BARS International Conference 2024: Romantic Making and Unmaking – Update and Further Details

By Matthew Sangster

We’re delighted to have had such a good response to our calls for ‘Romantic Making and Unmaking’ – we have an excellent array of session calls, and many fascinating abstracts already received in response to our Call for Papers. Ahead of the deadline on Friday 19th January, we thought we’d give a few more details about the conference structure to answer some questions that have been sent to us and to give an idea of what the event will be like.

BARS is currently experimenting with different models for its conferences, trying to balance accessibility, costs and conviviality. For the Glasgow conference, we decided to try a different digital participation model to that employed by the 2022 ‘New Romanticisms’ conference at Edge Hill. Simultaneous streaming of all sessions works well for remote participation in nearby time zones, but is demanding in terms of facilities, equipment and on-the-ground staff (as each session ideally needs a chair and a tech). It is also less than ideal for participants in further-flung locations around the world (a 11am session in the UK is pretty unsociable in Australia or on the west coast of the United States).

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‘Romantic Reimaginings’ Video Project: Top Tips for Contributors

By Rosie Whitcombe

Before Christmas we launched the ‘Romantic Reimaginings’ video project, designed to broaden the scope of Romantic studies and diversify our audience here at BARS. By utilising the benefits of short form video (content under 60 seconds), we’re hoping to engage a new generation of readers, writers, and scholars in the wonderful world of Romantic literature! Find out more about the project by clicking here.

Below you can find out about our process for creating content, as well as some top tips. We hope you find it useful, and remember to please get in touch with us at if you’d like to get involved – we would love to hear your ideas.

Content Creation Process and Top Tips

Begin by drafting a script. Practice reading it aloud to ensure it comes in at 60 seconds or less. Send the script to us at with the subject line ‘TikTok script’. We’ll make any suggested edits and get this back to you to film!

We’re looking to create content that engages an audience immediately – in 60 seconds you don’t have long to do this. Where possible, try to avoid any preamble – get straight to the point when writing your script.

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London-Paris Romanticism Seminar: Joanna Wharton, Friday 26 January 2024, Senate House, London


The next meeting of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar will take place on Friday 26 January 2024 in the Bloomsbury Room (G35, ground floor), Senate House, University of London, starting at 5.30 pm. As our guest speaker, we are delighted to welcome Dr Joanna Wharton of the University of York, who will deliver a paper entitled Maria Edgeworth’s Telegraphic Fictions. This will be followed by a discussion and wine reception. The seminar will be chaired by Luisa Calè.

Joanna Wharton lectures in eighteenth-century literature at the University of York. She previously taught at Birkbeck, University of London and she has also held a number of research fellowships, including an Early Career Fellowship at Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. She is the author of Material Enlightenment: Women Writers and the Science of Mind, 1770-1830 (2018), as well as articles and book chapters on Anna Letitia Barbauld, Maria Edgeworth and, more broadly, on literary and scientific culture in eighteenth-century Britain and Ireland. Joanna is currently developing a second monograph project, provisionally titled Insecure Networks: Cultures of Colonial Telegraphy, c.1794-1850, which examines the literary, material, and visual cultures surrounding the optical telegraph in British colonial contexts.

Regarding the topic of her paper, Joanna writes:

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NASSR/ICR Conference CfP- Georgetown University, Washington DC

By Amy Wilcockson

We write to encourage you to submit a paper or panel proposal for 2024’s joint meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) and the International Conference on Romanticism (ICR), which will be held at Georgetown University in Washington DC from August 15-18, 2024 (with the first day taking place online). The theme of the conference is Romantic Insurrections / Counter-Insurrections, and we invite participants to interpret this broadly.

The conference will feature keynote lectures by Padma Rangarajan (UC-Irvine), Gregory Pierrot (University of Connecticut), and Lisa Lowe (Yale), as well as a plenary conversation between Osama Jarrar and Lucy Perry of the Arab American University in Palestine.

More information and the submission form can be found at We look forward to welcoming you to DC next August! We are happy to extend the deadline for BARS Members, please still submit your abstracts at the above link.


Manu Chander (Georgetown) and Lenny Hanson (NYU)

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Stephen Copley Research Awards 2023 (Round Two): Awardees Announced

By Amy Wilcockson

The BARS Executive Committee established the Stephen Copley bursary scheme in order to support postgraduate and early-career research within the UK. The bursaries primarily fund expenses incurred through travel to libraries and archives necessary for the applicant’s research, alongside other research-focused costs, such as (but not limited to) photocopying, scanning, and childcare. Please do join us in congratulating the very worthy winners [and their projects]:

Jacqueline Kennard (Stirling) – ‘Libraries and Class Identity in Scotland, 1800-1842: The Significance of Libraries in an Industrialising Society’

Rachael McCreanor (Newcastle) – ‘“To think like a wise man, but to express oneself like the common people” – A Revisionist Reading of the Life and Works of Augusta Gregory within the “long” Irish Romantic period’

Will Sherwood (Glasgow) – ‘“I sit beside the fire and think”: J.R.R. Tolkien, British Romanticism, and their Cultural Legacies’

Charlotte Vallis (York) – ‘Mothers of the Fatherland: Gender in the reigns of Elizabeth Petrovna, 1741-1761, and Catherine the Great, 1762-1796′

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


Five Questions: Joey S. Kim on Romanticism and the Poetics of Orientation

By Matthew Sangster

Joey S. Kim is an Assistant Professor of English Literature at the University of Toledo. Her research considers global Anglophone literature, with a particular focus on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; she also writes on aesthetics, global Asian culture and multiethnic U.S. literatures, and practices as a creative writer. She published her first book of poems, Body Facts, in 2021. Her work has been published in Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, Essays in Romanticism, Pleiades: Literature in Context, The Keats-Shelley Review, The Keats-Shelley Journal and American Periodicals. Her first book, Romanticism and the Poetics of Orientation, which we discuss below, was published in September by Edinburgh University Press.

