Dr Emily Bell is Research Associate in Digital Humanities at Loughborough University and an editor for the Dickens Letters Project.

She is also part of the Oceanic Exchanges project. Dr Bell is working on the Oxford edition of Dickens’ later short stories with Michael Slater for Oxford UP, editing Dickens After Dickens for White Rose UP, and co-editing a special issue of Victoriographies for the 150th anniversary of Dickens’ death.


Louise Creechan is an AHRC-funded PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. Her PhD project aims to challenge the perception of illiteracy in the Victorian novel as a homogenous experience and will consider the representation and significance of characters who are marked as illiterate for a multitude of reasons, such as disability, learning difficulty, lack of access to education, or rejection of education. It will examine the wider significance of illiterate representation in relation to the formal anxieties of the novel, contemporary educational reform and practice, class tensions, and the understanding of disability.


Dr Karin Koehler is a Lecturer in 19th Century Literature at Bangor University. Her monograph, Thomas Hardy and Victorian Communication, was published in 2016. She has also published on Hardy’s short stories, Victorian valentines, the relationship between fiction and sex education, and handwriting analysis. She is the editor of the Thomas Hardy Journal and Hardy Society Journal. At the moment, she is working on a monograph project exploring the relationship between poetry and the postal service. She is also editing a primary source collection on nineteenth-century communications.



Professor John Bowen, University of York

John Bowen is Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature at the University of York and a Fellow of the English Association. His publications include Other Dickens: Pickwick to Chuzzlewit (OUP, 2000), Palgrave Advances in Charles Dickens Studies (co-edited with Professor Robert L. Patten, 2005) as well as editions of Anthony Trollope’s Phineas Redux (Oxford World’s Classics, 2011) and Barchester Towers (Oxford World’s Classics, 2014).

He has served as President of the Dickens Fellowship and of the Dickens Society and as Co-Director of the University of California Dickens Project. He is currently  editing Bleak House for Norton and writing Reading Dickens for CUP. 

Douglas Dodds, V&A

Douglas Dodds is a Senior Curator in the Word and Image Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He is responsible for developing the Department’s digital art collections, which range from early computer art to recent born-digital works. 

V&A exhibitions and displays include Chance and Control: Art in the Age of Computers (2018-); Barbara Nessim: An Artful Life (2013); and Digital Pioneers (2009-10). 
Douglas curated a much-expanded version of the Barbara Nessim exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center, New York City (2014).

He also leads a project to digitise the Department’s prints, drawings, paintings and photograph collections. Other V&A projects include Deciphering Dickens, the aim of which is to make the author’s manuscripts more accessible online.

Douglas is a Trustee of Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books. He chairs the associated Seven Stories Collection Trust.

Professor Aileen Douglas, Trinity College Dublin

Professor Aileen Douglas’s research and teaching interests centre on the writing of the long eighteenth century; on the novel; print culture; Irish writing; women’s writing, and the disciplinary history of English studies. Underlying connections between these diverse areas of study are her theoretical concerns with somatic experience and literary representation, with literary form, and with the history of writing.

Recent publications include Work in Hand: Script, Print, and Writing, 1690-1840 (Oxford UP, 2017), which deals with the interaction of manual writing and print. The book gives particular attention to the reproduction of script through printed engraving; to concepts of the copy and the autograph; and to constructions of the author. 

Professor Matthew Eddy, Durham University

Professor Matthew Eddy is Durham’s chair and professor in the history and philosophy of science. He studies the cultural factors that contributed to the rise of modern science. His teaching and research address the historical emergence of scientific forms of objectivity, observation and representation from the Enlightenment forward. He is currently finalising a book entitled Rewriting Reason: The Art and Science of Student Notebooks during the Scottish Enlightenment.

He has worked at Princeton, Harvard, MIT, UCLA, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin) and Caltech. His research has been supported through grants or fellowships awarded by the British Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Royal Society of London, the Wellcome Trust, the Huntington Library, the Mellon Foundation and Durham’s Institute for Advanced Study.

Professor Matthew Rubery, Queen Mary University London

Professor Matthew Rubery‘s work focuses on modern literature, media, and reading practices. Originally from Texas, he joined Queen Mary in 2010 after teaching in Leeds and Philadelphia for a number of years and completing his doctorate at Harvard. His first book, The Novelty of Newspapers: Victorian Fiction after the Invention of the News (Oxford UP, 2009), was awarded the European Society for the Study of English Book Award for Junior Scholars. His subsequent books include the essay collection Audiobooks, Literature, and Sound Studies (Routledge, 2011) and the anthology Secret Commissions: An Anthology of Victorian Investigative Journalism (Broadview, 2012). His latest book is titled The Untold Story of the Talking Book (Harvard UP, 2016).

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