Kate Fullagar is an Associate Professor of Modern History at Macquarie University. She is the author of The Savage Visit: New World Peoples and Popular Imperial Culture in Britain 1710-1795 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012) and The Warrior, the Voyager, and the Artist: Three Lives in an Age of Empire (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019). She is the editor of The Atlantic World in the Antipodes: Effects and Transformations since the Eighteenth Century (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012) and, with Michael McDonnell, Facing Empire: Indigenous Experiences in a Revolutionary Age (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018). Kate has held visiting fellowships at York, Duke, Yale, and Princeton universities. She is the Lead Chief Investigator on an ARC Linkage Project with the National Portrait Gallery called ‘Facing New Worlds.’


Sasha Handley
is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Manchester. Her work focuses on histories of daily life (especially sleep), material culture and supernatural belief. Her books include Sleep in Early Modern England (2016) and Visions of an Unseen World: Ghost Beliefs and Ghost Stories in Eighteenth-Century England (2007). Sasha also co-curated the exhibition ‘Magic, Witches and Devils in the Early Modern World’ with Dr Jenny Spinks in 2016 at the John Rylands Library.


Eugenia Zuroski
 is Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University and Editor of the journal Eighteenth-Century Fiction. Her book A Taste for China: English Subjectivity and the Prehistory of Orientalism was published by Oxford University Press in 2013 and issued in paperback in 2018. She has recently contributed articles to the collection Writing China: Essays on the Amherst Embassy (1816) and Sino-British Cultural RelationsJournal18; and the forthcoming special issue of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation on “The Novel as Theory.” Her current book project, “A Funny Thing: The Exotic Detail in Eighteenth-Century Britain,” is supported by an Insight Grant from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.


Early Career Researcher Keynote – TBC

Aspiring to deliver a keynote lecture at a major international conference? Here’s your chance! We’d like to invite early career researchers to propose a keynote lecture addressing the conference theme. This scheme is open to all topics and areas of expertise in literary/humanities studies broadly defined, and to researchers who are in regular university employment as well as those who are not. Applicants must:

  • have an outstanding research track record relative to opportunity;
  • be within 5 years after award of the PhD (extended to 7 if not in stable university employment or with a significant career interruption).

To apply, please submit a proposed title, 300-400 word abstract, a bio, and a CV (3 pages max) to

In making a selection diversity and the presence of under-represented groups will be recognised, as well as the spectrum of existing keynotes at the conference. We also reserve the right to seek third-party testimony as to the researcher’s capacity to speak and deliver scholarly presentations.

The winner will deliver the proposed keynote lecture, with flights, accommodation and registration covered.

The deadline for early career researcher keynote proposals is 1 November 2019.