Call for Papers
University of Glasgow, 11th and 12th April 2019
Plenary Speakers: Ian Duncan (Berkeley) and Angela Esterhammer (Toronto)
The reign of George IV was a decade of profound transformations, during which technological, generic and ideological innovations opened up culture to unprecedentedly vast audiences, mandating the creation of new modes of communication and production, but also triggering fears about the loss of social cohesion and nostalgia for perceived lost identities. By 1830, Samuel Taylor Coleridge felt empowered to contend that ‘Roads, canals, machinery, the press, the periodical and daily press [and] the might of public opinion’ had fundamentally reconfigured political and social discourse.
This international conference aims to produce a new understanding of the underappreciated innovations and diffusions that occurred during the 1820s. Topics to be considered include, but are not limited to:
- The Spirit of the Age
- Media, mediality and technology
- The proliferation of institutions
- Reform and reaction
- Cultural mediators
- Public(s) and audiences
Abstracts of around 300 words for 20-minute papers should be sent to email@example.com along with the proposer’s name, institutional affiliation (if any) and a short biographical note (50-100 words).
We also invite proposals for keywords for framing the 1820s suitable for a special session of 5-minute presentations employing a …read more