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2020 ISECS/SIEDS Seminar for Early Career Scholars

‘Memory and (Un)remembrance’

Lausanne, Switzerland,
25-29 May 2020
Applications due by 10 January 2020

Call for papers (pdf) (English) | Appel à candidatures (pdf) (Français)

Embodying Romanticism – Romantic Studies Association of Australasia 2019 Conference

21 – 23 November 2019
UNSW Canberra Northcott Drive
Canberra ACT 2600 Australia

Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Professor Will Christie, Australian National University
Associate Professor Kevis Goodman, University of California Berkeley
Professor Clara Tuite, University of Melbourne

Call for Papers
Although the body has preoccupied literary scholarship for some time, there has been a renewed attention in Romantic studies to the complex ways in which literature encodes and reproduces our awareness of embodied experience. Challenging views of Romanticism as bounded by visionary and idealist expression, such work reflects a reorientation of criticism around the materiality of Romantic culture, whether configured as part of the age of sensibility or in relation to the era’s natural and social sciences. The Romantic period was, moreover, a time when control of the body emerged as a key political issue in workshops, homes, battlefields and colonies, when bodies were subject to rapidly evolving ideas of gender, class and race, while new bodies of knowledge and corporate political bodies emerged to regulate the affairs of nations and empires. This was a period when bodies were subject to ever more intensive modes of analysis and management, at the same time that bodies imposed their transgressive physicality through new understandings of environments, vitalism, trauma, slavery, disease and taste. Attentive to such developments, Romantic studies in turn dovetails with a broader materialist emphasis that explores how bodies are shaped in relation to affect, biopolitics, speculative realism, post-humanism and eco-criticism. Alain Badiou has recently proposed that our modern, liberal ideology can today only perceive two objects: bodies and language. Aligning itself at the conjuncture of these two terms, this conference invites papers that broadly consider how embodiment was evoked, challenged and understood in Romantic cultural life.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspects of Romanticism and embodiment. Proposals may be for individual papers or for panels of 3-4 papers.

Topics might include:
• Affects and embodied emotions
• Sensibility and materialist epistemologies
• Materials, objects, things
• Life, organicism, vitality
• Theatre, bodies on stage, celebrities
• Labour, work, maternity
• Sexuality and gender
• Corpses, death, graves
• Race, empire, colonialism
• Disabled bodies, monsters, illness
• Spaces, environments, atmospheres
• Planetary bodies, heavenly bodies, cosmology
• Architecture, buildings and the body
• Medicine, surgery
• Slavery and transportation
• Biopolitics/biopower and the body politic
• Texts and paratexts
• Bodies of knowledge
• Animals and humans
• Organisations and institutions

Abstracts of approximately 250 words are due by 30 June 2019. Please send abstracts to the conference convenor, Neil Ramsey, at

Postgraduate bursaries are available. See the conference website for details:

Call for Submissions – Eighteenth-Century Fiction

The Indigenous Eighteenth Century

Maori Chief

The editor of this special issue of ECF invites manuscripts that consider the roles and representations of Indigenous peoples from the Americas, Australia, and New Zealand during the long eighteenth century. In what ways did Indigenous peoples shape European literature and knowledge? How can we recover sites of agency and response, and how do we read alternative strategies of representation outside of the written word? How were European writers who encountered “Indians” and “savages” influenced by these exchanges? How was Indigenous material culture collected and understood by Europeans? This special issue seeks to bring the interdisciplinary approaches of Indigenous Studies to bear on the eighteenth century, and to continue the work of decolonizing the period as we know it. Deadline for manuscripts: 15 July 2019 (6,000–8,000 words). Publication of this special issue is proposed for autumn 2020.

The special issue editor is Dr. Robbie Richardson, University of Kent.

Eighteenth-Century Fiction  “Submissions”

L’Europe des Lumières face aux cultures indigènes

L’éditeur de ce numéro spécial (Dr. Robbie Richardson, University of Kent) recherche des articles concernant le rôle des peuples indigènes ou autochtones des deux Amériques, de l’Australie ou de la Nouvelle-Zélande dans l’évolution de la culture et pensée européennes (1660-1800). Il s’agit surtout d’approfondir les questions suivantes. De quelle(s) façon(s) les peuples indigènes ont-ils influé sur la vie littéraire et/ou scientifique de l’Europe des Lumières? Dans une perspective historique, est-il possible de reconstruire les conditions matérielles qui ont donné lieu aux multiples échanges entre Européens et indigènes? Dans le domaine littéraire, quelle influence a été exercée par les soi-disant “Indiens’” et “sauvages” rencontrés (ou imaginés) par divers auteurs européens de l’époque? Ce numéro spécial se propose deux buts: de (re)penser le Siècle des Lumières par le biais interdisciplinaire des études indigènes (Indigenous Studies); et de contribuer à “décoloniser” les recherches universitaires sur le dix-huitième siècle. La date limite est le 15 juillet 2019 (6 000 – 8 000 mots). La publication est proposée pour l’automne 2020.

