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. Continue reading

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Kirsty McHugh, ‘Manuscript Travel Accounts of Scotland and Wales’

Kirsty McHugh is a first-year doctoral research student at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies. She is part of the AHRC Curious Travellers project. Here, she adapts her paper from the inaugural CRECS Conference for our blog.

My research focuses on manuscript journals, diaries and letters recording the experiences of individuals and groups travelling in Scotland and Wales in the Romantic period. Since beginning my research degree in October 2015 I’ve become aware of the unique opportunities that exploring this topic affords, but also its challenges—in part, due to the nature of travel writing, but also because existing research has been largely based on published travel writing. Here I offer a brief overview of where my research has led me thus far. Continue reading

Report on first Annual CRECS Conference, 17 May 2016

On Tuesday 17 May 2016, Cardiff University’s Special Collections and Archives (SCOLAR) opened its doors to welcome the attendees of the first annual CRECS student conference.

After partaking in a welcome hot beverage—at a safe distance from the special collections of course!—the morning was devoted to student papers. These papers were delivered by a wide array of students from second year undergraduates to third year postgraduate researchers. The atmosphere was splendid, everyone delivered fantastically confident and supremely interesting papers on topics from counterfeiting coinage to memory in Wordsworth. For myself, what struck me as a common theme of all the papers was a demonstration of the richness of eighteenth-century language, and the complexities it yields. From the emotive rhetoric of court cases to the poetics of Ann Yearsley, Hannah More and William Wordsworth, from the complex doubleness of gothic rhetoric to the voice of the traveller in Welsh and Scottish tours, the presentations captured the richness and diversity of the period. For many student delegates, it was their first experience delivering a conference paper and you could not have asked for a more supportive and engaged audience. All the students have been invited to publish their papers on this blog so watch this space! Continue reading

First Annual CRECS Conference: Programme

All events take place on 17 May 2016, in the Special Collections and Archives (SCOLAR) at Cardiff University unless otherwise noted. 

09.00–09.25 Registration and Coffee
09.25–9.30 Welcome
09.30–10.20 Student Panel 1
(Four 10–minute papers with 10 minutes of discussion)
Kathryn Barlow, Ella Morrish, Anwen Pembery, Thomas Tyrrell
10.30–11.20 Student Panel 2
(Four 10–minute papers with 10 minutes of discussion)
India Cole, Natalie Cox, Poppy Jennings, Emma Tranter
11.20–11.40 Coffee Break
11.40–12.30 Student Panel 3
(Four 10–minute papers with 10 minutes of discussion)
Stephanie Clayton, Anna Field, Abby Johns, Kirsty McHugh
12.35–13.15 Student Panel 4
(Three 10–minute papers with 10 minutes of discussion)
Jannat Ahmad, Angharad Jenkins Wendon, Anna Sharrard
13.15–14.00 Lunch
(Refectory, John Percival Building)
14.00–15.00 Workshop 1 
Dr Mary-Ann Constantine and Dr Liz Edwards (Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies) on 18th-century and Romantic Welsh tours
15.15–16.15 Workshop 2
Dr Jennie Batchelor, Dr Koenraad Claes, and Dr Jenny DiPlacidi (University of Kent) on The Lady’s Magazine
16.30–17.30 Workshop 3
Professor Tim Stretton (St Mary’s University, Nova Scotia) on ‘Married Women and the Law: “The True Case of the Lady Lawley” (1731)’
17.30–18.30 Closing Remarks followed by a Wine Reception
(John Percival Building, Room 2.47)

First Annual CRECS Conference, 17 May 2016

The Cardiff Romanticism and Eighteenth Century Seminar (CRECS) turns three semesters old on Tuesday, 17 May 2016 … 

And, to celebrate, it’s time for the first CRECS Annual Conference!

CRECS exists to support and stimulate interest and discussion in Romantic and 18th-century studies at Cardiff University. With that in mind, we will be holding a unique 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 (running from 09.30 to 18.00) 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 10-minute papers with plenty of opportunities for discussion.

In the afternoon, we’ll be running a series of no fewer than three exciting workshops with internationally recognized experts in the field:

  1. Dr Mary-Ann Constantine and Dr Liz Edwards (Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies) on eighteenth-century and Romantic Welsh tours;
  2. Dr Jennie Batchelor, Dr Koenraad Claes and Dr Jenny DiPlacidi (University of Kent) on The Lady’s Magazine;
  3. Professor Tim Stretton (St Mary’s University, Nova Scotia) on a topic to be confirmed.

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 Monday, 2 May 2016: http://crecs-conference-2016.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 18th 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 the CRECS conference will look very impressive on your CV!

If you’re a student based in Cardiff University, and would like to deliver a 10-minute presentation, please send a 100-word proposal to Dr Jamie Castell (castellj@cardiff.ac.uk) by Friday, 15 April 2016.