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kirsti bohata is a professor of English literature and director of the Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales at Swansea University. She is completing a monograph on Amy Dillwyn to be published by the University of Wales Press and is co-author of Disability in Industrial Britain: A Cultural and Literary History of Illness, Injury and Impairment in the Coal Industry, 1880–1948 (forthcoming from Manchester UP, 2020). Recent publications include “Mistress and Maid: Homoeroticism, Cross-class Desire, and Disguise in Nineteenth-Century Fiction,” in Victorian Literature and Culture, and an essay on female same-sex desire in literature from Wales from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries, in Queer Wales (University of Wales Press, 2016).

gregory luke chwala is a lecturer of English at Clemson University. He has also taught at Duquesne University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His current book project examines decolonial queer ecologies as a mode of reparative reading in Gothic and speculative fiction. In addition to scholarship on the queer Victorian Gothic, he has published work in critical whiteness studies and on queer Nigerian identity. He is currently developing a project that explores how trans embodiment in steampunk fiction can open up new spaces for conversations about gender and sexuality.

james stevens curl is a leading architectural historian and read for his doctorate at University College London. He was twice a visiting fellow at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, and is a member of the Royal Irish Academy, a fellow of the Societies of Antiquaries of London and of Scotland, and a fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. In 2014, De Montfort University Leicester conferred on him an honorary doctorateof arts in recognition of his “distinctive contribution to the study of architectural history” and his “outstanding contribution to the intellectual and cultural life of the nation and region,” and, in 2017, he was awarded the British Academy President’s Medal for “outstanding service to the cause of the humanities,” recognizing his contribution to the wider study of the history of architecture in Britain and Ireland. His many publications include studies of classical, Georgian, and Victorian architecture, including The Victorian Celebration of Death (1972, 2000, 2004; ebook, 2015). His Oxford Dictionary of Architecture (with contributions on landscape from Susan Wilson) was published by Oxford in 2015 (paperback in 2016, with new imprint in 2017) and hailed as “the finest in existence,” deserving of the “highest praise.”

paul dobraszczyk is a teaching fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London. He is the author of Future Cities: Architecture & the Imagination (Reaktion, forthcoming in 2019), The Dead City: Urban Ruins and the Spectacle of Decay (IB Tauris, 2017), Iron, Ornament & Architecture in Victorian Britain (Ashgate, 2014), London’s Sewers (Shire, 2014), and Into the Belly of the Beast: Exploring London’s Victorian Sewers (Spire, 2009). He is the co-editor of Global Undergrounds: Exploring Cities Within (Reaktion, 2016) and Function and Fantasy: Iron Architecture in the Long Nineteenth Century (Routledge, 2016). He is also a photographer and created the website The Stones of Manchester (

katherine faulkner is an associate lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she gained her PhD in 2013, and the College of Global Studies at Arcadia University. She has published widely on British sculpture and also specializes in widening access to art history, working on the Courtauld’s Young People’s program as well as leading talks and workshops at museums and galleries around London. She serves on the editorial board of the Open Library of Humanities and MAI, the journal of feminist art and visual culture. In 2019, she will be a residential scholar at the Yale Center for British Art.

ann gagné is a curriculum and instructional consultant at Durham College. Her areas of research include the ethics of tactility, the use of touch in experiential learning in the nineteenth century, and the pedagogical application of touch in constructivist learning.

ardel haefele-thomas is the author of Queer Others in Victorian Gothic: Transgressing Monstrosity (University of Wales Press, 2012) and an essay considering trans werewolves in TransGothic (Routledge, 2017), edited by Jolene Zigarovich. They have published numerous articles on...


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