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Call for Papers: *Mediating Climate Change*

Mediating Climate Change
University of Leeds, 4th-6th July 2017

Confirmed speakers: Professor Wändi Bruine de Bruin (Leeds); Professor Nigel Clark (Lancaster); Professor Alexandra Harris (Liverpool); Professor Mike Hulme (King’s College London); Dr Adeline Johns-Putra (Surrey); Professor Gillen D’Arcy Wood (Illinois)

Our experience of climate change is always mediated. Its effects are encountered through changing weather patterns, including the storms, floods, and droughts that afflict communities across the world. They are also encountered through different forms of representation: a novel imagining a desiccated future Earth; a television documentary about coral bleaching; a graph of rising global temperatures. Researchers increasingly understand climate change as a cultural and political issue, and are concerned with the ways in which it is mediated in different contexts, and to different audiences.

This major environmental humanities conference will cross disciplines and periods to analyse the ways in which human beings have tried to make sense of climate change. What difficulties are there in representing climate change? How has it been debated in the past? What new ways of exploring and mediating climate change are emerging as we face an uncertain future?

We welcome proposals of around 250 words for twenty-minute papers suitable for an interdisciplinary audience. Topics might include, but are not limited to:
– Representations of climate change in literature, film, the media, and the arts
– Climate change and cultural theory (e.g. posthumanism, new materialism)
– Historical constructions of climate change
– Climate change and the Anthropocene
– The mediation of climate science
– Scales of mediation/climate modelling
– Climate change as a culturally mediated and contingent concept
– The construction of climate change within academic discourse
– Climate change and ‘the natural’
– The psychology of climate change (e.g. disavowal, denial, scepticism, affirmation, optimism)
– Climate change in political discourse
– Climate change and the ethics of representation
– Mediation and climate change activism

We also welcome proposals for complete panels and for presentations/panels using non-standard formats. The deadline for proposals is 15 January 2017. Please use the conference email address for all correspondence and proposals:

Conference organisers: David Higgins and Tess Somervell

Conference advisory team: Jeremy Davies, Dehlia Hannah, Graham Huggan, Sebastien Nobert, Lucy Rowland, Stefan Skrimshire, Kerri Woods

This conference is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council through a Leadership Fellowship awarded to Dr Higgins. For further details, see the conference website.

Byron Society PhD Bursary

The Byron Society invites applications for a PhD bursary.

The bursary will be awarded to a person accepted for enrolment as a full-time PhD student at a UK university on the basis of proposed research on an aspect of the life, work and /or influence of the poet Lord Byron. The value of the bursary is £9,000 (£3,000 per year), payable from September 2016.

Applications should include a summary of the applicant’s academic record, an outline of his/her proposed research and the names of two referees who may be contacted.

The closing date for applications 1 March 2016 by 5pm.

Applications should be sent by email to the Director of the Byron Society.

See the Byron Society website for full terms and conditions.

Lent Term’s first Graduate Seminar

The Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Research Group meets for the first time this term on Thursday 14th January, at 5pm. The speaker will be Professor Paul Hamilton, the title of whose paper will be ‘”The Experience of Everything”: Romantic Writing and Post-Kantian Philosophy’; the abstract follows below. Please note that this paper was originally advertised as being the last, not the first, in our series for Lent term.

“In English Romanticism, Coleridge and Crabb Robinson aside, there was little awareness of the way continental philosophy and literature shaped itself with ingenuity and versatility in response to Kant’s /Kritiken/. And at the present time, the phenomenon of post-Kantianism still awaits a comprehensive treatment of the discursive dissemination given such momentum by its treatment of the aesthetic. In this paper I make a Hegelian wager, though, that philosophically unselfconscious English writing was still, arguably, /reflective /of its epoch and configured itself accordingly. This premise allows me to hazard some Anglo-German comparisons directed by three main reactions to Kant which I will fill out in more detail. However, for me this is an opportunity to ask the question of whether or not that post-Kantian variety does indeed ingeniously transform itself into such very /different/ kinds of writing of the period (rather than, say, being arrested in Lacoue-Labarthe and Nancy’s monolithic ‘literary absolute’). In this I believe my paper does chime with a discontent with inherited views of the aesthetic, which ‘turn art into an object for philosophy’. These range from Alain Badiou’s proposal of an ‘inaesthetic’ to the view associated with Simon Jarvis and others, deriving from Adorno, that poetry has its own philosophical song to sing and can think paratactically, independent of the constraints of philosophy’s propositional idiom. But post-Kantians had already argued that the experience of feeling unconditioned by conceptual or ethical coherence could be phenomenologically caught. Or else they staged expressive dilemmas as apparently different as Wordsworth’s Godwin crisis (/The Borderers/) and Kleist’s /Kant-Krise/. in which the persistently unassimilable status of Kant’s unconditional ground of /everything/ becomes what writing is about.”

