CfP: Community and its Limits, 1745­–1832

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Please see below for a Call for Papers for a really interesting-sounding conference on Community and its Limits, which will be held at the University of Leeds in September next year.

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Community and its Limits, 1745­–1832

Friday 4 – Sunday 6 September 2015
University of Leeds

Plenary speakers: Professor Murray Pittock & Dr Felicity James

Please send 250-word proposals for 20-minute papers to by Tuesday 31 March 2015.

A community needs limits: someone has to be in, and someone has to be out. What defined the limits of cultural communities—communities of writers and radicals, of artists and improvers, of faith and taste—in the long Romantic period? The theme of community has recently been powerfully invigorating for studies of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century literature and culture. What limits are there to that approach?

The School of English at the University of Leeds hosts this three-day conference on the discursive, affective, and conceptual limits of community. We welcome papers that reconstruct the making, preservation, and breaking of group identities in Enlightenment and Romantic Britain, and papers investigating communities’ temporal and spatial boundaries. Equally, delegates might reflect on …read more