Monday, 13 February 2012

Calls for papers: a weekly round up

Words on the Page, and the Meanings Beyond: The Innovative Interpretation of Manuscripts,  The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, 26-27 April 2012

Expressions of interest are sought from both potential contributors to, and participants in, the forthcoming conference on the interpretation of manuscripts.  The Wordsworth Trust is undertaking research into the innovative use of manuscripts to further engagement and learning.  This follows a similar conference held in March 2011, and the completion of a report funded by the Designation Development Fund in Spring 2011.  

As well as facilitating a greater understanding of a person’s life and creative process through analysis of a text (poetry, prose, correspondence, etc) the aim of the conference is to explore meanings within a manuscript and its history that go beyond interpretation of the words on the page.  Creating an understanding of a manuscript’s emotional value to its contemporaries (for its content, but also as an object in itself) is essential to understanding its importance today, and its physicality can be as significant as its content when doing so.  The formality of the handwriting for example, or the nature of underlinings and deletions, as well as the circumstances of its composition, its purpose and its intended audience, provide a sense of direct access to its author and emotional engagement with the historical figures with which the manuscript is associated.

The purpose of the conference is to:

  1. Examine the textual, physical and emotional meanings of manuscripts; the equal importance of textual analysis and the manuscript as artefact.
  2. Report on and discuss recent projects.
  3. Discuss and develop ideas for interpretation, using the Wordsworth Trust’s DDF project interventions as a case study.

The learning from the conference and its follow-up activities will be widely disseminated, and a further workshop will be held in September.

The organiser seek a gathering of people of different backgrounds: learning and interpretation specialists, scholars, archivists and curators.  

Please email Jeff Cowton, Curator at The Wordsworth Trust if you wish to attend as a general participant, give a paper or lead a discussion on purposes 1 or 2 above. There will be no charge for attending the conference, and we will offer funding towards contributor’s expenses.  Please note that space is limited, and it may not be possible to accommodate everyone wishing to attend.

The DEADLINE for submission of proposals is Thursday 23 February 2012.

James Hogg and the Romantics: 2012 James Hogg Conference 29-30 June 2012

The next Biannual James Hogg Conference will be jointly hosted by the James Hogg Society and the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow. It will take place at the University of Glasgow from Friday 29 to Saturday 30 June 2012. A trip to Burns country is planned for Sunday 1 July.

The theme of the conference is “James Hogg and the Romantics”. The conference will provide an opportunity to explore the nature of Hogg’s relationship with other Romantic writers and welcomes, in particular, papers relating to all aspects of Hogg’s relationship with Scottish Romanticism.

Papers on topics related to the life and works of James Hogg and to Hogg's literary connections and influence are also welcomed. Reading time should not exceed 20 minutes.

Proposals or abstracts should be sent by 29 February 2012 to Dr Kirsteen McCue.

Manuscript and Print in the Eighteenth Century 23-24 May 2012 

This two-day interdisciplinary conference at Sheffield University investigates the relationship between an expanding print culture and the continuing power of the hand-written form.Though print was undoubtedly in the ascendant during the period, it was through manuscript practices of writing and archiving – not print – that most people had contact with the written word.

The deadline for abstracts is 16 March 2012. You can find the full call for papers and register for the event here; for more information about the conference please email Karen Harvey and Joe Bray at

Science and Literature 1800-Present: Two Cultures or Co-evolution? Postgraduate conference, Keele University 12 May 2012

15 minute papers are sought for a one-day postgraduate conference on the intersections between literature and science from 1800 to the present day.

Proposals of 200-300 words for 15 minute presentations are sought by the deadline of 31 March 2012. Please send proposals and any queries to Emilie Taylor-Brown, Jo Taylor and Katie McGettigan at: The full call for papers and further information can be found here.

'Speculations': the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies' postgraduate and early-career conference, Salamanca (Spain), 13-14 June 2012

The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies’ annual postgraduate and early-career scholars’ conference seeks proposals for individual papers addressing any aspect of the long eighteenth century, as well as proposals for fully comprised panels of three or four papers, roundtable discussions or other ‘alternative format’ sessions.

The theme of this year’s conference will be ‘Speculations’, and thus proposals that consider eighteenth-century speculations of any kind are particularly welcomed. The full call for papers and further information on the conference including accommodation and bursaries can be found here. Please note that you must be a member of BSECS in order to submit an abstract through the website.

The deadline for abstracts is 20 April 2012.


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