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Margaret Beetham is now an independent scholar, having retired from the Department of English at Manchester Metropolitan University, where she taught for many years, and also from the School of Arts and Media at Salford University, where she was an Honorary Research Fellow. She has recently published a memoir entitled Home Is Where: The Journeys of a Missionary Child (Darton, Longman and Todd, 2019).

Laurel Brake is a professor emerita at Birkbeck, University of London. She is the author of Print in Transition and Subjugated Knowledges and co-editor of the Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism and Nineteenth Century Serials Edition ( She has co-edited recent books on W. T. Stead and The News of the World. Recent work includes “Writing the Contemporary: Art and News” in Journal of European Periodicals Studies ( and George Eliot and Print Media: Woman of Letters” in 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth-Century ( She is currently writing Ink Work on Walter and Clara Pater and editing Walter Pater’s journalism for The Collected Works of Walter Pater.

Victoria Clarke recently completed her PhD in the Schools of English and History at the University of Leeds. Her thesis, funded by the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities, explored the role of the leading Char-tist newspaper, the Northern Star, in the creation of and communication between a national community of activists from 1837 to 1848. She is part of the Centre for Comparative History of Print at the University of Leeds and has taught on Victorian literature. Vic is currently devising a postdoctoral project on the histories of ethical fashion in Britain.

Julie Codell is a professor of art history at Arizona State University and affiliate faculty in film and media studies and Asian studies. She received the School of Art’s Evelyn Smith Award for research for 2019–20. She wrote The Victorian Artist (2003); edited Victorian Artists’ Autograph Replicas (Routledge, 2020), Transculturation in British Art (2012), Power and Resistance: Delhi Coronation Durbars (2012), The Political Economy of Art (2008), and Imperial Co-Histories (2003); co-edited Replication in the Long 19th Century (2018), Orientalism, Eroticism and Modern Visuality in Global Cultures (2016), Encounters in the Victorian Press (2004), and Orientalism Transposed (1998). She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Getty Foundation, Kress Foundation, Huntington Library, Harry Ransom Center, American Institute for Indian Studies, and the Yale Center for British Art.

Fien Demarée holds a master’s degree in English and Dutch literature and linguistics from Ghent University.

Maria DiCenzo is a professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. She has published in the areas of feminist media history and the suffrage press. More recently her research has focused on feminist periodicals and women’s movements in inter-war Britain. She co-edited (with Catherine Clay, Barbara Green, and Fiona Hackney) Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918–1939: The Interwar Period for Edinburgh University Press.

Andrew Hobbs is a senior lecturer in journalism at the University of Central Lancashire. He is the author of A Fleet Street in Every Town: The Provincial Press in England, 1855–1900 (Open Book Publishers, 2018), which won RSVP’s 2019 Colby Prize.

Tamara Kaminsky is a PhD candidate at the University of Exeter researching the origins of the celebrity interview in the long nineteenth century. Previously a professional journalist, she is interested in the regulation of celebrity selves in print cultures and the lionisation of individuals through the publication of celebrity utterances.

Joanna Karlgaard is an assistant curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Her research interests include technical aspects of print production, Victorian literary illustration, publishing history, the reception of old master prints, and the history of collecting. Her current projects focus on Frederick Sandys and William James Linton.

Barbara Korte is a professor of English literature at the University of Freiburg with a special interest in culture and media. She has published articles in VPR and recently co-edited Heroism as a Global Phenomenon in Contemporary Culture...


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