Graduate Seminar

Please see below for the programme for the Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Graduate Seminar in Lent term. All are welcome; further details (including location and times) are available on the ‘Graduate Seminar’ page.

14th January: *The Olfactory Imagination: Smell, Materialism & Metaphor in the 18th Century*
Dr Rowan Boyson (King’s College London)

28th January: *Charles Churchill in Byron’s Early Satires*
Dr Clare Bucknell (University of Oxford)

11th February: *Homer after Pope*
Dr Henry Power (Exeter University)

25th February: *The Experience of Everything: Romantic Writing & Post-Kantian Philosophy*
Professor Paul Hamilton (Queen Mary University of London)

Seminars in Cambridge

The Michaelmas schedules for many of Cambridge’s research seminars have now been published. The following is a (highly selective) list of seminars whose subjects more or less fall within our period. For further information about location and timings, please consult the relevant websites.

Seminars in the History of Material Texts:

26th November: *The Bartolomeo Gamba Project – or, the London-Paris-Padua book trade connection, 1600-1840*
Vittoria Feoloa (University of Padua/University of Oxford)

The Eighteenth Century Seminar (Faculty of History):

20th October: *Sublime Tourism, Enlightened Science and Counter-Revolution: Vesuvius and Pompeii in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries*
John Brewer (Caltech)

3rd November: *The French Revolution: A Redistributive Crisis*
Charles Walton (University of Warwick)

Early Modern British and Irish History (Faculty of History):

28th October: *The Oxford University Press Edition of The Works of Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon*
Martin Dzelzainis (University of Leicester) and Paul Seaward (History of Parliament)

Cambridge Bibliographical Society:

25th May, 2016: *Loss and the English imagination: writing the dissolution of the monasteries in the early eighteenth century’
Dr Kathryn James (Munby Fellow, University of Cambridge)

Call for Papers: ISECS 2015

“Opening Markets: Trade and Commerce in the Eighteenth Century”
The Fourteenth Congress of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 26-31 July, 2015

Submission of proposals for individual papers for the 2015 ISECS Congress is now open. (Online registration for the conference will open on 1 September.)

The 2015 Congress deals with the development of economic thought and practice in the broadest sense during the eighteenth century. “Opening Markets” invites historians of all kinds to address a wide variety of related subjects, including cross-cultural encounters and the evolution of the relationship between town and country and between the sexes. Literary and intellectual historians are invited to reflect on the marketing strategies and rhetorical demands advanced by the Enlightenment and its critics. Thus, “Opening Markets” will further help to define eighteenth-century literary audiences as customers and stimulate research on the “market of ideas.” Papers which address the representation of the marketplace in literature and art, and literary depictions and commentaries on economic activity, are also welcome.

The deadline for submission of paper proposals is 31 December, 2014.

For more information, and to submit an online proposal, visit the conference website.

Centre for John Clare Studies

A new Centre for John Clare Studies has been established in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge.

Drawing on the participation and expertise of the international scholarly community, the Centre will provide a forum for scholarly activity focused on John Clare and related literary, historical, ecological and political subjects.

The Centre’s initial projects include a collaboration with Peterborough Archives and Vivacity to curate a major exhibition based on Clare’s manuscripts, to be held in Peterborough Museum from 10 May to 22 June, and a collaboration with five exciting artists in UnEarthed: John Clare, to be exhibited at Clare Cottage as well as Northampton and Peterborough Museums.

The Centre’s activities in Cambridge will include a monthly discussion group and
biannual symposia (the first of these, on Clare and early nineteenth-century botany, will take place on 23 September 2014 in the Cambridge Botanic Garden).

For more information, visit the Centre’s website.

“Hazlitt and the Theatre”

The 2013 Annual Hazlitt Lecture and the 12th Hazlitt Day School, organized by Gregory Dart and Uttara Natarajan, will this year be held in conjunction for the first time. Both events are dedicated to a common theme, ‘Hazlitt and the Theatre’, and will be taking place at University College London on Saturday 14 September.

The Lecture, entitled ‘Hazlitt and Edmund Kean’, will be delivered by Peter Thomson, Emeritus Professor of Drama at the University of Exeter, from 4pm in the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL. Attendance is free of charge.

The Day School (for which there is a small fee – £20/£15) takes place in the Old Refectory, in UCL’s Wilkins Building, and it precedes the Lecture from 9.30am-3.30pm. It provides a rare opportunity for readers and scholars of Hazlitt to explore a whole range of topics relating to ‘Hazlitt and the Theatre’, as well as to meet each other and to exchange ideas.

More information is available here.