Stephen Basdeo

Stephen Basdeo grew up in Leeds, West Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom. Having left college at the age of 18 after finishing his A levels, he spent some time wandering from job to job (and he has done some horrendous jobs in that time). At the age of 26, realising he needed to keep his mind active, he decided to return to university to study history. And he actually proved to be rather good at it, achieving a 1st Class degree in the subject from Leeds Metropolitan University. Wanting to take his love of the subject to the next level, he decided to complete an MA in Social History from the same university, for which he was awarded a Distinction. Stephen then decided to take things one step further, and he was awarded a place on a fully-funded PhD program. His doctorate was awarded by the University of Leeds in December 2017. He currently lectures at Richmond American International University’s Leeds campus.

CONTACT DETAILS

Email: stephen.basdeo@outlook.com

EDUCATION

2014-17 Doctor of Philosophy

Leeds Trinity University (Awarded by University of Leeds)

PGCHE

Leeds Trinity University

2010-14: MA Social History

Leeds Beckett University

BA (Hons) History

Leeds Beckett University

FELLOWSHIPS

2017: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

TEACHING AND LECTURING APPOINTMENTS

2017- Richmond American International University, Lecturer

Subjects taught:

–        Research and Writing

–        Introduction to Philosophy

–        Sports Journalism

–        Sports Law and Practice

–        Sport and Society

–        Intercultural Communication

–        Social History

2017 Leeds Trinity University International Summer School, Visiting Lecturer

–        Introduction to British History

–        Introduction to English Literature

2017- Leeds Beckett University, Part-time Lecturer

Subjects taught:

–        18th-Century Fiction

–        Romanticism

2015-17: Leeds Trinity University, Visiting Lecturer

Subjects taught:

–        BA History: Representations of the Middle Ages

–        BA History: Introduction to Modern World History

–        BA History: Approaches to History

–        BA English Literature: Victorian Literature

–        BA English Literature: The Continuing Middle Ages

–        BA Criminology: Introduction to Criminology

2016: JB Skills, Tutor

Subjects taught:

–        Adult Learner Functional Skills (English)

2015: Chatterton Tuition, Private Tutor

–        GCSE History

–        GCSE English Literature

–        A Level History

–        A Level English Literature

GUEST LECTURES

2018 University of Derby

–        BA Criminology / National College of Policing

BOOKS

The Lives and Exploits of the Most Noted Highwaymen, Rogues, and Murderers (Barnsley: Pen and Sword, 2018)

The Life and Legend of a Rebel Leader: Wat Tyler (Barnsley: Pen and Sword, 2018)

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

‘“That’s Business”: Class and Organised Crime in G. W. M. Reynolds’s The Mysteries of London (1844-46)’, Law, Crime, and History, 8: 1 (2018), pp. 53-75

‘A Critical Edition of Little John’s Answer to Robin Hood and the Duke of Lancaster (1727)’, The Bulletin of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies, 1 (2017), pp. 15-31.

‘Robin Hood the Brute: Representations of the Outlaw in Eighteenth-Century Criminal Biography’, Law, Crime, and History 6: 2 (2016), pp. 54-70.

EDITORIALS

(with Samuel Saunders), ‘Introduction’, Law, Crime and History, 8: 1 (2018), pp. i-iv.

BOOK CONTRIBUTIONS (NON-PEER REVIEWED)

‘Ivanhoe’s Afterlives: Walter Scott’s Legacy upon 19th-Century Robin Hood Scholarship and Fiction in England and France’, in Tradition(s)-Innovation(s) en Angleterre au XIX siecle ed. by Francoise Baillet et al (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2017), pp. 19-33.

‘Radical Medievalism: Pierce Egan the Younger’s Robin Hood, Wat Tyler, and Adam Bell’ in Leeds Working Papers in Victorian Studies, Volume 15: Imagining the Victorians eds. Stephen Basdeo & Lauren Padgett (Leeds: LCVS, 2016), pp. 47-64.

(Co-Authored with Mark Truesdale) ‘Medieval Afterlives: King and Commoner Ballads in the Nineteenth Century’ in Leeds Working Papers in Victorian Studies, Volume 15: Imagining the Victorians ed. by Stephen Basdeo & Lauren Padgett (Leeds: LCVS, 2016), pp. 11-28.

REVIEWS

‘Sheila Sweetinburgh (ed.) Negotiating the Political in Northern European Urban Society, c.1400-c.1600 (ACMRS/Brepols, 2013)’ Cerae: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies Vol. 3 (2016).

‘Carolyne Larrington, “Winter is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones’, Medievally Speaking (2016).

MAGAZINE AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

‘Studying 18th-Century Criminals Makes Me Look at My Modern Prejudices’, The Guardian Higher Education 15 March 2016.

‘Robin Hood the Brute’ History Today October 2015.

Creative Writing Projects

‘The True and Genuine Account of Jack Sheppard’s Journey unto Tyburn’, in Journeys: A Space for Words ed. by Stephanie Buick, Lucy Brighton & Oz Hardwick (Halwill: Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2016), pp. 42-44.

 

FUNDING

2017 Conference Travel Funding, British Agricultural History Society
Conference Planning & Organisation Funding, Liverpool John Moores University
Conference Planning & Organisation Funding, Lancaster University
2016 Conference Accommodation and Travel Funding, Universitie de Cergy-Pontoise
Conference Travel Funding, Durham Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies
2014 PhD Studentship, £13,726 per annum plus £1,000 expenses per annum.

