About the Keynote Speakers

Keynote 1

Sarah Wise teaches 19th-century social history and literature to both undergraduates and adult learners, and is visiting professor at the University of California’s London Study
Center, and a guest lecturer at City University in London.
Her debut, The Italian Boy: Murder and Grave Robbery in 1830s London (2004), was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction.
Her follow-up, The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum (2008), was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize for evocation of a location and was a Radio 4 Book of the Year; it was recently the basis for BBC2’s ‘The Victorian Slum’ series.
Her most recent book, Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad Doctors in Victorian England, was shortlisted for the 2014 Wellcome Prize.

Keynote 2

Mr Alexander Black, is lecturer of anatomy at the Anatomy Department of NUI Galway. He is an expert in the history of anatomy in nineteenth-century Galway, and has previously given talks on the topic at the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies at NUI Galway.