Second Annual CRECS Conference, 17 May 2017

The Cardiff Romanticism and Eighteenth Century Seminar (CRECS) invites you to join us for our second Annual Conference on Wednesday, 17 May 2017.

CRECS exists to support and stimulate interest and discussion in Romantic and Eighteenth Century Studies at Cardiff University. On Wednesday 17 May 2017, we will be holding an exciting daylong event in Cardiff’s Special Collections and Archives to showcase the interesting work that takes place at Cardiff and to consider a few different approaches to the period.

The day will be split into two parts. In the morning, we’ll be holding a mini-conference, where undergraduates and postgraduates alike can present their work and ideas in punchy ten-minute papers with plenty of opportunities for discussion. In the afternoon, we’ll be running three wonderful workshops, loosely themed around the idea of ‘The Romantics Rebooted’, with three leading experts in the field:

  1. Stephen Gregg (Bath Spa University) will discuss ways of presenting research into the long eighteenth century using digital platforms.
  2. Catherine Han (Cardiff University) will examine the afterlives of Romantic literature.
  3. Michael Falk (University of Kent) will run a hands-on session with various digital tools that allow researchers to analyse Romantic texts in revealing and fascinating ways.

To get the most out of the afternoon workshops, please bring along your laptops or tablets.

The day is open to those who wish to attend and participate in discussion, as well as to those who want to deliver papers. A buffet lunch, coffee and a wine reception will be provided, so—to join us for this free event—please sign up using Eventbrite by Tuesday, 2 May 2017: https://crecs-conference-2017.eventbrite.co.uk.

The day will be fun and informal, while also giving students the opportunity to try the ‘conference experience’ for the first time. We’d particularly like to encourage undergraduate students, as well as postgraduates and recent graduates, to propose papers on anything related to the Romantic period and eighteenth century. This is a fantastic opportunity to present and get feedback on your work in a friendly and familiar setting, while meeting with various leading scholars doing exciting and innovative research. You might want to speak about an argument from one of your essays or try out an idea for a dissertation. Whatever, you’ll be developing important skills and experience for the future: as well as giving you a taste of what postgraduate research culture at Cardiff is like, presenting at a mini-conference will look very impressive on your CV!

If you’d like to deliver a ten-minute presentation, please send a 100-word proposal to Dr Jamie Castell (castellj@cardiff.ac.uk) by Tuesday, 18 April 2017.

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