Conferences, Symposia and other Events
British Association for Romantic Studies Conference
16–19 July 2015
The School of English, Communication and Philosophy, and the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research, are proud to be hosting the 14th international conference for the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS).
The Romantic period was characterized by the consolidation of a professional culture of print that witnessed important changes in the production, circulation and reception of literature: the dominance of the novel genre both in its high and low manifestations, changes in copyright legislation, the emergence of big publishing houses that cater to a variety of readerships, popular and polite. In no small measure, these developments led to a heightened sense of complex and interlocking identities (national, regional, political), themselves shaped by the convergence of a number of historically significant and culturally transforming events: the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, the Act of Union, Catholic Emancipation, the changing face of European Imperialism, political agitation and the advent of industrialization.
This changing landscape of print culture manifested in the increasing popularity of travel writing, antiquarianism and folklore, and regional literatures—whether they be the ballads and melodies of Scotland, Ireland and Wales, the lyric poetry of Wordsworth, Clare, and Hemans, or the prose histories and national romances of the likes of Scott, Owenson and Edgeworth. It was in this period that publishing, especially of novels, vastly increased its exports and consequently witnessed the consolidation of a truly trans-European network of print culture, in the large number of translations to and from English. Furthermore, we see the emergence in this period of a global marketplace for literature, evident, for instance, in the importation of British books into America and India, in a manner that would coalesce more fully in the international literary markets of the later nineteenth century.
BARS 2015: Romantic Imprints pulls together these interlinked strands through its consideration of the ways in which a discernibly Romantic cultural consciousness was shaped and inflected by increasingly sophisticated networks of print and other communication cultures. This is to say, the period saw the emergence of books as intercultural objects, reified through the interconnections of print, visual, aural and theatrical cultures. The global context notwithstanding, it is important to attend to the specific local manifestations of this Romantic moment and, given its setting in Cardiff, the conference hopes to complement its international perspective with a focus on Welsh print culture, for example the antiquarianism of Iolo Morganwg, the picturesque of William Gilpin and the travelogues of Thomas Pennant. The conference organizers aim to incorporate this local perspective with at least one special panel on Wales as represented in the period.
Scandal and Sociability: New Perspectives on the Burney Family
Location: Cardiff University
Date: Tuesday 1 September 2015
Professor Peter Sabor (McGill): 'The march of intimacy: Dr. Burney and Dr. Johnson'
In recent years, much scholarly interest has moved beyond the novels of Frances Burney to encompass the influence and activities of the rest of her family, including: her father Charles (historian of music and man of letters) her sister Susan (musician and critic), her brother James (rear-admiral who sailed with Captain Cook and acted as interpreter for the famous Tahitian Omai), her brother Charles (bibliophile, collector and schoolmaster), her half-sister Sarah Harriet (author of seven novels 1796-1839), her stepsister Elizabeth (better known as ‘Mrs. Meeke’, the author of twenty-six novels 1795-1823), and her cousin Edward Francisco Burney (artist and illustrator). Between them, the Burneys knew most British luminaries of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries working in the fields of literature, art, music, politics, botany, exploration, and court and Church circles. However, no conference or publication has specifically considered the Burney family as a composite whole, asking how their sociable network and often tumultuous internal dynamics influenced the remarkable spate of cultural and sociable activity carried out by its polymathic members. This interdisciplinary symposium will do so. Featuring thirteen speakers drawn from several disciplines and universities across the world, it will set exciting new directions for Burney studies and will be of wider interest to literary scholars, historians, art historians, musicologists and philosophers whose research addresses eighteenth and nineteenth-century Britain.
CLOSING DATE FOR REGISTRATION: 30 JULY 2015
Advanced Research Residency in Language and Law
The Cardiff Language and Law (CaLL) group are inviting applications for a limited number of places on this Research Residency.
The Advanced Research Residency (ARR) scheme brings together researchers with related interests for a series of research workshops in the context of an opportunity for completing their own independent research project.
Advanced Research Residency in Systemic Functional Linguistics
Date: Spring 2016 (date to be confirmed)
Organised by the Centre for Language and Communication Research.
More information to follow.
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