CALL FOR PAPERS: Scandal and Sociability: New Perspectives on the Burney Family, 1750–1850



Scandal and Sociability

New Perspectives on the Burney Family, 1750–1850


One-day interdisciplinary symposium

Cardiff University

Tuesday, 1 September 2015


Keynote speaker: Professor Peter Sabor, McGill University

‘”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, and will result in an edited collection of papers, proposed to a leading academic press. Continue reading


CRECS Fight Club

CRECS warmly invites you to the launch of a new series of events on Romantic and Eighteenth-Century Literature and History.

Come and witness ENCAP’s heavyweights (and featherweights) make punchy 5-minute pitches for the significance of their favourite writer from the period.

Featuring: Jane Moore, Anthony Mandal, Melanie Bigold, Sophie Coulombeau, Jamie Castell, Nicky Lloyd.

Followed by a roundtable discussion where contributions will be welcomed from outside the ring.

When: Tuesday 3rd February from 17.15 to 18.15 with wine and soft drinks to follow.

Where: SCOLAR (details here).

CFP: BARS 2015 Conference—Romantic Imprints (16–19 July 2015, Cardiff)

The BARS 2015 website will shortly be going live, but in the meanwhile, we’re posting the 2nd Call for Papers.

2nd Call for Papers: Romantic Imprints

British Association for Romantic Studies, 14th International Conference

Cardiff University, 16–19 July 2015

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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. Our 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 conference location in the Welsh capital provides a special opportunity to foreground the Welsh inflections of Romanticism within the remit of the conference’s wider theme. The two-hundredth anniversary of Waterloo also brings with it the chance of thinking about how Waterloo was represented within and beyond 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). Continue reading

CFP: 18th-Century and Romantic Studies Graduate Conference 2015

The Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Graduate Conference 2015

Faculty of English, University of Cambridge

Saturday, 18 April 2015

We are inviting submissions for papers to be presented at the annual Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Graduate Conference taking place on 18 April 2015. This year’s theme is ‘”Jargon of Men and Things”: Production and Consumption in the Long Eighteenth Century’.

The conference is drawing its theme from current interdisciplinary interest in production and consumption of all kinds—bodily, intellectual and material—as it relates to issues such as power, desire, reception, regulation and identity in flux. We are seeking papers, of around 20 minutes in length, from graduate (and undergraduate) students that will interrogate this common collocation, and its mediation through eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century literature and textual ephemera, as well as material and visual culture. Continue reading

A brief introduction to CRECS

CRECS—the Cardiff Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century Seminar—is a new initiative based within Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy. It aims to foster graduate studies in the period 1680 to 1840, through a mixture of lively events aimed at a wide audience drawn from the University and its wider network. As well as conventional academic papers, workshops and conferences, CRECS activities will comprise other more informal gatherings such as film screenings, play readings and excursions. Continue reading