Anne Schwan

Anne Schwan

Dr Anne Schwan

Associate Professor

Biography

I joined Edinburgh Napier in 2007 after completing a PhD at the University of London (Birkbeck). I am Associate Professor/Reader in English and Head of Humanities & Culture. I am also a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland and a Fellow of RSA. I sit on the Executive Committee of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH), and I am a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Academic and Knowledge Exchange Peer Review Colleges.

Between July and October 2017 I held a Visiting Researcher Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh to conduct research on Stobsiade, a German-language magazine produced by German prisoners of war at Stobs camp near Hawick in the Scottish Borders, during WWI.

My recent work has focused on representations of crime and imprisonment from a historical and contemporary perspective, and women in prison especially. I am the author of Convict Voices: Women, Class, and Writing about Prison in Nineteenth-Century England (University of New Hampshire Press, 2014), and coauthor of How to Read Foucault’s Discipline and Punish (Pluto, 2011). Most recent publications include a special issue of Television & New Media on “Screening Women’s Imprisonment: Agency and Exploitation in Orange Is the New Black” (2016) and the chapter “Frederick William Robinson, Charles Dickens, and the Literary Tradition of ‘Low Life’” in Nineteenth-Century Radical Traditions, ed. Joseph Bristow and Josephine McDonagh (2016).

I am currently working on a scholarly edition of A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four for the Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Arthur Conan Doyle (General Editor Douglas Kerr). I am also researching towards a new monograph project on German-British relations and representations of the Franco-Prussian War (1870/1).

I have an interest in prison-university partnerships and set up a peer-learning placement scheme for undergraduate students at HMP Edinburgh's learning centre, in collaboration with the Scottish Prison Service and Fife College. This initiative won the Herald Higher Education Partnership Award 2016. With the Director of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, Dr Sarah Armstrong, I co-founded and co-convene the Scottish Universities-Prisons (UP) Network.

I have been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2009. I teach modules in nineteenth-century literature and culture, literary and cultural theory, and a special honours-level option on "Crime in Text & Film." I welcome applications from prospective PhD students in all of the areas mentioned above.

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Fellowships and Awards

  • Anne Humpherys Prize for the best Birkbeck PhD in Nineteenth-Century Studies in 2005
  • AHRC Fellowship (Early Career)
  • Fellow of RSA
  • Herald Higher Education Partnership Award (for Partnership with Scottish Prison Service and Fife College)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh

 

Reviewing

  • Grant Reviewer: Research Assessor for Carnegie Trust
  • Grant Reviewer: Member of AHRC Academic and Knowledge Exchange Peer Review Colleges
  • Journal Reviewer: International Journal of Canadian Studies
  • Journal Reviewer: Neo-Victorian Studies
  • Journal Reviewer: Modern Language Review
  • Journal Reviewer: Journal of Religion and Popular Culture
  • Journal Reviewer: International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice

 

Invited Speaker

  • “Revising Cultural Histories of Crime and Punishment: Women and Prison-Writing in Victorian England.” Victorian Studies Centre, University of Leicester (January 2007).
  • “Re-writing Women’s Prison History in Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace (1996) and Sarah Waters’ Affinity (1999).” Department of English, University of Amsterdam (February 2013).
  • “Female Prisoners Talking Back: The Problem of Early Convict Autobiography.” Interdisciplinary Research Seminar, Keele University (November 2007).
  • “Gender, Class and Citizenship: The Secret Letters and Prison Diaries of British Suffragettes.” Nazareth College, Rochester, NY (April 2010).
  • “Orange is the New Black and the Women in Prison Genre: Historicizing Cultural Representations of Women’s Imprisonment.” Department of English, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY (April 2015).
  • Keynote 'Re-reading Michel Foucault's Discipline and Punish' at 'Radical Foucault' conference, University of East London
  • “Women, Class and Writing about Prison in 19th Century England.” Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research/Centre for Gender History, University of Glasgow (March 2015).
  • “Convict Voices: Feminism, Class and Prison Writing in the Long Nineteenth Century.” Gender History Network Seminar, University of Edinburgh (May 2013).
  • “Convict Voices: Feminism, Class and Prison Writing in the Long Nineteenth Century.” Departments of English/Criminology/Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), NY (April 2015).
  • Guest lectures on 19th-Century British literature and society, Department of English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University, California (October 2010).
  • "Literature and Literacies in Criminal Justice Settings: Beyond Bibliotherapy and Desistance Theory?" Reading for Life Conference, University of Exeter (April 2017)
  • "German Internees Writing the First World War: Identities, Border Crossings and Humour in Stobsiade." Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh (October 2017)
  • AHRC-funded 'Prison Reading Groups' Event, Roehampton University (September 2012)
  • 'Scotland, Germany and the First World War.' Royal Society of Edinburgh Funded Workshop on Scottish and European Literary Exchanges and Identity Formations (1780-1914), University of Strathclyde (March 2018)
  • 'The (Un)happy Marriage of the Women in Prison Genre and Prison Activism: Postfeminism and Critique in Orange is the New Black.' Department of English, Stuttgart University, Germany (December 2016)
  • ''Murder of Mrs. Maybrick by the British Government': Gender and the Nation in the Wake of the Florence Maybrick Trial.' Symposium on Gender Stereotypes in the Long Nineteenth Century, Stirling University (April 2016)
  • 'Convict Voices: Feminism, Class and Prison Writing in the Long Nineteenth Century.' Department of English, Stuttgart University, Germany (May 2013)

