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Personal profile

Biography

Jodie researches nineteenth-century representations and experiences of people who travelled around Britain (including Romanies/Gypsies and canal boat people), and the cultural significance of Britain's industrial waterways. In 2016 she was appointed the Canal & River Trust’s first Honorary Research Fellow. You can watch a YouTube video about Jodie’s research on canal boat people. She strongly believes in communicating academic research to wide audiences, and works with charities, museums and heritage organisations, schools and others. 

If you are from a school or college and would like to speak to Jodie about a campus visit, Extended Project Qualification, or university taster sessions, please email j.matthews@hud.ac.uk.   

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Representations of Gypsies, Roma or Travellers, especially in the nineteenth century
  • Waterways and their cultures
  • Race, gender and identity in the nineteenth century
  • Travel in the nineteenth century

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Projects

Research Output

Canals and Black British History: A Preliminary Literature Review

Matthews, J., 10 Jul 2020, (Unpublished) 16 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Canals in Nineteenth-Century Literary History

Matthews, J., 26 Jun 2020, Transport and its Place in History: Making the Connections. Turner, D. (ed.). 1st ed. Abingdon & New York: Routledge, p. 136-150 15 p. (Routledge Studies in Modern British History).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Foreword

    Matthews, J., 31 May 2020, I Dig Canals: How Women Helped Save the Waterways. Productions, A. (ed.). Independent Publishing Network, p. 7 1 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript

    Visibly Authentic: Images of Romani people from 19th-century culture to the digital age

    Matthews, J., 13 Mar 2019, Heritage as Community Research: Legacies of Co-Production. Graham, H. & Vergunst, J. (eds.). Bristol : Policy Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    In Gipsy Tents by F. H. Groome

    Matthews, J., 2018, Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction. Morrison, K. A. (ed.). McFarland and Company, Inc

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Activities

    • 6 Invited talk
    • 6 Oral presentation

    ‘As if one is looking at a painting, framed by barbed wire’: Cyprus in Contemporary Anglophone Fiction

    Jodie Matthews (Keynote speaker)
    14 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Reading the Waterways

    Jodie Matthews (Speaker)
    5 Dec 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Reading the Waterways: People, Literature, and Canals in Britain since 1761

    Jodie Matthews (Speaker)
    12 Mar 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    "Waterways History Research?": Why Canal History Matters

    Jodie Matthews (Speaker)
    24 Jun 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Canals in Nineteenth-Century Literary History

    Jodie Matthews (Speaker)
    7 Apr 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Press / Media

    Challenging Traveller stereotypes

    Jodie Matthews

    20/12/18

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    National Waterways Museum Calls a Doctor In

    Jodie Matthews

    11/02/16

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities