12th November 2019

‘Voicing the Past: Culture, Legacy and Narrative’, a new Research and Knowledge Exchange Unit established by academics at Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU), was officially launched on the 16th of October with a special lecture by Professor Mariaconcetta Costantini. Established by Dr Cassie Ulph, Dr Claudia Capancioni, Dr Daphne Whiteoak, Dr Duncan Wright, and Dr Jon Begley, 'Voicing the Past: Culture, Legacy, and Narrative' aims to remap and reshape the ways in which we understand human identity, communities, and intellectual connections by unfolding historical voices connected to regional, national, European and transatlantic archaeological, cultural and literary heritage, its legacy and narratives. Original scholarly research based on archival research, digitalisation projects, historical fictional and non-fictional writing such as life writing, artefacts and documents will form the main drive of this work. Professor Mariaconcetta Costantini was welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor of Bishop Grosseteste University, the Reverend Canon Professor Peter Neil, before going on to deliver her research seminar ‘Material Traces of the Victorian Past: Authenticity and Artifice’, which builds on her ongoing research into Victorian literature and culture, with a special interest in sensation fiction and the Gothic. Following the lecture, which formed part of a week-long visit to BGU during which she also shared her passion for the Gothic with first-year English students and for the Posthuman with the MA students, Professor Costantini said: “'Voicing the Past: Culture, Legacy, and Narrative' is an exciting, forward-looking initiative with great potential, and I accepted the invitation to join the unit very warmly. I have enjoyed my time at BGU and am thrilled to have had the opportunity to present my research.” Professor Costantini’s lecture was very well attended by staff and students, and received many, engaging questions and comments. With a bilateral agreement now existing between BGU and Gabriele d’ Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara in Italy, where the Professor teaches English Literature, both institutions hope the Professor’s Voicing the Past Lecture will become the first of many events and collaborations on which the two universities will embark. Speaking on behalf of the lecturers involved in the new research unit Dr Claudia Capancioni thanked the BGU community for their support: “We have been delighted with the warm welcome our RKE unit has had and are grateful for the support of the Vice-Chancellor, and those of you who attended and sent us inspiring messages and congratulations. We look forward to seeing what this exciting new unit can achieve” If you are interested in knowing more about 'Voicing the Past: Culture, Legacy, and Narrative', our initiatives, projects, future events, or you want to join our RKE Unit, please email Dr Claudia Capancioni at claudia.capancioni@bishopg.ac.uk