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The British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) was set up in 1989 by academics to promote the study of the cultural history of the Romantic period. Since then, BARS has organised eight International conferences at various locations in the UK, has published the BARS Bulletin and Review twice-yearly, and currently has more than 350 members.

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Breaking Boundaries
The 1790s in Germany, Britain and France

Wednesday, 22 - Friday, 24 April 2009

Venue: Stewart House/Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Dr Maike Oergel and Dr Dan Hall (Nottingham)

Call for Papers

This conference aims to provide a platform for an interdisciplinary and comparative investigation into the intellectual, literary and historio-political shifts that took place during this period (1789-1805), which was one of the most fertile periods of Central and Western European cultural activity, not least because of the destabilising impact of the French Revolution. The conference intends to highlight the interconnections between culture, politics and ideas with the aim of establishing a more complete picture of this decade of paradigm shifts, whose impact reverberated through the 19th and 20th centuries. Areas of investigation may include:

- Enlightenment and Romanticism: Literature
- Enlightenment and Romanticism: Philosophy and Politics
- The French Revolution and its Impact on Literature, Politics and Cultural Theory
- Radicalism in Literature, Aesthetics and Politics
- The (Role of the) Excessive/Libertinism in Literature, Aesthetics and Politics
- The Origins of Feminism and Human and Civil Rights
- Conservative Reactions to Revolution, Liberation and Libertinism
- The Reception of German Ideas/Writers (in this context) in Britain and/or France
- The Reception of French Ideas/Writers in Germany and/or Britain
- The Reception of British Ideas/Writers in France and/or Germany

Abstracts of proposals for papers should reach both the organisers by 30 April 2008.

Dr Maike Oergel, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Nottingham, University Plain, GB-Nottingham NG7 2RD, and
Dr Dan Hall, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Nottingham, University Plain, GB-Nottingham NG7 2RD