Anne Schwan
Anne Schwan

Prof Anne Schwan

Professor

Biography

I am Professor in literary and cultural studies and lead the interdisciplinary Research Centre for Arts, Media and Culture (CAMC), with over 50 staff and research students across four Schools. I joined Edinburgh Napier in 2007 after completing a PhD at the University of London (Birkbeck). I currently also serve as the UK's representative on the Board of the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE).

There are three main - often interconnected - strands to my research: the critical study of crime and imprisonment, Victorian studies and gender studies. I am particularly interested in how experiences of imprisonment are mediated in literary or other cultural forms. I am the author of Convict Voices: Women, Class, and Writing about Prison in Nineteenth-Century England (University of New Hampshire Press, 2014), co-author of How to Read Foucault’s Discipline and Punish (Pluto, 2011), and co-editor of The Palgrave Handbook of Digital and Public Humanities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022), alongside numerous journal articles and book chapters.

I am currently completing a scholarly edition of A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four for the Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Arthur Conan Doyle (Edinburgh University Press; General Editor Douglas Kerr) and beginning new research on representations of gender-based and sexualized violence in literature and culture.

Committed to working with people and organizations beyond academia, I set up an award-winning prison-university partnership with HMP Edinburgh and am currently co-supervising an ARCS-funded doctoral project with Peterhead Prison Museum and Robert Gordon University.

I have supervised several PhD and MRes projects and welcome applications from prospective research students in crime writing and critical prison studies, nineteenth-century literature and culture, and gender studies.

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Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Advisory Board Member for new Cambridge UP Journal Public Humanities
  • Member of 'Equality, Diversity and Inclusion' Working Group at 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 Organising Activity

  • Conference Host and Co-Organiser 'Global Conan Doyle,' Edinburgh Napier University (April 2024)
  • Co-Convenor and Chair of Panel on Gender-based and Sexualized Violence in Literature, European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) Conference, University of Lausanne, Switzerland (August 2024)
  • Member of Conference Organising Team: Scotland Hub of the Flightless Conference 'Victorian Events' under the auspices of the North American Victorian Studies Association, British Association for Victorian Studies, Australasian Victorian Studies Association, DACH Victorianists and Victorians Institute, Stirling University (September 2024)
  • Invited Panel Chair 'Genres,' International Multidisciplinary Symposium 'Languages of the Anthropocene,' The British School at Rome (June 2023)
  • Co-Convenor and Chair of Panel on 'Criminal Voice' in Literature, European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) Conference, University of Mainz, Germany (September 2022)
  • Co-organiser Symposium on 'Dark Tourism: Memory, Pilgrimage and the Digital Realm', Edinburgh Napier (May 2022)
  • Panel Chair: 'Enemy Encounters,' Cardiff University and Imperial War Museums Institute (online) (July 2021)
  • Panel Convenor, Chair & Member of Conference Organising Team: International Conference of the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS) 'Victorian Renewals,' Dundee University (August 2019)
  • 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

  • Invited Project Contributor to US-based Digital Humanities Project 'Undisciplining the Victorian Classroom' (Assessment Guide for 'Undisciplining Archives of Empire')
  • Co-Editor Palgrave Handbook of Digital and Public Humanities (535pp., published 2022)
  • 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; contracted and to be published by Edinburgh UP c. 2025)
  • 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
  • Chief External Examiner BA (Hons) English and History and BA (Hons) History, Leeds Beckett University
  • External Examiner BA (Hons) English and History, Leeds Beckett University
  • External Examiner BA (Hons) English and Film Studies, University College Dublin
  • External Examiner BA (Hons) English Studies, University of Teesside

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Edinburgh Napier Above & Beyond Award (with Lindsay Morgan, Mary Ann Kennedy, Kirsten Macleod and Paul Gray) for Partnership with the Scottish Prison Service
  • 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)
  • Napier Students' Association (NSA) Award for 'Best Module' (Crime in Text & Film)
  • Napier Students' Association (NSA) Award 'Most Inspiring'
  • Napier Students' Association (NSA) Award 'Best Feedback'
  • 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 Funding Panel Member

  • Committee Member for the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) Collaborative Project Workshop Scheme
  • Reviewer and Panel Member for Applied Research Collaborative Studentships (ARCS) at Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH)
  • Reviewer and Panel Member for Applied Research Collaborative Studentships (ARCS) at Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH)
  • Committee Member for the Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant Scheme (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)

 

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

  • Invited Speaker "Shaping and Sustaining the Literary Studies Career", Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities
  • Keynote on 'Narrative Voice, Ethics and Gender-Based Violence in Contemporary Fiction' at 'Crime Scene: Narratives of Crime and Criminal Psychology' Conference co-hosted by the Departments of English and Psychology, Istanbul Kultur University, Turkiye (May 2024)
  • Plenary Lecture 'Cross-Cultural Encounters, Heimat, and Reading and Writing in a Scottish WWI Internment Camp', Global Scotland and the Nineteenth Century Conference, Centre for Cross-Cultural circa Nineteenth-Century Research (c19c), University of St Andrews (May 2021)
  • Invited Speaker 'Editing Conan Doyle Roundtable' at Arthur Conan Doyle Network Conference 'Conan Doyle and Storytelling', Birkbeck, University of London (December 2021)
  • Invited speaker at interdisciplinary Book Symposium 'Metaphors of Confinement' hosted by The Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context, The Criminal Justice Centre and The Centre for the History of Emotions, Queen Mary, University of London (October 2021)
  • '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)
  • "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)
  • "Literature and Literacies in Criminal Justice Settings: Beyond Bibliotherapy and Desistance Theory?" Reading for Life Conference, University of Exeter (April 2017)
  • ''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)
  • '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)
  • “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).
  • “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).
  • “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).
  • “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.' 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
  • Guest lectures on 19th-Century British literature and society, Department of English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University, California (October 2010).
  • “Gender, Class and Citizenship: The Secret Letters and Prison Diaries of British Suffragettes.” Nazareth College, Rochester, NY (April 2010).
  • “Revising Cultural Histories of Crime and Punishment: Women and Prison-Writing in Victorian England.” Victorian Studies Centre, University of Leicester (January 2007).
  • “Female Prisoners Talking Back: The Problem of Early Convict Autobiography.” Interdisciplinary Research Seminar, Keele University (November 2007).

 

Media Activity

  • BBC Radio interview on AHRC-funded project on creativity in WWI internment camps, Good Morning Scotland (28 February 2018) (typically 120,000-150,000 listeners per day)
  • Quoted in Scotsman article on AHRC-funded project on WWI internment
  • Quoted in article in The National on AHRC-funded project on WWI internment
  • Quoted in BBC website report on AHRC-funded project on WWI internment (9,600 views)

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Invited to host event celebrating the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust's 20th anniversary, Edinburgh Napier University (October 2024)
  • Online Lecture 'Creativity Behind the Barbed Wire During WWI: Theatre Performances at Stobs Camp' (September 2020)
  • 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)
  • Edinburgh Napier Lead for AHRC-funded Public Performances 'A Night at Stobs' (about WWI internment) in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Hawick (June 2018)
  • Post-Screening Discussion on the Film Suffragette, Based on my Research on Suffragette Prison Diaries, Filmhouse Edinburgh (February 2018)
  • 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-facilitated Reading Group with Women at HMP Edinburgh, with Dr Katrina Morrison (Criminology)
  • Co-organiser International Prison Education Day at HMP Barlinnie (October 2016)
  • 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)
  • Article on Partnership with HMP Edinburgh Published in the Prisoners’ Education Trust Newsletter (October 2014)
  • Co-organiser of 'Arts and Humanities at the Parliament: A Showcase,' Scottish Parliament (October 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: Crime, Media, Culture
  • Reviewer of submissions for the Book Prize awarded by University English (the UK's Subject Association)
  • Journal Reviewer: Journal of Men's Studies
  • Journal Reviewer: Feminist Media Studies
  • Journal Reviewer: Critical Studies in Media Communication
  • Book Proposal Reviewer: Palgrave
  • Journal Reviewer: Journal of Jewish Identities
  • Journal Reviewer: Genre
  • 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

