Confirmed keynote speakers:

Heather Love (University of Pennsylvania)

Heather Love received her A.B. from Harvard and her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Her research interests include gender studies and queer theory, the literature and culture of modernity, affect studies, film and visual culture, psychoanalysis, race and ethnicity, sociology and literature, disability studies, and critical theory. She is the author of Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History (Harvard, 2007), the editor of a special issue of GLQ on the scholarship and legacy of Gayle Rubin (“Rethinking Sex”), and the co-editor of a special issue of New Literary History (“Is There Life after Identity Politics?). A book of her essays and lectures has just come out in Taiwan (Queer Affect Politics: Selected Essays by Heather Love, ed. Jen-Peng Liu, ShenLou Press). She has current projects on new readings methods in literary studies, the sociologist Erving Goffman, and pedagogy, mentorship, and generations in queer studies.

Sharon Marcus (Columbia University)

Sharon Marcus specializes in nineteenth-century British and French literature and culture, and teaches courses on the 19th-century novel in England and France, particularly in relation to the history of urbanism and architecture; gender and sexuality studies; narrative theory; and 19th-century theater and performance.  She is the author of Apartment Stories: City and Home in Nineteenth-Century Paris and London (University of California Press, 1999), which received an honorable mention for the MLA Scaglione Prize for best book in comparative literature, and Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England (Princeton: 2007), which has been translated into Spanish and won the Perkins Prize for best study of narrative, the Albion prize for best book on Britain after 1800, the Alan Bray Memorial award for best book in queer studies, a Lambda Literary award for best book in LGBT studies.  With Stephen Best, she recently edited a special issue of Representations on “The Way We Read Now.”  Recent publications include essays in PMLA, Victorian Studies,Social ResearchTheatre SurveyThe Blackwell Companion to Comparative Literature, and The Cambridge History of Victorian Literature.  The recipient of Fulbright, Woodrow Wilson, and ACLS fellowships, and, at Columbia, a Gerry Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award, she is currently writing a book about theatrical celebrity in the nineteenth century.

Gillian Russell (Australian National University)

Gillian Russell is Professor of English in the School of Cultural Inquiry, in the College of Arts and Social Sciences in The Australian National University where she has taught since 1991.  She holds a BA Hons from The Queen’s University Belfast and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Her first monograph, The Theatres of War: Performance, Politics and Society 1793-1815, came out with Oxford University Press in 1995 and she has published widely on such diverse topics as military camps in the eighteenth century, gambling by upper-class women, adultery in Jane Austen’s fiction, and the behaviour of servants in the Georgian theatre. She was an associate editor of An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age(gen.editor Iain McCalman, Oxford, 1999) and co-editor, with Clara Tuite, ofRomantic Sociability: Social Networks and Literary Culture in Britain, 1770-1840 (Cambridge, 2002).  Her monograph Women, Sociability, and Theatre in Georgian London was published by Cambridge University Press in 2007. Since 2010 she has been working as an Australian Research Council professorial fellow on a project concerning print culture and sociability in Romantic period Britain and Australia.