BARS Digital Events – Zany Romanticism, Online Roundtable, 18 November 2021, 17.00-18.30

The first event in our new season of BARS Digital Events 2021-22. As the field of Romanticism in the past few decades has broadened to allow more comedy into understandings of it, we believe it’s time for an increasing sophistication in our attention to comedy, including to its particular manifestations and embodiments, including in the zany. Building on the work of other scholars who’ve illuminated our sense of Romantic satire, theater, and other comic writing, this roundtable will focus on Zany Romanticism drawing greater attention to the ways that Romantic writers understand aesthetic production as a tense commingling of “artful play” and “affective labor.” More broadly, a commitment to examining Zany Romanticism helps bring into greater view more of the period’s various “beset agents” and their forms of often ignored or unrecognized labor.

Our speakers will be Brian Rejack (Illinois State), Rebecca Schneider (Fort Lewis College), Kate Singer (Mount Holyoke), and Michael Theune (Illinois Wesleyan University).

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#Shelley200: Shelleyan Fragments, Online Talk, 29 November 2021

This free roundtable event, to be held on Zoom, gathers a distinguished line-up of Shelley scholars and editors to discuss Percy Bysshe Shelley’s textual fragments and legacy ahead of the 2022 Shelley Conference in London.

The speakers at the event will include Carlene Adamson, Nora Crook, Mathelinda Nabugodi, and Alan Weinberg. Following a stimulating roundtable discussion, the audience will be invited to participate in a Q&A session. This event will also be recorded and shared online, welcoming further discussion.

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#Shelley200: The Jane Poems, Online Talk, Wed, 26 January 2022

This free roundtable event, to be held on Zoom, gathers a distinguished line-up of Shelley scholars to discuss Percy Bysshe Shelley’s last lyrics, the ‘Jane Poems’, ahead of the 2022 Shelley Conference in London.

The speakers at the event will include Madeleine Callaghan, Kelvin Everest, William Keach, and Merrilees Roberts. Following a stimulating roundtable discussion, the audience will be invited to participate in a Q&A session. This event will also be recorded and shared online, welcoming further discussion.

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CFP – Romantic Ecologies

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The 19th international conference of the Gesellschaft für englische Romantik (Society for English Romanticism)
will be hosted by the Chair of English Literature of the University of Augsburg and held as a residential conference at ‘Haus Sankt Ulrich’ in Augsburg.
Augsburg, September 29 – October 2, 2022

Romanticism is characterized by a new understanding of nature and environment. Nature does no longer function as a mere purpose-oriented setting, but rather as an affective and emotional context of communication with the observing or experiencing subject. The numerous aesthetic ways in which this dialogical interrelationship between subjective experience and scenic object of nature is captured in Romantic literature / art makes Romanticism a ‘proto-ecological’ movement, and today, in times of a world-wide ecological and environmental crisis, Romanticism’s critical explorations of the complex interdependencies between humankind, nature, the environment and aesthetics seem to be relevant as never before. Scrutinizing Romanticism’s strong affinity towards environmental issues allows for an insight into the fragile and precarious networks between various ecosystems, human agency and (post-)industrial society in the Anthropocene.

This conference aims to address this new understanding of nature inherent to British Romanticism, explore its relevance for the discourse of environmental humanities in the twenty-first century, and also to reconsider the relation between humankind, nature / the environment / ecology and aesthetics in (and through) British
Romanticism both in (meta-)theory and practice. With our focus on “Romantic Ecologies”, understood as a wide and plural concept, we invite a multicity of theoretical approaches and readings. This broad conception of ecology may thus encompass political and socio-historical issues, such as the impact of ecology / the environment / biosystems in the contexts of (post)colonialism and (trans)atlantic dialogues alongside
societal ideas in the light of a re-evaluation of the relationship between humankind, the environment, sustainability and capitalism. Further focus areas comprise the role of various biosystems together with their (inter)dependencies and symbioses as well as aspects of non-human agency and materiality. Not least, we aim at revaluating the formal-aesthetic level by encouraging readings and theories that center around the
idea of sustainability and regeneration in / as art. This may include questions of autopoiesis, art as renewal (e.g. productive melancholia), sustainability / regeneration of genre(s), or aesthetic sustainability as manifested for example in structures of repetition and difference. We also invite reflections on the teaching of Romantic
literature and on its uses and limits in sustainability education.

We invite proposals for papers in English of 20 minutes length. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • eco-politics: (post)colonial and / or (trans)atlantic perspectives
  • Romantic concepts of nature, ecology, (post)capitalism and (post)industrialism
  • Romantic ecologies and ethics
  • Romantic biosystems and their (inter)dependencies: animal studies, plant studies, urban ecologies, theories and practices of space / place
  • ecology and materiality
  • the body: disease, contagion, affect
  • disease as deconstructive force
  • beyond (ecocritical) theory: Romantic ecologies in the light of environmental humanities; Romantic meta-ecology; Romantic ecologies and poststructuralism
  • sustainability and regeneration in aesthetics and art: autopoiesis, imagination, repetition and difference
  • the sustainability / regeneration of genre(s) and form in Romanticism
  • approaches to teaching Romantic literature in ecocritical contexts
    Abstracts (300 words) for papers proposed should be accompanied by a short biographical note, plus full address and institutional affiliation.
    Deadline: 15 January 2022.
    Send to: Martin Middeke ( and David Kerler (

Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr. Research Grants 2022

The Pforzheimer Grants are awarded each year to support research in British Romanticism and literary culture, 1789-1832. Preference is given to projects involving authors and subjects featured in The Keats-Shelley Journal, the Association’s annual publication. Advanced graduate students, untenured faculty, and independent scholars working outside the academy are eligible. The grants do not support time off for writing or for travel to conferences.

The awards honor Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr. (1907-1996), past president, vigorous advocate, and most generous benefactor of our Association. An investment banker and philanthropist, he also served as head of The Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation, established by his parents. The Foundation has long been distinguished for funding scholarship in early nineteenth-century English literature.

The Keats-Shelley Association awarded the first Pforzheimer Grants for tenure in 2000. Our roster of winners, who have ventured as far as Ghana and Jamaica in pursuit of their subjects, continues to grow and flourish.

The deadline for 2022 awards is November 1, 2021.

Eligibility: Advanced graduate students, independent scholars, and untenured faculty.

Purpose: To provide funding for expenses related to research in the field of British Romanticism and literary culture between 1789 and 1832, especially projects involving authors and subjects featured in the Keats-Shelley Journal.

Application Procedures

A complete application must include:

·         Application Form (see link below).

·         Curriculum vitae.

·         Description of the project, not to exceed three pages. This brief narrative should clearly describe your project, its contribution to the field, and your plan for use of the money.

·         A one-page bibliography of publications that treat the topic.

·         Two letters of reference from people who know your work well and can judge its value. These letters should be sent directly by your referees to the Chair of the Grants Committee before the application deadline.

Please email complete applications in pdf format to the Chair of the Grants Committee, Professor Olivia Loksing Moy at:

Report to the Association: The Keats-Shelley Association expects awardees to file project reports by the following December describing how the grants furthered their research.

More details available here.

Research Assistant – De Montfort University

The School of Humanities and Performing Arts, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK,  wishes to appoint a temporary 0.4 FTE AHRC Research Assistant for 48 months to start on 1 January 2022.

As Research Assistant (AHRC) you will be expected to assist the research and editorial work of Prof Tim Fulford (De Montfort) and Dr Dahlia Porter (University of Glasgow) on their scholarly edition of the Collected Letters of the late 18th-century chemist, doctor, geologist and poet Thomas Beddoes (Cambridge, 2026).


Your duties will include researching towards biographies of correspondents and scholarly annotations, making archival visits with the editors to check transcriptions against MS letters; making and checking transcriptions, corresponding with archives, updating and ensuring the accuracy of the project’s databases and protocols; scheduling, attending and taking minutes at Advisory Board meetings; drafting promotional material for mounting on project webpages.

In your new role, you will contribute to the School’s research profile through independent research activity and deliver research findings in conference papers and peer reviewed journals.

Ideal Candidate

To be successful, you will have, or be in the final stages of, a PhD in history of science or literature concentrating on the eighteenth and/or nineteenth centuries. Desirable attributes include experience with eighteenth- and/or nineteenth-century manuscripts, experience in constructing editions, publications in a field related to Beddoes, reading and writing German and/or Latin, the ability to work independently and as part of a team, a high degree of accuracy and consistency in a research context, a willingness to undertake further training and professional development, as appropriate.

For any informal enquiries please contact Professor Tim Fulford by emailing

For full details about this role, please view the job description, person specification and application route here.

Carr-Thomas-Ovenden Fellowship

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The Bodleian Libraries are now accepting applications for Visiting Fellowships to be taken up during academic year 2022-23. Fellowships support periods of research in the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries, across a range of different subjects. Of particular interest might be the Carr-Thomas-Ovenden (emphasis on Romanticism) Fellowship.  Recent research topics include Little Britain: Women, Genre, and Form,  “A sin to make verses” The writings of Elizabeth Harcourt (1746-1826) and Percy Shelley’s Translation Practice

Details of the Fellowship terms and application process can be found on the Bodleian Fellowships webpage: Bodleian Visiting Fellowships | Bodleian Libraries (

Applications for these Fellowships should be made by the deadline of noon GMT on Tuesday 30 November 2021.

For further information, please email:

CFP – Romanticism & Metal Studies

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Call for Papers for a Panel at the BARS/NASSR New Romanticisms Conference
2-5 August 2022, Edge Hill University

This panel pairs the new and growing field of Metal Studies with Romanticism, considering how Romantic themes, genres, and texts are carried across in heavy metal music and culture. We invite proposals for short papers on this theme to join our panel.

