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Romantik: Journal for the Study of Romanticisms, vol. 6

Call for Papers 

The forthcoming issue welcomes all article submissions that fit within the general scope of the journal.

For submission guidelines, see

DEADLINE: 1 March 2017 (full articles).

Questions and article suggestions based on abstracts may be directed to Robert W. Rix ( Romantik: Journal for the Study of Romanticisms is a multi-disciplinary journal dedicated to the study of romantic modes of thought. The articles range over the full variety of cultural practices, including the written word, visual arts, history, philosophy, religion, music and theatre during the romantic period (c. 1780-1850). Since the romantic era was characterised by an emphasis on the vernacular, the title of the journal has been chosen to reflect the Germanic root of the word. We emphasise that the journal is interested in all European romanticisms - and not least the connections and disconnections between them - hence, the use of the plural in the subtitle. Romantik is a double blind peer-reviewed academic journal, published once a year. The journal promotes innovative research across disciplinary borders. It aims to advance new historical discoveries, forward-looking theoretical insights and cutting-edge methodological approaches.


CFP: Romanticism: A Point of Contention, Past and Present

The Faculty of “Artes Liberales” and Faculty of Polish Studies at the University of Warsaw in collaboration with the Polish Society for the Study of European Romanticism are pleased to announce an international conference...

Romanticism: A Point of Contention, Past and Present

(Warsaw, 10-11 October 2017)

The conference theme “Romanticism: A Point of Contention, Past and Present” encourages us to adopt a broad perspective on polemics within Romanticism and surrounding it. We hope to deal with the dynamic of disputation from both a historical and theoretical angle, examining how it informs and motivates Romantic strategies of engaging in polemics and how it shapes the inner development of Romanticism and its reception. The conference organizers aim at a comparative juxtaposition of different perspectives on Romanticism. This will enable us to see globally the specificities of Romanticism in different nations (“the multitude of Romanticisms”) as well as to construct models which present common tendencies (“the unity of Romanticism”).

The category of polemic or dispute will not be limited only to literature. A juxtaposition of disparate points of view on a number of aspects, not only literary or aesthetic, but also political, historical, social, economic, cultural, scientific and philosophical, as well as gender-related, will result in a new and inspiring outlook on the Romantic period on both interdisciplinary and international levels.

The above-mentioned unity of the anatomy of Romantic contention is connected with the logic of modernity (following the quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns), which on a large scale introduced the category of generational conflict to historical process, problematizing the issue of tradition. Romantic disputes might also be associated with the experience of the disintegration of a common world of culture which is discernible in Romanticism. We propose also to give consideration to the category of difference and to processes of modernization observable on political, social, economic and civilization-related levels. For the multitude of Romanticisms was generated both by modern processes of cultural diversification and by local contexts connected with particular national cultures. Raising the issue of Romantic disputes, we would also like to consider the fact that the 19th

century, including its first half, was a time in which modern national traditions were formed, a time of quarrels concerning them and a time of negotiating different models of disputation.

The second part of the conference theme and its range of issues is linked with contentions and disputes conducted after Romanticism which are still very much alive. We are interested both in the almost 200-year-long history of these disputes and especially in our present situation, where returns to Romanticism are most often treated as an alternative to modernity or a model of “the other modernity”. A comparative perspective on these contentions and disputes might bring us closer to the phenomenon of the enduring presence of Romanticism in culture and might tell us something about the times that we live in today.

We propose discussion on the following issues:

  1. Anatomy of Romantic disputes and anatomy of disputes about Romanticism (theoretical models),

  2. Dynamics of Romantic disputes,

  3. Romantic disputes and disputes about Romanticism from a comparative perspective,

  4. Romantic disputes and disputes about Romanticism vs. modernity, its logic and


  5. Romanticism and counterculture (countercultures),

  6. Romantic disputes and disputes about Romanticism in relation to national tradition

    (national traditions),

  7. Romantic disputes and disputes about Romanticism in relation to the rivalry of ideas

    and generations,

  8. Pivots of Romantic disputes (artistic and ideological),

  9. Disputes about Romanticism in literature, other forms of art and journalism,

  10. Stage and film adaptations as a testimony to quarrels about Romanticism and the

    enduring presence of Romanticism,

  11. Private correspondence, journals and memoirs as documenting Romantic disputes.

The language of the conference is English. However, we will also allow papers in Polish in such cases we request that you send a detailed abstract in English (750-1000 words) before the end of September. This will be made available to all the participants.

The conference will be held from Tuesday 10 October until Wednesday 11 October 2017 in Warsaw. Proposals of 20-minute papers should be sent to by 31 May 2017. Please include a paper title and abstract (250 words) as well as your name, academic title and affiliation.

Detailed information concerning the conference fee and accommodation (a list of recommended hotels) will be made available soon.

