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Dr Charlotte Boman


School of English, Communication and Philosophy

+44 (0)29 20874618
1.20, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

Grants Awarded

AHRC Full Doctoral Programme Funding, 2011-2016

AHRC Afterlife of Heritage Research Project: Research to Public Award 2013

Conferences include:

British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS), University of Sheffield, August 2012‘: Photographic Iconography: The Victorian Family in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’

Victorian Networks, King’s College (London), December 2012: ‘”As soon as we become motionless, we are elsewhere”: Photography, Domesticity and the Nineteenth-Century Imagination’

Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference, Cardiff University, April 2013:
‘”For the door is an entire cosmos of the Half-open”: Photography and Domesticity in the Nineteenth Century’

Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP), University of Salford, July 2013: ‘”Peculiarly marked with the character of our own time”: Photography and Family Values in Victorian Domestic Journalism’

British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS), Exeter University, August 2018:
‘Curating Modernity? On Carte de Visite Album Collections’

Public Engagement

AHRC Afterlife of Heritage (Research to Public Award), Manchester University, December 2012- July 2013: Public engagement training programme based at Manchester University and workshops for schools and colleges in collaboration with Glamorgan Archives, Wales

PhD thesis

Domestic Iconography: A Cultural Study in Victorian Photography, 1840-1880 (Cardiff University, May 2017)




Teaching 2016-2019 includes the following modules:

‘Visual Victorians’ (year 2); ‘Transforming Visions: Text and Image’ (year 1), Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist and Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes short stories; ‘Authoring the Self: Romantics and Victorians’ (Charles Dickens, David Copperfield); 'Coming of Age: Society and the Creative Voice' (year 2).

My publications include:

'”Peculiarly marked with the character of our own time”: Photography and Family Values in Victorian Domestic Journalism’, Victorian Periodicals Review 47:4 (2014)

‘Vicarious Pleasures: Photography, Modernity and Mid-Victorian Domestic Journalism’, in Women, Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1830s-1900s: The Victorian Period, in The Edinburgh History of Women's Periodical Culture in Britain (Edinburgh University Press, April 2019)


‘In Search of “some bond of union”, Picturing the Domestic Reading Circle in Victorian Photographs’, in Picturing the Reader: Reading and Representation in the Long Nineteenth Century, Peter Lang’s Cultural Interactions: Studies in the Relationships Between the Arts, gen. ed. J. B. Bullen

'At Home in the Victorian City? Revisiting Thomas Annan and the Social Contexts of Early Urban Photography', History of Photography 

Research Interests

Photography in nineteenth century society; Victorian visual and material cultures; periodical print culture; digital humanities.

I am currently researching domestic carte de visite albums held in public repositories in Wales in the context of periodical news in the latter half of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century.