Welcome to BARS

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 across the UK, has published the BARS Bulletin and Review twice-yearly, and currently has more than 400 members.

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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 a diverse range of locations across the UK and has published the BARS Bulletin and Review twice-yearly. The Association currently has more than 400 members.

In recent years, 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, events in the field and relevant new publications.

The BARS International Conference has a long history of successful four-day events. Recent conferences have included Enlightenment, Romanticism & Nation (University of Glasgow, 2011), Romantic Circulations (Roehampton University, 2009) and Emancipation, Liberation, Freedom, organised jointly with the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) (University of Bristol, 2007). 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 & Review is published in pdf format twice-yearly and informs members of upcoming events and publications as well as offering an extensive reviews section reflecting the research interests of BARS members. The reviews from previous editions can be accessed through the Bulletin section of this site.

We hope that you will consider becoming a BARS member and telling colleagues and postgraduates about BARS. For information on becoming a member of the Association, see the How to Join section of this site.