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Martineau Society Conference 2017: final programme

Martineau Society Annual Meeting 2017 

24th – 27th July 2016

 The Mercure Royal Hotel, Hull.

Conference Programme

Monday 24th July

From 14.00      Arrival and Registration

17.00 – 18.00   Committee Meeting

18.30    Dinner and Lecture. Dr Nick Evans, University of Hull. ‘Female Agency and the fight against the Slave Trade – the case of Hull.’

Tuesday 25th July

9.30 – 10.15 Iain Crawford: Transatlantic Exchanges: Harriet Martineau and The Southern Rose

10.15 – 11.00   John Warren: Harriet Martineau reasonably close to Hull: the medium and the message of her children’s story The Settlers at Home (1841)

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 – 12.15 Stuart Hobday: Charlotte Brontë and Harriet Martineau

12.15 –1.00pm   John Vint:  Demerara: Harriet Martineau and the Political Economy of Slavery


1400    Afternoon Trail – Hull’s Old Town and Museum Quarter

18.30    Dinner and Quiz

Wednesday 26th July

9.30 – 10.15 Carol Chilton: The Early Education of Harriet Martineau and Florence Nightingale

10.15 – 11.00 Keiko Funaki: Harriet Martineau’s feminist economics in Female Industry.

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 Martineau Society AGM – for Agenda click here

13.00 Lunch

14.00   Afternoon Trail – train to Beverley to see the Minster, and Wednesday Market

18.30   Dinner and Auction

Thursday 27th July

10.00 – 10.45   Elisabeth Sanders Arbuckle: Harriet Martineau and her Nephews

10.45 – 11.30   Sue Brown: Julia Wedgwood and Harriet Martineau; a study in disillusionment.

12.00 Conference close and buffet lunch.

Harriet Martineau Lecture, 26 May 2017, Norwich

The Harriet Martineau Lecture is held in Norwich annually, celebrating the legacy of this remarkable, world-changing woman by inviting globally-renowned radical writers to respond to her life and work.

This year’s Harriet Martineau Lecture will be given two of Mexico’s finest journalists, Lydia Cacho and Anabel Hernández, who will describe their international campaign to lay bare the shocking corruption and violence of the government. Their work has resulted in the persecution of their families, attacks on their homes and a persistent threat to their lives; in fact, almost one hundred Mexican journalists have been murdered for trying to speak the same truth to power.

Cacho and Hernández’s determination to change the world’s view of Mexico and heal the country’s many sorrows draws strong parallels with Harriet Martineau, who wrote openly against discrimination, slavery and corruption in Britain and the US.

Click here for details

Encounters with Harriet Martineau, seminar, March 8th 2017, Birmingham

This is a Cadbury Research Library event for International Women’s Day. Our very own Stuart Hobday will look at the personal side of Martineau’s life and her influence on other Victorian luminaries such as Charles Darwin and George Eliot, drawing on his new book ‘Encounters with Harriet Martineau’ (Unbound, 2016)

Please click here for information about  the seminar .

Martineau Society Conference 2017

This year we shall be going to Hull, a place which doesn’t have any direct Martineau connections, but which does have a fascinating eighteenth and nineteenth-century history, and important links with the history of slavery through one of its most famous sons, William Wilberforce. As you know, abolition of slavery was a major interest of Harriet Martineau. You may also have noticed that Hull is the UK City of Culture for 2017; so it’s an ideal year for you to see the city at its liveliest.

The conference will, as usual, be a mixture of papers, trails and social events. It will also be a good opportunity to learn about other people who visited the area or lived here for a while. These include Lewis Carroll (who may have been inspired by the ‘Messenger Rabbit’ figure in St Mary’s Church), Charles Dickens (who gave readings in the main theatre), Queen Victoria (who stayed in our conference hotel in 1854 and whose statue is in Victoria Square), Mary Wollstonecraft who grew up in Beverley, and sensation novelist Mary Elizabeth Braddon who performed on stage in both Hull and Beverley.

For further details and a registration form for the 2017 conference click here