2016/17 CRECS Programme now available

We are delighted to announce our programme for the forthcoming academic year, 2016-2017. Events are usually held on Mondays, begin at 5.15pm, take place in Cardiff University’s Special Collections or the John Percival building and are followed by a drinks reception. Information about each event will be publicized on the CRECS blog in advance. All are welcome, but we warmly encourage undergraduates and MA students to attend in order to learn more about our research into the eighteenth century and Romantic period .

Founding members of CRECS are Dr Melanie Bigold, Dr James Castell, Dr Sophie Coulombeau, Alison HarveyProf. Anthony Mandal, Dr Jane Moore and Prof. Garthine Walker. You can contact any of us with questions about the programme.

We are currently looking for under- and postgraduate students from Cardiff University to join the CRECS team, assist with organising events and help us to manage our blog and social media. Please get in touch with one of us if you would like to be involved!

Autumn 2016

  • Monday, 17 October 2016: Pain and Prejudice—Women and Science in the Romantic Era. Featuring Martin Willis and Keir Waddington (Cardiff University) ‘Cutting Against The Grain: Frances Burney, Pain, Emotion and the ScienceHumanities’ and Becky Spear, (Cardiff University) ‘Jane Austen’s Domestic Science’.
  • Tuesday, 8 November 2016: Emily Rohrbach (University of Manchester) ‘Voice and Dispossession: A Comparative Poetics’. This research paper will be delivered in collaboration with the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research. The talk will start at 5.30pm and takes place in Room 2.03 of the John Percival Building.
  • Monday, 21 November 2016: CRECS Mixer. All Cardiff University students and staff interested in the eighteenth century and Romantic period are warmly invited to join us for a social mixer (featuring drinks and snacks). The aim is to find out more about the range of research, teaching and learning in our field taking place across the University and to share ideas about future events and collaborations.

Spring 2017

Fuller details of Spring 2017 events will be confirmed later in the academic session.

  • Monday, 30 January 2017: Ralph Pite (University of Bristol University) ‘How Green Were the Romantics?: 20 Years Later’. A discussion session that draws on Ralph’s foundational study, first published in 1997—with CRECS members, Ralph will reflect on whether or not the view of the Romantics as early environmentalists retains its significance two decades later.
  • Monday, 20 February 2017: Garthine Walker (Cardiff University) ‘The Rise of Victim-Blaming in the Eighteenth Century: A Historical Perspective on Rape Culture’. Garthine will lead a session that builds on her Leverhulme-funded research into women, violence and power in the eighteenth century, and will consider on its relevance to today’s gender politics. (EDIT: PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND WILL NOW NOT TAKE PLACE ON 20 FEBRUARY, BUT WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR LATER IN THE SEMESTER. MORE INFO TO COME.)
  • Monday, 13 March 2017: Francesca Saggini (Università della Tuscia, Visiting Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge) ‘Frances Burney and the Tragic Muse’. Francesca will present a session that draws on her ongoing research into Burney’s tragedies.
  • April 2017 [date tbc]: CRECS expedition to Strawberry Hill. An opportunity for Cardiff University students interested in gothic literature and material culture to visit Horace Walpole’s iconic mansion in Twickenham, near London.
  • May 2017 [date tbc]: Second Annual CRECS Student Conference. An opportunity for Cardiff University undergraduates and postgraduates working on the long eighteenth century and Romantic period to share their research in a supportive and constructive environment. The day will also feature workshops from Stephen Gregg (Bath Spa) on ‘Remixing Eighteenth-Century Print’, and from Sophie Coulombeau (Cardiff University) and Elizabeth Edwards (University of Wales) on ‘Recovering Women’s Lives’.
  • June 2017 [date tbc]: Michael Gamer (University of Pennsylvania) ‘Subscription Reprinting: Charlotte Smith’s Third and Fifth Elegiac Sonnets’. This research paper will be delivered in collaboration with the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research.
  • June 2017 [date tbc]: ‘Two Hundred Years of Austen’. In June, we will celebrate Jane Austen’s bicentenary year with an event exploring her afterlives and adaptations, organized in conjunction with Cardiff BookTalk, the University’s book group. The event is likely to feature a screening and a range of speakers: further details will be confirmed later in the year.

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