Anne Schwan

Anne Schwan

Prof Anne Schwan

Professor

Biography

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

My work is concerned with representations of crime and imprisonment from a historical and contemporary perspective, most recently with a focus on WWI internment. I am the author of Convict Voices: Women, Class, and Writing about Prison in Nineteenth-Century England (University of New Hampshire Press, 2014), and co-author 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). In the longer term, I hope to begin a new monograph project on German-British relations and perceptions of Europe in the wake 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 Dr Sarah Armstrong (University of Glasgow), I co-founded and co-convene the Scottish Universities-Prisons (UP) Network.

A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2009, I lead undergraduate modules in nineteenth-century literature and culture, literary and cultural theory, and a special honours-level option on "Crime in Text & Film." I co-designed and contribute to our MA in Digital and Public Humanities. I welcome applications from prospective PhD students in all of the areas mentioned above.

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Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Member of Executive Committee of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH)
  • 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
  • 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 National Advisory Group on Prison Education chaired by the Head of Education at Scottish Prison Service
  • 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'

 

Conference Activity

  • Co-Organiser and Chair: Scottish Universities-Prisons Network Conference: 'Empowering, Linking, Making,' Eric Liddell Centre, Edinburgh (March 2019)
  • Lead Conference Organiser: 'Crime Fiction(s) - Victorian and Neo-Victorian Narratives of Crime and Punishment,' Edinburgh Napier University (April 2018)
  • 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: 'University-Prison Partnerships in International Perspective,' with Lori Pompa (Temple University, Philadelphia), University of Edinburgh (March 2015)
  • Conference Co-Organiser: 'Orange is the New Black and New Perspectives on the Women in Prison Genre,' Edinburgh Napier University (June 2015)
  • Workshop Co-organiser: 'World-Literatures, Discrepant Transnationalisms: Beyond Region and Nation?,' Stuttgart University, Germany (December 2013)
  • Conference Organiser: 'Reading and Writing in Prison,' Edinburgh Napier University (June 2010)
  • Co-Convenor: Scottish Seminars of the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS)

 

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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

 

External Examining/Validations

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

 

Fellowships and Awards

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

 

Grant Reviewer

  • Grant Reviewer: Israel Science Foundation
  • Grant Reviewer: Member of AHRC Academic and Knowledge Exchange Peer Review Colleges
  • Grant Reviewer: Research Assessor for Carnegie Trust

 

Invited Speaker

  • '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)
  • "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)
  • '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)
  • “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).
  • “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.” Departments of English/Criminology/Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), NY (April 2015).
  • “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).
  • “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.' Department of English, Stuttgart University, Germany (May 2013)
  • AHRC-funded 'Prison Reading Groups' Event, Roehampton University (September 2012)
  • Keynote 'Re-reading Michel Foucault's Discipline and Punish' at 'Radical Foucault' conference, University of East London
  • “Gender, Class and Citizenship: The Secret Letters and Prison Diaries of British Suffragettes.” Nazareth College, Rochester, NY (April 2010).
  • Guest lectures on 19th-Century British literature and society, Department of English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University, California (October 2010).
  • “Female Prisoners Talking Back: The Problem of Early Convict Autobiography.” Interdisciplinary Research Seminar, Keele University (November 2007).
  • “Revising Cultural Histories of Crime and Punishment: Women and Prison-Writing in Victorian England.” Victorian Studies Centre, University of Leicester (January 2007).

 

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

  • Public Talk 'Public Executions and the Genre of the Execution Broadside in the 19th Century,' National Library of Scotland (January 2020)
  • Public Talk 'Creativity Behind the Barbed Wire,' Newcastle City Library (November 2019)
  • Post-Screening Discussion on the Film Suffragette, Based on my Research on Suffragette Prison Diaries, Filmhouse Edinburgh (February 2018)
  • Co-facilitated Reading Group with Women at HMP Edinburgh, with Dr Katrina Morrison (Criminology)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Invited Talk: 'Inside-Out’s Transformative Pedagogy and Prison-University Partnerships,' HMP Shotts Learning Centre (November 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

 

