I found out about this back around Christmas, but hadn't thought to mention it yet. I'm going to be giving a paper titled "Africa, Empire, and Masculinity in the Early Writings of Charlotte and Branwell Bronte" at the February 10th meeting of the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Culture Forum here at Oxford. The theme for Hilary Term is Childhood, and I'll be talking primarily about writing Charlotte and Branwell did between the ages of 12 and 17. The Brontes' early writing about Glass Town took place in a central African setting, likely influenced by their reading in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine about exploration and the search for the source of the Niger and also the Ashantee wars of the 1820s.
If you are part of the university community and happen to be interested, please do come along. :)
Here is the poster, which gives the rest of the talks and excursions for the term. Looks like an interesting line up!