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The Darwins Reconsidered: A One-Day Colloquium

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This colloquium - looking at both Darwins in connection with literature - will take place at the University of Roehampton (SW London) on 4 September, 2015. For programme of speakers, directions and details of registration, please follow this link:

If you have any queries, please contact one of the organizers, Dr Louise Lee ( or Professor Martin Priestman (

CFP: The Transnational Reception of Waterloo in the 19th Century

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On the occasion of the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, the Centre for Reception Studies ( of the KU Leuven (University of Leuven) organizes an international conference on "The Transnational Reception of Waterloo in the 19th Century" on 18 and 19 June 2015 (200 years to the day of the Battle).

Confirmed keynote speakers are:

Jeffrey N. Cox (University of Colorado at Boulder)
Philip Shaw (University of Leicester)
Norbert Eke (Universität Paderborn)
Peter Philipp Riedl (Universität Freiburg)
Jean-Marc Largeaud (Université François Rabelais de Tours)
Philippe Raxhon (Université de Liège)
Jeroen Van Zanten (Universiteit Amsterdam)
Janneke Weijermars (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)

All further details and the full call for papers can be found on the conference website:

Please send proposals (max. 250 words) for 20-minute papers to before 20 March 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 April 2015.

CFP: The Romantic Eye, 1760–1860 and Beyond

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The Romantic Eye, 1760–1860 and Beyond
April 17, 2015-April 18, 2015
Call For Papers
Yale University

This symposium examines Romanticism as a shape-shifting cultural phenomenon
that resists easy categorization. Focusing on the period from 1760 to 1860,
the symposium embraces the amorphousness that has been ascribed to
Romanticism historically by eschewing any limiting definition of it, seeking
instead to explore the broad range of art and visual culture characterized as
“Romantic” during this hundred-year span. We are interested in what the
Romantic “eye” pursued and perceived, and how it set itself the task of
recording those perceptions. In addition to interrogations of the
relationship between the visual arts and Romanticism, we welcome papers on
writers, composers, scientists, and philosophers whose projects engaged the
visual. Papers also are sought for a special panel that will address the
legacies of Romanticism in contemporary art.

This symposium coincides with a major collaborative exhibition organized by
the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery, The
Critique of Reason: Romantic Art, 1760–1860, which opens March 6, 2015. The
exhibition comprises more than three hundred paintings, sculptures, medals,
watercolors, drawings, prints, and photographs by such iconic artists as
William Blake, John Constable, Honoré Daumier, David d’Angers, Eugène
Delacroix, Henry Fuseli, Théodore Géricault, Francisco de Goya, John
Martin, and J. M. W. Turner. Talks that respond explicitly to works in the
collections of the Yale Center for British Art or the Yale University Art
Gallery are particularly encouraged, as are cross-disciplinary and
comparative studies.

We are seeking presentations of thirty minutes in length. Graduate students
and early career scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. Travel and
accommodation costs will be covered by the organizers. Please e-mail
abstracts of no more than three hundred words and a short CV or bio (no more
than two pages) by February 2, 2015, to

The symposium is cosponsored by the Department of the History of Art at Yale
University, the Yale Center for British Art, the Yale University Art Gallery,
and the Yale Student Colloquia Fund.

CFP deadline approaching: 23rd Annual British Women Writers Conference

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23rd Annual Meeting of the British Women Writers Conference

June 25th-27th, 2015

Hosted by The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
at The Heyman Center, Columbia University


The British Women Writers Conference will engage the theme of “Relations” for its 23rd annual meeting to be held in New York City. The inspiration for this theme comes from Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, who taught at the Graduate Center from 1998-2009, and whose investment in relations continues to inspire new ways of looking at the richness and variance of (dis)connection. One of her last courses, “Reading Relations,” explored literary constructions and alternative understandings of relationality (the syllabus for the course can be seen at Sedgwick’s interdisciplinary approach informs our conference’s investments. In this spirit, we invite papers—as well as panel proposals—that focus on possible interpretations of and approaches to relationality across a broad spectrum of topics, methods, and disciplines. We would welcome investigations of interaction, exchange, correlation, or conjunction. Alternately, treatments might focus on relationality as a political, historical, global, social, personal, critical or textual phenomenon.

For paper proposals, please send a 300-word abstract and a short bio (in a single attachment) to by January 5th, 2015. For full panel proposals, please compile all proposals, along with a brief rationale for the panel, into a single document. Papers and panels must address the theme and its application to British women’s writing of the long 18th- or 19th-centuries.

