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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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Wales and the West Romanticism Seminar

Please see below for calls for papers and forthcoming meetings

If you haven't done so, do write back and let us know whether you would be interested in joining our mailing list. Literary critics, cultural historians, researchers and anyone interested in the period are welcome to join, regardless of discipline.

The purpose of the group is to meet twice a year for socializing and seminars at Swansea. These would last from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm and include lectures by plenary speakers and shorter discussion papers on work in progress. They would be free with a small charge for sandwiches and coffee. We could also occasionally organize larger scale themed day conferences supported by BARS (the British Association for Romantic Studies). The group would enable scholars to meet up and to find research partners from other institutions. Private scholars, retired colleagues and postgraduate students would be able to make useful contacts with those working in their field. We could also notify everyone on the e-mail list of relevant local events and research seminar programmes. We look forward to seeing you in Swansea.

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Howell (164057@swansea.ac.uk)
Rania Chatsiou (334451@swansea.ac.uk)
Redfern Barrett (222593@swansea.ac.uk)


CFP: Wales & West Romanticism Seminar - Romantic Counterculture

“The life of adventurers, gamesters, gypsies, beggars, and robbers is not unpleasant.”
(Edmund Burke)

A one-day symposium to be held at Swansea University
Monday 14th December 2009, 11am-5pm



Plenary Speakers: Prof. Nick Groom (Exeter), Prof. Ian Haywood (Roehampton)

There has been a long-standing scholarly interest in the subcultures that developed within Britain during the long nineteenth century – religious, political, gaming, theatrical, and sexual, among countless others. In particular London, with its ever increasing population, housed secret societies, freethinking coffeehouse culture, criminal underworlds, eccentric leisure clubs and networks of political troublemakers. As well as producing a wealth of progressive literature, the Romantic Period has revealed itself to be a particularly fertile epoch for unconventional characters and alternative lifestyles. It is arguably this fusion of life and art that defines the countercultural impulse.

For this symposium, the organisers invite proposals for 20-minute papers on all aspects of counterculture within a broadly-defined Romantic Period. We are particularly interested in the relationship between Romantic literature and subcultures that offer an alternative to the dominant or ‘official’ culture or seek actively to resist it in some way. The quality of “alternativeness” present in the Spirit of the Age will be interrogated with the aim of exploring it in relation, not merely to the establishment values of the period, but also to the militant radicalism of revolutionary movements and the explosive effects of Jacobinism throughout Europe. In addition, discussions about the literary/textual innovations of the period, and the concept of the avant-garde in general, will hopefully supplement the socio-political dimension of the debate.

Topics might include:

Communitarianism, pantisocracy, the periodical press, bohemianism / the myth of the artist, the Romantic ‘schools’, exile, dandyism, vegetarianism, nomadism, vagrancy, freemasonry, drug-use, carnival, itinerancy, gambling, Religious/Political dissent, fraternal organizations, anti-slavery, feminism, Welsh/Scottish/Irish/Cornish/Manx nationalism, immigrant communities, the London Corresponding Society, libertinism, criminal culture, illegal gaming, early environmentalism, smuggling, piracy, poaching, Gypsy-Travellers.

Proposals for papers (max. 250 words) should be e-mailed to Anthony Howell (ant.howell@gmail.com) by Wednesday 30th September.

 (click here for registration form)