Special Sessions

Any paper proposal not accepted for the special session to which it is submitted will be included for consideration in the general pool. Should a special session not be accepted as a whole, the individual papers will be evaluated separately.


Lord Byron Now and Then: A Special Session sponsored by The Byron Society

Proposals are invited for a special postgraduate/early career panel on any topic(s) relating the conference themes to the life and/or writing of Lord Byron. Thanks to generous support from the Byron Society, those whose proposals are accepted for this panel will each receive a £250 bursary to help cover travel, registration, or accommodation costs. For the purpose of this panel, we are defining ‘early career’ as within five years of receiving the PhD. Please send your 300-word paper abstract, including name, affiliation, and email address, to both  alan.rawes@manchester.ac.uk  and icrmcr2019@gmail.com by 15 January 2019.


Romantic Correspondence

Letters are widely encountered in Romantic studies: from oft-quoted passages by Blake and Keats that appear in their letters, to epistolary novels such as Frankenstein and Lady Susan. In recent years, digital humanities projects such as the Robert Southey Letters, the Keats Letters Project and the Blake Archive have made correspondence of Romantics more accessible to researchers. This panel seeks to address issues of methods and best practice in research in Romanticism that involves correspondence. Possible topics could include (but are not limited to): case studies focusing on corpora of correspondence relating a specific individual or organisation, including Digital Humanities projects; ethical issues involved in using correspondence in research; limitations of correspondence as a research tool; creative uses of correspondence (for instance, letters containing poems, epistolary novels, and creative reuses of correspondence). The panel aims to be an interdisciplinary forum for discussing issues relating to research that involves correspondence; as such, proposals are welcome from historians, art historians, linguists and others, as well as literary scholars.

Please send your 300-word paper abstract, including name, affiliation, and email address, to both naomi.billingsley@manchester.ac.uk and icrmcr2019@gmail.com by 15 January 2019.


Romanticism, People of Colour, and 1819

Proposals are invited for a special session on intersections of Romanticism, people of colour, and the events and texts of 1819. Possible topics could include (but are not limited to):

–       Responses to the events in Britain in 1819 from people of colour

–       People of colour and Peterloo

–       People of colour and the British texts of 1819 (Shelley, Keats, Byron and beyond)

–       Beyond Britain: 1819 globally and connections to British Romanticism

–       1819-2019: Bicentenaries of people of colour

Please send your 300-word paper abstract, including name, affiliation (scholarly, community, independent scholar etc), and email address to both Nikki.Hessell@vuw.ac.nz and icrmcr2019@gmail.com by 15 January 2019.




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