Reviewing

  • Journal Reviewer: Critical Studies in Media Communication
  • Journal Reviewer: Journal of Jewish Identities
  • Journal Reviewer: Genre
  • Book Proposal Reviewer: Palgrave
  • Journal Reviewer: International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice
  • Journal Reviewer: Journal of Religion and Popular Culture
  • Journal Reviewer: Modern Language Review
  • Journal Reviewer: Neo-Victorian Studies
  • Journal Reviewer: International Journal of Canadian Studies

 

Visiting Positions

  • Research at Van Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania
  • 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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'A Night at Stobs'

Presentation / Conference
Schwan, A. (2018, November)
'A Night at Stobs'. Presented at The Internment Research Centre (IRC) opening
Presentation on the occasion of the Internment Research Centre (IRC) opening, Hawick, Scotland

The Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Arthur Conan Doyle. A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four

Book
A. Schwan (Ed.), (in press)
The Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Arthur Conan Doyle. A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four
No abstract available.

‘A Night at Stobs’ and the Politics of Commemoration: Between the Local and the Global

Presentation / Conference
Schwan, A. (2018, August)
‘A Night at Stobs’ and the Politics of Commemoration: Between the Local and the Global. Paper presented at 81st Meeting of the Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland (AGS
Paper presented at 81st Meeting of the Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland (AGS), Lead Panel on Anniversary Capital, Bangor, Wales

Lustspielabend: A Night at Stobs [Programme Brochure accompanying public performances]

Other
Schwan, A., Davie, I., Frayn, A., Durkin, R., & Manz, S. (2018)
Lustspielabend: A Night at Stobs [Programme Brochure accompanying public performances]
This programme brochure was developed for audiences attending the 'A Night at Stobs' evening of theatre and music in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Hawick in June 2018. It contains in...

A Night at Stobs

Exhibition / Performance
Schwan, A., Davie, I., Frayn, A., Martin, S., & Dempster, K. A Night at Stobs. [Music and Theatre Performance]. 18 June 2018 - 22 June 2018. (Unpublished)

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Schwan, A., Davie, I., Frayn, A., Martin, S., & Dempster, K. A Night at Stobs. [Music and Theatre Performance]. 18 June 2018 - 22 June 2018. (Unpublished
An evening of music and comedy, based on material found at Stobs Camp, a First World War internment camp in the Scottish Borders. Performances at Chalmers Church, Edinburgh (...

German Military Internees Writing the First World War: Gender, Irony and Humour in the Camp Newspaper Stobsiade

Book Chapter
Schwan, A. (in press)
German Military Internees Writing the First World War: Gender, Irony and Humour in the Camp Newspaper Stobsiade. In C. Westall, & M. Kelly (Eds.), Prison Writing and the Literary WorldAbingdon: Taylor & Francis
No abstract available.

German Internees Writing the First World War: Identities, Irony and Humour in the Camp Newspaper Stobsiade

Presentation / Conference
Schwan, A. (2018, May)
German Internees Writing the First World War: Identities, Irony and Humour in the Camp Newspaper Stobsiade. Paper presented at International Conference on War and Imprisonment, New York, USA
No abstract available.

University-Prison Engagement in Adult Prison Education: Beyond Bibliotherapy and Desistance Theory?

Presentation / Conference
Schwan, A., Armstrong, S., & King, J. (2017, November)
University-Prison Engagement in Adult Prison Education: Beyond Bibliotherapy and Desistance Theory?. Paper presented at 16th International Conference of the European Prison Education Association, Vienna, Austria
No abstract available.

'National Antipathies'?: Representations of the Franco-Prussian War in the British Press

Presentation / Conference
Schwan, A. (2017, July)
'National Antipathies'?: Representations of the Franco-Prussian War in the British Press. Paper presented at 'Borders and Border Crossings': 49th Annual Conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP), University of Freiburg, Germany
No abstract available.

Book Review of "Crimelights: Scottish Crime Writing - Then and Now", ed. by Frauke Reitmeier and Kirsten Sandrock.

Journal Article
Schwan, A. (2016)
Book Review of "Crimelights: Scottish Crime Writing - Then and Now", ed. by Frauke Reitmeier and Kirsten Sandrock. Scottish Literary Review, 8(2), 176-178
No abstract available.

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