This Tuesday the second Research Buffet is taking place in the Dowrick Suite. The details for the event are as follows:
Speakers: Emily Winter, Hannah Blakemore and Kaity Ulewicz
When: 10th of March, 7pm
Where: Dowrick Suite
Price: 6/7.50 pounds (L/I L/O)
Dress code: Smart casual
Here are the abstracts for the talks:
Emily Winter, School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Characterising autumn and winter seaward movements of trout parr, Salmo trutta, in an English stream
The phenological plasticity of juvenile trout, Salmo trutta, emigration from an English stream is defined throughout autumn and winter using PIT telemetry, and makes preliminary comparison to patterns in Danish streams. Probability of downstream movement is shown to be strongly influenced by stream discharge This study exemplifies the life history flexibility of a key anadromous species.
Hannah Blakemore, Department of English Studies
The Fall of Man at the Fin de Siècle: The Emergence of the Male Victim in the Early Works of Richard Bernard Heldman
It is a peculiar thought that Richard Heldman’s novel The Beetle, which was published the same year as Dracula in 1897, initially outsold Bram Stoker’s vampire masterpiece. However, by 1960, The Beetle had disappeared from print, and Heldman, once hailed ‘the most popular living author’, had tumbled into obscurity. Although The Beetle has since reappeared, many of his stories remain lost. The purpose of this presentation is to offer why Heldman’s work is so unique, and should be republished and kindled in academic study.
The presentation will consider Heldman’s publications as significant social critiques of fin de siècle London. The most prominent theme of Heldman’s work is the extreme characterisation of gender. In general, men are sentimental, weak, and victimised by women, who in turn are conveyed as sexually rapacious and wicked. With Clive Bloom’s Victoria’s Madman and Fred Kaplan’s Sacred Tears, some research into the mental stability of the male victim exists. I hope to refresh such criticism, offering close readings of Heldman’s earliest and unexplored works. To gain an understanding of the nineteenth-century male feeling, I will compare Heldman’s texts to Ernest Belfort Bax’s essay ‘The Legal Subjection of Men’, which addresses ‘gynocentric chivalry and cultural misandry’.
Firstly, I will consult Heldman’s earliest novel Boxall School in comparison to his tales produced for the Union Jack weekly. I will demonstrate how Heldman used outbursts of emotion and close, “feminine” friendships between his young male characters in order to criticise the severe Victorian expectations of masculinity. I will also explore why such sentimental tales should be published in a paper that endeavored to instill ‘patriotism and gallantry’ in young male readers.
Lastly, I will discuss The Devil’s Diamond and The Beetle, considering the female preoccupation with Egyptology and Franz Anton Mesmer’s concept of ‘animal magnetism’ in the novels.
Kaity Ulewicz, Department of Archaeology
Looking at Isotopic Values in Women-Foetal Pairs
For my masters thesis, I plan on looking at mother-foetal pairs found in situ by comparing their isotopic values for ẟN15 and ẟC13. No research has been done on this topic so far and I believe that if I was able to analyze pairs that I could come up with a baseline reading for isotopic levels for past populations that could help us understand current pregnant populations and their ẟN15 and ẟC13 values. Some issues with finding these pairs deal with not knowing if a foetus buried with a woman actually belongs to her. Another issue with looking at these pairs can be that these infants and mothers could be dying during times of stress, increasing their ẟN15 and ẟC13 values so I could not correctly analyze them. I wish to find individual pairs in the archaeological record that clearly show the foetus inside the mother, or clearly show that the foetus and mother belong together by proximity to obtain a base reading of ẟN15 and ẟC13 values.