Author Archives: Tess Somervell

*Women’s Studies Group 1558-1837* (CFP)

The Women’s Studies Group: 1558-1837
Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, 2015-16

The Women’s Studies Group: 1558-1837 is a small, informal multi-disciplinary group formed to promote women’s studies in the early modern period and the long  eighteenth century. Since it was established in the early 1980s, the group has enabled those interested in women’s and gender studies to keep in touch with each other, to hear about members’ interests and relevant publications, and to organise regular meetings and an annual workshop where members can meet and discuss women’s studies topics. The group also offers advice and opportunities to engage in activities that increaseopportunities for publication, or enhance professional profiles in other ways.

The WSG invites submissions for papers to be given at group meetings. Papers can be any length up to 35 minutes, and can be formal or informal, or even work in progress. The papers are followed by very supportive and informal discussion by members present. Men and women are invited to become members of our group and to give papers.

The topics can be anything related to any aspect of women’s studies: not only women writers, but any activity of a woman or women in the period, or anything that affects or is affected by women in this time period, such as the law, religion, etc. Male writers writing about women or male historical figures who have a bearing on the condition of women in this period are also a potential topic.

The group will be meeting at the Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ. WSG membership is open to men and women, graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars. Please see the WSG website for more information.

All meetings are on Saturdays: in the 2015-2016 sessions, the dates are
as follows:

Saturday 26th September, 2015
Saturday 28th November, 2015
Saturday 30th January, 2016.

Sessions are expected to run from 2.00 – 5.00pm.

Please email Carolyn D. Williams.

*Heroes* (CFP)

Royal Geographical Society, London, 3rd-4th October 2015

The figure of the hero is a matter of great cultural debate at the present time, in British contexts and beyond. Recent conflicts; natural disasters; ambitious expeditions; Olympic and Paralympic events – all have forged potential hero figures, renewing centuries-old discussions about just who, or what, a hero might be. This two-day conference will draw together academics from a wide variety of disciplines, alongside archivists, curators and librarians, plus colleagues from the commercial and charity sectors. It will foster conversations about hero figures past and present, considering their emergence or creation, their relationship with their fans or ‘worshippers’ in their own communities and/or further afield and, if relevant, the shifting fortunes of their reputations. We ask whether heroes emerge through deeds, character or morality, or whether they are created. We ponder the value of heroes to particular communities in the forging of their group identity. We trace the shaping and maintenance of heroic reputations in texts, art practice, oral culture and curatorship. Across the scope of the conference we seek to ask: who were, or are our heroes, and how/why could or should future heroes be selected or permitted to emerge?

The conference will include the launch of the exhibition ‘Heroes of Exploration,’ which draws attention to heroic records in the collections of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), with a particular focus on heroism in mountain and Polar environments.

The organisers invite proposals for papers or panels. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 20 July 2015.

Further information and details of how to submit an abstract are available here.

*Romanticism and the Experience of Experiment* (CRASSH Seminar)

The final seminar of the CRASSH series Rethinking Life will be taking place on Wednesday 10 June, 4pm – 6pm, in Room S1 of the Alison Richard Building.

Robert Mitchell (Professor of English, Duke University) will be speaking via video link on ‘Romanticism and the Experience of Experiment’.

Open to all. No registration required.

*Difficult Women 1680-1830* (CFP)

Difficult Women in the Long Eighteenth Century: 1680-1830
University of York, 28th November 2015

The long eighteenth century witnessed an age of social and political revolution which profoundly affected the way in which women occupied and contributed to the public sphere. This interdisciplinary conference looks at representations and conceptions of ‘difficult women’ from the years 1680-1830. The term ‘difficult women’ encapsulates many different female experiences and lifestyles. From religiously non-conformist women to women bearing arms, a plethora of ‘difficult women’ find representation within the British Empire.

This conference welcomes abstracts and/or proposals for panels on any topic relating to ‘Difficult Women’ throughout the long eighteenth century.

The deadline for submission for proposals is 1 July 2015.

See the official call for papers for more details, including how to submit.

