Recent Submissions

  • Criminal Lives 1780-1925: Punishing Old Bailey Convicts

    Larissa Allwork; Robert Shoemaker; Tim Hitchcock; AHRC Digital Panopticon (London Metropolitan Archives, 2017-12-11)
    Between 1700 and 1900 the British government stopped punishing the bodies of London’s convicts and increasingly sought to exile them and/or reform their minds. From hanging, branding and whipping the response to crime shifted to transportation and imprisonment. By the nineteenth century, judges chose between two contrasting forms of punishments: exile and forced labour in Australia, or incarceration in strictly controlled ‘reformatory’ prisons at home. This exhibition, based on material from London Metropolitan Archives and the AHRC funded Digital Panopticon research project, traces the impact of punishments on individual lives. It follows the men, women and children convicted in London from their crimes and trials through to their experiences of punishment and their subsequent lives.
  • Literature 1780–1830: the Romantic Period.

    Branagh-Miscampbell, Maxine; Leonardi, Barbara; Whickman, Paul; Ward, Matthew; Halsey, Katie; University of Derby (Oxford University Press, 2018-10-29)
  • Why use mimeograph?

    Cheeseman, Matthew; University of Derby (2016)
  • Holocaust remembrance as ‘civil religion’: the case of the Stockholm Declaration.

    Allwork Larissa; University of Derby (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015-07)
  • Re-odorization, disease and emotion in mid-nineteenth century England

    Tullett, William; University of Derby (Cambridge University Press, 2018-10)
    This article argues that smell’s place in nineteenth-century medicine and public health was distinctly ambiguous. Standard narratives in the history of smell argue that smell became less important in this period whilst also arguing that urban spaces were deodorized. The causal motor for the latter shift is medical theories about odour and miasma. By contrast, this article argues that sanitary practices of circulation, ventilation, and disinfection proceeded despite, not because of, medical attitudes to smell. Surgeons and physicians argued that odours were no indicator of disease causing matter and distrusted the use of smell because of its subjective qualities and resistance to linguistic definition. Yet these qualities made smell all the more powerful in sanitary literature, where it was used to generate a powerful emotional effect on readers. Histories of smell need to attend not just to deodorization but re-odorization; the disjuncture between practices of smelling and their textual or visual representation; and chronologies that track the shelving and re-deploying of ways of sensing in different times, places, and communities rather than tracking the de novo emergence of a modern western sensorium. In mid nineteenth-century England smell retained its power, but that power now came from its rhetorical rather than epistemological force.
  • Interrogating Europe's voids of memory: trauma theory and Holocaust remembrance between the national and the transnational.

    Allwork Larissa; University of Derby (Journal of Fondazione CDEC, 2016-12-16)
    Reflecting on the research process for 'Holocaust Remembrance between the National and the Transnational' (HRNT), which explores and analyzes the significance of the European and global politics of the commemoration of the Holocaust and Nazi-era crimes in the late 1990s and 2000s, this article will consider the influence of the intellectual context of trauma theory for this book. It will offer a response to the increasing critique of Eurocentric trauma theory which developed during the period spent researching the Stockholm International Forum (SIF 2000) and the first decade of the Task Force for International Co-operation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research (ITF, now the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, IHRA). This article will discuss how a revised trauma theory, along the lines suggested by scholars such as Joshua Pederson, continues to offer important possibilities for European studies of the histories and memories of the Holocaust in singular and comparative terms.
  • Holocaust remembrance between the national and the transnational: the Stockholm International Forum and the first decade of the International Task Force.

    Allwork Larissa; University of Derby (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015-07-30)
    'Holocaust Remembrance Between the National and the Transnational' provides a key study of the remembrance of the Jewish Catastrophe and the Nazi-era past in the world arena. It uses a range of primary documentation from the restitution conferences, speeches and presentations made at the Stockholm International Forum of 2000 (SIF 2000), a global event and an attempt to mark a defining moment in the inter-cultural construction of the political and institutional memory of the Holocaust in the USA, Europe and Israel. Containing oral history interviews with delegates to the conference and contemporary press reports, this book explores the inter-relationships between global and national Holocaust remembrances.
  • Laon and Cythna and The Revolt of Islam: revisions as transition.

