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‘Brexit, Settler Colonialism, and Utopia’: New SouthHem Publication
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‘Brexit, Settler Colonialism, and Utopia’: New SouthHem Publication

Porscha Fermanis, ‘Brexit, Erewhon, and Utopia’, Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historique (2021): https://www.berghahnjournals.com/view/journals/historical-reflections/47/2/hrrh470208.xml Abstract: Viewing Brexit as part of a longer history of Anglo-Saxon racial and cultural exceptionalism, this article reflects on what Samuel Butler’s satirical novel Erewhon, or Over the Range (1872) can tell us about the utopian…

‘Queering the Imperial Romance’: New SouthHem Publication
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‘Queering the Imperial Romance’: New SouthHem Publication

Porscha Fermanis, ‘Queering the Imperial Romance: Settler Colonialism, Heteronormativity, and Interracial Intimacy in Sygurd Wiśniowski’s Tikera’, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, 17.3 (2021): http://ncgsjournal.com/issue173/PDFs/fermanis.pdf Abstract: Building on the idea of queer studies as a ‘subjectless’ critique that has no fixed political referent,…

Southern Lives Workshop
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Southern Lives Workshop

On 6-7 December 2021, Sarah Comyn and Porscha Fermanis (UCD/SouthHem) will be presenting a paper at the Southern Lives Workshop at the Centre for Life Writing, University of Oxford. Organised by Elleke Boehmer and Katherine Collins, this workshop will bring…

‘Global Commodity Chains and Indigenous Labour’: New SouthHem Publication
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‘Global Commodity Chains and Indigenous Labour’: New SouthHem Publication

Megan Kuster, ‘Global Commodity Chains and Local Use-Value: William Colenso, Natural History Collecting and Indigenous Labour’, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 22.2 (2021): https://muse.jhu.edu/article/801550 This essay explores both Indigenous responses to natural history collecting in nineteenth-century colonial New Zealand,…

UCD Empire & Ecologies Conference
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UCD Empire & Ecologies Conference

Part of the UCD Environmental Humanities network, the Empire & Ecologies conference took place online on 1 & 2 July 2021, and examined transimperial, transhistorical, and transregional natures from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century. Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Comyn…

‘Aboriginal Mobilities and Colonial Serial Fiction’: New SouthHem Publication
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‘Aboriginal Mobilities and Colonial Serial Fiction’: New SouthHem Publication

Sarah Galletly, ‘Aboriginal Mobilities and Colonial Serial Fiction’, Australian Literary Studies 36.1 (2021): https://www.australianliterarystudies.com.au/articles/aboriginal-mobilities-and-colonial-serial-fiction Abstract: This article combines Indigenous mobility studies with recent work on seriality and periodical form to examine how the structural necessities of serialised periodical fiction reinforced…

‘British Worlds, Southern Latitudes, and Hemispheric Methods’: New SouthHem Open Access Publication
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‘British Worlds, Southern Latitudes, and Hemispheric Methods’: New SouthHem Open Access Publication

Sarah Comyn and Porscha Fermanis, ‘Rethinking nineteenth-century literary culture: British worlds, southern latitudes and hemispheric methods’, Journal of Commonwealth Literature (2021): https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0021989420982013 Abstract Drawing on hemispheric, oceanic, and southern theory approaches, this article argues for the value of considering the…

SouthHem Seminar Series Feb-April 2020
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SouthHem Seminar Series Feb-April 2020

SouthHem Seminar Series 2019-2021 Our seminar series for 2019-2021 has two themes: 1. Indigenous Knowledge-Brokers, Natural History Collecting, and Environment; and 2. Periodical and Media Studies Below is a list of speakers for February-April 2020. Further speakers and details will…

‘Romantic Geopolitics in Robert Southey’s “History of Brazil”‘: New Publication
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‘Romantic Geopolitics in Robert Southey’s “History of Brazil”‘: New Publication

British Creoles: Nationhood, Identity, and Romantic Geopolitics in Robert Southey’s History of Brazil Porscha Fermanis, The Review of English Studies, 19 July 2019 Full Text Available Here: https://doi.org/10.1093/res/hgz068 https://academic.oup.com/res/article/doi/10.1093/res/hgz068/5536347/ Abstract  This essay considers the nationalist preoccupations underpinning Robert Southey’s three-volume History of Brazil (1810–1819),…

Mining Fiction in the Colonial Southern Hemisphere, 1820-1870
Case Studies

Mining Fiction in the Colonial Southern Hemisphere, 1820-1870

Mining Fiction in the Colonial Southern Hemisphere, 1820-1870 Dr. Susan Leavy Library catalogues contain a wealth of cultural information, particularly in the nineteenth century when circulating libraries were an important source of popular literature for middle and working-class readers. This…