Contact: Eighteenth-Century Fiction

Submit: “Submissions”

The British Association for Romantic Studies 16th International Conference

Proposals are invited for the 2019 conference of the British Association for Romantic Studies, to be hosted by the School of English, University of Nottingham, from 25-28 July. Our theme is ‘Romantic Facts and Fantasies’.

We look forward to welcoming you to the East Midlands, where the historic city of Nottingham is located among the heartlands of British Romanticism. Newstead Abbey was Byron’s ancestral home; Sherwood Forest was re-imagined as the meeting place of Richard I and Robin Hood in Scott’s Ivanhoe; and the Cromford Mills are a living monument to Richard Arkwright, whose inventive development of spinning mills and power looms was an integral strand of the Industrial Revolution. This conference will explore the potency of ‘fact’ and fantasy’ both in the Romantic period and during the afterlife of Romanticism. The aim is to develop a collective understanding of how Romantic ‘fact’ and ‘fantasy’ work together and against one another, and in so doing embody the spirit of an age whose inventions and innovations laid the foundations for modernity while simultaneously exulting the power of the imagination and its creations.

Keynote speakers for Romantic Facts and Fantasies are Laura Mandell (Texas A&M), Robert Poole (UCLAN), Sharon Ruston (Lancaster), Diego Saglia (Parma), and Jane Stabler (St Andrews).

We encourage proposals for open-call sessions and themed panels as well as individual proposals for 20-minute papers. Subjects covered might include (but are not limited to):

Bicentenaries 1819-2019: The Peterloo Massacre; the ‘Six Acts’, the Carlsbad Decrees; the birth of Queen Victoria; Stamford Raffles and the foundation of Singapore; Simon Bolivar’s victory at Boyacá; the Panic of 1819; the opening of the Burlington Arcade, London; the Cotton Mills Act; the death of James Watt;  Keats’s odes; Scott’s Ivanhoe, Bride of Lammermoor, and A Legend of Montrose; the final volume of Southey’s History of Brazil; Blake’s ‘Ghost of a Flea’ (1819/20).

Factual and fantastical encounters and dialogues: travel narratives; poetry of encounter; translations; colonial discourses; geologies, geographies and aesthetics of landscape; rivers, canals, bridges and roads in material, commercial and imaginative landscapes.

Facts and fantasies of collective and individual identity: Romantic provincialism (the Lunar Society, the Lake School); national identity and ideas of the state; religion; ethnography; Romantic life writing and autobiography; Romantic-period economics, consumerism, industry and agriculture; Romantic facts and fantasies of childhood; Romantic experiments in education; Rousseauism.

The scientific imaginary: Mary and Percy Shelley; Humphry Davy, poet and scientist; the development and legacies of Romantic science fiction; Erasmus Darwin, the Lunar Society and Joseph Wright of Derby; Malthus and Malthusianism.

Imagining the Romantic world: Keats’s ‘living year’; plagiarism and originality; the professional imagination in Keats, Davy, Blake, Caroline Herschel and William Herschel; pedagogic and didactic poetry, prose and drama; histories and history-writing, including the emergence of national histories; paintings, sculptures and music commemorating the events and ‘heroes’ of the Napoleonic wars, politics, industry and culture; architecture and Romantic fantasy (eg. Walter Scott’s Abbotsford, William Beckford’s Fonthill Abbey, and Joseph Gandy’s visualisations of the Bank of England and other buildings by John Soane); Romantic book illustration and developments in the technology of print.

Presentation formats

We welcome proposals for the following:

Individual 20 minute papers. Abstracts of no more than 250 words (excluding the title). Please include your name and institutional affiliation (if applicable).

Panels of either three 20 minute papers or four 15 minute papers. Please include an abstract of the panel theme, together with 250-word (excluding the title) proposals from each of the speakers, in a single document.

