English Research Groups

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English Research Groups

English staff at Lincoln are currently undertaking research that spans six centuries and three continents, and are also highly productive in the field of creative writing. There are particular strengths in twenty-first century writing, nineteenth-century studies, drama, gothic literature, women's writing and utopian studies. English hosts two vibrant and productive research groups:

The Nineteenth Century Research Group

‌The Nineteenth-Century Research Group brings together academics within the College of Arts to further interdisciplinary inquiry into the history and culture of the long nineteenth century. Issues addressed at group meetings have included celebrity, masculinities, the rural, Digital Humanities, museum cultures, women and theology, and neo-Victorianism. We also interrogate the categories set by periodisation and disciplinarity. ‌

The group has organised two conferences at Lincoln, one on life writing and one on travel, which both led to published essay collections. The group has also pioneered interdisciplinary teaching in the humanities, through the development of research-led MA modules. The group has a strong relationship with the Tennyson Research Centre, hosted by Lincolnshire County Council, with whom we collaborate on both teaching and research.

The group also fosters connections with academics beyond the University of Lincoln, since we regularly host external speakers, as well as colleagues from Bishop Grosseteste University and independent scholars from the region. Group members are active on the committee for the Midlands Interdisciplinary Victorian Studies Seminar (MIVSS), which unites scholars across the region.

The Nineteenth-Century Research Group has a regular membership, but visitors are welcome to drop into sessions on an ad hoc basis.

Programme, News, and Events

See the Nineteenth-Century Research Group Blog for upcoming events.

We have a number of PhD students looking at different periods and aspects of the nineteenth century, and welcome applications for PhD/MPhil study.

Research Projects

Current and recent research topics from group members include:

  • Legal deposit and popular print in the nineteenth century
  • London and the fin-de-siècle diaspora of Italian anarchists
  • Maternal ideas of God in the long nineteenth century
  • Museums and biographies
  • Tennyson and his publishers
  • Victorian literature and early photography
  • Women’s life writing, 1700–1850


21st Century Research Group

The 21st Century Research Group is an interdisciplinary cluster of scholars researching aesthetic, literary, digital, cultural and environmental mediations of the 21st Century. The group provides a forum for the exchange of ideas about research issues, theories and methodologies, and encourages the promotion of opportunities for collaboration and peer support among its members. It also organises regular seminars and events such as symposia, exhibitions and conferences. Members come from disciplinary backgrounds in English, Film and Media, Performing Arts, and Art and Design.

The group has hosted the ‘What Happens Now: 21st Century Writing in English’ biennial conference series (2010, 2012, 2014), the ‘As Above So Below’ colloquium on drone culture (May 2014), and co-hosted an international symposium on the work of playwright, debbie tucker green at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre in November 2015. The next What Happens Now conference is 27-30 June 2016. Details can be found at What Happens Now: 21st Century Writing in English

For more information, please contact:

Dr Ruth Charnock rcharnock@lincoln.ac.uk