1) How did you come to realise that you wanted to write Romanticism and the Poetics of Orientation?

I write about this in my book’s conclusion. As an Asian American woman who has been called “Oriental” too many times, I came to this project affectively—in response to the accrual of my own feelings upon hearing and reading the word throughout my life. I first encountered the liberatory and revolutionary imaginations of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, and William Blake as …read more


Friendly Reminder: BARS Membership Renewal

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By Amy Wilcockson

Dear BARS Members,

I hope you are well. As we approach the end of the year, I would like to express our gratitude for your continued support in BARS.

As Membership Secretary, I am reaching out to remind you to renew your membership by 1 January 2024. BARS memberships run from 1 January to 31 December each year. The annual subscription costs £25 (waged) or £10 (unwaged and/or postgraduate).

Current members renewing their subscriptions can use any of the payment methods listed on the ‘How to Join’ page on the BARS website. We would appreciate it if you could take a moment to ensure that your subscription category and email address are up to date.

By renewing your membership, you will continue your subscription to the BARS Electronic Mailbase. You will be eligible for BARS funding in the form of grants and bursaries and can attend BARS International Conferences, Early Career and Postgraduate Conferences and other events that the Association organises. Your dues support the open-access publication of The BARS Review and BARS’ continuing work connecting Romanticists in Britain, Europe, the United States, Australasia and the wider world.

Thank you for being a member of BARS.

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CfP: Dickinson and Ecologies Conference

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By Amy Wilcockson

Emily Dickinson International Society + Wenshan Conference (Hybrid)

Department of English, National Chengchi University (NCCU), Taiwan

19-22 June 2025

(1 Day Critical Institute + 3-Day International Conference)

Call for Papers

Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 September 2024

The Emily Dickinson International Society, in collaboration with the Wenshan Conference, invites proposals for papers and panels at its international conference “Dickinson and Ecologies,” scheduled to take place at the Department of English, College of Foreign Languages & Literature, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, from Thursday, June 19 to Sunday, June 22, 2025.

The English prefix “eco-” derives from the Greek word “oikos,” a word closely associated with one’s dwelling place. While the word “eco-” in Chinese is often related to the concepts of home/family/community (“家園”/“jiayuan”) or environmental protection/energy conservation (“環保” / “huanbao”), the Mandarin translation of the word “ecology” is “生態” (“shengtai”), a term that can refer to “the conditions of all lives” in the Chinese language. Can Dickinson’s writings provide various ways of thinking about ecology in its multiple forms?

Dickinson often resorts to the human to explain the nonhuman world, as it happens in “A Route of Evanescence,” in which a hummingbird fluttering by is hypothesized as “The Mail from Tunis – probably –” (c. 1879). In …read more


Call for Papers: “Coding the Nineteenth Century” Conference

By Amy Wilcockson

University of Glasgow

Date: Friday 24th May, 2024

In Middlemarch, George Eliot asked ‘Who shall tell what may be the effect of writing? If it happens to have been cut in stone, though it lie face down-most for ages on a forsaken beach […] it may end by letting us into the secret of usurpations and other scandals gossiped about long empires ago: – this world being apparently a huge whispering-gallery’. She attends, here, to the materiality of memory and to the capacity of the written word to etch indelible narratives. This one-day conference aims to scrutinise the diverse forms and effects of writing by calling for papers that explore aspects and implications of the word ‘code’ in nineteenth century culture. The conference takes the definition of code as a collection of writings or symbols and will look to expand it through a range of inter-disciplinary and diverse papers.

To determine the effect of enigmatic or ciphered writing depends on the interpretative facility of the reader. To code and decode is to supply coherence through practising on otherwise unyielding or obscure forms. As such, it is a methodology that allies itself to the literary, historical, sociological, or philosophical study of past …read more


PhD Opportunity: Periodicals in the Life of a Literary House: Dove Cottage, 1799-1818

By Isabelle Murray

Northern Bridge Consortium, Collaborative Doctoral Awards 2024

Applications are sought from suitably qualified candidates to undertake an AHRC-funded doctoral project on the following topic:

Periodicals in the Life of a Literary House: Dove Cottage, 1799-1818

The writers William and Dorothy Wordsworth and Thomas De Quincey occupied Dove Cottage – now an important literary heritage site – between 1799 and 1818, celebrating their life here in writing. Despite the remote location of Dove Cottage, these writers however were far from isolated. Periodicals, which were a ubiquitous and relatively new form of publication in this period, brought news and information from across the globe and locally into the house. This project will study the ways in which periodicals entered the intellectual, socio-political, and domestic life of the house, and influenced the literary works of these writers.

This collaborative project between Queen’s University Belfast and the Wordsworth Trust will involve an intersection between academic and heritage-sector perspectives. Candidates must have a BA in English or a related discipline (and, preferably, an MA in English or a related discipline, as well as experience of studying Romanticism at one of these levels). The candidate will be expected to work and reside at Wordsworth Grasmere for at least 4 to …read more