Keynote Speakers

Peter de Voogd

pdvphotoPeter de Voogd is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Utrecht University, and wrote his first article on Sterne almost 40 years ago. In 1985 he gave the Annual Sterne Lecture in Shandy Hall on the marbled page; he founded The Shandean in 1989 and the International Laurence Sterne Foundation in 2013. He also likes to think that he has the largest Sterne collection on the continent.


Freya Johnston

Freya Johnston - web_3Freya Johnston is Associate Professor at the University of Oxford, where she is also Hazel Eardley Wilmot Tutorial Fellow at St Anne’s College. She is general editor of the seven-volume Cambridge Edition of the Novels of Thomas Love Peacock (2016-), and has also recently published a new text of Jane Austen’s Teenage Writings (OUP, 2017) co-edited with Kathryn Sutherland. Her critical works include Samuel Johnson and the Art of Sinking, 1709-1791 (OUP, 2006) and Samuel Johnson: The Arc of the Pendulum (OUP, 2012).

Jon Mee

Jon Mee

Jon Mee is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of York. Previously he has held posts at the Australian National University, the University of Oxford, where he was Margaret Candfield Fellow in English at University College for over a decade, and the University of Warwick. He has authored several monographs and numerous articles and essays on late eighteenth and early nineteenth century culture, politics, and print, most recently Print, Publicity, and Popular Radicalism in the 1790s: ‘The Laurel of Liberty’ (CUP, 2016). He has been the holder of various fellowships and awards, most recently as R. Stanton Avery Distinguished Fellow in the Humanities at the Huntington Library, California, where he started his work on the eighteenth-century Sterne scholar John Ferriar as part of a larger project on the literary cultures of the early industrial revolution, 1780-1835.