Dr Kerry Sinanan & Prof. Kirsten T. Saxton In collaboration with the Department of English, UTSA, Mills College Center For Faculty Excellence, and the Early Caribbean Society Wednesday 26th May 2021 (CST Time)
This teach-in gives us the opportunity to engage scholarship on anti-racist pedagogy and to share our syllabi, texts, methods, and questions. We continue to teach under the duress of an ongoing global pandemic that has disproportionate effects on Black, Latina/x, Asian, Jewish, and Native American communities. Violence against racialized and structurally disadvantaged people deeply effects us and our students. We will consider the following:
Beyond mere inclusivity, how do we need to adapt our pedagogy and our syllabi to serve anti- racist and anti-colonial pedagogic goals?
How do we give the histories and literatures of slavery, race, and Indigenous cultures more than a nominal presence on our courses?
How can we show how racialized identities intersect with disability, gender, and class in our teaching?
How can we reorient often required white-authored syllabi to address the question of systemic whiteness?
How can we best prepare and support ourselves, and our students, as we navigate this demanding yet necessary terrain?
The year 2023 marks the bicentenary of both Ann Radcliffe’s death and two major publications for Mary Shelley: the first edition of Valperga and the second edition of Frankenstein. The 200th anniversary of such significant moments for these two women writers is made all the more poignant because the year falls between important bicentenary dates for some of the most widely celebrated Romantic men: the death of Keats in 2021, P. B. Shelley in 2022, and Byron in 2024. The ‘Gothic Women’ project will organise a conference in 2023 to celebrate Radcliffe, Shelley, and other Gothic women writers.
In the build-up to such an event, and in these isolating times, the ‘Gothic Women’ project will present a curated online seminar series in 2021-22 to celebrate the work of ‘Gothic Women’ and to recognise exciting new strands of scholarship on such writers. We will be inviting established, early career, and postgraduate scholars to showcase the diversity of women’s Gothic writing through examining the different ways in which the Gothic thinks about questions of self-definition in a time of crisis. We envisage panels on such subjects as: the forthcoming complete edition of Radcliffe’s work with CUP, Frankenstein ‘then …read more
Bursaries funded by the Wordsworth Conference Foundation have hitherto normally been intended to enable young scholars, principally at postgraduate and early post-doctoral level, to attend the annual Wordsworth Summer Conference and Wordsworth Winter School.
During the period in which live face-to-face events are not possible, the Trustees nonetheless wish to continue to advance the main aims of the Foundation by making available to young scholars who are working on the Wordsworth circle and/or Wordsworthian aspects of Romanticism a small fund which will either facilitate attendance at online conferences, pay for scholarly resources, or otherwise support their continuing research.
Applications are invited from full-time postgraduates, or from those who have completed a PhD within the last five years (i.e. January 2016-present), for up to 12 Bursaries of £250.
Please email a letter of application (clearly labelled BURSARY 2021) in the form of a Word attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org giving your reasons for applying and explaining clearly how the bursary funds will be used. Please also arrange for an independently emailed supporting letter to be sent from your supervisor or academic referee verifying your status.
Additional information will be found on the Wordsworth Conference Foundation website, click here for more …read more
Romantic Circles and the Keats-Shelley Association of America invite participants for a colloquium and working group designed to discuss and, in the end, produce a digital resource of anti-racist teaching and learning resources. RC Pedagogies and K-SAA see the work of discovering, gathering, developing, and elaborating anti-racist pedagogies as essential to our work as scholars and teachers, not to mention to the viability and relevance of the Romantic period more generally. Since systemic racism has long affected not only what texts are considered canonical, but also how, where, and to whom Romantic-era materials are taught, we hope to provide support for scholars in expanding access to Romantic-era pedagogy, including resources for teaching in underserved communities and carceral facilities. We believe such an undertaking must be a collaborative, sustained, and rigorous research project to include bibliographies of available material, articles discussing best classroom practices, contextual materials, and syllabi, compiled into a readily usable/accessible set of pages to be maintained over time.
A joint team of K-SAA and RC scholars seek to appoint a team of 4-6 Pedagogies Fellows tasked with creating this permanent yet expanding set of anti-racist pedagogy web links and resources through the work of a colloquium to be held …read more
Our roundtable aims to open up a discussion about the benefits to be derived, in Romantic studies, from an intersection of the methods and approaches of geo-criticism and eco-criticism. On the one hand, we take our bearings from positions, such as Kate Rigby’s, that focus on the natural world as a dynamic, active dimension enabling all cultural production, which in turn bears traces of its more-than-human genesis. On the other, we intend to suggest that geo-criticism, as developed by Bertrand Westphal and others, stresses the crucial importance of considering the geographical specificities of Romantic-era engagements with ecosystems, and more particularly how such engagements are inextricably bound up with notions of geo-politics and geo-culture (the nation, borders and boundaries, economic geographies, north vs south, the national character). Indeed, geo-criticism opens us specific insights into how literature can translate the experience of places into a critique of predominant modes of construction of reality.
Since the notions of space and place are constantly shifting (the former encompassing conceptual …read more
This roundtable explores the myriad forms in which Romantic writers wrote, connecting these to the topics and arguments found within texts. It looks at how form impacted on and was knowingly used to express ideologies and politics in texts by Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, Elizabeth Inchbald, Frances Burney, and S.T. Coleridge. Our speakers were Amanda Auerbach (Catholic University), Anne-Claire Michoux (University of Zurich), Jack Rooney (Ohio State University), Shellie Audsley (University of Hong Kong), and Rebecca Musk (Lancaster University). The chair was Ian Haywood (University of Roehampton).
The next meeting of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar will take place via Zoom on Friday 16 April 2021 at 17.30-19.30 London time (GMT+1). As our distinguished guest speaker, we are delighted to welcome Professor Jane Stabler of the University of St Andrews, who will present a paper entitled Down and Our in Paris and London: The Unseen, the Unsaid, and the Unsayable in Byron’s Manuscripts. This will be followed by a discussion in which questions from the audience are invited. The seminar will be chaired by David Duff (Queen Mary, University of London).
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 and scroll down to the relevant seminar. When you register, you will be sent a confirmation email containing a Zoom link and details of how to join the online forum. If you do not immediately receive this confirmation email, please check your Junk folder; if you have still not received it, contact IESEvents@sas.ac.uk. Whether you wish to contribute or simply to listen in, we invite you to join us for this exciting seminar.
Guest editors: Frederik Van Dam (Radboud University), Joanna Hofer-Robinson (University College Cork), Chris Louttit (Radboud University)
In the course of the past two decades, the field of English Studies has witnessed a return to a focus on space, both as a critical methodology and as a subject worthy of renewed attention. On the one hand, scholars draw inspiration from adjacent fields such as cultural geography and media archaeology to examine the circulation of literature and the arts in local and global contexts. Opportunities offered by digital tools play an important role in such endeavours. On the other hand, scholars rely on the foundational work of Henri Lefebvre, Michel de Certeau, and Gaston Bachelard to find new ways of mapping out the representation of space and place in English literature. In this regard, the critical gaze has honed in on overlaps, intersections, and contact zones.
The present issue aims to push established scholarship on the ‘spatial turn’ in new directions through an examination of interstitial spaces, that is, the corridors, roads, and routes that exist in between and connect different spaces. While contributions on literary and cultural texts from any historical period are encouraged, the editors will particularly welcome proposals that deal with …read more