The conference Web site and full CFP is available here:

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

Conceptual Relations:
Influence (literary or otherwise)
Subject-Object relations
Human-Animal relations
Human-Machine relations
Darwinian relations
Spatial arrangements/Bodies in space

Personal Relations:
Sexual relations/Intimate relations
Domestic arrangements
Care-giving, professional and personal
Familial Relationships/Kinship
Global Relations:
Economic systems
Anthropological interactions

Social/Political Relations:
Social arrangements
Class relations
Labor relations
Gender relations
Political relationships
Revolutionary relations
Colonial relations
Race relations
Cross-national/cross-cultural relations
Historical connections

Critical/Textual Relations:
Theoretical approaches
Hermeneutic relations
Reader relations
Biographical relationships
Literary circles/networks
Relations between literary forms/genres/traditions/conventions
Pedagogical Relations:
Pedagogical approaches
Text-Media relations

CFP: John Keats: Poet-Physician, Physician-Poet, 1815-1821

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The Keats Foundation announces its second bicentenary conference, to be held from the afternoon of Friday 1 until the evening of Sunday 3 May 2015 at Guy’s Hospital London. The conference marks the 200th anniversary of John Keats enrolling to study medicine at Guy’s Hospital in 1815.

Confirmed speakers include Druin Birch, Jeffrey Cox, Stuart Curran, Damian Walford Davies, Jenny Uglow, R. S. White.

The conference will be held on the 29th floor of Guy’s Hospital Tower Building - with extensive views of the City of London.

We will visit the surroundings of Guy’s Hospital, including the celebrated John Keats statue in the quadrangle. One of our receptions will be held in the Old Operating Theatre at Guy’s, giving participants an opportunity to gather around the operating table with glasses of wine. Our second reception and buffet-banquet will be held in private, wood-panelled rooms at the historic seventeenth-century George Inn – London’s only surviving galleried inn.

Call for Papers
Proposals for 20-minute papers are invited, under the broad heading of ‘John Keats: Poet-Physician / Physician-Poet’. We particularly welcome papers on the relation of Keats’s poetry, letters, life and times to any of the following:

  • Medicine / poetry and medicine
  • Romantic-era hospitals
  • Medical training
  • Surgery / dissection / anatomy
  • Prescriptions and the pharmacopoeia
  • Infection / disease
  • Tuberculosis / consumption
  • Healing
  • Women’s health
  • Medical texts
  • Wounds
  • Nerves
  • Mercury
  • Hypochondria
  • Melancholia
  • Hallucination and drugs

This list offers some starting points for presentations and is not intended to limit possible topics. For obvious reasons, however, all papers should have a Keatsian focus.

Please send 200-word proposals as an email attached document to the conference administrator, Hrileena Ghosh by 15 January 2015. Please ensure that your proposal is headed with your paper title, your name, institutional affiliation, and an e-mail contact address. Acceptances will be issued by 31 January at the latest; please let us know if you have a deadline for travel or funding.

Please note: the conference registration fee will be confirmed when Registration opens in January 2015, and is likely to be in the region of £150 (full rate)/£90 (postgraduates and unwaged), inclusive of the two receptions; £100/£50 conference attendance only. Lunches, coffees, teas, biscuits, cakes and other refreshments are all included, as are conference stationary and electronic resources. When submitting your paper proposal, please would you indicate whether you would like to attend the receptions. Every effort has been made to keep registration fees to a minimum. Travel and accommodation arrangements are left to delegates’ discretion.

Nicholas Roe (John Keats. A New Life)
Richard Marggraf Turley (Bright Stars: John Keats, Barry Cornwall and Romantic Literary Culture)
Sarah Wootton (Consuming Keats: Nineteenth-Century Representations in Art and Literature)

Preliminary announcement:
We hope that the 2016 Keats Foundation bicentennial conference will be held at John Keats’s Margate.

NASSR/Romantic Circles 2nd Annual Pedagogy Contest: Deadline April 2nd

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Just a brief reminder and encouragement to submit materials to this year's NASSR/Romantic Circles Pedagogy Contest.

The contest was started at last year's NASSR Conference as a way of encouraging and highlighting the many teaching innovations occurring in our field. The finalists' panel at the conference yielded a rich and helpful conversation about Romantic pedagogy.

