New Romantic CFPs!

Dear Readers,

We at the NGSC hope you are enjoying a pleasant and productive semester! A whole range of exciting calls for papers has just been announced for Spring and Summer 2016 — many of which celebrate Romantic bicentennials. Here’s a brief taste of some of what’s ahead — and which deadlines to note down. Enjoy!

JOHN KEATS: 3rd Bicentennial Conference
May 20-22, 2016
Keats House, Hampstead

Full CFP to come!

CHARLOTTE BRONTE:
A Bicentennial Celebration of her Life and Works
May 13-14, 2016
Chawton House Library, Chawton, Hampshire.

2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë, one of England’s most beloved authors. Her writings, which constitute some of the most original and striking literature of the nineteenth century, continue to provoke rigorous academic debate. Brontë’s first published novel, Jane Eyre, written under the pseudonym of Currer Bell, rocked polite society with its portrayal of passion and madness. Yet astonishingly, the author was discovered to be a small, plain and shy clergyman’s daughter. This anomaly has inspired contemporary and subsequent generations to examine both the life and work of the woman described by contemporary writer, Harriet Martineau, as “the frail little creature who had done such wonderful things”.

This bicentennial conference – in the village of Chawton, where another woman writer, Jane Austen, penned her much-loved novels – will celebrate the tremendous impact of Charlotte Brontë’s work. Over the course of this two-day event, we will endeavour to map out new directions for research as she enters her third century.

Keynote lectures will be given by:

Juliet Barker – historian, biographer of The Brontës and previous curator and librarian of The Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth.

Justine Picardie – author of Daphne, a novel that explores the profound impact of the Brontës on subsequent generations of writers, and Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar and Town and Country.

Sally Shuttleworth – Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, author of Charlotte Brontë and Victorian Psychology and The Mind of the Child: Child Development in Literature, Science and Medicine, 1840-1900, which takes Jane Eyre as one of its key texts.

We welcome papers that explore any aspect of the life and works of this illustrious author. Suggested topics include but are by no means limited to:

Charlotte Brontë and Myth
Radical or Regressive?
The Importance of Place
Her Legacy
Charlotte Brontë – a woman of her time
The Impact of Religion
Repression and Suppression
Passion
Nature
Charlotte Brontë the Poet
Death and Mourning
Familial Ties
Love and Marriage
The Belgian Connection
The Byronic Hero
Fantasy and Imagination

Please email 250 word abstracts for 20-minute papers, along with a short biography, to Sandy White sw17@soton.ac.uk by January 15th 2016. We welcome panel proposals with three panelists and a moderator. Successful participants will be notified in February.

BRITISH WOMEN WRITERS CONFERENCE, 24th Annual Meeting
June 2-5, 2016
Hosted by the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Conference Theme: Making A Scene
“I played it with relish.”  – Lucy Snowe, Villette

Guest Speakers
Ros Ballaster (Mansfield College, University of Oxford)
Meredith Martin (Princeton University)
Gillian Russell (University of Melbourne)

The theme of the 24th annual meeting of the British Women Writers Conference is “Making a Scene,” and we’re excited to welcome papers that play with the elasticity of this phrase vis-à-vis eighteenth- and nineteenth-century writings by women. From the sublime panoramas of “Beachy Head’ and the scandalous rehearsals of Lover’s Vows in Mansfield Park to the landscapes of Helen Huntingdon and the ekphrastic poems of Michael Field, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature by British women writers frequently makes a scene as it considers landscape, theatrical performance and the creation or representation of visual art. Additionally, actresses themselves enrich women’s writing of the period; the works and life writings of Charlotte Charke and Fanny Kemble remind us that actresses formed a vital part of the canon of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women writers.

But “making a scene” is also a breach of social decorum; it runs the risk, as Haywood’s Fantomina learns despite her calculated use of disguise, of revealing the desire underneath a too ostentatious flirtation. Or it shatters protocol by suggesting the vehemence of any passion. For political radicals also make scenes in British literature, and Barrett Browning’s “Runaway Slave” delivers a powerful one at Pilgrim’s Point. Barrett Browning reminds us that making a scene is often a radical, transgressive act, particularly for an eighteenth- or nineteenth-century woman, whose need to be witnessed, heard, or even seen defies the social and political architecture that tries to silence her.

We invite papers and panel proposals that consider any facet of this theme, particularly those in relation to writing scenes, scenes of the mind, landscapes, political demonstrations, courtroom outbursts, and performance more generally. Please find our full CFP online at https://bwwc2016.wordpress.com/, and note that the deadline for proposals is 5 January, 2016.

Inquiries may be addressed to bwwc2016@gmail.com.

