30th May 2013, University of Oxford
“The lovely shapes and sounds intelligible / Of that eternal language, which thy God / Utters”
(Coleridge, Frost at Midnight, 59-61)
“the reason why I dislike it is that it does not describe the feelings of a rhyming peasant strongly or locally enough…”
(John Clare, manuscript marginalia 1821)
“Through sad incompetence of human speech”
(Wordsworth, The Prelude (1850)
Stephen Gill (Lincoln College, Oxford) and Michael O’Neill (University of Durham)
The Oxford Romanticism Conference will seek to bring together academics and postgraduate students in a one-day event for discussion of the current study of 'The Romantic Medium: Language and Lexicon'. The conference takes its lead from the Romantic Realignments Seminars held weekly in Oxford and willseek to reflect advances in the past decade of Romantic scholarship. Language is to be considered in a broad sense, incorporating topics on genre to metaphor, translation to soundscape, through an awareness of the plurality of languages at play.
The Conference will be structured around three main branches of criticism—a historical approach to vocabulary and the nature of material text; theoretical approaches dealing with questions about the kind of medium language is and how it functions; and finally close readings exploring what Romantic writers were doing with language. The goal of the Conference is to unite what have historically been three separate critical approaches to the study of language in the period. We hope that in hosting this conference, these approaches can be viewed side by side and we can begin to assess Romanticism from a broader and more unified perspective.
Particularly welcome will be those papers considering the relationship between language and political and historical context, the failure of language as a medium, and how the tussle between primitive or vulgar and civilised or cultured language has characterised the new study of Romantic language.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
· Bibliography and/or Romantic vocabulary
· Language as a medium
· Metaphor, allegory and rhetoric
· Inadequacy of language an inarticulacy; need for language borrowed from other spheres
· Post-Romantic (Victorian, Modern, Post-Modern) appreciation and usage of Romantic language, including responses against Romanticism
· 'English Grammar''
· High/low, poetic/rustic, primitive/cultured language and what these constitute
· Classical and foreign influences on Romantic language
· Purity/chastity of language
· Musicality of language
· Linguistic authority
We welcome also other interpretations of the conference theme.
Oxford University invites submission of 200 word abstracts to be sent, with name, address and affiliation,
to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submission is 15th December 2012.
Transgression, Trespassing and Taboos in the Long-Nineteenth Century Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference, Cardiff University, 10 April 2013
The long-nineteenth century (1789-1914) is a unique period for the study of transgression, and the multiplicity of genres and media in the long-nineteenth century emphasises the need to approach this period from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Capitalising upon current trends in historiography and literary studies, this one-day interdisciplinary postgraduate conference is organised by the School of English, Communication and Philosophy (ENCAP), and the School of History, Archaeology and Religion (SHARE). The conference will feature papers by postgraduate research students from multiple academic disciplines, reflecting current research trends and demonstrating the value of sharing expertise from different disciplines to further understanding in this area.
The confirmed keynote addresses will be given by Dr Harry Cocks (Nottingham) and Dr Heather Worthington (Cardiff).
We welcome papers from Postgraduate Researchers in English Literature, History, and other related fields. Abstracts of up to 300 words for 20 minute papers and a one-page CV should be sent to email@example.com no later than Friday 21 December 2012. The full call for papers can be found here.
'Global Romanticism': Romantic Studies Association of Australasia biennial conference University of Sydney, 3-5 July 2013
Much of the recent scholarly activity in the area of Romantic studies has concentrated on ‘the four nations’: England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. The second biennial conference of the antipodean Romantic Studies Association of Australasia would like to turn that on its head and to ask, again, about British Romanticism’s engagement with the rest of the world, and about the rest of the world’s engagement with British Romanticism. In the past twenty years, scholars like those who have agreed to share their thoughts and findings in keynote lectures at this conference have established the fact that Romanticism and the Romantic period need to be understood in global terms. Far from being a merely national or even European phenomenon, Romanticism – or the cluster of ideas and cultural forms and the structures of feeling associated with Romanticism – is shot through with the experience and imagination of the Americas, including the recently United States with whom Britain was briefly at war; of Africa, north, south, and central; of Russia and the Ottoman empire; of Persia, India, China and the far east; of the penal colony of New South Wales and beyond that the Pacific and its islands. Again, as with our first biennial conference on Romanticism and the Tyranny of Distance, we are inviting scholars from all over the globe to use the historical distance of the twenty first century and the geographical and cultural distance of the Great South Land to reconceptualise and remap the geographical and cultural field of Romantic studies. We encourage submissions covering the fullest possible range of meanings of ‘global Romanticism’ – including but not limited to
• Romantic exploration, real and imagined: ‘We were the first, that ever burst, into that silent sea’
• Romantic places, real and imagined: imaging the exotic and the remote in art and literature
• Romantic cosmopolitanism
• Romanticism, empire, and informal empire
• The globe writes back: Romantic correspondence
• The globe writes back: the global interpretation of British Romanticism, then and since
• The world as subject: colonialism
• The world as specimen: colonies of knowledge
• The world as convert: missionary activity
• The world as convict: penal colonies
• Expanding the canon: foreign literature in translation
• Trading goods: company ships, country ships, and pirates
• Trading places: transportation, migration, settlement, and repatriation
• Trading forms: the global circulation of literature, music and art
• Trading people: slavery and the slave trade
• ‘Yellow, and black, and pale, and hectic red’: Romanticism and race
Scholars interested in proposing 20-minute papers, or full panels of three speakers and a chair, should submitabstracts of between 250 and 400 words and a 150-word bio by 28 February 2013 through the RSAA’s website. For further enquiries, please contact Will Christie or Angie Dunstan.
Gendering the Book
University of Leeds, 13 July 2013
Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers for Gendering the Book, a one-day conference to be held at the University of Leeds on 13 July 2013. The conference will close with a keynote address from Professor Richard Cronin (University of Glasgow).
This conference aims to connect recent scholarship in the areas of book-history and material culture to work on Romantic constructions of masculinity and femininity by considering how men and women in the long eighteenth century imagined their relationship to textual objects. How did cultures of production, consumption, and exchange contribute to the construction of gendered identities? Did these practices and identities change over time, and how far was the book itself a gendered object?
Topics might include, but are not limited to:
· Gift books, anthologies, miscellanies, and collected works
· Men and Women of Letters
· Circulation, conversation, and communities
· Book-history and the book-as-object
· Textual production and consumption
· Authorial identity
Please send abstracts of 250 words and any other queries to Cassie Ulph and Alys Mostyn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2013.