Open-call sessions. Proposals should include a 350-word (excluding the title) description of the potential session, outlining its importance and relevance to the conference theme. Accepted open-call sessions will be advertised on the BARS 2019 website from mid-November 2018.


The deadline for proposals for open-call sessions is Thursday 22 November 2018.

The deadline for submissions of panels and individual papers is Monday 17 December 2018.

Please email proposals to

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Call for Papers, Eighteenth-Century Studies Special Issue

Special Issue on the South Sea Bubble, Mississippi Bubble, and Financial Revolution

2020 marks the 300th anniversary of the crashing of the South Sea and Mississippi Bubbles, investment schemes – based on slavery, colonialism, and the need to fund standing militaries accompanying them through large-scale public borrowing – that caused a general international liquidity crisis, deflation, and depression. This special issue of Eighteenth-Century Studies seeks submissions exploring not only the consequences to Europe of this financial crisis, but also its global effects, particularly as they relate to empires of trade and administration. We are soliciting interdisciplinary papers that ask questions such as: How are empire and militarism connected to finance? In what ways were people as well as things financialized during this crisis? Was the mode of capitalism put into motion by the Financial Revolution of the early eighteenth century fundamentally racist and/or colonialist? How should our understanding of these bubbles be shaped not only by the politics that went into making them, but also the politics of the bailouts that followed? What role did publicity and propaganda in the print media play in these events, and how might literature, art, and other forms of humanistic expression be connected with it? As these questions demonstrate, we are seeking submissions that are both interdisciplinary in nature and international in scope, moving beyond considering the bubbles’ effects only in Britain and France and towards how those effects rippled throughout Europe, the Atlantic, and the globe.

Our goal is to publish this issue in 2020 to mark the anniversaries of the bursting of these bubbles. We therefore require submissions by June 1, 2019, to ensure that the review process of the manuscripts is complete by that time. Please submit to , and feel free to contact the Editor, Sean Moore ( ), about your ideas for this issue. Manuscripts should generally be between 7,500 and 9,000 words. A detailed list of submission guidelines can be found on the journal’s website:

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15th International Congress on the Enlightenment



15th International Congress on the Enlightenment
Edinburgh, Scotland
14–19 July 2019


The International Congress on the Enlightenment is the quadrennial meeting of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS) and the world’s largest meeting of specialists on all aspects of the eighteenth century. Recent ISECS congresses have been held in Los Angeles (2003), Montpellier (2007), Graz (2011), and Rotterdam (2015). The 15th ISECS Congress will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, from Sunday 14 July to Friday 19 July 2019. It is organized by the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS) and the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society (ECSSS), and hosted by the University of Edinburgh.

Enlightenment Identities
While proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables on any topic relevant to the long eighteenth century are welcome, we particularly invite contributions that address the theme of ‘Enlightenment Identities’. The question of ‘identity’ was much disputed in the eighteenth century, in ways ranging from the local, regional, colonial, national, federal, imperial, to the global. Identities are complex. They are forged by factors ranging from the personal to wider political, military, religious, intellectual, techno-scientific, cultural, ethnic, social, sexual, economic, class/caste, geographical, and historical contexts. The idea of Enlightenment was itself much debated. Given these interlocking complexities, ‘Enlightenment Identities’ constitutes an important theme for an international gathering in the Enlightenment city of Edinburgh, whose eighteenth-century denizens, like Adam Smith, were at once Scottish, British, and ‘citizens of the world’. Call for Papers, Panels, and Roundtables Proposals are invited for individual papers, preformed panels of three or four papers, and roundtables of between four and six participants. Proposals may be in English or French. The final deadline for submission of papers and panel proposals is Friday 1 February 2019. Submission is through the congress website at

More Information
Complete information about the congress, the city and university of Edinburgh, travel and accommodation, proposal submission, registration, the ISECS bursary programme, and all other details, can be found at the congress website at
For any other queries, please email the organisers at:

We look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh in 2019!
Follow us on Twitter: @BSECS #ISECS2019

15 ème Congrès international sur les Lumières
Édimbourg, Écosse, 14–19 juillet 2019


Le Congrès international sur les Lumières est la réunion quadriennale de la Société international d’étude du dix-huitième siècle (SIEDS) et la plus grande rencontre mondiale de spécialistes du dix-huitième siècle sous tous ses aspects. Les derniers congrès de la SIEDS se sont tenus à Los Angeles (2003), Montpellier (2007), Graz (2011) et Rotterdam (2015). Le 15 ème Congrès de la SIEDS aura lieu à Édimbourg, en Écosse, du dimanche 14 juillet au vendredi 19 juillet 2019. Le Congrès est organisé par la Société britannique pour l’étude du dix-huitième siècle (BSECS) et la Société d’études écossaises du dix-huitième siècle (ECSSS) et sera accueilli par l’université d’Édimbourg.