  • Visiting Researcher at University of Bonn, Germany (funded by U of Bonn and Forum Internationale Wissenschaft) (May 2024)
  • Research at Van Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania (July 2019)
  • Visiting Researcher, Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry, University College London (November 2017)
  • Visiting Adjunct Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University, California (Sept-Dec 2010)

 

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Femicide, Perpetrator Narratives and the Challenge of Restorative Justice: Em Strang's Quinn (2023)

Presentation / Conference
Schwan, A. (2024, August)
Femicide, Perpetrator Narratives and the Challenge of Restorative Justice: Em Strang's Quinn (2023). Paper presented at European Society of the Study of English (ESSE) Conference, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Conan Doyle and Mormonism: Global Contexts for A Study in Scarlet

Presentation / Conference
Schwan, A. (2024, April)
Conan Doyle and Mormonism: Global Contexts for A Study in Scarlet. Paper presented at Global Conan Doyle Symposium, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Palgrave Handbook of Digital and Public Humanities

Book
Schwan, A., & Thomson, T. (Eds.)
(2022). The Palgrave Handbook of Digital and Public Humanities. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-11886-9
This collection seeks to bring together some of the most recent international scholarship and developments in the interdisciplinary fields of digital and public humanities. Al...

Introduction: Palgrave Handbook of Digital and Public Humanities

Book Chapter
Schwan, A., & Thomson, T. (2022)
Introduction: Palgrave Handbook of Digital and Public Humanities. In A. Schwan, & T. Thomson (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Digital and Public Humanities (1-8). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-11886-9_1
This chapter introduces some key concepts and critical debates in digital and public humanities. Emphasis is placed on the multiplicity of “publics” that the collection engage...

Working with Incarcerated Communities: Representing Women in Prison on Screen

Book Chapter
Gray, P., & Schwan, A. (2022)
Working with Incarcerated Communities: Representing Women in Prison on Screen. In A. Schwan, & T. Thomson (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Digital and Public Humanities (105-128). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-11886-9_7
This chapter considers public arts and humanities scholarship and practice in the context of penal institutions, with a focus on women’s prisons and film-making. It argues for...

'Criminal Voice', Gender and (Sexual) Violence in Graeme Macrae Burnet's His Bloody Project

Presentation / Conference
Schwan, A. (2022, September)
'Criminal Voice', Gender and (Sexual) Violence in Graeme Macrae Burnet's His Bloody Project. Paper presented at European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) Conference, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany

Intercultural Encounters in First World War Internment Camps

Presentation / Conference
Schwan, A. (2022, June)
Intercultural Encounters in First World War Internment Camps. Paper presented at MLA International Symposium, Glasgow, UK

Mixed National Allegiances?: Cross-Cultural Encounters, Patriotism and Identity in First World War Internment Camp Newspapers

Presentation / Conference
Schwan, A. (2021, July)
Mixed National Allegiances?: Cross-Cultural Encounters, Patriotism and Identity in First World War Internment Camp Newspapers. Paper presented at Enemy Encounters, Cardiff (Online

Prisoner of War Camp Periodicals

Book Chapter
Schwan, A. (in press)
Prisoner of War Camp Periodicals. In M. Demoor, C. Van Dijck, & B. Van Puymbroeck (Eds.), The Edinburgh Companion to First World War Periodicals. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press
A case study of internment camp newspaper Stobsiade, contextualised in an overview of First World War internment camp periodicals.

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

Book Chapter
Schwan, A. (2020)
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 World: Imprisonment, Institutionality and Questions of Literary Practice (41-57). Abingdon: Routledge
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