edinburgh, where she teaches courses on censorship, and literature and medicine. Her research explores the intersections between literature of the long nineteenth century, science and biomedicine.  She is particularly interested in the pathologisation of reading in censorship rhetoric.



Andrew Janes works in the Advice and Records Knowledge department at The National Archives (UK), specialising in maps and related records. He holds an MScEcon in Archive Administration from Aberystwyth University and is a registered member of the Archives and Records Association. His research interests include the use and re-use of cartographic materials in recordkeeping.



Victoria Mills is a Research Fellow at Darwin College, University of Cambridge. She completed an AHRC funded doctorate on the novel and the museum in 2011 and is now working on a book with the provisional title Victorian Masculinity and the Cultures of Collecting as well as a new project on the relationship between the arts and feeling in nineteenth-century literature and culture. Recent publications include essays on nineteenth-century bibliomania (Bodies and Things in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, Palgrave, 2012) and on bric-a-brac and the male body (Literary Bric-a-Brac and the Victorians, Ashgate, 2013).



Camilla Nelson is a poet, artist and researcher, currently based in Somerset. She successfully completed a PhD in Reading and Writing with a Tree: Practising ‘Nature Writing’ as Enquiry, at Falmouth University, in 2012. Her text work has featured in Amy Cutler’s exhibition Time, the deer, is in the wood of Hallaig (London, 2013) and Karen Pearson’s outdoor exhibition in Yarner Wood, Assemblage (Dartmoor, 2012). As well as appearing in several magazines and journals, her poems have been anthologised in The Apple Anthology (Nine Arches) and Dear World & Everyone In It (Bloodaxe) and she has a pamphlet forthcoming with ninerrors press.



Gill Partington works on modern and contemporary literature and visual culture, focusing particularly on our changing engagements with the material page through the history of reading and print, book destruction, theories of media, and concepts of fictionality. She recently co-edited a special issue of the journal Critical Quarterly on ‘Missing Texts’, and a collection entitled Book Destruction in the West: From the Medieval to the Contemporary, to be published later this year by Palgrave. She is currently finishing a monograph which examines the unstable boundaries between fiction and fact over the past century through a series of ‘misreadings,’ in which the imaginary has spilled over into reality.



Jane Partner is a Fellow Commoner and College Teaching Associate at Trinity Hall and a College Teaching Associate at St John’s College in Cambridge. Her graduate training spanned both English literature (University of Cambridge) and the History of Art (Courtauld Institute, University of London) and she now teaches and researches in both fields. Her research interests include: material texts and the idea of inscription, encompassing both the physical manifestations of literary texts and the use of text in visual art; the history of the body and of subjectivity; and the history of visual perception as articulated by texts and images. Jane is also a visual artist, carrying out practice based research into the areas of textuality and embodiment.



Sophie Ratcliffe is Associate Professor in Nineteenth Century Literature at the University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor in English at Lady Margaret Hall. Her 2008 OUP monograph On Sympathy was particularly preoccupied with the relationship between voice and print. She has also published on Beckett and Geoffrey Hill and is currently working on a monograph about conscience in nineteenth-century literature. Much of her research is driven by an interest in material culture.



Karen Sandhu lives in London where she makes handmade books and writes poetry. Her interests include the history of artists’ books and avant-garde poetics. She has a MA in Poetic Practice from Royal Holloway University of London. Her poetry has been published by The Archive of the Now, HOW2, BlazeVOX and Wet Ink. She has collaborated with the Fox Reading Room, ICA London and written for The Blue Notebook: Journal for Artists’ Books. Her bookworks have been exhibited at The Showroom, London.



Wim Van Mierlo is a Lecturer in Textual Scholarship and English Literature (and currently Acting Director) at the Institute of English Studies (School of Advanced Study, University of London). His most recent publications include an essay on ‘The Archaeology of the Manuscript: Towards a Modern Palaeography’ (published in The Boundaries of the Literary Archive: Reclamation and Representation, ed. by Carrie Smith and Lisa Stead) and a scholarly edition of Where there is Nothing and The Unicorn from the Stars: Manuscript Materials in the Cornell Yeats Series. He is also the editor-in-chief of Variants: the Journal of the European Society for Textual Scholarship and associate director of the T. S. Eliot International Summer School.



Jane Wildgoose is an artist, writer and Keeper of her own collection, The Wildgoose Memorial Library, which is dedicated to memory and remembrance. She is currently completing a practice-based PhD at Kingston University, where she is investigating the collection and interpretation of human skulls and hair in late nineteenth century London. She plans to present her research in the form of a new archive of The Wildgoose Memorial Library at the Crypt Gallery St Pancras in September 2014.


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