Lumières et identités
Si nous encourageons des propositions pour des communications, sessions et tables rondes sur toute thématique pertinente pour l’étude du long dix-huitième siècle, nous invitons en particulier les contributions qui traitent de la thématique « Lumières et identités ». La question de « l’identité » fut largement débattue au dix-huitième siècle sur le plan local, régional, colonial, national, fédéral, impérial ou mondial. Les identités sont complexes. Elles sont forgées par des éléments qui vont de l’échelon personnel à des contextes plus larges, d’ordre politique, militaire, religieux, intellectuel, techno-scientifique, culturel, ethnique, social, sexuel, économique, géographique, historique ou ayant trait à la classe ou à la caste. La notion des Lumières fut elle-même fortement débattue. Étant donné ces complexités imbriquées, « Lumières et identités » constitue une thématique importante pour un rassemblement international dans cette grande ville des Lumières qu’est Édimbourg, dont les résidents au dix-huitième siècle, tel Adam Smith, furent à la fois écossais, britanniques et « citoyens du monde ».

Appel à propositions de communications, sessions et tables rondes
Nous vous invitons à nous faire parvenir vos propositions pour des communications individuelles, des sessions complètes de trois ou quatre communications et des tables rondes composées de quatre à six participants. Les propositions peuvent être en anglais ou en français. La date limite pour soumettre vos propositions de communications et de séances est le vendredi 1 février 2019. Les soumissions se font via le site web du congrès à l’adresse suivante :

Informations supplémentaires
Pour des informations complètes concernant le congrès, la ville et l’université d’Édimbourg, les transports et le logement, la soumission de propositions, les inscriptions, les bourses SIEDS et autres détails complémentaires, merci de consulter le site web du congrès à l’adresse suivante: Pour toute autre question, vous pouvez écrire aux organisateurs à l’adresse suivante :

Nous nous réjouissons de vous accueillir à Édimbourg en 2019 !
Suivez-nous sur Twitter : @BSECS #ISECS2019

PDF versions of this CFP:

ISECS_2019 (English)

SIEDS_2019 (le français)


The Bildungsroman: form and transformations

A conference hosted by the Novel Network at the University of Sydney,
22-25 November 2018

This conference will explore the past and present condition of the Bildungsroman, with its myriad transformations and diversifications not only in the novel proper but also in memoir, film and long-form television. It will bring together exciting work in disciplines often separated by periodising and disciplinary paradigms and gather experts in prose fiction, film and television from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries and from a range of language areas to concentrate on this key narrative form. The novel of the emotional and social development or formation of a young person as they learn to make their way in an often hostile world, the Bildungsroman ­was a key form taken by the European novel from the early 19th century. How has it made its way across transhistorical formations and transgeneric remediations?

Nancy Armstrong, Gilbert, Louis & Edward Lehrman Professor of English, Duke
Joseph Litvak, Professor of English and Chair of Department, Tufts
Katie Trumpener, Emily Sandford Professor of Comparative Literature and English, Yale

We invite proposals for individual papers, panels, roundtables and single text discussion sessions, on the following or other related topics. The panel format will involve pre-submission of the paper to ensure closer audience engagement with its arguments:

  • Theory and the bildungsroman
  • The bildungsroman, the künstlerroman, the erziehungsroman: overlaps and distinctions
  • The origins of the bildungsroman
  • The contemporary bildungsroman
  • The female bildungsroman
  • The queer bildungsroman
  • Gender in the bildungsroman
  • Narrative theory and the bildungsroman
  • Psychology and the bildungsroman
  • The postcolonial bildungsroman
  • The coming of age film as bildungsroman
  • The bildungsroman and television
  • The Bildungsroman and the city
  • Transnationalism and the bildungsroman
  • Memoir and the bildungsroman
  • The anti-bildungsroman
  • The eco-bildungsroman

200 word abstracts should be emailed by June 15 to

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