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Archive for March 2017

Matthew Sangster on Modes of Curation in the Practices of the Royal Literary Fund

By msangster

(Some initial thoughts in advance of the ‘Institutions as Curators’ workshop.)

One of the main contentions that informs the ‘Institutions of Literature, 1700-1900′ network is that current criticism doesn’t give enough credit to institutions when it tries to chart the disciplinary development of literature. Most accounts of literary value have traditionally focused on the ideas, lives and works of particular authors, deemphasising the roles that systems of education, dissemination and acculturation have played in promoting, normalising and creating the frameworks within which individual geniuses are now recognised. When institutions are discussed, they are often analysed in ways that give credit to particular leading figures, most commonly the founder, a key administrative official or a particularly charismatic associate who achieved considerable feats in their own right. Institutional histories also tend to pay particular attention to organisations’ formative years, valorising processes of establishment and initial ambitions, often at the expense of examining later developments and retrenchments. One of the network’s major goals is to provide a forum for developing more rounded accounts of institutional operations that can better map the natures of the influences that institutions can assert.

The development of such accounts will be a necessarily collaborative process, but …read more


CfP: Art of Power

By dustinfrazierwood

A new, collaborative exhibition, ‘The Art of Power: Masterpieces from the Bute Collection’, will open on 31 March at two venues: Mount Stuart, on the Isle of Bute, and The Hunterian, Glasgow. The exhibition shows a number of masterpieces from the collecti

John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute

on of John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute (1713-92), and runs at both venues until 14 January 2018.

Paper proposals are invited for a three-day symposium inspired by themes explored in the exhibition. In addition to the interplay between art, politics and collecting, possible themes include (but are not limited to):

  • Aristocratic and royal collecting
  • Scottish Enlightenment and Scottish identity
  • Mid-eighteenth-century politics and political culture
  • Bute, satire and political prints

The symposium will be held 2-4 October 2017 at The Hunterian and Mount Stuart. Full details, including instructions for submitting proposals, are available …read more


Call for Papers: The 46th Wordsworth Summer Conference, 2017

By Anna Mercer

The Call for Papers for the next Wordsworth Summer Conference has now been released. See below for further details, and follow the links for details on how to apply for a bursary/submit an abstract.

The 46th Wordsworth Summer Conference, 2017
Monday 7 August to Thursday 17 August at Rydal Hall, Cumbria

Keynote Lectures, 2017:
Gillian Beer Matthew Bevis James Engell
Richard Gravil Meiko O’Halloran Nick Halmi
Alexandra Harris Felicity James
Michael O’Neill
Fiona Robertson Fiona Stafford
Heidi Thomson Kasahara Yorimichi

and the link to our bursaries for postgraduate students

Key Features:

    • The conference is in two parts, of five nights each, with a changeover day
    • 7 excursions, 7 fell-walks, and some lower level walks
    • 13 keynote lectures and 30-34 papers
    • Either 4 or 9 full days in Rydal
    • Excursions to places of Wordsworthian connections or general cultural interest
    • Up to seventy miles of fell walking

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Review of Francesca Saggini’s CRECS talk, ‘From The Vaults: Frances Burney and the Tragic Muse’, 13/03/1

By sophiecoulombeau Many thanks to Jannat Ahmed (@PemberleyParade) for writing this review of our CRECS event, which took place on Monday 13 March 2017. The Cardiff Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century Seminar recently had the pleasure of welcoming Professor Francesca Saggini (Università della Tuscia, Visiting Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge), author of Backstage in the Novel: Frances … Continue reading Review of Francesca Saggini’s CRECS talk, ‘From The Vaults: Frances Burney and the Tragic Muse’, 13/03/1 …read more


Report from the 19thC Matters public engagement training day at Chawton House Library

By Anna Mercer


Thank you to Jessica Hindes for the following post, reporting from the Nineteenth Century Matters public engagement training day. This event was held at the stunning location of Chawton House Library on 28 January 2017, and was sponsored by BARS and BAVS. You can follow tweets from the event by searching for the hashtag #C19Matters. Jessica is also on twitter (@bleakho).

The Nineteenth Century Matters Training Day on Public Engagement: A Report for BARS

The Nineteenth Century Matters public engagement training day at Chawton House Library offered postgraduate researchers in Romantic and Victorian studies the opportunity to come together in order to consider both the wider purpose of public engagement in academia, and the types of engagement activity they might begin to develop from their own research. With bursaries on offer to researchers without permanent academic employment, the day’s organisers displayed a refreshing awareness of the pressures faced by those coming out of the PhD into a difficult job market. As an early career researcher without institutional affiliation, one of the aspects of the day that I most enjoyed was the chance that it offered to connect with others in the same situation.

Chawton House Library in Hampshire

It was also a delight …read more


Update: Institutions as Curators Programme

By msangster

We’ve now published the full programme for our first workshop, ‘Institutions as Curators’; this can be downloaded here and viewed in full on the relevant page of the site. The workshop is open to anyone who’d like to take part in our discussions; however, we’d appreciate an email to if you’re planning on attending so we can correctly calibrate our catering order. We’re also publishing a series of blog posts reflecting on the issues that the workshop will consider; these are being grouped together using the tag ‘Institutions as Curators‘.

We’ve been in touch with everyone who responded to our Call for Participants at this point, and now that the Glasgow workshop is largely in place, we’re working on finalising the running orders and arrangements for the second two workshops. We’ll be publishing details about these here as soon as they’re fully confirmed.

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