Other research activities
- Co-organiser, with Luisa Calè (English), Kate Retford (History of Art) and Anna Richards (German) of the Birkbeck Eighteenth-Century Research Group. This interdisciplinary forum brings together researchers from across a number of departments at Birkbeck to consolidate research interests in common, and to foster dialogue across disciplinary specialisations. The group's activities combine termly reading group seminars, allowing for informal discussion of work-in-progress, with a series of public lectures, workshops and international conferences.
- Co-organiser, with Andrew Asibong, Damian Catani, Akane Kamawami and Nathalie Wourm, of an international conference which took place at Birkbeck, University of London 30 June-1 July 2011: 'Visions of the "Coming Community"'
- Member of the steering committee of the Centre for Birkbeck Research in Representations of Kinship and Community.
- Co-organiser, with Professor Markman Ellis (School of English and Drama, QMUL), of an international, interdisciplinary conference entitled: Venal Bodies: Prostitutes and Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century Culture, which took place at the IGRS on 4 April 2009. Details of the programme here.
Recent conference papers
- 'Venality, Theatricality, and the Dark Side of Sociability: Le Neveu de Rameau as a Prostitution Narrative', paper given at 'The Dark Side of Diderot', 7 June 2013, Dublin (School of Languages and Literatures, UCD and Dept of French, Trinity College)
- 'Picturing "Nature": Landscape & Memory in Illustrations to Rousseau's Julie, ou La Nouvelle Héloïse (Gravelot, Marillier, Monsiau, Schall)', the Haydn Mason plenary lecture at the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies annual conference "Landscapes & Environments", Oxford (January 2012)
- 'Ecrire l'illustration? les rapports de force entre texte, légende et image dans deux séries de gravures pour La Nouvelle Héloïse ', invited speaker at the journée d'étude Ecrire l'Illustration, 3 June 2011, organised by CELIS, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont II, Clermont-Ferrand
- 'Marivaux's La Vie de Marianne: Text, Illustration, Film', paper presented at Influence: Shifting Boundaries, an international conference held 14-16 April 2011, at Reid Hall, University of Kent at Paris
- Invited speaker, Bristol University French Dept seminar (11 November 2010)
- 'Julie and her Father: Troubling Intimacies in Rousseau's La Nouvelle Héloïse and its Illustrations', paper presented as part of a panel 'Unspeakable Intimacies and Incest' (with Andrew Asibong and Akane Kawakami) at Writings of Intimacy, international conference at Loughborough University 10-12 September 2010
- Invited as guest speaker at a one-day conference on the illustrated book, organized by the Chawton House Library and Southampton University: (14 May 2010): ‘Re-viewing the text: reading text and image in illustrated editions of Rousseau’s Julie ou La Nouvelle Héloïse’
- Invited speaker at the French Department seminar at Manchester University (March, 2010): ‘Subversive Relations: Text and Image in Illustrations to Rousseau’s Julie (Gravelot, Marillier, Chodowiecki)’
- Birkbeck Eighteenth-Century Research Group: presentation and Reading Group discussion on ‘Julie and her father: text and image’ (17 November 2009)
- ‘Classifying the Prostitute in Eighteenth-Century French Fiction’, 20-minute paper, given at the Society for French Studies annual conference, Oxford 29 June - 1 July 2009. (Part of the panel entitled ‘Literature and Class 1640-1789’)
- ‘Bodies for sale: Restif de la Bretonne and the representation of the prostitute’, an hour-long paper presented at the international and interdisciplinary Eighteenth Century Young Scholars’ Seminar: The Body and Its Images: Health, Humours Illnesses, Montpellier, 2-6 July 2007. This week-long seminar was organised by the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS).
- 'Relire Mme Riccoboni au dix-neuvième siècle: une enquête péritextuelle’ – paper presented at Mme Riccoboni: une diversité décontractée, international conference at Louvain-Anvers, Belgium (18-20 May 2006)