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Jodie came to Huddersfield in 2009 having gained her PhD at Cardiff Universitys Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory. While at Cardiff, she was invited to Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul for its inaugural International English Studies Seminar. Her main research focus is the cultural and literary representation of Romanies/Gypsies (see below for more information) and this has been recognised in her membership of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies.
In 2009-10 she co-organised a public seminar series on New Perspectives on Britishness, featuring authors, politicians and journalists. In 2010 she co-organised an international, interdisciplinary conference on islands and Britishness, and co-edited the subsequent collection of essays.
Jodie has acted as a peer-reviewer for several international journals and is on the Editorial Board of Island Studies Journal. She sits on the University of Huddersfield School of Human and Health Sciences ethics panel.
Jodie has taught across several disciplines (including History, Film, and English Literature), has supervised and examined postgraduate dissertations on various subjects connected to identity, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Research Fellow (Academy for British and Irish Studies)
Module leader, Film and Cinema (HHB1023)
Jodies main research focus is the cultural and literary representation of Romanies/Gypsies, and this has been recognised in her membership of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies. More broadly, she is also interested in the way that groups who moved around Britain in the nineteenth century were figured, including canal boat people, showmen and hop-pickers. These figurations are in various forms, including illustrated newspaper reports, childrens literature, sensation fiction, pamphlets and paintings. She has twice presented research on this subject at the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies conference in the United States, including a paper drawing on archival research funded by the Institute of Historical Research. In other projects, this research into the movement of people extends further to consider outward migration from Britain, particularly to small islands. She is engaged in the institution of a Distant Britons scholarly network with Professor Paul Ward (History, University of Huddersfield) and international colleagues, and is an associated member of Northumbria Universitys British and Irish Worlds research group.
In 2012 she undertook an AHRC review (as Primary Investigator) under the Connected Communities programme into academic work on the history and representation of Romanies/Gypsies, Roma, and Irish and Scottish Travellers. This included a workshop with Romani, Roma, and non-Romani journalists, authors, photographers, film-makers, and community advocates. See www.hud.ac.uk/research/researchcentres/abis/projects/gypsies-roma-irish-travellers/ for more details.
Matthews, J (2013) ‘Thousands of these floating hovels: Picturing Bargees in Image and Text’ Nineteenth-Century Contexts , 35 (2), pp. 121-142. ISSN 0890-5495
Matthews, J (2012) Gypsies, Roma and Irish Travellers: Histories, Perceptions and Representations [Audio] (Unpublished)
Matthews, J (2012) ‘Gypsies, Roma, and Irish Travellers: Histories, Perceptions, and Representations, A Review. Project Workshop Summary. ’. In: Gypsies, Roma, and Irish Travellers: Histories, Perceptions, and Representations. Workshop, 3 September 2012, University of Huddersfield
Matthews, J (2012) ‘"'Thousands of these floating hovels': Picturing Bargees in Image and Text"’. In: Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies, March 22-25 2012, University of Kentucky, USA
Matthews, J. and Travers, D. (2012) ‘Introduction ’. In: Islands and Britishness: A Global Perspective. Newcastle on Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing . pp. 1-11. ISBN 9781443835169
Matthews, J (2012) ‘Being Cut Off from All Ones Kind: Samuel Butler, New Zealand, and Colonial Identity ’. In: Islands and Britishness: A Global Perspective. Newcastle on Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing . pp. 245-260. ISBN 9781443835169
Matthews, J (2012) Romanies/Gypsies, Roma & Irish and Scottish Travellers: Histories, Perceptions and Representations, A Research Review Discussion Paper. Huddersfield, UK: Jodie Matthews (Unpublished).
McAuley, J., Ward, P., Thomas, P., Mycock, A., Matthews, J., McGlynn, C., Hayton, R. and Webster, W. (2011) ‘Academy for British and Irish Studies, 2011’. In: Academy for British and Irish Studies (relaunch), December 2011, University of Huddersfield
Matthews, J (2011) ‘Borrowing Welshness: wild Wales, affiliation and identity’ North American Journal of Welsh Studies , 6 (1), pp. 53-61. ISSN 1554-8112
Matthews, J (2010) ‘Back where they belong: Gypsies, kidnapping and assimilation in Victorian childrens literature'’ Romani Studies 5 , 20 (2), pp. 137-159. ISSN 17572274
Matthews, J (2010) ‘Gypsies, Kidnap, and Familial Dislocations’. In: Family/resemblance: Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies, 25-27 March 2010, University of Texas at Austin
Matthews, J (2010) ‘Theodore Watts-Dunton’ The literary encyclopedia . ISSN 1747-678X
Matthews, J (2009) ‘The legacies of 'divide and rule'’ Cyprus Weekly .
Matthews, J (2009) ‘Top Gear goes backwards’ The Guardian Newspaper . ISSN 0261-3077
Matthews, J (2009) Lessons Learnt on Stock Transfer in Wales Wales: Constructing Excellence in Wales
Matthews, J (2008) ‘George Eliot: The Spanish Gypsy ’ The literary encyclopedia . ISSN 1747-678X
Matthews, J (2008) ‘Charles Godfrey Leland (1824-1903)’ The literary encyclopedia . ISSN 1747-678X
Matthews, J (2008) Reading the Victorian Gypsy Doctoral thesis, Cardiff University .
Matthews, J (2007) ‘Deborah Epstein Nord. Gypsies and the British Imagination, 1807-1930. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006. ISBN 978-023113704. Price: US$41.50.’ Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (RaVoN) (47). ISSN 1916-1441
Matthews, J (2007) ‘Review of Deborah Epstein Nord. Gypsies and the British Imagination, 1807-1930.’ Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (RaVoN) (47). ISSN 1916-1441
Poppleton, J (2005) ‘Tsigane on the brain: Romantics, Victorians, and the effects of the Long View’. In: British Association of Victorian Studies Conference. Victorians in the long view: Contrasts and continuities, 5-7 September 2005, University of Gloucestershire