CFP: : Literary Women: Global Encounters, Interventions and Innovations, 1750-1830 (***Deadline extended to 31st March 2022***)

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CFP: Literary Women: Global Encounters, Interventions and Innovations, 1750-1830 , Special Issue of The Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture

(*** Deadline extended to 31st March 2022 ***),

Guest Editors:

Dr Yi-cheng Weng (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)

Dr Gillian Dow (University of Southampton, UK)

The previous decades have seen the publications of stimulating and ground-breaking works that seek to recuperate and reconsider British women writers of this period. Literary criticism and feminist literary history have celebrated the existence and achievement of women writers, and shown that they were crucial participants in facilitating changes, transitions, and innovations in social and cultural movements, as well as literary styles. 

This special issue, the first to focus on women’s writing in The Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture, isscheduled to be published in June 2023. We invite essays of 6000-10000 words, that explore the diversity of women’s writing in the latter half of the long eighteenth century, when – in Britain at any rate – women writers were entering the literary marketplace in increasing numbers. Inspired by past scholarship on women’s writing, and especially narratives about women’s roles as negotiators and innovators that have consistently shaped our understanding of their work, the editors are keen to take advantage of the internationally collaborative nature of this special issue. We seek papers that explore perspectives on how women writers engaged in conversations about questions of politics, gender, war, nation, history, and art in Britain, continental Europe, and beyond. By looking across borders, and inviting contributions from colleagues working in a variety of institutional settings across the globe, we hope to weave together multitudinous narratives and responses to key cultural and literary developments of the age. 

Possible topics for this special issue may include but not limited to:

❏    Women and places: home, institutions, traveling, and revisiting

❏    Women and cultures: encounters beyond borders

❏    Sociability and public roles

❏    Distance and intimacy

❏    Female aesthetics

❏    Reception and translation: women in other worlds

❏    Women and materiality: object, fashion, and material culture

❏    Women writing about changes: interruptions, interventions, and innovations

❏    Emotions and feelings

❏    Women and illness

❏    Women and cosmopolitanism

❏    Art, theatre, and literature

❏    Women’s writing about slavery, empire, and imperialism

❏    Women and enlightenment

❏    Teaching women’s writing in a global context

Please follow the submission guidelines detailed on The Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture website (, and submit your articles online by 31st March 2022 (extended deadline).

The Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture, founded in 1995, is an open-access peer-reviewed journal of literary and cultural studies, and one of the most reputable academic journals in Taiwan. It offers a unique space to bring together scholar from around the world to address important issues and debates in a wide range of research areas. It is currently indexed in: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI); SCOPUS; EBSCOhost; MLA International Bibliography; Taiwan Humanities Citation Index (THCI).

We welcome informal enquiries, and proposals for co-authored contributions. Please contact the co-editors: Yi-cheng Weng ( and Gillian Dow (

1820: Aesthetics, Politics, and the Legacies of Romanticism, 29 October 2021

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1820: Aesthetics, Politics, and the Legacies of Romanticism: A Stuart Curran Symposium

Postponed from the bicentennial year of 2020; now to be held on Zoom on October 29th, 2021

Zoom link and registration details to be shared soon – check back to or email

9:30 a.m. EST Introductory remarks: Neil Fraistat (Maryland), President of the Keats-Shelley Association of America

9:45-11:15 a.m. EST

On Keats’s Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems

Elizabeth Fay (University of Massachusetts), Feeling Snaky: Fantasms, Potheads, and the Object of Desire

Olivia Moy (CUNY), “Dulcísima Isabel!” “Mi adorada Fanny”: Julio Cortázar’s 1820 Keats

Karen Swann (Williams), “stubborn and volatile”:  Keats’s Angelus

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. EST

On Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound with Other Poems

Julie Camarda (Rutgers), Shelley’s “Uncommunicated Lightning”

Yohei Igarashi (Connecticut), The Calculating Principle: Indexing Shelley

William Keach (Brown), The Politics of Hope, Shelley, 1820

2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. EST

After 1820 : On the afterlives and reverberations of 1820 

Bakary Diaby (Skidmore), After Breaking the Period

Lindsey Eckert (Florida State), Keats and Book Historical Poetics

Eric Eisner (George Mason), Recent American Poetry after Keats (and vice versa)

Emily Sun (Barnard), Isabella’s Echoes

Orrin Wang (Maryland), Keats, Shelley, and the Parallax View

4:00-4:30 EST Virtual Tour of the Houghton Library exhibition “1820: Keats, Shelley & Their World”

4:30-5:30 p.m. EST Poetry readings and discussion of Romantic legacies by Maureen McLane and Vidyan Ravinthiran

Mary Wollstonecraft and Dissent, 30 April 2022

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Mary Wollstonecraft and Dissent

A celebration to mark the anniversary of Wollstonecraft’s birth. 

