I am pleased to announce that Professor John Gardner has won a Leverhulme Fellowship. The initial details of this are below. Updates on his project will follow.
My Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship, ‘Turning the Screw: Literature, Technology and Culture’, begins on 1 February 2020. This interdisciplinary project analyses how engineering and literature engaged from the invention of the screwcutting lathe in 1798 until the Great Exhibition of 1851 when the results of experimentation, replication, and standardisation were showcased. My research examines the debt these beginnings of the modern world owe to labouring and literary cultures. My argument is that literary forms and standards influenced engineering and, in turn, engineering influenced literature. The Leverhulme Trust have enabled me to analyse links between engineering and literary cultures with this fellowship.
Over the past few months, I’ve been researching the work of Victorian social reformer Josephine Butler. In a recent blog post for The Shiloh Project, I suggest how the theological strategies she uses to interpret the Bible from the perspective of the oppressed offer useful tools for grappling with what it means to break institutional silences around abuse and reach beyond the platitudes of easy forgiveness. Click here to see the post.
I will be discussing my current research on Butler at St Andrews’s Institute for Theology, Imagination on November 15th in a talk entitled ‘Prayer, Praxis, and Christology in Josephine Butler’s Catherine of Siena: A Biography (1878).’ The details of this are here.
I will be giving a paper on Christina Rossetti and the Oxford Movement as part of this symposium at Oriel College, Oxford. Please see the poster below for details.
Tractarians and Oxford Movement symposium