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Durham University

The Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies

David Lowther

Postgraduate Representative for the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies

My interdisciplinary PhD project focuses on pre-Darwinian natural history and scientific theory between c.1820 and 1860, particularly theories of classification, and cuts across art, science, history, and philosophy. Although primarily occupied with the history of science, I maintain a keen interest in other areas of nineteenth-century history, notably Anglo-German cultural links and the influence of German composers, particularly Brahms, on the development of a distinctively 'British' musical canon. I am fascinated by nineteenth-century politics, particularly the revival of the Conservative/Unionist party from 1870 under the leadership of Disraeli and Salisbury, and the ways in which political considerations entered and influenced scientific discourse. Associate Fellow, Linnean Society of London Member: Royal Historical Society; British Association for Victorian Studies; Society for the History of Natural History.