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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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James Hogg's Borders

Conference hosted by the James Hogg Society and
The Department of Literature, University of Konstanz/Germany

Konstanz, July 14-17, 2010

In continuation of the "Borders" theme at previous James Hogg conferences – "Crossing Borders: James Hogg and the Global Context of British Romanticism" (2006) and "Crossing Borders: Clare, Hogg and their Worlds" (2001) – the Konstanz conference will both seek to embed James Hogg in his actual historical and cultural context, the Scottish Borders, and employ the "borders" motif metaphorically to explore Hogg's creative transgression of, for instance, the boundaries of language or genre. However, papers are invited on all topics related to the life and works of James Hogg, as well as Hogg's literary connections and influence. The conference organisers would also especially welcome papers that address Hogg's reception in Continental Europe, as well as papers that make connections between Hogg's works and European writers. Reading time should not exceed 20 minutes.

Inquiries are welcomed at any time. Proposals or abstracts should be sent by December 31, 2009 to

Prof. Silvia Mergenthal
Department of Literature
University of Konstanz
D-78457 Konstanz, Germany

The University of Konstanz is situated on a modern campus overlooking Lake Constance, in the picturesque South West of Germany and on the border to Switzerland. For more information see http://www.uni-konstanz.de. Konstanz is easily accessible by train from the nearest major airport (Zurich/Switzerland), but participants might also investigate budget flight alternatives to Friedrichshafen. A tour of one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the area – the monastic island of Reichenau or the library at St. Gallen – and other social events including a conference dinner will be part of the conference programme.