New BARS Communications Assistant

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By Anna Mercer

We’re delighted to welcome our new BARS Communications Assistant, Dr Jack Orchard!

Jack Orchard is the Communications Assistant on the BARS Blog. He is a Post-Doctoral Researcher with the Elizabeth Montagu’s Correspondence Online project at Swansea University, and his research focuses on late eighteenth-century reading practices, literary criticism and women’s correspondence, as well as the parallels between eighteenth-century reading practices and contemporary media engagement.

As BARS Communications Assistant he will be responsible for maintaining the BARS Blog alongside Dr Anna Mercer and Dr Emily Paterson-Morgan.

The ‘Archive Spotlight’ blog will continue to focus on showcasing and exploring physical archives and archival research, but will also now address digital projects as well. ‘On This Day’ will continue to explore the anniversaries of significant, interesting, or amusing, events from the Romantic era, and the new ‘Romanticism Now’ series will focus on Romanticism in pop culture; Historical Fictions, Period Films and TV Drama, Video Games and more.

He will also be assisting with circulating news about Calls for Papers and other events in the Romantic Studies community, if you’d like to be a contributor to any of these Blog series’ or have an event you’d like to circulate, …read more


BARS Digital Events ‘Re-envisioning Romantic Publishing’ Recording Now Online

By Anna Mercer

This roundtable addressed trends in Romantic and Romantic-period studies journal publishing, and helped to demystify the practices of journal publishing.

Ideal for graduate students and early career researchers. Enjoy the recording now!

Our speakers were Jonathan Mulrooney (College of the Holy Cross), Charles Mahoney (University of Connecticut), Lucy Morrison (University of Nebraska), Jennifer Reed (Boston University), Alexander Regier (Rice University), Alan Vardy (Hunter College, CUNY), Matthew Sangster (University of Glasgow), Emma Hills (University of Southampton) and Paul Youngquist (University of Colorado).

NEXT EVENT 29 July: ‘Seeing Through Whiteness’, tickets here.

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19th Hazlitt Day School and Annual Hazlitt Lecture

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Saturday 18th September 2021
University College London

The 2021 Hazlitt Society lecture and the 19th Hazlitt Day School, organized by Gregory Dart, Uttara Natarajan, Philipp Hunnekuhl and James Whitehead, will be held at University College London on Saturday 18th September 2021.

The annual lecture, entitled ‘Hazlitt and Prejudice’, will be given by Dr. Freya Johnston (University Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow in English at St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford) at 4pm in the Gustave Tuck Theatre, UCL.

The day school precedes the annual lecture from 10am – 4pm.

Regrettably, because of the need to determine numbers, this year the annual lecture can only be attended by those registered for the day school.

19th Hazlitt Day School: Programme
Committee and Council Rooms, Wilkins Court, UCL

Morning Session

9.30am-10am – Arrival and registration, tea and coffee
10am-11am – Editing Hazlitt (James Grande and Jon Mee in conversation with Gregory Dart)
11am-11.15am – Coffee
11.15am-12.45pm – ‘Romantic interaction in London: Hazlitt, Keats and the Shelleys’ (Anna Mercer); ‘‘I will yield to none in admiration for Hazlitt’: R. L. Stevenson and the Abandoned Biography of Hazlitt’ (Robert-Louis Abrahamson)
12.45-1.45pm – Lunch

Afternoon Session

1.45pm-3.15pm – ‘Habits of Thought in the Familiar Essays’ (Hannah Tran); ‘On Whether William Hazlitt was a Philosophical Idealist (and Why it …read more


The Davy Notebooks Project has launched!

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

A public-facing project set to uncover previously unpublished material from the early nineteenth century’s ‘foremost man of science’ has launched online.

Sir Humphry Davy (1778-1829) discovered more chemical elements than any individual has before or since. His achievements saw him rise up through society’s ranks from relatively modest origins to become, just over 200 years ago, the President of the Royal Society.

In 1815, he invented a miners’ safety lamp that came to be known as the Davy Lamp, saving countless lives in Britain and Europe, and vastly improving the nation’s industrial capability.

The £1 million project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and led by Lancaster University with the University of Manchester and UCL, will use the people-powered research platform Zooniverse to bring to light Davy’s notebooks – the documents he used to work out scientific ideas alongside lines of poetry, philosophical musings, geological drawings, and accounts of his life.

Davy kept notebooks throughout his life, but most of the pages of these notebooks have never been transcribed before. Most entries have yet to be dated or considered in the light of what they tell us about Davy, his scientific discoveries, and the relationship between poetry and science.

In 2019, AHRC …read more


CfP: BSECS 51st Annual Conference “Indifference and Engagement”

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

2022 Call for Papers: This call will open 08:00 BST on 1st July 2021 and will close at 23:59 (GMT) 1st November 2021.

Event dates: 5th-7th January 2022

As you will no doubt be aware, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to force a re-evaluation of in-person events around the world. As a conference team we have also had to weigh up our options and decide upon an appropriate course of action for the organisation, balancing the value of an in-person conference with its risks. Ultimately, we have decided that it would not be right to commit to organising an in-person conference in January 2022, and we have therefore decided that BSECS 2022 will be a virtual event. This was no easy decision to make, but we felt that conditions were still too uncertain at the present time to make any other option feasible with our present resources.