*Montaigne in Early Modern England and Scotland* (CFP)

Montaigne in Early Modern England and Scotland
6-7 November, 2015, Durham

The Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) at Durham University invites proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspect of the reception of Montaigne’s Essais in England and the larger Anglophone world, including Ireland, Scotland, and North America, during the first two hundred years following their initial publication in French. Any approach to the study of Montaigne’s influence is welcome, including literary criticism, philosophy, theology, psychology, history of science, and history of the book. Authors to consider range from Bacon and Hobbes up to Locke and Hume, and include literary figures, as well, such as Florio, Cornwallis, Daniel, Shakespeare, Jonson, Burton, Browne, Dryden, Johnson, Pope, Swift, and Sterne. Early career academics and postgraduates are encouraged to apply, as well as more established scholars.

For consideration, please send an abstract of no more than 200 words and a one-page CV to no later than 1 August 2015.

Confirmed speakers:
Warren Boutcher (Queen Mary)
Will Hamlin (Washington State)
Katie Murphy (Oxford)
John O’Brien (Durham)
Richard Scholar (Oxford)
David Louis Sedley (Haverford)

The Eighteenth Century Seminar Easter Term 2015

The Eighteenth-Century Seminar is a post-graduate seminar, sponsored by the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge, aiming to explore topics of shared interest to historians (and the historically-minded) with diverse specialisations and sensibilities who work on the eighteenth century.

12 May 2015 ‘The American Stamp Act Crisis in Global Context’
Steven Pincus (Yale University)
Gardner Room, Front Court, Emmanuel College

The seminar meets on Tuesdays at 5pm, at Emmanuel College.


The Easter Term timetable for the English Faculty’s Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Seminar is also available here.

‘At Home’: Exploring 18th-Century Domestic Space

‘At Home’: Exploring Eighteenth-Century Domestic Space
RECSO Study Day
13 June 2015, Oxford University

RECSO – Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century Studies Oxford – in collaboration with by Dr Karen Lipsedge (Kingston University), TORCH, and the InHabit Seminar, are hosting a study day which will explore domestic space from an interdisciplinary perspective, tracing the vital significance of the home in art, design, architecture, literature, culture and social politics in the long eighteenth century.

The day is free to attend and will include lunch, tea, and a drinks reception. The day will conclude with a separate, optional dinner with the speakers, at which space will be limited.

Click here for details of how to book a place and for a full programme of the day.

Call for Papers: The Wordsworth Summer Conference

The 44th Wordsworth Summer Conference
3-13 August, 2015, Rydal Hall, Cumbria

The Wordsworth Summer Conference mingles lectures, papers and lively academic debate with energetic fell walking, picturesque rambles, and excursions to places of Wordsworthian and Romantic interest.  The conference takes place in two parts, of four full days each, with a changeover day on Saturday 8 August. There are postgraduate bursaries available.

The organisers invite proposals for 20-minute papers on all aspects of William Wordsworth, his contemporaries, and the Romantic period.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 April 2015.

More information is available on the conference web site.

Call for Papers: 5th Ango-Italian 18th Century Conference

Fifth Anglo-Italian Eighteenth Century Conference
University of York, 2-3 September, 2015

The Italian and British Societies for Eighteenth Century Studies are proud to announce the Fifth in their series of International Conferences. The Conference will be held under the auspices of the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the King’s Manor in the University of York. The Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies in the University of York is widely regarded as one of the most distinguished Centres for eighteenth century studies in Europe.

The main theme of the 2015 Conference will be ‘Politics’ in the extended sense and the organisers invite papers on all aspects of Politics. Politics may be construed in the more traditional sense: institutional, personal, national, local, structural. In recent decades Politics has been seen in the context of commerce, consumption, travel, fashion and reading. Furthermore, the presentation of Politics has aroused much interest: in novels, poetry, art, theatre, aesthetics, and, not least, ritual. Politics is inevitably linked to journalism, periodical and essay writing, the development of new genres and the place of the literary market more generally. And there remains, as ever, the issue of the reception to politics, political writing and political philosophy. The possibilities are almost endless. Although by no means requisite, comparative and reception approaches are highly desirable.

Proposals are invited for 20 minute papers. The deadline for abstracts is 31 March 2015.

See the official call for papers for more details, including how to submit.

Graduate Seminar

Changes to the Graduate Seminar timetable for Lent 2015:

Shahidha Bari’s paper, ‘Listening for Leila: The Re-direction of Desire in Byron’s The Giaour‘, which was originally scheduled for the 26th February, has had to be postponed until the next academic year.

The last Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Research Seminar of this term will therefore be this Thursday, the 12th February. Tess Somervell will be speaking on ‘The Temporal Structure of Wordsworth’s Spots of Time’. All are welcome.

See the Graduate Seminar page for more details.