Call for Papers – BARS Early Career and Postgraduate Conference: Romantic Boundaries

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University of Edinburgh

15th – 16th June 2023

Proposal Deadline: Monday 12th December 2022

Romantic Boundaries

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Penny Fielding (University of Edinburgh)

Dr Andrew Hodgson (University of Birmingham)

The BARS Early Career and Postgraduate Conference invites explorations of the theme of ‘boundaries’ within the context of Romantic-period literature and thought. The Oxford English Dictionary defines the term ‘boundary’ as: ‘That which serves to indicate the bounds or limits of anything whether material or immaterial; also the limit itself.’ With this in mind, the ‘Romantic Boundaries’ conference will unite early-career and postgraduate researchers whose work considers the concept and representations of boundaries – both tangible and intangible – from as wide a range of critical perspectives as possible.

Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to:

  • Geographical and spatial boundaries; transnationalism
  • Temporal boundaries
  • Dialogues between genres and disciplines
  • Lived boundaries (including those pertaining to identity, such as gender, race, or sexuality)
  • Digital boundaries
  • Boundaries and reception; public versus private writings
  • Past, present, and future limits of the field of Romantic studies and its canon

Please send 150-word abstracts for 15-minute papers to by Monday 12th December 2022, including a 100-word biography. We also welcome 600-word proposals for pre-arranged panels, to be submitted by a panel chair, including individual abstracts and biographies from all panel speakers (3-4 papers per panel).

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Conference Organisers: BARS ECR Representative Dr Amanda Blake Davis (University of Derby) and BARS PGR Representatives Yu-Hung Tien (University of Edinburgh) and Cleo O’Callaghan Yeoman (Universities of Stirling and Glasgow)