Conference Registration Open: ‘John Keats in 2024: Prospects and Retrospections’

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This year’s conference, ‘John Keats in 2024: Prospects and Retrospections’, is to be held from 17 – 19 May at Keats House, Hampstead, London.

Those who wish to attend the conference dinner should complete registration by Friday 10 May 2024. No late requests will be entertained.

The regular fee for institutionally affiliated staff is £200 per person, which includes the administrative charges for letters of attendance and signed receipts for reimbursements.

Concessionary rates for undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as unwaged participants will be £100.

These fees include the Conference dinner on Saturday 18 May.

Registration is on an individual basis per participant. The conference dinner comprises of a buffet with vegetarian options available, and includes a drink from the float at the bar. Further drinks are at your own cost. If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know by Saturday 4 May 2024.

Please visit to register.


Friday 17 May 2024
2.00pm: REGISTRATION and WELCOME from the Keats Foundation team and Rob
Shakespeare, Principal Curator of Keats House, Hampstead at Keats House, The Nightingale

2.30pm – 3.30pm: LECTURE 1: Andrew Bennett (University of Bristol)

3.30pm: Coffee / Tea

4.00pm – 4.50pm: PANEL 1: Keats’s Correspondence

  • Brian Rejack (Illinois State University): New Editorial Prospects for Keats’s Correspondence
  • Łukasz Mokrzycki (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland): ‘I live in the eye…’ – John Keats and Giacomo Leopardi’s Views on Classical and Classicising Art. Evidence from the Letters

5.00pm – 5.50pm: PANEL 2: Keats and Editorial Practice

  • Peter Phillips (Independent Scholar): Poetry, Piety, Prudence, Profit: Keats’s dealingswith Publishers
  • Marie Michlova (Independent Scholar): Angel & Demons: Constructing Posthumous Image of John Keats


Saturday 18 May: The Nightingale Room
9.30am – 11.00am: PANEL 3: Keats’s Soundscapes

  • Mina Gorji (Cambridge University): Fading out: Keats’ Sound Studies Carly Stevenson (University of Sheffield): ‘Strange sound’ in Isabella, or The Pot of Basil
  • Ernest Yuen (Chinese University of Hong Kong): Isabella, Soundscape, and the Industrial Revolution
  • Eric Eisner (George Mason University): ‘Hedge-crickets sing’: ‘Sounding Worlds’ and Reading Opacities in Keats and Robert Grenier

11.00am: Coffee / Tea

11.15am – 12.30pm: PANEL 4: Keats’s Poetic Form

  • Emily Rohrbach (Durham University): The snug study and the sonnet form
  • Rachel Kelley (Texas Tech University): Feel, Fair Creature of an Hour: The Petrarchan Pursuit of Time in Keats’s Sonnets
  • Eva Jenke (Humboldt-Universität, Berlin): Mirroring Shadows of Futurity

12.30pm: LUNCH

1.30pm – 2.30pm: LECTURE 2: Jonathan Mulrooney (College of the Holy Cross)

2.30 – 3.00pm: Coffee / Tea

3.00pm – 4.30pm: PANEL 5: Keats and Literary Criticism

  • Julie Camarda (College of the Holy Cross): Keats and the Biographical Method in Literary Criticism
  • Greta Perletti (University of Trento): ‘We blend, / Mingle, and so become a part of it’ – Towards an Ecocritical and New Materialist Reading of Keats’s Theory of Artistic Creation
  • Richard Marggraf-Turley (Aberystwyth University): Tales from the Infinite Loop: A Topological Perspective on Irony and Quotation in Keats, Hemans and Shelley
  • Merrilees Roberts (Independent Scholar): Keats and the eroticism of Hegel’s lyric objects

4.30pm: Coffee / Tea

4.45pm – 6.00pm: PANEL 6: Unravelling Keats

  • Meiko O’Halloran (Newcastle University): Keats’s ‘Shade of Memory’
  • Ou Li (Chinese University of Hong Kong): Keats between the Two Shields of Achilles
  • Enrico Brown (Independent Scholar): Keats’ Hidden World: Prospects of Uncovering It

7pm CONFERENCE DINNER at The Garden Gate

Sunday 19 May: The Nightingale Room

9.40am – 11.00am: PANEL 7: Keats and Aesthetic Theory

  • Małgorzata Łuczyńska-Hołdys (University of Warsaw): ‘Some ghostly Queen of Spades’: John Keats’s images of spectrality
  • Vivien Chan (Chinese University of Hong Kong): Keats, ‘Intermedial’ Pleasure, and Readerly Empathy
  • Ying-jie Chen (Cambridge University): Cute Keats?

11.00am: Coffee / Tea

11.15am: TALK FROM KEATS HOUSE INTERPRETATION OFFICER: Ken Page: Packet, Smack and Brig – a look at some of Keats’s ships.

11.30am – 12.30pm: LECTURE 3: Ella Kilgallon (Curator/Director, the Keats-Shelley
House, Rome)

12:30pm: LUNCH

2.00pm – 3.30pm: PANEL 8: Keats and his Contemporaries

  • Greg Kucich (University of Notre Dame): The Story of John Keats and Henry Kirke White – Episode Two: “We poor pilgrims in this dreary maze”
  • Angus Graham-Campbell (Eton College): Keats, Byron and Class
  • Kayleigh Williams (University of York): ‘Her hair was long, her foot was light, and her eyes were wild’: Elizabeth Siddal as a transmediator of Keats’s ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’
  • Sean Hughes (Imperial College London): Why did Oscar Wilde adulate John Keats?

3.30pm: Coffee / Tea

3.45pm – 4.30pm: PANEL 9: Keats’s Literary Legacy

  • Will Sherwood (University of Glasgow): Destabilising Temporality in the Fairy Poems of Keats and Tolkien
  • Michael Allen (Harvard University): ‘Pure coldness to our live imperfect eyes’: Keats’s Urn, Larkin’s Advertisements


We will then take a walk to Leigh Hunt’s Vale of Health after the closing remarks. A final drink
at The Holly Bush pub on 22 Holly Mount is recommended, with dinner at everyone’s discretion.

The Keats Foundation is a UK registered charity, No. 114758