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.

Papers from any disciplinary perspective would be welcome on any aspect of this conference theme.

Topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • Concepts of appetite and taste
  • Literary and artistic creation/reception
  • Celebrity and canonicity
  • Print culture and the material book
  • Objects, hybrids and the non-human
  • Luxury, excess, waste
  • Trade, colonialism, the exotic
  • Categories of identity such as gender, race, class, sexuality, disability

Please email proposals of no more than 400 words to The deadline for the submission of proposals is 15 March 2015.

Registration for attendance will close on the morning of Saturday, 11 April 2015. Please bring on the day a £10 fee in cash or cheque made out to the University of Cambridge. This price includes teas and coffees, lunch and an evening wine reception. We would appreciate it if attendees would reserve a space beforehand by sending an email to

For further information, please contact the conference committee by email or visit the conference website at

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