Presentations

Keynotes and solo papers

  • ‘Kinship and kenosis: Christina Rossetti’s originary grace’, The Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English, Queen Mary, University of London, 2017.
  • “Critical Vulnerability and the Weakness of Poetry”, Neurosis, Poetry, and the Present, Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2017.
  • ‘Weak thinking, weak reading: poiesis, politics, and compassion’, Departament de Ciències Polítiques i Socials, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 2016.
  • ‘Considering the lilies: Christina Rossetti’s ecological Jesus’, The Figure of Christ in the Long Nineteenth-Century, Anglia Ruskin, 2016.
  • ‘Vote Ficus! Thinking with Plants’, The Warwick Writing Program, University of Warwick, 2016.
  • ‘What is called plant thinking’, Research Seminar, Department of English & Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick, 2016.
  • ‘Spiritual anxiety’, The Unorthodox Orthodoxy: Catholicism, Modernisms and the Avant-Garde, University of Notre-Dame, London, 2015.
  • ‘Sacramental commons: ecology as sympathy in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’Coleridge Conference, 2015.
  • ‘Green Grace: Christina Rossetti’s ecological vision’, Victorian Seminar, University of Oxford, 2015.
  • ‘Everyday elegy: mourning and redemption in Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic’, Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature & The Arts, University of Warwick, 2015.
  • ‘Should we still read Heidegger?’ Philosophy and Literature Society, University of Warwick, 2014.
  • ‘Did Rossetti hear the whales sing? Ecology and Belief in Victorian poetry’, Midlands Victorian Seminar, 2014.
  • ‘Rossetti’s Discernment’, with Mark Knight, Nineteenth Century Seminar, University of Cambridge, 2014.
  • ‘Storm-Flash: Jack Clemo’s reading of grace’, Kindling the Scarp: A Jack Clemo Conference, Wheal Martyn, Cornwall, 2013
  • ‘Feeling Rhythmic’, Poetry and the Emotions, University of Warwick, 2013.
  • ‘Forgiving the Victorians’, Gladstone Centre for Victorian Studies, The Gladstone Library, December, 2013.
  • ‘Hearing grace in the Lyrical Ballads’, Coleridge Conference, Kilve, 2012.
  • ‘Rhythmic Massacre: Jack Clemo’s Poetics of Pain’, Paranoia and Pain: Embodied in Psychology, Literature and Bioscience, University of Liverpool, 2012.
  • ‘“Being’s Poem: Wordsworth’s rhythm of forgiveness’, Religious Identities in Literature, University of Warwick, 2011.
  • ‘Being with emotion: the poetics of communal subjectivity’, Sympathies and Antipathies, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge, 2009.
  • ‘“A kind of elegy”: Elizabeth Jennings’ “Waking to the Sea,”’ Brookes Poetry Centre, Seminar Series, Oxford Brookes, 2007.
  • Respondent for Reading Daniel Deronda, University of Bristol, 2007.
  • ‘Dickensian feeling and the new cool’, Research Seminar, University of Maryland, 2007.
  • ‘“Rice, bees, tulips, dogs”: Donna Haraway and Wordsworth’s organic theology’, Centre for Research in Literature and Culture, Roehampton University, 2006.
  • Closing respondent for The Eighteenth Century Now: Recent and Future Directions, British Society for Eighteenth-century Studies and the Centre for Eighteenth-century Studies, University of York, 2006.
  • ‘Dickens and Mrs Crocodile’, Rethinking Sentimentality, University of London, 2006.
  • ‘‘“Over-dazzled by emotion”: how much is too much?’ Victorian Passions, City University of New York, 2005.
  • ‘What is the value of celebrity?’ A Cultural History of Celebrity, Humanities Research Centre, University of Warwick, 2005.
  • ‘Settled quiet: Wordsworth’s forms of feeling’, Staff Seminar, University of Sheffield, 2005.
  • ‘Spasmodic Crises and Feminised Feeling’, Gender and Literature Seminar, University of Cambridge, 2004.
  • ‘Romantic Affection’, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Symposium, The British Academy, London, 2004.
  • ‘Engaging our affections: Anna Barbauld’s religious feelings’, Enlightenment, Gender and Religion Colloquium, University of London, 2004.
  • ‘Syrupy Pathos and Spilt Religion: “Feeling” Romantic to Modern’, The History and Representation of the Emotions Seminar, University of Warwick, 2004.
  • ‘Holy and Fervent Love! Poetry as Feeling 1775-1893’, Victorian Studies Group, Rutgers University, New Jersey, 2003.
  • ‘Re-associating Sensibility and Re-thinking T. S. Eliot’, Cardiff Critical and Cultural Theory Seminar, University of Wales-Cardiff, 2003.
  • ‘How to read “Porphyria’s Lover,”’ Oxford University Outreach Project, Liverpool, 2002.
  • ‘Anna Barbauld’s 1811’, Enlightenment and Romanticism Seminar, Institute of English Studies, London, 2002.
  • ‘“Affection’s hallowed spell”: Felicia Hemans’ Religious Feeling’, English Staff Seminar, Kingston University, 2002.
  • ‘Felicia Hemans’ “Impassioned Voice,”’ Romantic Realignments Seminar, University College, Oxford, 2002.
  • ‘Christina Rossetti’s Poetics of Reserve’, Midlands Interdisciplinary Victorian Studies Seminar, University of Birmingham, 2001.

Panel papers

  • ‘Theopoetics as Ecopoetics? Thinking the Earth through poetic affect’, roundtable discussion with Rhian Williams and David Borthwick, Lines in the Sand: Borders, Conflicts and Transitions in Religion, Literature and Culture, University of Glasgow, 2016.
  • ‘Elegizing nothing: Barthes’s neutral’, Barthes 100, Cardiff University, 2015.
  • ‘“Whales and all that move in the waters”: Christina Rossetti’s ecology of grace’, Victorian Sustainability, British Association of Victorian Studies, University of Kent, 2014.
  • ‘Ecology with religion: kinship in John Clare’, John Clare in Space, Oxford Brookes, 2014.
  • ‘The torments of religious speech: Christopher Smart’s Jubilate Agno’, Materialities of Reading panel, British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, University of Oxford, 2014.
  • ‘Poetry and Forgiveness’, Seminar leader, The Hospitable Text: New Approaches to Religion and Literature, Notre Dame Centre, London, 2011.
  • ‘Theopoetics: Saving the Text’, with Mark Knight, North American Association of Victorian Studies/British Association of Victorian Studies, University of Cambridge, 2009.
  • ‘Chalk-drawn forms: reciprocal scansion and the Lyrical Ballads’, with Rhian Williams, Metre Matters, University of Exeter, 2008.
  • ‘Apocalyptic renewal in Alastor’, Shelley’s Legacies, University College, Oxford, 2007.
  • ‘Spiritual sensation: the affective vision of Blake’s Job’, Blake 250, University of York, 2007.
  • ‘Esther’s Seven Years’, British Association of Victorian Studies, University of Liverpool, 2006.
  • ‘Forgiveness in Wordsworth’s “The Thorn,”’ Romanticism’s Debatable Lands, British Association of Romantic Studies, University of Newcastle, 2005.
  • ‘Sustaining the Visionary Gleam: Wordsworth’s Religious Feelings’, Religion and Romanticism, Oxford Brookes, 2005.
  • ‘“Surprised by Joy”: Historicising the Immaterial’, Romanticism, History and Historicism, University of Wales-Aberystwyth, 2004.
  • Emma Mason and Jon Roberts, ‘No longer talking of what is Good and Evil or of what is Right or Wrong, but conversing with Eternal Realities as they exist in the Human Imagination’, Blake and the Bible, Trinity College, Oxford, 2003.
  • ‘“Holy marvels done by strong affection”: Religion and Romance in the Records of Woman’, Love and Romanticism, Oxford Brookes, 2003.
  • ‘Victorian Religions’ Roundtable, organised with Mark Knight, The Age of Experiments 1800-1900, British Association for Victorian Studies, University of Wales-Aberystwyth, 2003.
  • ‘“Affectionate without disquietude”: Unruffling Wordsworth’, Romantic Conflict, British Association for Romantic Studies, University of Warwick, 2003.
  • ‘“More a passion than a power”: Thinking about Feeling in Women’s Poetry 1770-1830’, Women’s Writing in Britain 1660-1830, Chawton House Library, 2003.
  • ‘“Her Silence Speaks”: Adelaide Procter’s Poetic Reserve’, John Keble in Context, Keble College, Oxford, 2003.
  • ‘Radical Religious Feeling’, Radical Soul Conference, Loughborough University, 2002.
  • ‘Felicia Hemans’ Lyrical Faith: Rereading Gush’, The 1830s, Salford University, 2002.
  • ‘The Decay of Religious Pain’, Locating the Victorians: Pain and Pleasure Panel, London Science Museum, 2001.
  • ‘A Sort of Aesthetico-Catholic Revival’: Christina Rossetti, Ritual Ceremony and Christ Church, London’, The Rossettis: Cosmopolitans in Victorian London, Cambridge University, 2001.
  • ‘Figuring Romantic Sublimity in Emily Brontë’s Prison Poems’, Inventions of Death: Literature, Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, University of Warwick, 2001.
  • ‘“The Clue to the Brontës?”’ Tensions and Interconnections Between Religion and the Novel, University of Reading, 2000.
  • ‘Forming Religious Cultures in Nineteenth-century Women’s Writing’, Victorian Cultures, British Association for Victorian Studies, University of Hertfordshire, 2000.
  • ‘Emily Brontë’s Enthusiasm’, Romantic (Re)vision, 1780-1830, English Faculty, Oxford University, 2000.
  • ‘Newman, Rossetti and the Anti-Christ’, Romantic Revelations, British Association for Romantic Studies, Keele University, 1999.
  • ‘Methodist Enthusiasm and the Poetry of Emily Brontë’, MLA: Victorian Religions National Conference of the Modern Language Association of America, San Francisco, 1998.
  • ‘John Wesley’s Haunting of Emily Brontë’, Spectres of Romanticism, British Association for Romantic Studies, University of Liverpool, 1998.
  • ‘Screening God:  The image of the chancel screen in Herbert and Rossetti’, Urgent Issues in Early Modern Studies, University of Wales-Bangor, 1997.
  • ‘Emily Brontë’s Methodist Poetics’, English Literature Symposium, University of Wisconsin Madison, 1996.
  • ‘Spectral girls: Balzac’s The Girl with the Golden Eyes and Gautier’s Mademoiselle de Maupin’, Homospectrality: The Haunting of Culture by Queerness, University of Warwick, 1996.