Further details about the event will be made in the autumn, but the format will be similar to the 2021 conference: 2 synchronous days and 1 asynchronous to catch up on talks and workshops.

Call for Papers

The vitriolic sign-off that Voltaire increasingly used in his letters from 1759 onwards as part of his attack on abuses of …read more


Call for papers from the Women’s Studies Group: 1558-1837

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

The Women’s Studies Group 1558-1837 is a small, informal, multidisciplinary group formed to promote women’s studies in the early modern period and the long eighteenth century. Established in the 1980s, the group has enabled those interested in women’s and gender studies to keep in touch, hear about one another’s research, meetings and publications, and meet regularly to discuss relevant topics. We organise regular meetings and an annual workshop (see membership application form) where members can meet and discuss women’s studies topics. We can also offer advice and opportunities to engage in activities that increase opportunities for publication, or enhance professional profiles in other ways. The WSG is open to men, women, and non-binary people, students, faculty, and independent scholars, all of whom are invited to join the group and give papers.

The group meets on Zoom at present, but it is hoped that we will be able to resume in-person meetings at the Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ, for the last two meetings of this series. We will be allowed into the room at 12.30 pm., to give us time to sort out paperwork and technology, but sessions will run from 1.00 – 3.30 pm. So please arrive a …read more


Job Alert: Lecturer in Global Long 19th century

By Emily Paterson-Morgan

University of East Anglia – School Of Literature, Drama And Creative Writing

Faculty Of Arts And Humanities

The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing is seeking to appoint a permanent full-time lectureship within the field of the literature of British Writing of the Long Nineteenth Century and its global contexts (1789-1901).

You will work within the field of British writing of the Long Nineteenth Century contributing to, and complementing and enhancing, our established research and teaching profile in this period. Teaching responsibilities will include core modules in Romantic and Victorian writing, as well as contributing to the teaching of eighteenth-century writing. Candidates are sought with interests in any area and aspect of British writing of the literature of the Long Nineteenth Century and its global contexts, but those with interests in the pre-1850 period, and in colonial, imperial, and postcolonial approaches are especially encouraged to apply.

You will take an active role in working with colleagues involved in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Research Group …read more


Five Questions: Bysshe Coffey on Shelley’s Broken World

By Matthew Sangster

Bysshe Coffey is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Newcastle University. He is an expert on Percy Bysshe Shelley, having published extensively on his philosophy, prosody, and cultural contexts; his current project considers the Shelley’s diverse legacies in the period between the death of Mary Shelley and the centenary of his drowning. His first monograph, Shelley’s Broken World: Fractured Materiality and Intermitted Song, which we discuss below, has just been published by Liverpool University Press.

1) How did you come to realise you wanted to write a book on Shelley’s pauses and intermittences?

The book’s germ lay in my awareness of a peculiarity of Shelley’s expressive repertoire first noticed by his Victorian readers and editors: his innovatory use of pauses, which registered as irregularities in ears untuned to his innovations. It developed into a realisation that intermittence is a pervasive quality not only of his prosody, but of the incidents his verse describes. Intermittent states of being, vacancies, suspensions, strange immaterial formulations, tenuous and porous networks lace throughout his poetry. He is interested in the powerful interval between the course one was on and where one has ended up, and in the intervals of action, …read more


Communications Officer : Charles Lamb Society

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

The Charles Lamb Society is recruiting a Communications Officer to help with running and promoting its online programme for the academic year 2021-22. This role is open to postgraduate students and early career researchers with a particular enthusiasm for the Lambs and their circle. We are looking for someone with experience in handling Eventbrite bookings, Zoom webinars, and using social media. We hope this role will be a chance for career development, as well as an opportunity to bring new perspectives on the work of the Lambs into the Society.

This position is paid an honorarium of £500 [based on 3.5 hours x £16.72 rate for each of our 8 seminars]

This role will run from 1 September 2021- 1 July 2022. Primary tasks:

Working alongside the Chairs of the Charles Lamb Society, Professor John Strachan and Dr Felicity James, to facilitate our 2021-2 programme of 8 Zoom webinars, publicising these through Eventbrite, and promoting these using social media. You will need to be available to help run these events on scheduled Saturdays through the year.

Promoting the events on social media; more broadly, helping develop our social media presence, eg. our Twitter feed, and our Society profile.

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BARS Digital Events ‘Re-envisioning Romantic Publishing’

By Anna Mercer

8 July, 5pm BST

This roundtable will address trends in Romantic and Romantic-period studies journal publishing, and help demystify the practices of journal publishing. Ideal for graduate students and early career researchers. Please e-mail us at with any questions to be pre-circulated to the panel by Thursday 1st July!

Our speakers will include Jonathan Mulrooney (College of the Holy Cross), Charles Mahoney (University of Connecticut), Lucy Morrison (University of Nebraska), Jennifer Reed (Boston University), Alexander Regier (Rice University), Alan Vardy (Hunter College, CUNY), Matthew Sangster (University of Glasgow), Emma Hills (University of Southampton) and Paul Youngquist (University of Colorado).


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