Teachers of all ranks may submit teaching materials. Exemplary submissions consider how teaching revivifies Romanticism, in any of its myriad forms. Digital innovations are encouraged but certainly not required. For a list of previous winners and their syllabi, see the Pedagogy section of the Romantic Circles website:

Finalists will be chosen via author-blind peer review to give a short presentation at a special panel at this year's conference in Washington DC, and their syllabi will be published on the Romantic Circles Pedagogies website. The winner, chosen after the panel, will receive a $250 award and recognition at the NASSR banquet. For more information on the contest see the NASSR 2014 website:

Please send a document of between 3-5 pages to by April 2, 2014. Please include a cover letter with identifying information, which should be left off all other documents. Initial queries and questions are welcomed.

Potential materials might include but are not limited to:
- A cover letter and explanation of the submission, including an argument as to the course or project’s pedagogical innovation and benefits
- Syllabus or parts of a syllabus
- Assignment sheets
- Multimedia or digital materials

CFP: Reassessing British Women Writers of the Romantic Period: A Special Issue of Women’s Writing

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Editors: Angela Rehbein and Andrew Winckles

It has been twenty years since the publication of Anne K. Mellor’s foundational study Romanticism and Gender (1993). Those twenty years have witnessed a wellspring of scholarship about Romantic-era women writers and a series of excellent critical biographies and anthologies. Nevertheless, much work remains to be done, both in terms of recovering forgotten women writers of the period and in more clearly contextualizing writers who have already been “recovered.” This special issue invites articles that provide new insight into the lives, writings, and cultural contexts of Romantic-era women. We seek to reconsider how we frame women’s lives and writings: what elements of their experiences do we privilege, and what do we ignore? Perhaps more important, what criteria do we employ when we make these determinations? Topics may include (but are not limited to): women and political writing, gender and genre, women and religion, gender and authorial identity, epistolary culture, literary mentorship, re-thinking periodization (Romantic v. Victorian), and re-assessing the canon.

Please submit articles of 4,000-7,000 words to Angela Rehbein or Andrew Winckles at:

Angela [dot] Rehbein [at] westliberty [dot] edu
awinckle [at] sienaheights [dot] edu (preferred)


West Liberty University
208 University Drive
CU Box 130
West Liberty, WV 26074-0295

Submissions should be sent by January 15, 2014. Details of the journal’s house style can be found on the Women’s Writing web site.

CFP: NASSR 2014 - Romantic Connections

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We invite proposals for an international Romanticism conference, to be
held at the University of Tokyo on June 13–15, 2014. This event will
bring together four scholarly societies from three continents: it is a
supernumerary conference of the North American Society for the Study
of Romanticism (NASSR), also supported by the British Association for
Romantic Studies (BARS), the German Society for English Romanticism
(GER), and the Japan Association of English Romanticism (JAER).

Over the last two decades, there has been sustained scholarly interest
in the connections between European Romanticism and the peoples,
cultures, and literatures of the rest of the world. While our approach
will be informed by the legacy of Saidian “Orientalism,” we are
particularly interested in models of intercultural connection which
refine or challenge totalizing models of domination and subordination.
We welcome papers that shed light upon the question of “connection”
from the broadest range of perspectives: imaginative, linguistic,
material, social, sexual, scientific, economic, and political.

Drawing on our location in Tokyo, we will use this conference to
consider the broader task of forging connections between Eastern and
Western literature and scholarship. In a Japanese context, the idea of
interpersonal “connection” (kizuna) takes on a different resonance,
because of its close connection to the project of recovery (saisei)
following the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami. This
conference wishes to explore how such acts of cross-cultural
translation offer the possibility of reciprocal transformations of

We welcome explorations of the reception of European Romanticism in
Asia and other regions of the world, as well as discussions of the
future status of Romanticism studies in a geographically diverse and
technologically connected scholarly world.

Proposals for papers (200–300 words) are due by November 30, 2013.

For more information, see the conference's website

CFP: International Byron Conference 2013

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Byron ConferenceBYRON: the poetry of politics and the politics of poetry
The 39th International Byron Conference

1-6 July 2013, King’s College London, Strand Campus

Call for papers

This conference will examine Byron’s engagement with politics in the widest sense: as a poet, as a member of the House of Lords, as a commentator on his time, and latterly as a would-be revolutionary.

