Plenaries

Professor Michael Burden, New College, University of Oxford
Tutor in Music; Dean; Pictures & Chattels Fellow; Professor of Opera Studies

Michael BurdenMichael Burden is Fellow in Music at New College, and Professor in Opera Studies in the University. He did his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Adelaide in South Australia, and his PhD at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He has served on the Council of the Royal Musical Association, is a patron member of the American Society for Eighteenth-century Studies, a trustee of Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM), and is currently the Past President of the British Society for 18th-century Studies.

He is Dean of the College, and also holds the offices of Chattels Fellow and Portraits Fellow. He served for some years on the University of Oxford Committee for the Museums and Scientific Collections, and is currently a Visitor of the Ashmolean Museum. Outside music, his interests are in art, architecture, and detective fiction.

Dr Nicholas Seager, School of Humanities, Keele University
Senior Lecturer in English and Director of Learning and Teaching, School of Humanities

Seager_Nicholas“I joined Keele in 2009, having studied at the Universities of East Anglia, Leeds and Nottingham. I teach courses across the English programme. My research interests are in English Literature from 1660 to 1830. The first is Daniel Defoe, and I have published a number of articles on Defoe in recent years. I am writing a monograph on his contribution to the emergence of the English novel, entitled Daniel Defoe and the History of Fictional Form. This study aims to contextualise the formal strategies of Defoe’s major prose fictions (including Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders, and Roxana) by developing our historical awareness of the genres in which he wrote and the social concerns with which his fictions are engaged, including eighteenth-century religious controversy, historiographical debate, and disputes over the status of women.”