    Whickman, Paul; University of Derby (Taylor & Francis, 2018-10-16)
    The enforced amendments made to Laon and Cythna following its withdrawal from publication in December 1817 are generally regarded as workmanlike and prudent, sacrificing aesthetic merit in the name of compromise and self-censorship. There remain, however, few detailed readings of these modifications that go beyond subjective responses. To this end, this article offers a reading of these revisions arguing that although some are indeed functional alterations, other amendments serve thematic and aesthetic ends. One of Shelley’s most common changes, that of changing the word ‘God’ to ‘Power’, is a case in point. Since a key theme of the poem is of the collusion between political and religious tyranny, Shelley’s alteration of ‘God’ to ‘Power’ makes this connection more explicit. From this, this article concludes that these revisions signal, analogously at the very least, a transitioning point in Shelley’s thought and career. Whereas Queen Mab (1813) refers explicitly to ‘God’, later works such as Prometheus Unbound (1820) settle upon the term ‘Power’. The fact that we see Shelley move from one to the other between Laon and Cythna and The Revolt of Islam is therefore significant.
  • White t-shirt, black marker: mapping the undergraduate body.

    Cheeseman, Matthew; University of Sheffield (2008)
    A film about students in Sheffield.
  • Night after night: costume and performance amongst Sheffield Students.

    Cheeseman, Matthew; University of Sheffield (2008)
    A film about students in Sheffield. Shown at the 9th SIEF Congress, University of Ulster.
  • Noise and dissonance.

    Cheeseman, Matthew; Kilby, Nick; University of Sheffield (Article and PlastiCities, 2013)
    An audio tape documenting a ritual séance for a Throbbing Gristle performance held at the Now Society, University of Sheffield Students' Union. The séance was directed by the artist Nick Kilby. The tape was published with an essay.
  • Swaying for the lens: the Haxey Hood.

    Cheeseman, Matthew; Fournier, Laurence; University of Sheffield (University of Sheffield, 2014)
    On January 6th a collective game is played in Haxey, a village in the north of England. Two teams ritually compete for a leather cylinder called the hood. Twelve officials known as the boggins are in charge of the day's activities. They all wear red clothes and two of them also wear extravagant hats decorated with feathers and badges. A thirteenth character, the Haxey fool, is dressed in rags. He plays the most prominent part in the ritual, delivering a speech to the people near the church before the game begins. The game is contested between two neighbouring wards: Westwoodside and Haxey. After a lot of drinking, singing and speeches a large scrum of bodies from both wards form around the hood and they attempt to 'sway' it into one of the local pubs. Often interpreted as chaotic and wild, the film also shows the fun people experience whilst participating. The scrum usually lasts for hours, beginning at 3pm and ending long after the night has fallen. The Haxey hood can be connected with other English and European carnivalesque rituals, which traditionally began on January 6th. The game is interesting because it shows a dialectic relation between wilderness and civilisation. It also shows how drinking culture was traditionally incorporated to rituals, and therefore wasn't really seen as a health and security problem like it is today. The film is notable in demonstrating the heavily mediated aspects of traditional games, from the participants and the local and national media (and folklorists).
  • On rigidity, Reus and Reich.

    Cheeseman, Matthew; University of Derby (2016)
  • Recalling the structure.

    Cheeseman, Matthew; University of Derby (Spirit Duplicator, 2017)
    Part of the collaborative archaeology of the imaginary building excavated for the book.
  • The journal of imaginary research. Volume 3.

    Cheeseman, Matthew; Guccione, Kay; University of Derby (NATCECT, 2018)
  • The British Espernatist 10.

    Bareham, Paul; Cheeseman, Matthew; University of Derby (Spirit Duplicator, 2018)
  • Introduction to John Gibbons

    Cheeseman, Matthew; University of Derby (Czech Museum of Fine Art, 2003)
  • Introduction

    Cheeseman, Matthew; University of Derby (Flowers, 2003)
  • In absence of the smoky god.

    Cheeseman, Matthew; University of Derby (2014)
    Essay to accompany Matt Stokes' solo show at Site.
  • Florian Roithmayr, the authority of other scientists.

    Cheeseman, Matthew; University of Derby (Motinternational, 2015)
    Essay to accompany Florian Roithmayr’s shows at MOTINTERNATIONAL and Site.

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