SUMMER OF 1816: Creativity and Turmoil
June 24-27, 2016
An International Conference, hosted by the University of Sheffield

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Professor Jerrold E. Hogle, University of Arizona
Professor Michael O’Neill, Durham University
Professor Jane Stabler, University of St Andrews

‘The Summer of 1816: Creativity and Turmoil’ will be held at the University of Sheffield in June 2016. ‘The year without a summer’, as 1816 was known, was the year in which Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Godwin (later Shelley), Lord Byron, John Polidori and Claire Claremont came together, for the first time, in Geneva.  To commemorate the 200th anniversary of this extraordinary summer, the University of Sheffield will celebrate first and foremost the extraordinary meeting of this circle of Romantic authors, as well as the broader creative contexts of 1816.

There will also be pre-conference event (lasting all day) where each keynote speaker will offer a masterclass focused on their internationally renowned skills as editors and researchers. Though aimed specifically at doctoral candidates and early career researchers, all delegates are welcome to join us.

We invite panel proposals and proposals for individual papers that will explore the literary, biographical, scientific, Gothic and historical readings of the Villa Diodati group, but we also encourage papers that focus on other authors working in 1816. While there is no exclusive requirement as to topics, we welcome papers on any of the following:

* The representation of 1816 in poetry and prose
* ‘A devout but nearly silent listener’: Interactions between artists
* Artistic methods of world creation
* Gothic AND/OR Romantic?
* Commemorating the anniversary of Austen’s /Emma/ or other
memorable publications
* Monstrosity
* Philosophies or representations of creation or creativity
* ‘In creating live’: writing the self or life
* Place in literature
* ‘Large codes of fraud and woe’: the politics of poetry and prose
* History and histories
* ‘I have not loved the world’: the ethics of self and text
* ‘Still and solemn power’: representations of power

This list offers some starting points for presentations and is not intended in any way to limit possible topics and themes for paper presentation. We also welcome suggestions for panels for the conference. Please send 200-word proposals as an email attached document to the conference email address 1816conference@sheffield.ac.uk by 15 January 2016. Please ensure that your proposal is headed with your paper title, your name, institutional affiliation, and an e-mail contact address.
Visit our website, https://1816conference.wordpress.com/ for more information, updates on the conference, help with finding accommodation, and registration instructions.

THE COLERIDGE SUMMER CONFERENCE
August 1-5, 2016
Bristol

Academic Director: Tim Fulford
Keynote speakers:  Jeffrey Cox, Peter Manning, Margaret Russett

The Coleridge Summer Conference meets again next year in a new venue, the verdant quadrangles of Wills Hall, in the green downs above Bristol.  The Hall’s garden grounds, croquet lawn and tennis courts will be available for all participants, and there
will be perambulations and bibulations in the beautiful walled gardens, yew avenue and romantic grotto of Goldney Hall. The Pneumatic Institution is at hand, as is the Avon gorge and Leigh Woods, where STC and Southey walked and discussed pantisocracy.

We aim for a wide range of papers on the literature of Coleridge’s circle in Bristol and beyond, as well as on Coleridge himself.  Abstracts are welcomed on Coleridge, the Coleridge Circle, and Romantic Writing and Culture more generally.  Papers on the themes of Romantic Bristol and the West Country are particularly welcome.

Transport: there are flights from North America to Bristol airport (1 stop).  Wills Hall is a short taxi ride from the airport and from Bristol Temple Meads station; it can be reached on foot from the local station, Clifton Down.

Price: approx.  £480 including accommodation and meals.

Deadline for submission of abstracts, which should be no longer than 250 words, and should include THE PROPOSER’S NAME, AFFILIATION AND EMAIL, is 20th December 2015.  Decisions will be made by 31st December 2015.

Bursaries (full and partial) will be available for postgraduates and unwaged scholars. Please state on your abstract if you would like to be considered for a bursary.

Send to: kerri.andrews@strath.ac.uk

NASSR 2016: Romanticism and Its Discontents
August 11-14, 2016
University of California, Berkeley

We invite consideration of any aspect of discontent with and within Romanticism, a field we construe in broad, international terms. Participants might address the misfit between a concept and a practice; explore writers’ representations of disaffection, their resistance to contemporary norms (aesthetic, political, economic, social, or cultural), or their desire to reassert those norms; discuss the deficiencies of “Romanticism” as an ideological or historical category or “discontent” as an affect intrinsic to Romanticism; reflect on the current state of academic scholarship. Or—if you are dissatisfied with these formulations—we invite you to construe Romanticism’s discontents in any way that seems compelling.

Instructions for how to apply on the NASSR CFP page. Deadline for individual papers / special seminars: February 1, 2016.