Colloquium: Solitude and Modernity

solitude and modernity
Colloquium co-sponsored by Pathologies of Solitude (QMUL) and Diseases of Modern Life (Oxford). To book your place please contact Clare Whitehead stating how Solitude and Modernity links to your interests, please also indicate if you have any dietary requirements. See the Diseases of Modern Life website for more information.


10:30am – Registration and coffee

11am – Welcome and introductions − Sally Shuttleworth (Oxford) and Barbara Taylor (QMUL)

11:10am – Alone in the Victorian City
Ushashi Dasgupta (Oxford) and ‘Dickens and Loneliness’
Sarah Green (Oxford) – ‘J.M. Barrie and the Solitary Young Man’

12:40pm – Lunch

1:30pm – Solitude and Loneliness in Britain, 1880–2019
Fay Bound Alberti (York) – ‘Modernity and the Lonely Body’
David Vincent (OU Emeritus) – ‘The Minister for Loneliness: solitude becomes a crisis, 1939- 2018’

3pm – Coffee

3:30pm – Enforced Solitude
A dialogue between consultant forensic psychotherapist Gwen Adshead (West London Trust and Central North West London Trust) and researcher Shokoufeh Sakhi (Toronto)

5pm – Drinks reception 

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