Save the Date: Saturday 30 April 2022.

Confirmed Speakers: Sandrine Berges, Emma Clery, Alan Coffee, Hannah Dawson, Laura Kirkley, Susan Manly, Catherine Packham, Bee Rowlatt, Kandice Sharren, Janet Todd, Roberta Wedge, and Daisy Hay, who will be discussing her new group biography of Dissenting London, Dinner with Joseph Johnson: Books and Friendship in a Revolutionary Age (Chatto & Windus).

Newington Green Meeting House, the oldest Non-Conformist place of worship in London, has re-opened following extensive renovation sponsored by the National Heritage Lottery Fund. This beautiful historic building has relaunched as an accessible heritage space dedicated to the legacy of the Dissenters at the birthplace of feminism. Mary Wollstonecraft established a school for girls at Newington Green in 1784, and gained inspiration and support from activists and intellectuals settled in the neighbourhood, including such Dissenting luminaries as Richard Price and Anna Letitia Barbauld.  

The main venue will be confirmed following a review of health guidelines, but the Newington Green Meeting House, in London N16, will remain the focus of the proceedings. 

The event will include free historical walking tours around Newington Green and Stoke Newington, birthday cake, and more…

Organised by the Newington Green Meeting House ‘Revolutionary Ideas since 1708’ Project and The Mary Wollstonecraft Fellowshipwith funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Activists, enthusiasts, students and scholars – ALL WELCOME.

Enquiries to:

EHU Nineteen Research Centre Launch

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EHU Nineteen: Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies at Edge Hill University is celebrating its launch in 2021!

Join us on 29 September to discuss the future of nineteenth-century studies (and our Centre’s role in it)!

Meet our new research fellows, sponsored by us, the Wilkie Collins Journal, and BARS/BAVS!

Chat with leading international scholars in our live Q&A!

Further details and bookings here.

EHU Nineteen Spooky Season

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As the nights darken, Edge Hill University invites you to join them for a season of talks, film screenings, and performances celebrating the spookier side of the nineteenth century. More details and ticket bookings are available here.

Planned events include:

Poster for EHY19 Spooky Season

CFP: Table Talks 3 – New Approaches to Romantic Studies and Youth

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Thursday 16th December 2021

‘Table Talks’, interactive workshops linked to the AHRC-funded project ‘The Romantic Ridiculous’, will continue in 2021 with a mixture of lightning talks, Q&A, and conversation – this time with a focus on Romantic Studies and the idea of ‘youth’, broadly considered.

Join Dr Andrew McInnes and Dr Rita Dashwood for an exploration of Romantic-period childhood, adolescence, experience, and silliness.

We seek close readings of any aspect of ‘youth’ related to Romanticism. This might include, but is not limited to:

  • Representations of children, childhood, youth, and adolescence
  • Representations of innocence and experience
  • Silliness in the Romantic period
  • Literature aimed at children, including poetry and drama, as well as texts about children and childhood, including medical, philosophical, and conduct books

We invite postgraduate and early career researchers to pitch a literary text to close read alongside our selections. This close reading does not have to be linked to ‘The Romantic Ridiculous’ project but should lead to a discussion of a new perspective on Romantic Studies and society.

We have 5 x £100 bursaries for successful pitches. A virtual reading pack will be sent out before the event and successful applicants will be expected to lead an informal discussion of their chosen text.

Please send a pitch including a literary text of ca. 1000 words (which may comprise a 1000- word extract from a longer text or complete texts of 1000 words or less) with a 250-word rationale for its inclusion to by Sunday 31st October 2021.

The ‘Table Talk’ will be open to all and we invite you to attend an exciting online discussion of new approaches to Romantic Studies and society!

CFP (BARS/NASSR): New Romanticisms

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Tuesday 2nd – Friday 5th August 2022

‘New Romanticisms’ invites explorations of both the concept of newness in and about the Romantic period and new approaches to Romantic Studies today. The title for the conference also plays on the term ‘New Romantics’, referring to post-punk bands of the late 1970s and 1980s influenced by Romantic-period aesthetics, especially ‘dandy’ fashions (roughly equivalent to ‘new wave’ artists in America). The conference organisers are therefore particularly interested in responses to the call for papers which think about Romantic legacies and receptions in music, theatre, pop culture, and beyond. We would also welcome areas of research distinct from literary and cultural studies, which might include, but is not limited to: art history, material culture, cultural heritage, public engagement, and knowledge exchange.

This conference has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and, therefore, its focus on the new feels more urgent than ever. What does it mean to study Romanticism today? How can Romantic Studies appropriately and effectively respond to current debates about the relevance and future of Higher Education, social justice, climate change, and contemporary culture more generally? Papers reflecting on the pressures on research, teaching, and service intra- or post-pandemic are particularly welcome. The conference aims to be an open, inclusive, accessible, and diverse space for the discussion of newness in Romantic Studies and its legacies and impact today.

