Welcome to BARS

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 biennial International Conferences at various locations across the UK, has published the BARS Bulletin and Review twice-yearly, and currently has more than 400 members.

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The International Conference

The BARS International Conference has a long history of successful four-day events attended by eminent Romanticists and emerging scholars from Britain and abroad. The conferences are held biennially and showcase the new work being done in the field of Romantic studies through panel sessions and addresses by invited plenary speakers. Conference programmes also typically include trips to Romantic locations and provide plenty of opportunities for conviviality, networking and the sharing of enthusiasms. Details of all the past International Conferences can be found below. In the past, BARS has occasionally organised additional conferences; these events are detailed at the bottom of the page. In addition to these events, BARS also organises regular Early Career and Postgraduate Conferences.

The 15th International Conference will be held at the University of York between the 27th and the 30th of July 2017; the theme is 'improvement', broardly conceived. The Call for Papers and further information are available on the conference website.

Past International Conferences

Romantic Imprints (Cardiff University, 2015)

Romantic Imports and Exports (University of Southampton, 2013)

Enlightenment, Romanticism & Nation (University of Glasgow, 2011)

Romantic Circulations (Roehampton University, 2009)

Emancipation, Liberation, Freedom (organised jointly with the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR), University of Bristol, 2007)

Romanticism's Debateable Lands (University of Newcastle, 2005)

Romantic Conflict (University of Warwick, 2003)

Sustaining Romanticism (University of Liverpool, 2001)

Romantic Revelations (Keele University, 1999)

Romantic Generations (University of Leeds, 1997)

Placing and Displacing Romanticism (University of Wales, Bangor, 1995)

Romanticism and Nationalism (University of Strathclyde, 1993)

Romanticism and the Picturesque (Gregynog Hall, mid-Wales, 1991)

Reviewing Romanticism (St Alfred's College, Winchester, 1989)

Supernumerary Conferences

1814: War, Peace, and Publication (Institute of English Studies, 2014)

Commemorating Mary Robinson (University of Warwick, 2000)

1798 and its Implications (the first joint conference of BARS and NASSR, St Mary's University College, 1998)