Locating Intersections of Medicine and Mobility in 19th-Century Britain


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Friday, 4 October 2019

09:30-10:00 Registration and Coffee

10:00-10:30 Welcome and Introduction

Sandra Dinter (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg) & Sarah Schäfer-Althaus (Universität Koblenz-Landau)
“Locating Intersections of Medicine and Mobility in 19th-Century Britain”

10:30-13:00 Nineteenth-Century Medical Tourism and Therapeutic Travel

Sally Shuttleworth (University of Oxford)
“The Siren Call of the Mediterranean: Medical Climatology and Travel for Health, 1860-1900”


Matthew Ingleby (Queen Mary University of London)
“Sea Sicknesses, London–Margate c. 1815”


Charlotte Mathieson (University of Surrey)
“Sunburnt at Sea: Developing Understandings of Sunburn and Tanning in Nineteenth-Century Maritime Medicine”

13:00-14:30 Lunch Break

14:30-16:00 Pathologising (Im)Mobility in Nineteenth-Century Literature

Andrew Mangham (University of Reading)
“Monstrosities: Mobility and Development in the Early Nineteenth Century”


Stefanie John (Technische Universität Braunschweig)
“A Feverish Restlessness: Decadence, Disease and Mobility in Late Victorian Poetry”

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

16:30-18:00 Feminine Mobility and the Gendered Medical Gaze

Ariane de Waal (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)
“Exposure, Contamination, and ‘Peculiar Feelings’: The Travelling Skin of Victorian Horsewomen and Railway Passengers”


Monika Class (Johannes-Gutenberg Universität Mainz)
“Feminine Comportment, Motility and Spatiality in George Eliot’s Mill on the Floss (1860)”

19:00 Conference Dinner

Saturday, 5 October 2019

09:30-11:00 Mobility, Medicine and the Empire

Markku Hokkanen (Oulun Yliopisto)
“From Heroic Exploration to Careful Control: Mobility, Health and Medicine in the British African Empire”


Monika Pietrzak-Franger (Universität Wien)
“Travelling Objects: Commodity Culture and Victorian Geographies of Health”

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-13:00 Medical Dimensions of (In)Voluntary Travel in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Kim Price (University of Liverpool)
“Convicts on the Move: Spaces of Pain, Experimentation and Cure in Nineteenth-Century British Prison Medicine”


Heidi Liedke (Queen Mary University of London)
“(Mental) Health and Travel: Mary Shelley and George Gissing Crossing Borders”

13:00-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-15:30 The Mobilities of Health and Disease

Pamela Gilbert (University of Florida)
“Watering Holes: Changes of Scene, Healthy Waters and Moral Dangers in the 19th Century”


Ursula Kluwick (Universität Bern)
“Moving Matter: Disease as Mobility in Victorian Literature”

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-16:45 Concluding Discussion