The conference will take place in hybrid format, with physical panels, keynotes, and workshops, also available in digital format, taking best practice from online events into the running of the joint conference.

The physical event will take place at Edge Hill University, with Thursday 4th August devoted to an exploration of Liverpool and its Romantic history and legacies. As Liverpool was a hub for both advocates of slavery and abolitionists, as well as radical political agitation more generally from Dissenters to Chartists, papers which respond to the history of slavery and abolition, maritime and radical cultures, and the wider significance of England’s North-West on the Romantic period, will also be welcome.

Please submit abstracts of 250 words, panel proposals of 750 words (including details of individual papers plus a rationale for the panel), or innovative presentation formats of 500 words (including, for example, poster presentations, pedagogical workshops, salons, and dramatic and/or musical performance pieces) to

Please include an indication of whether your presentation / panel / innovative presentation format is intended to be hosted online (and asynchronous or synchronous).

Deadline: 13th December 2021

CFP: The Shelley Conference

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#Shelley200: Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Final Years and Afterlives

Friday & Saturday 8-9 July 2022, The Nightingale Room at Keats House, Hampstead, London

In 1818, the Shelleys exchanged their settled life at Albion House in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, for an Italian exile—a period distinguished by remarkable productivity and artistic achievement. To commemorate the bicentenary of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s death on 8th July 1822, the Shelley Conference 2022 will centre on the final two years of the poet’s sojourn in Italy. Beginning with the summer of 1820, the last twenty-four months of Shelley’s life were populated by brilliance. Within that short lease fall such works as Prometheus Unbound, Swellfoot the Tyrant, ‘Letter to MariaGisborne’, ‘Witch of Atlas’, Epipsychidion, Adonais, the late lyrics, ‘A Defence of Poetry’, accomplished translations, andThe Triumph of Life.

The Shelley Conference will celebrate the achievements of a major Romantic poet, but also his various afterlives. We invite papers on Shelley’s last two years in Italy (his work, thought, life, friendships, and reading), but also on matters of Shelleyan reception: Shelley editing, and networks of influence, including the political, the musical, and the visual.

The conference will be in person and in the beautiful surroundings of Keats House Museum in Hampstead, North London. Proposals should be in the form of 150-word abstracts for 15-minute papers. Please include a 100-word biography with your proposal. There will be a significantly discounted registration fee for unwaged andpostgraduate scholars.

We are pleased to be able to offer one £100 Postgraduate Bursary funded by the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) to contribute towards the cost of travel and accommodation for one unwaged/postgraduate researcher. To be eligible for this Bursary, you must be a PhD student, or post-PhD and not in a full-time salaried academic post, at the time of application. To apply, please include ‘UW/Postgraduate Bursary Submission’ in the title of your proposal. The successful recipient will be notified in February 2022.

Keynote speakers: Professor Nora Crook (Anglia Ruskin University) and Professor Michael Rossington(Newcastle University)

Closing date: Monday 7th February 2022.

Please email proposals in Word format to by midnight on the closing date.

The Meeting project – John Clare – new music

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The final element of the ‘The Meeting’ 1820 anniversary project at Oxford Brookes University is now freely available online, here.

Towards the bottom of that page you will find a series of audio recordings entitled “melodys of earth & sky”: new musical compositions by Julian Philips, in dialogue with new readings of Clare by Toby Jones. 

Julian’s ‘creative transcriptions’ are rewritings of tunes from Clare’s own versions of folksongs. Clare read and wrote music, and played the fiddle. Julian’s reimaginings of these tunes put the violin of Ionel Manciu in playful, sportive dialogue with the clarinets of Kate Romano. In further thematic, tonal conversation with these new instrumental songs, are a selection of poems, performed by Toby Jones, and chosen by Julian and SImon Kövesi.

An album (CD and other media) will be released by the NMC record label in the autumn. This project was made possible by funding from Arts Council England, the John Clare Society and Oxford Brookes University.

Wordsworth Winter School, 14–19 February 2022

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The Wordsworth Winter School is coming back! Join us at Rydal Hall in the heart of the Lake District, 14–19 February 2022, for a week of lectures and seminars exploring the theme of ‘Wordsworth and Storytelling’. As always, there will be cakes, challenging minds, congenial company . . . and the incomparable landscape.

We will investigate how the poet told stories of himself and of historical and imaginary characters through the lenses of literary style, history, biography, and influence. Texts to be studied encompass Lyrical Ballads, Peter Bell, The ExcursionThe White Doe of RylstoneThe Prelude, and more.

The celebrated poet Sean O’Brien will be giving a reading of his poems in response to Wordsworth’s stories.

Registration will open in the autumn on the Winter School’s website.