Role Advertisement – BARS Postgraduate Representative

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Supporting Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers has always been an important part of the remit of the British Association for Romantic Studies.  We are currently looking for a postgraduate student willing to join the Executive in order to represent our Postgraduate members and students in the field more generally.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Role:

During their term, the Postgraduate Representative will attend at least four Executive meetings and have the opportunity to co-organise special postgraduate events at the BARS International Conferences. They will also work with the current Early Careers Representative to organise the next biennial Early Career and Postgraduate Conference, due to be held in 2023 and announced later this year.

The position offers valuable experience in conference organisation, logistics and communications, and offers excellent networking opportunities. Importantly, it provides the chance to help shape the Romantic Studies Postgraduate community by feeding in to the Executive’s discussions and launching new initiatives to support postgraduates in the field. Recent Postgraduate Representatives were instrumental in the launch of the BARS Digital Events series and they have co-edited a journal edition arising from the 2020 PGR and ECR conference, Romantic Futurities.

The Postgraduate Representative will serve for a term of two years. After this, there is the opportunity to apply to renew their position according to their status of their studies or to apply to serve as Early Career Representative. Please note that BARS is offering a stipend of £750 per annum for this post. Also, any travel expenses incurred will be met by the Association.


We are especially keen to receive applications from students who expect to have postgraduate status until the summer of 2024, although this is not required.  The new representative will officially stand for election at the next International Conference, New Romanticisms, which takes place at the Edge Hill University in July 2022.

How to Apply:

Please send expressions of interest, together with a one-page CV including a brief description of your research, to the Secretary of the Association, Jennifer Orr, copying in the President, Anthony Mandal.  The deadline for expressions of interest is midnight on the 11th April 2022.

Expressions of interest should be one A4 page in length. We encourage applicants to discuss their experience, skills, and passion for the role in their expression of interest, and we would very much like to read of proposals applicants have for the location, topic, and logistics of the next BARS PGR and ECR conference (to be held in 2023).

If you would like to discuss the position further, please feel free to get in touch with:

Colette Davies (current Postgraduates Representative –

Amanda Blake Davis (current Postgraduate Representative) –

Jennifer Orr (BARS Secretary) –

Anthony Mandal (BARS President) –