Indigenous Encounters in Colonial Periodical Fiction, 1840-1890
Case Studies

Indigenous Encounters in Colonial Periodical Fiction, 1840-1890

Indigenous Encounters in Colonial Periodical Fiction, 1840s-1890s Dr. Sarah Galletly (UCD) This case study challenges the critical assumption that Indigenous cultures are rarely represented in the popular fiction of colonial Australia. This assumption largely derives from the study of novels,…

Malay and Chinese Readers in Nineteenth-Century Singapore
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Malay and Chinese Readers in Nineteenth-Century Singapore

In 1878, the President of the Straits Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, Archdeacon Hose, noted ‘a not too keen appetite for reading’ among the Malay population in Singapore, concluding that with the advent of printed books ‘manuscripts (never very…

Digital Cultures, Big Data and Society
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Digital Cultures, Big Data and Society

On 15-16 February 2018, the SouthHem team attended a conference on “Digital Cultures, Big Data and Society” organized by Prof. Emilie Pine, UCD School of English, Drama and Film. Industrial Memories Before raising some of the ideas that emerged from…

Institutions of Literature: Networks
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Institutions of Literature: Networks

The SouthHem team recently participated in a two-day workshop on the subject, “Institutions as Networks” held by the AHRC-funded ‘Institutions of Literature, 1700-1900’ research network. The diverse range of papers and the productive closing roundtable raised numerous questions of pertinence to…

De-territorializing Britishness In Colonial South Africa
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De-territorializing Britishness In Colonial South Africa

  In his landmark study of the idea of ‘Greater Britain’ in imperial discourse, Duncan Bell identified three different meanings ascribed to the term by nineteenth century political thinkers after 1870. In some conceptions, it included the ‘totality of the…

A report from the Victorian gold fields
Case Studies

A report from the Victorian gold fields

How do you establish the existence of a literary institution’s collection when none of the early records have survived? How can you trace the circulation of books without a catalogue or accession records? How do you determine the way an…

Due South: New Directions in Southern Thinking
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Due South: New Directions in Southern Thinking

In his 2008 article for the Australian Humanities Review ‘Keys to the South’, Kevin Murray offers three frameworks for thinking about ‘Southness’: the Southern Hemisphere, the Global South, and the Colonised South. Most obviously, the Southern Hemisphere refers, in a…

The Southern Colonies and Political Economy
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The Southern Colonies and Political Economy

For economic critics of empire, the cost of acquiring and maintaining colonies far exceeded their benefits. An emphasis on the priority of the domestic over the foreign market, for example, is central not only to Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations…

Interrogating Commodity Cultures: Exploring Global Connections
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Interrogating Commodity Cultures: Exploring Global Connections

On Friday 5 May the SouthHem team attended a fascinating inter-disciplinary conference on commodity cultures organised by Dr. Fariha Shaikh at University College Dublin. The plenary paper was given by Michael Niblett, Assistant Professor in Modern World Literature at the…

Newspaper poetry and Anglophone Print Culture in the Cape colony
Case Studies

Newspaper poetry and Anglophone Print Culture in the Cape colony

This case study focuses on the literary culture of the Cape Colony during the 1820s. Cape Town in the 1820s was establishing an Anglophone ‘bourgeois public sphere’ that accompanied the socio-economic transformation that followed the departure of the Dutch in…

‘Zoning in’ on Geographies of Empire
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‘Zoning in’ on Geographies of Empire

In Culture and Imperialism (1993), Edward Said argues that empire rests on crucial spatial and geographical mappings that involve a ‘hierarchy of spaces’. For Said, the struggle over space is ‘complex and interesting because it is not only about soldiers…

Library Catalogue Glosses
Library Catalogues

Library Catalogue Glosses

The Book Catalogues of the Southern Hemisphere (BCSH) database aims to provide an explanatory gloss on each of the nearly 500 surviving auction, bookseller, and library catalogues pertaining to the British-controlled Southern Hemisphere and Straits Settlements. These brief glosses will…

The Singapore Library, 1845-1873
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The Singapore Library, 1845-1873

The Singapore Library forms just one small part of our larger, cross-regional study of how the holdings of libraries in the colonial southern hemisphere and Straits Settlements changed over space and time, but this case study is especially important for…

SouthHem Library Catalogue Database
Library Catalogues

SouthHem Library Catalogue Database

In order to examine how the nature of book holdings changed over space and time in the colonial Southern Hemisphere and Straits Settlements in the nineteenth century, we are creating a database of Book Catalogues in the Southern Hemisphere (BCSH)….