CFP British Romanticism and Europe conference

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

23-26 June 2022, Monte Verità conference center, Ascona, Switzerland

(initially planned for 2020 but delayed due to the pandemic)

Keynote Speakers: Christoph Bode, Biancamaria Fontana, Paul Hamilton, and Nicola Moorby

British Romanticism is part of European Romanticism and British writers drew inspiration from personal and cultural links with mainland Europe as well as the many forms of Continental travel. This international conference will explore the manifold relations between Britain and Europe during the Romantic period, taking advantage of recent work on transnational circulations and exchanges and a growing interest in comparative methodology. The conference will question stereotypes of Great Britain as insular by highlighting the island-nation’s European identity and its participation in a pan-European Romanticism shaped by transnational cultural dialogue and the cross-fertilization of art forms and disciplines. The aim is to uncover the channels and mechanisms by which Romantic ideas and influences were conveyed across national and disciplinary boundaries and to examine the role of individuals, communities and institutions in this complex transmission process. As well as directing attention to the often-overlooked international dimension of British Romanticism, the conference aims, by bringing together scholars working in Britain and on mainland Europe, to help develop the expanding research network on European Romanticism. Held …read more


Our Subversive Voice: The History and Politics of the English Protest Song

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

‘Our Subversive Voice: The History and Politics of the English Protest Song’ is a two-year research project funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council. It is based at the University of East Anglia, and involves colleagues from the universities of Warwick and Reading. We are investigating the use of song to register protest through the ages, from 1600 to 2020.

This website allows you to follow the work of the project. You will find case studies of particular songs and themes; interviews with songwriters and experts; a bibliography of scholarship and anthologies; and contributions from other writers with an interest in the history and politics of the protest song – both English and otherwise.

We are interpreting ‘English’ loosely (and contentiously) as meaning either written by an English national, or having a particular bearing or influence upon specifically English political culture.

The core of the website is its database of 750 protest songs from 1600–2020, of which 250 are showcased as the most distinctive and important.

We hope that this resource will prove of interest to Romanticists. It features many abolitionist songs, reworkings of Shelley and Byron, and a whole platoon of labour poets and radical writers. We welcome suggestions from …read more


CFP – Freethought in the Long Nineteenth Century: New Perspectives

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

How did atheist, secularist, and humanist ideas circulate within and across nations in the long nineteenth century? This conference seeks to consider this question at both micro and macro scales, exploring the local, national, and international networks that enabled freethought to flourish. The nineteenth century was a period during which developments across physical and social sciences, politics and activism, technology and travel gave rise to new ways of conceiving the universe and humanity’s place within it. While it is abundantly clear that this did not lay an uncomplicated path towards secularisation, there were many individuals who through their lives, writings, and actions sought to establish a secular age.

The question of terminology is often fraught and, as Nathan Alexander (2019) observes, the terms used to frame the field of historical unbelief can often serve to reinscribe particularly Western concerns. Although the category of freethinker (or Freidenker, libre-penseurs, fritänkare etc.) is not exempt from such difficulties, we use it is a multivalent term that speaks more broadly to the freedom of thought, speech, and action that liberation from religious frameworks can instil. Furthermore, it was used in the nineteenth century to encompass a range of positions, from militant, antagonistic atheists to those …read more


BARS Digital Events available on Youtube

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By Jack Orchard

Just a little reminder to our readers that all of the past BARS Digital Events 2021-22 are available on our Youtube channel, click here to view.

If you missed the ‘Irish Women, Bodies, and the Gothic Tradition‘ or ‘Zany Romanticism‘, then you can catch up on them here, along with other events from our back catalogue.

Re-envisioning Romantic Publishing
Dialogues and Receptions
State of the Arts: Reframing the Visual in the Romantic Period
Geo & Eco-Criticism: Returning to Romantic Italy
Romantic Forms
Romanticism and the Museum
The Late Mary Shelley
Burns Night Supper 2021
Digital Teaching in Romantic Studies
Digital Editions in Romantic Studies

And don’t forget to sign up on Eventbrite for our Digital Burns Night 2022 event, coming up on 27 January.

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Stephen Copley Research Awards 2021 (round two)

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By Anna Mercer

The BARS Executive Committee established the Stephen Copley bursary scheme in order to support postgraduate and early-career research within the UK – we have extended this to a second round per year. The bursaries primarily fund expenses incurred through travel to libraries and archives necessary for the applicant’s research, but the remit was this year expanded to include other research-focused costs, such as (but not limited to) photocopying, scanning, and childcare. Please do join us in congratulating the very worthy winners.