Academic sessions might include:
Byron and the politics of culture
Political style in Byron’s writing
Byron and the politics of the ‘Other’
Byron and the politics of emergent nations (Italy, Greece, the Americas)
Byron and the House of Lords
Byron and Napoleon
Byron as social satirist
Byron and revolution
Byron as liberal and/or libertine
Byron and religion
Byron and social class
Byron and gender/sexual politics
Byron and British political parties
Byron and imperialism
Byron and celebrity
Byron’s posthumous political influence
The ‘Byron legend’ (construction and/or appropriation)
‘Words and things’ (literature versus action in Byron’s life and work)

Proposals for papers on these and other aspects of Byron and politics, or the politics of Byron’s poetry, are welcome. Please send 250-word proposals by 28 February 2013 to

Individual presentations must not exceed 20 minutes in length. In order to accommodate the maximum number of presentations in the programme, the organisers hope to include one or more ‘round-table’ discussions around specific themes. Individual contributions to these discussions would typically be of 5-10 minutes. If you would be willing for your proposal to be included in a ‘round-table’ session, please indicate this when you send it. Ready-formed proposals for such sessions, based on a particular theme, timed to last either 90 or 120 minutes, and including a minimum of 4 speakers, will be particularly welcome.

Please note that you should normally be a current member of a national Byron Society in order to present a paper at the conference. For a list of Byron societies worldwide see

Bursaries for student presenters

Limited funds are available to help selected students meet the cost of presenting a paper at the conference (either as individual speakers or as Round Table participants). If you wish to be considered for one of these, please indicate this clearly in your proposal. Applicants will be contacted in late March and can expect to know the decision of the Academic Committee by mid-April 2013.

Academic committee

Roderick Beaton (King’s College London)
Bernard Beatty (University of Liverpool)
Peter Graham (Virginia Tech)
Christine Kenyon Jones (King’s College London)
Alan Rawes (University of Manchester)
Jane Stabler (University of St Andrews)

CFP: Special Issue of Women's Writing on Felicia Hemans

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Katherine Singer, former site manager at Romantic Circles, and Nanora Sweet, a former electronic edition editor, have just issued a call for submissions to a special issue of Women's Writing entitled, Beyond Domesticity: Heman's in the Wider World.

Here's more:

Beyond Domesticity: Hemans in the Wider World
A Special Issue of Women’s Writing

Felicia Hemans (1793-1835) was the sole British woman poet to rank alongside male Romantics in publishing and sales before and after her death. She positioned herself as a cosmopolitan writer in major forms on post-Napoleonic topics, later becoming a pioneer in Biedermeier poetics (of privatized, domestic sentiment). This later development has dominated her recovery in contemporary Romanticism, enabling a reconstruction of “domesticity” itself as a discourse. However, domesticity may be as much an artifact of her life and career as a framework for it. In contrast, this special issue of Women’s Writing seeks essays on the alien, the uncanny, and the foreign in Hemans; the readerly, thinkerly, and artistic; the public, topical, and businesslike; the critical and prophetic.

How did Hemans think through the ramifications of the transatlantic and global worlds, in Europe, Canada, the Americas, the Middle East, and beyond? How did she capitalize on settings peripheral to London (Liverpool, Wales, Edinburgh, Dublin) and how develop networks around and beyond them? How did she rethink or refigure history, mediated by her interests in the medieval and the modern, empire and republic, science, travel, and more? Hemans was a skilled and savvy navigator of the literary marketplace, and what more can we understand about her intervention in and reshaping of publication culture, including periodicals and reviews, publishers and editing then and now? How does she establish dialogue with the myriad, uncanny “voices” in her texts, as paratexts and intertexts? Moreover, how does she experiment with poetics, genre, and medium through her play with a slew of forms? Finally, how does Hemans broach the philosophical through her meditations on ethics, protest, and gender? How does she theorize her relationships to male and female poetic influences, associates, and competitors?

Other topics may include but are not limited to the following areas:
· Contention with established institutions such as church, party, university, royalty
· History as drama; motifs of atrocity, exile, captivity, immolation, the scaffold
· Art, ekphrasis, the musical
· Style, lexicon, classical and Romantic poetics, traditional and innovative forms
· Transcendence, the afterlife, skepticism, consciousness, and prophecy

Please submit articles for consideration between 4000-7000 words to Katherine Singer, Assistant Professor of English, Mt. Holyoke College, ksinger [at] mtholyoke [dot] edu or Nanora Sweet, Associate Professor of English Emeritus, University of Missouri-St. Louis, sweet [at] umsl [dot] edu, by 22 April 2013. Initial queries about articles welcomed.

See instructions for authors and attached style sheet on the Women’s Writing website, Instead of footnotes, we use endnotes with NO bibliography. All bibliographical information is included in the endnotes. For example, place of publication, publisher and date of publication appear in brackets after a book is cited for the first time. Please include an abstract, a brief biographical blurb (approximately 100 words), and six keywords suitable for indexing and abstracting services.