Call for Papers:
British Association for Romantic Studies Early Career and Postgraduate Conference
Keats House, London, 12-13 June 2020
Professor Michael Gamer (University of Pennsylvania)
Dr Emily Rohrbach (University of Manchester)
The BARS Early Career and Postgraduate Conference invites an examination into the pluralistic theme of ‘futurities’ in Romantic-period literature and thought. This examination is inclusive of, but not limited to, the historical future, the anticipatory future, posterity, and the future of the field of Romanticism. The conference will bring together early-career and postgraduate researchers whose work addresses futurity from a wide range of perspectives: from historical depictions of the future, to writers’ concerns with posterity, to the future of the field of Romanticism in regard to rethinking the canon, pedagogical approaches, and digital humanities.
We encourage a wide interpretation of ‘futurities’. Topics of interest may include:
- Backward Glances (the anterior future, or the historical moment as future)
- The Utopian and Dystopian
- Science and Invention
- Radicalism, Rights, and Revolution
- Lost Futures (early and unanticipated deaths, unpublished works)
- Prophecy and Apocalypse
- Time and Temporality
- Modernity and Posterity
- Ecology and the Environment (‘dark ecology’ and the Anthropocene)
Please send 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 January 2020 including a 100-word biography. We also welcome 250-word abstracts for poster presentations separate from or in addition to papers. Posters cannot be presented in absentia.
We expect to publish a special issue of essays from revised conference papers through Romanticism on the Net
The Conference Organising Committee are looking for PGR students who would like to be Conference Helpers and assist with stewarding the event. If you are a PGR student, please send your expression of interest to email@example.com by September 30th 2019. Our conference website has a specific page entitled ‘Volunteers’. A more detailed breakdown of the responsibilities of this role can be found here. If you have any other queries, please do get in touch.