BARS Digital Events 2022/23: Call for Proposals – Deadline Friday 16th September

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The British Association for Romantic Studies Digital Events Committee are glad to invite proposals for our 2022/23 series.  We’ll be looking to run fewer events this session (four or five), but we’re keen to keep the series going.

As before, we invite proposals for curated roundtable sessions; these usually consist of four or five speakers, at least one of whom must be a doctoral student or early career scholar.  Events last for 90 minutes and will generally take place via Zoom at 5pm UK time on a weekday.  The usual format is a series of talks of between 7 and 12 minutes in length, then a discussion among the speakers, then a Q&A session.  Events are free and open to all; they will be recorded and shared on the BARS YouTube channel.

Indicative topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Ecocritical and environmental studies
  • Romanticism and disability studies
  • Bicentenary celebrations and discussions
  • Romanticism and pedagogy
  • Romanticism and gender studies 
  • Digital Romanticism and online collections and resources 
  • Special editions and editing
  • Romanticism and race
  • Author studies
  • Romanticism in the 21st century
  • Romanticism and mobility
  • The relationship between academia, heritage sites, museums, and libraries. 

We recognise that this application process favours scholars applying as a team or group.  If you would like to participate but are unsure how to reach out to scholars working on a similar topic in our field, please get in touch with the BARS Digital Events Team via the email address below – we’d be happy to make suggestions.  If possible, please specify your area of research, include a brief biography, and explain the topic and scope of your proposed paper/roundtable idea.

The 2022/23 deadline for proposals is Friday 16 September 2022.

How to Apply

Please send your proposal to by 16 September 2022. 

We expect proposers to be members of BARS – please find more information about the benefits of being a member and how to apply here.

A proposal for a roundtable should be around 500 words and should include the names and email addresses of all speakers (we recommend four to five).  Chairs can be nominated as part of the proposal or provided by the Committee.  If you wish for BARS to provide a chair, please state this in your proposal.  Talks should be connected by a core subject for discussion and/or a central question for the panel to address.  If you have not attended any previous Digital Events, please familiarise yourself with the format and past topics by viewing previous recordings of events on our YouTube or by looking at the Digital Events category on the BARS Blog before submitting a proposal.

If you would like to propose an alternative format, or if you have other questions, please feel free to contact us by email.

BARS Digital Events Committee 2022/23

  • Francesca Killoran
  • Cleo O’Callaghan Yeoman
  • Matthew Sangster
  • Yu-hung Tien
  • Cassie Ulph
  • Amy Wilcockson

The BARS Executive would like to extend special thanks to outgoing Digital Events Committee members Amanda Blake Davis and Colette Davies and our chair for the first two seasons, Anna Mercer, for all the time and trouble they’ve taken helping to make the programme so successful.

Twitter: @BARS_DigiEvents