Within the past decade, Metal Studies has emerged from ‘a history of academic neglect or conflict over the value or legitimacy of metal music and its culture(s)’ into the global spotlight.[1] Metal Studies is beginning to intermix with Romantic Studies; recently, James Rovira’s inclusion of metal as a ‘Dark Romanticism’ in the second volume of the Rock and Romanticism series indicates the potential for future work in this area.[2] Romanticism weighs heavily upon metal, from Iron Maiden’s ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ to Metallica’s Frankenstein-inspired ‘Some Kind of Monster’. But Romanticism’s influence upon metal goes beyond lyrical allusions. Ross Wilson, in reflecting upon Kantian aesthetics and heavy metal’s indebtedness to Romantic negotiations of genre, observes that ‘Where Romanticism is often held to have inaugurated an epoch of freer artistic creation, dispensing with observance of established conventions of specific genres as a condition of artistic excellence, heavy metal is amazingly generically differentiated’.[3] This panel seeks to bring together established and early career scholars to consider how Metal Studies can encourage innovation and interdisciplinary exploration within the study of Romanticism.

Please send 150-word proposals for 10-minute papers to Amanda Blake Davis ( and Matthew Sangster ( by Sunday 31st October

[1] Global Metal Music and Culture: Current Directions in Metal Studies, ed. by Andy R. Brown, Karl Spracklen, Keith Kahn-Harris and Niall W. R. Scott (Abingdon: Routledge, 2016), p. 1.

[2] Rock and Romanticism: Post-Punk, Goth, and Metal as Dark Romanticisms, ed. by James Rovira (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

[3] Ross Wilson, ‘Metalheads’, Cambridge Alumni Magazine, 86 (2019), 24-29 (p. 27).

CFP – Byron: Poet and Reader

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47th International Byron Conference

26 June – 3 July, 2022

The A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences & The Maxim Gorky Institute of Literature and Creative Writing.
Moscow, Russia

The theme of this conference is “Poet & Reader”, where Byron himself might be perceived as an acute
and genuine reader of texts composed in different modes and languages. There are also readers of Byron,
who were inspired by the poet’s brisk and alluring verse style and his commitment to liberty and freedom.
Famous writers, revolutionaries, philosophers, historians, artists, composers, travelers, and inventors
belong to the international community known as Byron’s readership. Some of them claimed that they had
learned English in order to read Byron in the original. Special attention will be given to the Russian
reception of Byron and his works.

The conference organisers welcome 20-minute papers on topics including, but not necessarily limited to:

  • Byron as an avid reader
  • Poets as readers and readers as poets (i.e. Byron, Goethe, Pushkin, Mickiewicz,
    Lermontov, Merezhkovsky, Rimbaud)
  • Byron and various scholarly theorists (i.e. Bakhtin, Foucault, Umberto Eco)
  • Reading Byron as an Orientalist
  • Byron for Western and Eastern readers
  • Byron and scientific literature
  • Byron, libraries and archives
  • Byron reading women and women reading Byron
  • Byron’s take on history and on historical figures
  • Philosophers, artists and composers as Byron’s readers and interpreters
  • Reading Byron within specific political and cultural contexts
  • Reading Byron as a soul-lifting experience
  • Readers idealizing and demonizing Byron
  • Byron for young readers.

Submission of Proposals
Please send 250-word proposals by February 14, 2022 to (Professor Irina Shishkova) (Dr. Elena Haltrin-Khalturina).

Confirmation of acceptance by March 01, 2022.

Organization Committee
Elena V. Haltrin-Khalturina (The A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the RAS)
Irina A. Shishkova (The Maxim Gorky Institute of Literature and Creative Writing)
Olivier Feignier (Société Française des études Byroniennes)
Iaroslava Yu. Muratova (The Maxim Gorky Institute of Literature and Creative Writing)
Elena A. Keshokova (The Maxim Gorky Institute of Literature and Creative Writing)
Margarita V. Koroleva (The Maxim Gorky Institute of Literature and Creative Writing)

Advisory Committee
Jonathan Gross (Joint President of the International Association of Byron Societies (IABS))
Naji Oueijan (Joint President of the International Association of Byron Societies (IABS))
Alan Rawes (Joint President of the International Association of Byron Societies (IABS))
Olivier Feignier (Société Française des études Byroniennes and member of the Advisory Committee of
the IABS)
Vadim V. Polonsky (The A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the RAS, Director)
Alexey N. Varlamov (The Maxim Gorky Institute of Literature and Creative Writing, Rector

Travel Bursaries

The International Association of Byron Societies will be providing four bursaries of $500 each to facilitate with Visa costs and travel expenses, which can run $200 or more. The deadline for application for a bursary is Feb. 1, 2022. Further details regarding eligibility requirements and the application process will be available shortly.