Ashleigh Blackwood (Northumbria University)

Bethany Brigham (Northumbria University)

Charlotte Goodge (University of Kent)

Deven Marie Parker (Queen Mary University of London)

Francesca Killoran (University of York)

Hayley Braithwaite (University of York)

Lewis Roberts (University of Cambridge)

Once they have completed their research projects, as far as the bursary scheme is concerned, each winner will write a brief report. These reports will be published on the website and circulated through our social media. For more information about the bursaries, including reports from past winners, please visit our website:

Daniel Cook
Bursaries Officer, BARS
University of Dundee

14 January 2022

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London-Paris Romanticism Seminar: Seamus Perry, online seminar, Friday 28 January 2022


The next meeting of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar will take place via Zoom on Friday 28 January 2022 at 17.30-19.30 London time (GMT). As our distinguished guest speaker, we are delighted to welcome Professor Seamus Perry of the University of Oxford, who will present a paper entitled Keats at Home. This will be followed by a discussion in which questions from the audience are invited. The seminar will be chaired by David Duff.

The seminar is free and open to everyone. Prior registration is necessary. To book a place via the Institute of English Studies website, click here. When you register, you will be provided with a Zoom link and details of how to join the online forum. Whether you wish to contribute or simply to listen in, we invite you to join us.

Seamus Perry is a Fellow of Balliol College and Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford. His research lies mainly in the field of English Romantic poetry and thought, especially Coleridge and Wordsworth, and in post-Romantic English poetry, especially Tennyson, Eliot, Auden, Larkin and their circles. His publications include Coleridge and the Uses of Division (1999), an edited selection of Coleridge’s …read more


The Scottish Romanticism Research Award 2021/22 Winner Announcement

By Jack Orchard

The executive committees of the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) and the Universities Committee for Scottish Literature (UCSL) are delighted to announce the winner of the fourth annual Scottish Romanticism Research Award: Gerard Lee McKeever, a postdoctoral scholar currently based at the University of Stirling. During this award, Gerard will be conducting archival research related to his forthcoming edition of The Autobiography and Literary Life of John Galt for The Edinburgh Edition of the Works of John Galt (General Editor: Angela Esterhammer).

BARS and UCSL have established the annual award for postgraduates and early career scholars to help fund expenses incurred through travel to Scottish libraries and archives, including universities other than the applicant’s own, up to a maximum of £300. A postgraduate may be a current or recent Master’s student (within two years of graduation) or a PhD candidate; a postdoctoral scholar is defined as someone who holds a PhD but does not hold a permanent academic post. If appropriate, UCSL will endeavour to assign the awardee an academic liaison at one of its partner universities in Scotland.

Recipients are asked to submit a short report to the BARS Executive Committee, for publication on the society’s website, and to acknowledge …read more


Call for Applications – short postdoc in “Radical Translations”

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Applications are invited for a 6-month postdoctoral research position on the AHRC-funded project ‘Radical Translations: The Transfer of Revolutionary Culture between Britain, France and Italy (1789-1815), based at King’s College London. The start date will be February 14 2022. In

*** Closing Date for applications January 24, 2022, with online interviews provisionally scheduled for February 3rd.

You will assist the Project Team in researching new material for the database; updating the project website; identifying new avenues for further research and helping organise and deliver associated impact activities. Reading knowledge of French required. Read the full description and apply here.

For more information on the project, please visit the website or contact

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Call for Applications: Keats-Shelley Journal Reviews Editor

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

The Keats-Shelley Journal invites applications for the position of Reviews Editor. Launched in 1952, the Keats-Shelley Journal is a peer-reviewed journal published annually by the Keats-Shelley Association of America, both in print form and on digital platforms. As a leading publication venue in the field of Romantic studies, KSJ has sought in recent years to build on its traditional focus—Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, Leigh Hunt, and their circles of mutual influence and contact—to widen and deepen scholarly conversations about the nature and value of Romantic-period literary work. Informed by the K-SAA’s expressed commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, the journal welcomes all approaches and methodologies that contribute to the scholarly understanding of Regency-era writers and their circles, including canonical and non-canonical figures, influences and afterlives. We publish articles, notes, brief “flash-essays,” that offer scholarly interventions and provocations in the field, and reviews of multiple kinds.

Successful candidates will have a demonstrated substantial interest in K-SAA terrain and will be highly collaborative. Beyond commissioning some 12-15 reviews each year of scholarly books, performances, and other media relevant to the journal’s interests, the Reviews Editor will work closely with the journal Editor to shape the content and …read more