Preliminary Notice for John Keats: Poet-Physician

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Please see below for a preliminary notice for the second Keats Foundation bicentennial conference, which will take place at Guy’s Hospital next May.

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John Keats: Poet-Physician
A Bicentenary Conference at Guy’s Hospital
1-3 May 2015

Keats Lecture Card

Confirmed Speakers include

Jenny Uglow
(Author of In these Times: Living in Britain through Napoleon’s Wars, 1793-1815)

Druin Burch
(Author of Digging up the Dead: Uncovering the Life and Times of an Extraordinary Surgeon)

Jeffrey Cox
(Author of Romanticism in the Shadow of War: Literary Culture in the Napoleonic War Years)

Damian Walford Davies
(Author of Presences that Disturb: Modalities of Romantic Influence in Twentieth-Century Literature)

R. S. White
(Author of John Keats. A Literary Life)

Guest of Honour: Stuart Curran
(Author of Poetic Form and British Romanticism)

The Keats Foundation is delighted to announce that its second John Keats Bicentenary Conference will be held at Guy’s Hospital, Southwark, London, from Friday 1 May to Sunday 3 May 2015, marking two hundred years since Keats enrolled as a student at the Hospital. The Conference is organised by the Keats Foundation (U. K. Registered Charity 1147589), and follows a successful first bicentenary conference at Keats House, Hampstead. The 2015 Conference themes embrace all aspects of Keats’s medical-poetic career: his writings during the Guy’s Hospital years; the poet-physician and physician-poet; war, disease, medicine and Keats’s poetry; his hospital training and the medical context; Keats’s social circles at Guy’s, fellow poets, biography, and critical reception. The Conference will include lectures, papers, a visit to the Old Operating Theatre at Guy’s Hospital, a tour of Keats’s Southwark, and a reception at the George Inn on the Borough Road – London’s last surviving coaching inn, and surely known to Keats while at Guy’s.

‘John Keats: Poet-Physician’ will keep the registration fee as low as is practically possible. We leave accommodation choices and costs to participants, in the belief that this will be welcome for offering maximum flexibility for all attending. Travel arrangements are likewise a matter for those coming to London. The Call for Papers will be published soon, in early Autumn 2014, to allow delegates as much time as possible for arrangements to be made.

For all enquiries:
Nicholas Roe:
Richard Marggraf Turley:
Sarah Wootton: