The BARS Executive
BARS is administered by an Executive Committee whose roles are described in the Association’s Constitution. The current executive was elected at the 2022 conference at Edge Hill University and in a special online election in early 2023. Its members will serve two-year terms under ordinary circumstances. Members of the Executive can be contacted by email using the links in the names below.
President: Anthony Mandal (Cardiff University)
After serving as a co-opted member of the Executive since 2013, Anthony Mandal was elected Vice President of BARS in 2015 and President of BARS in 2019. As Vice-President, he sat on the award committee of the second BARS First Book Prize; reviewed applications for the BARS and Marilyn Butler Fellowships at Chawton House Library; arranged the preparation of the BARS postcards; and developed BARS funding awards with the Executive.
Vice President: Jennifer Orr (Newcastle University)
Jennifer is Senior Lecturer in Eighteenth Century Literature at Newcastle University. She served as Secretary 2018-2023 before being elected to the role of Vice President of BARS. Her current research is compiling a Digital Humanities project, Transatlantic Networks, which includes a digital edition of correspondence that will eventually comprise a who’s who of early nineteenth century transatlantic intellectual networks. The pilot can be viewed here. In her home institution she is a University Educational Practice Mentor, which informs her interests in developing mentoring and networking opportunities.
Secretary: Andrew McInnes (Edge Hill University)
Andrew McInnes is Reader in Romanticisms at Edge Hill University where he is also Co-Director of EHU Nineteen, Edge Hill’s Research Centre in Nineteenth-Century Studies. Before taking on the role of Secretary, he was lead organiser of ‘New Romanticisms’, the joint BARS/NASSR conference 2022. As Secretary, he works with the President and Vice-President on the running of meetings, including the Biennial General Meeting held at BARS conferences, and liaises between the Executive and BARS membership on queries and subvention requests.
Treasurer: Cassie Ulph
As Treasurer, Cassie is responsible for the financial reporting of the Association, and managing its day-to-day finances, working closely with the Membership Secretary. Cassie has previously served as Treasurer and Conference Officer for the Burney Society (UK).
Membership Secretary: Yimon Lo (University of Tübingen/University of Leuven)
Yimon is Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Tübingen and Research Fellow at the University of Leuven. She joined the Executive as Membership Secretary in March 2023, and is responsible for progressing BARS membership applications and managing membership records. She is Reader of the 2023 BARS First Book Prize, and has previously served as Editorial Assistant for The BARS Review.
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Editor of The BARS Review: Mark Sandy (Durham University)
Communications Officer: Amy Wilcockson (University of Nottingham)
As Communications Officer, Amy edits the BARS Blog and runs the BARS mailbase, alongside overseeing the Associations’ social media presence. Amy is a PhD researcher at the University of Nottingham in the final stages of her PhD, on the Scottish Romantic poet, Thomas Campbell. She has been Communications Fellow for the Keats-Shelley Association of America (2020-22), and Communications Assistant for BARS (2022-23).
Bursaries Officer: Gerard Lee McKeever (University of Edinburgh)
Gerry is Lecturer in Scottish Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He was elected to the executive in March 2023 and is responsible for BARS bursary schemes including the Stephen Copley Awards. Gerry’s current research projects include a book on regional Romanticism; large-scale studies of library borrowing records; and an edition of John Galt’s autobiographies
Website Editor: Matthew Sangster (University of Glasgow)
Matt is Professor of Romantic Studies, Fantasy and Cultural History at the University of Glasgow has been on the Executive since 2009 in a number of roles. His initiatives as Website Editor include the creation of the Blog and the Exchange, the ‘Five Questions’ interview series with academics about recent books and research projects and the continuing development of the site. Matt is technical editor of The BARS Review, having overseen the transition to the new online format.
Early Career Representative: Amanda Blake Davis (University of Derby)
Amanda is a Lecturer at the University of Derby and first joined the BARS Executive in 2019 as a Postgraduate Representative. She has co-organised the 2023 ‘Romantic Boundaries’ and 2020 ‘Romantic Futurities’ ECR & PGR Conferences. She is the BARS contact for the BARS/BAVS Nineteenth-Century Matters Early Career Fellowship.
Postgraduate Representative: Cleo O’Callaghan Yeoman (University of Stirling)
Cleo is a SGSAH-funded PhD researcher at the Universities of Stirling, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. Her thesis analyses the relationships between novel reading and improvement in early-nineteenth century Scottish novels. Cleo joined the BARS Executive in 2022 and is a co-organiser of the BARS ECR & PGR 2023 conference, ‘Romantic Boundaries’. She is also Newsletter Editor for the Romance, Revolution and Reform journal.
Postgraduate Representative: Yu-Hung Tien (University of Edinburgh)
Yu-Hung Tien is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, UK. His research interests lie in Romanticism and its transcultural legacies. His current project explores the afterlives of John Keats from a transatlantic perspective, with a particular focus on the poet’s literary survival in Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Yu-Hung has recently published an article in the Symbiosis journal. He is also a Communications Fellow for the Keats-Shelley Association of America (K-SAA).
As well as its elected members, the Executive include a number of co-opted specialists who bring particular expertise to the association. The co-opted members for 2019-21 are:
Outreach and Impact: Jeff Cowton (Wordsworth Trust)
Jeff is responsible for the Wordsworth Trust Fellowship and for developing liaisons with similar partners.
Education and Schools Liaison: David Fallon (Northumbria University)
David is Senior Lecturer at the Northumbria University, with a focus on long eighteenth-century and Romantic literature. His book Blake, Myth, and Enlightenment: The Politics of Apotheosis was published by Palgrave in 2017 and with Jon Shears he has co-edited a special issue of Romanticism on Romanticism and Ageing. He is currently working on a monograph on literary sociability and London bookseller’s shops from 1740 to 1840. He is keen to forge relationships between BARS, exam boards, and schools to promote the teaching and understanding of Romantic-period literature in secondary education.
Non-Academic Officer: Emily Paterson-Morgan
Emily Paterson-Morgan is currently based in Dubai (UAE) where she works as Head of Research Development and Dissemination for Knowledge E, and Director of Operations for the Forum for Open Research in MENA. In addition, as an independent scholar and the Director of The Byron Society, she sits on the Editorial Boards of a leading literature journal and a university press, and organises the annual Newstead Abbey Byron Conference.
Interntional Officer: Francesca Saggini (University of Tuscia)
Francesca Saggini is Professor in English Literature at the Universita’ della Tuscia (Italy). Her research areas are long Romanticism, popular literature and the Gothic. Fran’s current research projects include a book on Frances Burney and an edited collection on the transmedia representations of crime in the Victorian age.
Research and Innovation Officer: Carmen Casaliggi (Cardiff Metropolitan University)
Carmen is a Reader in English at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her research interests are in British and European Romanticism, Romantic-period sociability culture, Romanticism’s legacies, and the environmental humanities. She joined the Executive as co-opted Research and Innovation Officer in March 2023.
Conference Lead: Matthew Sangster (University of Glasgow)
Book Prize Chair: Simon Kövesi (University of Glasgow)
Simon Kövesi is Professor of English and Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow, and Head of its School of Critical Studies. He chairs the Committee for the 2023 BARS First Book Prize.