The British Association for Romantic Studies
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 in the UK, has published the BARS Bulletin and Review twice-yearly, and currently has more than 400 members.
BARS has also extended its activities into a number of important new fields. It supports a series of biennial Early Career and Postgraduate Conferences, which provide an informal arena in which scholars can give and listen to academic papers and discuss their work with contemporaries. BARS also funds the Stephen Copley Postgraduate Bursaries; applicants can apply for sums of up to £300 to help them with research expenses. There is an electronic mailbase for BARS members, informing them of worldwide conferences and events in the field as well as relevant new publications.
The BARS International Conference has a long history of successful four-day events attended by both eminent and new Romanticists from Britain and abroad. These conferences showcase the new work being done in the field of Romantic studies. They are held biennially, and have included Enlightenment, Romanticism & Nation (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); and Romantic Revelations (Keele University, 1999). The upcoming 13th International Conference, Romantic Imports and Exports will be held at the University of Southampton on 25th-28th July, 2013. More details about the conference can be found here.
The BARS Bulletin is published in pdf format twice-yearly and informs members of upcoming events, publications and notices relevant to their interests as well as offering an extensive reviews section, reflecting the research interests of BARS members. The reviews from previous editions of the BARS Bulletin can be accessed through the How to Join section of this site.