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner BA (Hons) English Studies, University of Teesside
  • External Examiner BA (Hons) English and Film Studies, University College Dublin
  • External Examiner BA (Hons) English and History, Leeds Beckett University

 

Conference Activity

  • Workshop Co-organiser: 'University-Prison Partnerships in International Perspective,' with Lori Pompa (Temple University, Philadelphia), University of Edinburgh (March 2015)
  • Panel Convenor and Chair: 16th International European Prison Education Association Conference 'Beyond Frontiers,' Vienna (November 2017)
  • Conference Chair: Research Society for Victorian Periodicals 49th Annual Conference 'Borders and Border Crossings,' Freiburg, Germany (July 2017)
  • Conference Chair: Annual, International Conference of the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS) 'Consuming (the) Victorians,' Cardiff University (August/September 2016)
  • Workshop Co-organiser: 'World-Literatures, Discrepant Transnationalisms: Beyond Region and Nation?,' Stuttgart University, Germany (December 2013)
  • Co-Convenor: Scottish Seminars of the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS)
  • Conference Co-Organiser: 'Orange is the New Black and New Perspectives on the Women in Prison Genre,' Edinburgh Napier University (June 2015)
  • Conference Organiser: 'Reading and Writing in Prison,' Edinburgh Napier University (June 2010)
  • Lead Conference Organiser: 'Crime Fiction(s) - Victorian and Neo-Victorian Narratives of Crime and Punishment,' Edinburgh Napier University (April 2018)

 

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Member of National Advisory Group on Prison Education chaired by the Head of Education at Scottish Prison Service
  • Co-founder and Convenor of the Scottish Prisons-Universities Network (UP Network), a national platform for advice and the sharing of good practice
  • Member of Executive Committee of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH)
  • Member of Consultative Group for the Journal Women: A Cultural Review (Taylor & Francis), edited by Helen Carr, Isobel Armstrong, Alison Mark and Laura Marcus
  • Member of Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland and Co-Founder and Convenor of the Young Academy's Working Group 'Arts, Humanities and Society'
  • Member of Royal Society of Edinburgh Working Group to prepare a response to the British Academy's call for evidence on skills in the arts, humanities and social sciences

 

Media Activity

  • BBC Radio interview on AHRC-funded project on creativity in WWI internment camps, Good Morning Scotland (28 February 2018)
  • BBC website report on AHRC-funded project on WWI internment
  • Scotsman article on AHRC-funded project on WWI internment
  • Article in The National on AHRC-funded project on WWI internment

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Co-facilitated Reading Group with Women at HMP Edinburgh, with Dr Katrina Morrison (Criminology)
  • Co-organiser of 'Arts and Humanities at the Parliament: A Showcase,' Scottish Parliament (October 2014)
  • Article on Partnership with HMP Edinburgh Published in the Prisoners’ Education Trust Newsletter (October 2014)
  • Completed Visits to Prisons and Jails in US and Training with the US-based 'Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program', for the purpose of engaging with academics, professionals and prisoners in real-life settings (June/July 2014)
  • Initiated Partnership between Edinburgh Napier, the Scottish Prison Service and Fife (formerly Carnegie) College, for the purpose of student peer-placement scheme at HMP Edinburgh
  • Invited Speaker through the Royal Society of Edinburgh's School Talks Programme: 'Crime, Punishment and Social Justice: From Oliver Twist to the Suffragettes,' Kilgraston School Perth (October 2017)
  • Invited Speaker through the Royal Society of Edinburgh's School Talks Programme: 'Books or Prisons? Reflections on Literature and Social Justice,' Merchiston Castle School Edinburgh (January 2017)
  • Post-Screening Discussion on the Film Suffragette, Based on my Research on Suffragette Prison Diaries, Filmhouse Edinburgh (February 2018)
  • Invited Talk: 'Inside-Out’s Transformative Pedagogy and Prison-University Partnerships,' HMP Shotts Learning Centre (November 2014)

 

Editorial Activity

  • Co-Editor of Special Issue: 'Screening Women's Imprisonment: Agency and Exploitation in Orange is the New Black', Television & New Media 17.6 (2016)
  • Editor of Special Issue: 'Reading and Writing in Prison,' Critical Survey 23.3 (2011)
  • Co-Editor of Special Issue: 'Dickens and Sex,' Critical Survey, 17.2 (2005)
  • Invited Volume Editor for the Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Arthur Conan Doyle (A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four; to be published by Edinburgh UP 2020)

 

Visiting Positions

  • Visiting Researcher, Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry, University College London
  • Visiting Adjunct Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University, California

 

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