Monthly Archives: August 2014

Call for Papers: BARS 2015

“Romantic Imprints”
British Association for Romantic Studies International Conference
Cardiff University, Wales, 16-19 July 2015

Proposals are invited for the 2015 British Association for Romantic Studies international conference, which will be held at Cardiff University, Wales (UK) on 16–19 July 2015. The theme of the interdisciplinary conference is Romantic Imprints, broadly understood to include the various literary, cultural, historical and political manifestations of Romantic print culture across Europe, the Americas and the rest of the world. The focus will fall on the ways in which the culture of the period was conscious of itself as functioning within and through, or as opposed to, the medium of print.

The confirmed keynote speakers for Romantic Imprints will be John Barrell (Queen Mary, London), James Chandler (Chicago), Claire Connolly (Cork), Peter Garside (Edinburgh) and Devoney Looser (Arizona State).

Proposals for themed panels must be submitted by 13 October 2014; proposals for individual 20-minute papers must be submitted by 31 January 2015.

See the first call for papers for more information, and details of how to submit proposals.

Centre for John Clare Studies: Clare, Botany and Classification in the Early Nineteenth Century

The Centre for John Clare Studies is pleased to announce further details of a one-day symposium on ‘Clare, Botany and Classification in the Early Nineteenth Century‘, to be hosted by the Cambridge University Botanic Garden on Tuesday 23rd September, 2014.

Although Clare is perhaps best known as an advocate of wild nature, he also loved his own cottage garden. More importantly, Clare was a dedicated botanist, and his work meticulously documents the natural world local to his home in Helpston. This is not simply descriptive poetry: Clare’s was an intellectual interest in botany. Although Clare’s Natural History of Helpstone was not published until 1983, it is a concentrated example of the knowledge and the observational acuity which appears throughout his work. Despite this, relatively little scholarly work has focused on Clare as a botanist. It therefore seemed appropriate to devote our first symposium to this topic.

As well as welcoming scholars with an interest in Clare, botany and related subjects, we are delighted to be able to draw on the expertise of those who work and have worked in the Garden, and the day will include a tour of the glorious systematic beds.

Registration is £10, which includes refreshments in the morning and afternoon. Participants are welcome to bring a picnic to the garden; lunches are also available in the cafe on-site. Please reply by email to register interest in attending. Further information will then be sent about how to pay the registration fee and further details of the day. Please note that places are limited.

For more information about the Centre for John Clare Studies, visit the centre’s website here.