Dr Joan Allen
Senior Lecturer in Modern British History BA PhD FRHS
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6701
- Address: School of History, Classics and Archaeology
University Of Newcastle
Roles and Responsibilities
Director of Research, Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies, 2016 -
BA(Hons) University of Northumbria, 1988
Dip.CG University of Northumbria, 1989
PhD University of Northumbria, 1993
Associate Lecturer in History, University of Northumbria, 1991-1999
Steering Committee, HistoryUK
Executive Committee, Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland
Library Committee, Institute of Historical Research
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
EC, Society for the Study of Labour History
Honours and Awards
AHRC Research Fellowship, 2007
Moore Institute Research Fellowship, NUI Galway, 2015
Victorian society and politics; nineteenth-century British Radicalism, especially Chartism; the Victorian press; the Irish in Britain
Annual Chartism Day
I am a co-convenor of the annual Chartism conference. In July 2018, it was hosted by Professor Fabrice Bensimon at UCL with a special 1848 commemorative event at Kennington Common
I am a contributor to The Revolution Papers, From Rising to Independence 1916-1923 : 'The Irish free State Constitution is passed' , No. 50, 26 October 2016
My most recent publications include a study of NE Co-operative politics in Keith Laybourn and John Shepherd (eds) Labour and Working Class Lives (MUP 2017), a study of the Irish diasporic press in Laurence Marley (ed.) The British Labour Party and Twentieth-Century Ireland (MUP, 2015) and a study of Mazzini and print culture in Nick Carter (ed.) Britain, Ireland and the Risorgimento (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
In 2013 I published an article on George Julian Harney and the Democratic Review in a special issue of Labour History Review which I co-edited with Owen R Ashton: Radicals, Chartists, and Internationalism, 78.1 (2013).
Thus far, I have contributed 13 entries to Laurel Brake and Marysa Demoor (eds) Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Journalism (British Library, 2010), including two new entries: 'The North East Press' and the Catholic Herald (see http://c19index.chadwyck.com/marketing/aboutdncj.jsp)
I am a contributor to the forthcoming Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Vol II, The Nineteenth Century. I am currently completing my study of the Irish Catholic press in Britain and America (1870 -1934).
I welcome proposals from postgraduates who are interested in any aspect of Victorian society and politics, from a national or a regional perspective.I would be particularly interested in projects which focus on the history of the popular press or the Irish in Britain.
PhD 2016 David Lowther (AHRC-funded) for his work on the early 19th century Species Debate. David has recently taken up a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellowship at Durham University; Terry Hurst was awarded his MLitt (with Merit) for his study of North-east Methodism.
MPhil 2014 Tanju Sen, for her thesis on Women in 19th Century Bengal;
MLitt (with Distinction) 2012 David Lowther (AHRC-funded) for his work on the artist John Gould
PhD 2011 Marcella Sutcliffe, for her study of British radicals and Italian nationalists. Marcella's monograph, Victorian Radicals and Italian Democrats, was published in 2014 by Boydell and Brewer ( RHS Studies in History)
PhD 2009 Fred Milton (AHRC-funded) for his work on Children's columns in the 19th Century Press
My current postgraduate students are:
Victor Harlow, NDDTC-funded PhD 2016- 'Educational provision in the 1870s', co-supervised with Professor Pauline Dixon
Ayshah Johnson, CDA-funded PhD, 2015-, 'Poor Relief in Britain and the Caribbean', a collaboration between Professor Diana Paton (Edinburgh University) and the National Archives
Bridget Harrison, PhD AHRC-funded (Queens UB) 2015- 'Women Religious in Nineteenth-century Britain and Ireland'
Guy Hinton, PhD 2015- 'War memorialisation in Britain with special reference to the NE of England, 1850-1910'.
Susan Beaumont, PhD (PT) 2010- Women and Business in Newcastle upon Tyne in the early-19th Century
Head of History, 2009-2012
Assessor, Australian Research Council 2014-
Director of Research, Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies
Vice Chair, Society for the Study of Labour History, 2008-2011
Editor, Labour History Review, 2007-2011
Editorial Advisory Board Member, Northern History, 2006-
Editorial Advisory Board, Cogent, 2014-
Executive Member, Society for the Study of Labour History 1994-;
Executive Member, NPHFI (Newspaper and Periodical Forum of Ireland)
Director, North East England Historical Institute [NEEHI] 2009-2015
PG Director, NEEHI, 2001-2006
HIS1044 Aspects of British History
HIS 3080 Victorian Society, 1832-1884
HIS 3079 Popular Politics and Reform, 1811-1850
HIS 2037 Progress and Plenty? British History 1815-1914
HIS 2112 Outsiders: Minorities in Modern Europe, 1600-2010
HIS 3000 Reading History [Module Leader]
HIS 3020 Writing History (Dissertation)
SELL 2218 English and History
HIS 8104 Ideas and Beliefs
HIS 8105 Reform and Resistance in British History
HIS8025 Pathways in British History
HIS 8037 The British Press [MA in British History]
MA Independent Study
- Allen J. 'A question of neutrality? The politicsof co-operation in north-east England,1881–1926'. In: Keith Laybourn and John Shepherd, ed. Labour and Working-class Lives: Essays to celebrate the Life and work of Chris Wrigley. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2017, pp.48-67.
