'Spectres of Class' Plenary Speakers

We are delighted to announce our confirmed plenary speakers for the conference Spectres of Class: Representing Social Class from the French Revolution to the Present

At the core of sociolinguistics is the fact that human societies are internally differentiated, whether by gender, age or class […] Discussions of class place different emphases on economic factors and more broadly cultural factors [...]
Professor Paul Kerswill
  • Dr Colin Coulter - Colin is a sociology lecturer at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He has published extensively on the recent history of Northern Ireland. However his latest work is as co-editor of the first critical study devoted to iconic band The Smiths - Why Pamper Life’s Complexities: Essays on The Smiths (2010) Manchester University Press. Colin's own chapter in the book is ‘A Double Bed and a Stalwart Lover For Sure: The Smiths, the Death of Pop and the Not So Hidden Injuries of Class' - For further information about the book click here .
  • Professor Paul Kerswill - Paul is Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of Lancaster, UK. He is a leading expert in dialectology - a sociolinguistically informed approach to language variation and change. He is interested in patterns of language variation and change within speech in which factors such as social class, as well as identity and mobility, play a part in how language varieties are distributed across the community and through time. His chapter on ‘Socio-economic class’ in the Routledge companion to Sociolinguistics (2006) is available here .
  • Dr Ruth Livesey - Ruth is Reader in Nineteenth-Century Literature & Thought and the Acting Director of the Centre for Victorian Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. She is the Assistant Editor of the Journal of Victorian Culture and is also on the advisory board of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies. Her publications include: Socialism, Sex and the Culture of Aestheticism in Britain, 1880-1914 (2007) Oxford University Press - further information available here .