Justin Livingstone


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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of Victorian literature and culture, and colonial and postcolonial studies. I particularly invite applications on: - Imperial travel writing and the literature of exploration - Nineteenth and twentieth-century colonial fiction - The African novel in English


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Personal profile

Research Interests

Justin’s general research interests are in colonial literature, travel writing, and the relationship between religion and imperialism. His articles have appeared in Literature and TheologyStudies in Travel WritingVictorian Literature and CultureScottish Geographical Journal, English in Africa, and Journal of Victorian Culture. Justin’s first monograph, entitled Livingstone’s ‘Lives’: A Metabiography of a Victorian Icon, was published by Manchester University Press in 2014. This book examines the missionary-explorer’s changing posthumous reputation, particularly in relation to the British imperial project. 

In 2019, Justin completed a digital project, Livingstone's Missionary Travels Manuscript (1857): A Critical Edition, published by the digital museum and library, Livingstone OnlineThis edition provides access to critically encoded and annotated transcriptions of the 1100 page hand-written manuscript of Livingstone's major work, and contains a range of critical essays on topics including the publication and composition of Missionary Travels; the patterns of revision and redaction that shaped the book; and the theory and practice of digitally editing the expeditionary record.

Justin is currently embarking on a new monograph, which aims to examine the considerable range of fictional material produced by the Victorian explorers of Africa; this project is provisionally entitled, The Fiction of Exploration


Justin studied as an undergraduate and postgraduate at the University of Edinburgh. He completed his PhD in 2011, funded by the Helen Philip Memorial Scholarship and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. Before joining the School of Arts, English and Languages in 2016, he spent a year at the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities. From 2012-2015, he worked at the University of Glasgow as the Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow in Critical Studies.


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Research Output

A Conversation about Livingstone Online and the Victorian Record of African Exploration

Simpson, K., Livingstone, J. & Wisnicki, A., 27 Mar 2020, (Accepted) In : 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Livingstone's Missionary Travels Manuscript (1857): A Critical Edition (First Edition)

    Livingstone, J. & Wisnicki, A., 28 Aug 2019, Livingstone Online.

    Research output: Book/ReportScholarly edition

    Open Access

    Popular Imperialism and the Textual Cultures of Empire

    Livingstone, J., 20 Nov 2019, The MacKenzie Moment and Imperial History : Essays in Honour of John M. MacKenzie. Barczewski, S. & Farr, M. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 75-96 22 p. (Britain and the World).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • 1 Downloads (Pure)

    Dissenting Traditions and Missionary Imaginations: Novel Perspectives on the Twentieth Century

    Livingstone, J. D., 30 Oct 2018, The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions: The Twentieth Century: Themes in a Global Context. Hutchinson, M. P. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, Vol. V. p. 377-415 39 p. (The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


    AHRC Research Preparation Master's Scheme Award

    Livingstone, Justin (Recipient), Sep 2008

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Carnegie Trust PhD Scholarship

    Livingstone, Justin (Recipient), Sep 2008

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Helen Philip Memorial Scholarship

    Livingstone, Justin (Recipient), Sep 2008

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    Expeditionary Travel and the Imperial Romance: Imagining Africa in Joseph Thomson's Ulu

    Justin Livingstone (Presenter)

    29 Aug 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Writing Mission: Robert McKeown and the Literary Culture of QIM

    Justin Livingstone (Invited speaker)

    13 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    David Livingstone Trust Birthplace Project

    Justin Livingstone (Advisor)

    Feb 20182020

    Activity: Consultancy typesWork on advisory panels for social community and cultural engagement

    Victorian Publishing, Digital Editing, and David Livingstone’s Missionary Travels

    Justin Livingstone (Presenter)

    Aug 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Lurgan College

    Justin Livingstone (Visiting lecturer)

    06 Dec 2018

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting a School

    Press / Media

    Radio Interview with Newstalk for Talking History

    Justin Livingstone


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Radio Interview with Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) for This Week in History

    Justin Livingstone


    1 Media contribution

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    Radio Interview with Transworld Radio for Missionary Greats: David Livingstone

    Justin Livingstone


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities