Report from BARS 2015: Romantic Imprints – Anna Mercer

By Anna Mercer

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I enjoyed three fantastic days at ‘BARS 2015: Romantic Imprints’, which was organised by Dr Anthony Mandal and Dr Jane Moore of Cardiff University. A convivial and inspiring atmosphere, a great location and even the Welsh weather on good form all made this really entertaining and stimulating conference experience. In this blog I’d like to document some of the highlights I experienced from the panels and plenary talks across the Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I only wish I could have had time to go to more! The full programme is online here.

Parallel Panel Highlights Day 1: Thursday

On the Thursday I attended the panel ‘Philosophical Imprints: Experimentation and Empiricism’. Tim Milnes gave a paper on ‘Socialized Epistemology and the Essay’, considering Hume, Lamb and ‘socialised empiricism’. He considered how intersubjectivity emerged as a counterpart to scientific empiricism, and how Hume unpacks the idea of the polite culture of the essayist in his ‘Of Essay-Writing’. Mary Fairclough followed with a paper on ‘Electricity, Experiment and Faith in the 1790s’: this was fascinating, especially as I knew nothing about the history of electricity beyond the very basic facts. She discussed Adam Walker’s A System of Familiar Philosophy, and the prevalence of …read more