- Allen J. 'Uneasy transitions: Irish nationalism, the rise of Labour and the Catholic Herald, 1888-1918'. In: Laurence Marley, ed. The British Labour Party and Twentieth Century Ireland. The cause of Ireland, the cause of Labour. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2015, pp.35-54.
- Allen J. “The ink of the wise”: Mazzini, British Radicalism and Print Culture, 1848–1855. In: Carter, N, ed. Britain, Ireland and the Italian Risorgimento. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp.55-79.
- Allen J. Joseph Cowen and Popular Radicalism on Tyneside, 1829-1900. London: Merlin Press, 2007.
- Allen J, Campbell A, McIlroy J, ed. Histories of Labour: National and International Perspectives. Pontypool: Merlin Press, 2010.
- Allen J, Allen RC, ed. Faith of Our Fathers: Popular Culture and Belief in Post-Reformation England, Ireland and Wales. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.
- Allen J, Ashton O, ed. Papers for the People: A Study of the Chartist Press. London: Merlin Press, 2005.
- Allen J, Buswell R. Rutherford's Ladder : The Making of Northumbria University, 1871-1996. Newcastle upon Tyne: Northumbria University Press, 2005.
- Allen J. ‘The teacher of strange doctrines’: George Julian Harney and the Democratic Review, 1849–1850. Labour History Review 2013, 78(1), 67-86.
- Allen J. 'God's alchemy': Interrogating National Identity in the Life and Writings of John Boyle O’Reilly (1844-1890). In: Hanson, I., Rhoden, W.J., Snyder, E.E, ed. Poetry, Politics and Pictures: Culture and Identity in Europe, 1840-1914. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013, pp.181-203.
- Allen J, Ashton OR. Editorial: Radicals, Chartists, and Internationalism. Labour History Review 2013, 78(1), 1-2.
- Allen J, Chase MS. Britain 1750-1900. In: Allen, J; Campbell, A; McIlroy, J, ed. Histories of Labour; National and International Perspectives. Monmouth: Merlin Press, 2010, pp.64-98.
- Allen J. 'High days and Holy days': St Patrick’s Day in the North East of England, c.1850–1900. In: Allen, J., and Allen, R, ed. Faith of Our Fathers: Popular Culture and Belief in Post-reformation England, Ireland and Wales. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009, pp.137-156.
- Allen J. 'Resurrecting Jerusalem': The late Chartist press in the North-East of England, 1852-1859. In: Allen, J., Ashton, O.R, ed. Papers for the People : A Study of the Chartist Press. London, UK: Merlin Press, 2005, pp.168-189.
- Allen J. Keeping the Faith: The Catholic Press in Victorian Britain and the preservation of Celtic identity. In: Allen, RC; Regan, S, ed. Irelands of the Mind: Memory and Identity in Modern Irish Culture. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008, pp.32-49.
- Allen J, Ashton OR. New Directions in Chartist Studies. Labour History Review 2009, 74(I), 1-6.
- Allen J, Allen RC. Competing Identities: Irish and Welsh Migration and the North-East of England, 1851-1980. In: Green, A; Pollard, AJ, ed. Regional Identity in North East England c.1300-2000. London: Boydell, 2007, pp.133-159.
- Allen J. Newcastle Courant; Newcastle Daily Chronicle; Northern Liberator; Democratic Review; English Republic; Irish Tribune;Northern Tribune; Charles Diamond; W.J.Linton; Joseph Cowen; Thomas Doubleday. In: Laurel Brake and Marysa Demoor, ed. Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Journalism. London: British Library, 2008.
- Allen J. 'Keeping the Faith': the Catholic press and the preservation of Celtic identity in Britain in the late nineteenth century. In: O'Neill, P, ed. Exile and Homecoming : Papers from the Fifth Australian Conference of Celtic Studies, University of Sydney, July 2004. University of Sydney: The Celtic Studies Foundation, University of Sydney, 2005, pp.78-91.
- Hugman J. Print and Preach : The Entrepreneurial Spirit of Nineteenth-Century Newcastle. In: Colls, R., Lancaster, B, ed. Newcastle upon Tyne: A Modern History. Chichester: Phillimore and Co. Ltd, 2001, pp.113-132.
- Ashton, O.R.,and Hugman, Joan. ‘Letters from America: George Julian Harney, Boston USA and Newcastle upon Tyne, 1863-1888’. Proceedings, Massachusetts Historical Society 1996, 105, 165-184.