Leeds Trinity University

CONFERENCE ACTIVITY

Conferences Organised

Lives, Trials and Executions: Perspectives on Crime, c.1700-c.1900, Liverpool John Moores 24 May 2017.
Back to the Future: Class and the Past, 1800-2000, Lancaster University, 16 March 2017.
Pernicious Trash? Victorian Popular Literature, c.1830-c.1880, Leeds Trinity University, 12 September 2016.

Papers Presented

‘The First Robin Hood Novel: Robert Southey’s ‘Harold; or, The Castle of Morford’ (1791)’, Sixth Literary Juvenilia Conference, Durham University, 5-8 July 2018.

‘Wat Tyler as Robin Hood in Victorian Fiction’, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 2-5 July 2018.

‘Outlaws and Rogues: The 16th-Century Context of A Gest of Robyn Hode’, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 3-6 July 2017

‘When Upperworld and Underworld Meet: Organised Crime in G. W. M. Reynolds’ The Mysteries of London’, Lives, Trials and Executions: Perspectives on Crime, 1700-1900, Liverpool John Moores University, 24 May 2017
‘The Dichotomy of Criminality between Town and Country: Robin Hood and Rogue Literature’, British Agricultural History Society PG and EC Workshop, University of Nottingham, 3 May 2017
‘The Prison Hulk as a Transformative Space in The Mysteries of London’, Northern Nineteenth-Century Network, Leeds Trinity University, 2 April 2017.
‘Class and Crime in The Mysteries of London (1844-46)’, Class and the Past, 1800-2000, Lancaster University, 16 March 2017.
‘The Chartist Robin Hood: Thomas Miller’s Royston Gower (1838)’, Reworking Walter Scott, University of Dundee 31 March – 1 April 2017
‘“Curteyse Out-laws” versus Sinister Rogues: A New Context for Robin Hood and Other Outlaw Tales’, British Crime Historians Symposium, Edinburgh University, 7 October 2016.
‘The Birth of Robin Hood: Mrs. Brown of Falkland’s Literary Afterlives and Influence upon the Later Robin Hood Tradition’, Women’s History Network, Leeds Trinity University, 16-18 September 2016.
‘Last Dying Speeches, Trials, and Executions: The Changing Format and Function of Last Dying Speeches, c.1800 – c.1830’, Pernicious Trash? Victorian Popular Literature, 1830-1880, Leeds Trinity University, 12 September 2016.
Round Table Panellist: Paul Kingsnorth’s The Wake, International Conference on Medievalism, University of Bamberg, Germany 18-20 July 2016.
‘The Public School Robin Hood: The Outlaw in Late-Nineteenth Century Children’s Books’ (INVITED), Packaging the Past for Children, 1750-1914, Durham University, 6 – 7 July 2016.
‘Judging Robin Hood: The Outlaw in Nineteenth-Century Literature’, “A Time of Judgement”: The Operation and Representation of Judgement in Nineteenth-Century Cultures, Plymouth University, 23-24 June 2016.
‘“Curteyse Out-laws” versus Sinister Rogues: A New Context for A Gest of Robyn Hode’, Medieval and Early Modern Studies Festival, University of Kent, 17-18 June 2016.
‘Maid Marian in Nineteenth-Century Street Literature’, The Ballad of Women in Print, Chethams Library, Manchester 20 May 2016.
‘Radical Medievalism: Pierce Egan the Younger’s Robin Hood, Wat Tyler, and Adam Bell’, Victorian Representations Colloquium, Leeds Trinity University 13 May 2016
‘Ivanhoe’s Afterlives: Walter Scott’s Legacy upon Nineteenth-Century Robin Hood Scholarship and Fiction in England and France’, Northern Nineteenth-Century Network, Universitie de Cergy-Pontoise, Paris, France 8 April 2016.
‘Criminality in The New Newgate Calendar (1863)’, Communities of Communication: Newspapers and Periodicals in Britain and Ireland, 1800-1900, Edinburgh University 10-11 Sept. 2015.
‘Robin Hood: Illustrating an Outlaw’, BARS, Cardiff University, 16 – 19 July 2015.
‘Robin Hood the Brute: The Outlaw in 18th-Century Criminal Biography’, Outlaws in Context: The Tenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies, The Stables, Doncaster, 1 – 2 July 2015.
‘The Three Faces of Robin Hood’, War and Peace Colloquium, University of Leeds, 17 June 2015
‘Robin Hood: Constructing the Outlaw Hero in the Eighteenth Century’, Jargon of Men and Things Conference, University of Cambridge, 18 April 2015.
‘Robin Hood: A Respectable Outlaw Hero?’, Northern 19th-Century Network, Leeds Trinity University, 17 April 2015

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

IT Experience

2016-17 Web Curator, Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies
2014 Our Criminal Past Web Administrator, Leeds Beckett University

Public Talks

‘The Northern Dickens: The Life and Work of the Manchester Novelist William Harrison Ainsworth’, Manchester City Library 4 February 2017
‘The Legend of Robin Hood’, Pontefract Castle, Pontefract, 8 May 2016
‘The Rise of the Victorian Underworld’, Abbey House Museum, Leeds, 1 March 2016
‘Robin Hood: Rediscovery and Reconstruction in the Eighteenth Century’, Horsforth Library, Leeds, 9 February 2015
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