Sunday, 17 June 2012

Conference report BARS 2012: Romantic Connections


The 1st of June saw Newcastle University host the Early Careers and Postgraduate Conference for BARS, entitled ‘Romantic Connections: Networks of Influence, c.1760-1835’, organised by Helen Stark (Newcastle University), Matthew Sangster (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Matthew Ward (University of Edinburgh). This day conference was well attended, and consisted of many interesting panels and sessions. Professor John Mee gave the keynote paper, entitled ‘“If any thing can be called a man’s property it is the produce of his mind”: The Literary Fund and Claims of Literature (1802)’, in which Professor Mee discussed The Literary Fund alongside contemporary popular writers and groups such as the Della Cruscans.
Another notable moment in the day was the fascinating roundtable discussion. This comprised of a talk from Professor Gary Kelly on funding projects, a lively and engaging report from Professor Matthew Grenby on his current editing and research project on the letters of William Godwin, an exciting introduction to the research resources at Dove Cottage in Grasmere, and a valuable insight into academic collaboration and new media from Dr Kerri Andrews of Strathclyde University.
Alongside these stand-out sessions, the conference brought together many unique and fascinating papers in a series of well-designed and lively panels. Of particular interest was the morning panel, ‘The Coleridge Connection’, chaired by Jennifer Orr. Philip Ahearne gave his debut conference paper on Coleridge as instructor in his paper, ‘Coleridge: The Teacher and the Talker’, which was followed by Newcastle University’s Beatrice Turner and Joanna Taylor, giving their papers, ‘A Bare and Solitary Branch: Hartley Coleridge Re-writes his Family Tree’, and ‘The Transition of Debt between Lord Byron and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’, respectively. In this Coleridge panel, all three papers complemented each other beautifully; Philip Ahearne’s paper succinctly arguing for Coleridge as instructor, before Beatrice Turner gave an intriguing and satisfying examination of the problematic relationship between Coleridge and his son Hartley, followed finally by Joanna Taylor, who analysed another of Byron’s relationships, that between himself and his protégé, Shelley. One would expect a lively and engaging discussion to follow, and in this regard the panel did not disappoint, offering a fascinating question and answer session following the papers.
In the afternoon, Matthew Grenby chaired the four-paper panel, ‘Politics and the Personal’. Cato Marks presented his excellent paper ‘My Life has for Several Years Been a Theatre of Calamity: Caleb Williams and the Theatrum Mundi Trope’. Dr Marks’ paper was the beginning of a very engaging panel, followed by ‘Alison Morgan’s ‘Starving Mothers and Murdered Children in Cultural Representations of Peterloo’, Sophie Coloumbeau’s ‘Ne suis-je pas son mari? Frances Burney, Charlotte Smith and Cross-Channel Conjugality’, and finally Jessica Evans’ ‘The Monstrous Body Politic: Medical Language and Political Reform in the Romantic Press’. As with the morning sessions, all four papers complemented each other extremely well. As a consequence, the speakers, the attentive audience, and conference organisers for putting together such well-constructed panels must all be congratulated.
Indeed, as a whole, ‘Romantic Connections’ was a remarkably well-organised and welcoming conference. On minor notes, there were ample networking opportunities for delegates between panels and throughout lunch. For a conference on ‘connections’, the overall mood of the day was of warm congeniality and collaboration. The end of the conference was followed by a meal at local restaurant Marco Polo’s and drinks afterwards, continuing the theme of collaboration and discussion in an atmosphere of sociability and stimulation.


- Dr. Christopher Machell (independent researcher)

3 comments:

  1. Duplicate household furniture rolex replica uk that may be quality features the many traits involving their forebears and is also unmetabolised along with brand-new. It can be slick for you to flawlessness, using it's unlikely that any in the concerns linked with ages swiss watcehs uk old household furniture, zero chafes, zero mis-fitting joint parts, with out wobbly lower limbs. Consequently processing household furniture makes it possible for folks to relish amazing bits even though battling it's unlikely that any in the negative aspects involving buying adult household furniture. This will likely take you a true handbag. Sizzling hot to find out definitely your current ladies handbag can be legit fake rolex watches should be to obtain right via developer merchants. Check out your ladies handbag pertaining to numbers. Legitimate totes most often have a new command minute card as well as command variety with this report. They generally have a very qualification involving authenticity. The telephone number replica watches sale for the marking as well as command minute card is meant to check the telephone number branded for the liner. You should try to join up your current handbag. Good quality really does subject, consequently have the handbag. Legitimate luggage delicate natural leather fake rolex as well as suede. Reproductions usually experience more like plastic-type material. True natural leather can be bulkier also. Your big difference is small facts. The liner along with stitching may help separate synthetic fake rolex via true versions.

    ReplyDelete
  2. theme has Replica handbags been arrested at the current market information to facilitate introduction of the other candidates, handbag replica and this year they, notes and information, find answers to access Replica Watches people possible.The fact that some people want their notifications on their Replica watches UK has spoilt the empowering, knowing-the-time fun for some uni students, thanks to examiners realising an othre that Rolex Daytona could be used to cheat in exams.

    ReplyDelete