Conference organizers:
Michał Kuziak, Prof. (Chairman of the Conference Committee) Maria Kalinowska, Prof.
Marcin Leszczyński, Ph.D 


Psychopharmacology and British Literature: 1650 to 1900

Deadline for abstract submissions: 1 February 2017

Full name / name of organization: Natalie Roxburgh, Jennifer Henke

Contact email:,

Psychopharmacology and British Literature, 1650 to 1900, an edited volume to be submitted for consideration in the series Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science, and Medicine, is now inviting submissions. This volume’s aim is to bring together multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives on plant-based and/or chemical psychoactive substances that were new to contemporaries. Essays will investigate the time period of 1650 to 1900, the period in which psychoactive drug use, which had always been a part of cultural practice, became intensified partly because of colonial exploration and bio-prospecting but also because of the rise of pharmacological sciences and the advent of synthetic organic chemistry in the eighteenth century. Rather than focusing on biographies of writers who used drugs as many scholarly inquiries already have done, papers in this volume will emphasize 1) the literary representations of drugs in British literature and 2) the contexts in which they were sold, used, and understood to work on the human brain and body. We welcome contributions on psychoactive substances ranging from, but not limited to: new types of alcohol, opium, morphine, cannabis, coca, laudanum, tobacco, coffee, tea, chocolate, and sugar.

Possible angles include:

 the aesthetics of intoxication

 new approaches to psychopharmacological medicine in literature

 literature and the history of addiction

 new contexts for the biochemistry of drugs as represented in literature

 social attitudes towards drug use as represented in literature.

Please submit a 500-word proposal to and by 1 February 2017. Acknowledgement of accepted proposals will be given by 1 March 2017. For those invited to contribute to the volume, completed essays of 5000-6000 words will be due by 1 September 2017. Please follow MLA style for in-text documentation and bibliography.


Call for Papers: Women, Money & Markets, 1750-1850

Thursday 11 May 2017, King’s College London

In 2017 Jane Austen will become the face of the £10 note. In order to mark the occasion, the Department of English at King’s is holding a one-day conference. Proposals exploring any aspect of value, markets and money in relation to women are invited. Submissions – what do we want? We welcome submissions in the form of individual papers, panels and roundtable discussions on the following themes:

• The varying practices of women associated with currency, global and/or domestic markets and marketability

• Material practices associated with value, exchange and/or female creativity

• Women as producers and/or consumers in the literary or other marketplaces (including, but not limited to, food, clothing, agriculture and raw materials)

• Representations of women at work or women’s involvement in:

º Trade and industry

º Professional services (such as law, finance, hospitality and the media)

º Domestic service

º The rural economy

• The place of women in the literary marketplace (past and present)

We particularly welcome cross-cultural considerations of the above issues.

Submissions – where to send them? Please send 300 word abstracts to the conference email address ( with an indication of your proposed format (individual paper, panel, roundtable, etc). If you are submitting a proposal for a panel, please include an abstract for each paper (up to 300 words each).

Deadline for submissions: 31 January 2017

Please email for more details, or visit: Conference Organisers: Dr Emma Newport (University of Sussex) and Amy Murat (King’s College London) ”


Call for Paper Proposals

Picturing Paradise in 19th Century British and North American Art: Past, Lost, Regained

A Special Issue of Religion and the Arts edited by Rachel Smith and James Romaine

PROPOSALS DUE: February 1, 2017

The Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art (ASCHA) and Religion and the Arts seek proposals for essays of new scholarship on the theme of “paradise” in 19th Century British and North American Art. Accepted essays will join papers presented at the February 2, 2016 ASCHA symposium: Picturing Paradise in 19th Century British and American Art: Past, Lost, Regained.

Paradise is a persistent and varied theme in 19th century North American and British art. It is often visualized through local, exotic, and even imagined landscapes, gardens, and plants. Drawing from the Bible’s first and last chapters (Genesis and Revelation, respectively), as well as authors such as Dante and Milton, artists interpreted “paradise” in different contexts. Some described the paradise of the past (the Garden of Eden), the present (the paradise “lost” after the Fall), or the paradise to be “regained “in the future (as the destination of the blessed soul). During a period of increasing industrialization and urbanization, foliated and landscape imagery found particular resonance as a means of drawing on a past and/or projecting a future paradise to address present concerns as artists explored spiritual and social perfection.

While the aspiration for paradise is common among a host of world religions, it is particularly prevalent in Christianity and in images influenced by that faith. Although the sublime and pastoral are often contrasted, both of these orientations are potential paths to paradise. Bridging such diverse movements as the Hudson River School and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, this use of garden imagery in the 19th century expresses a hope for personal and collective harmony.

Proposals of no more than 300 words should be submitted, with a cover letter and 2 page C.V. by February 1, 2017 to Dr. Rachel Hostetter Smith and Dr. James Romaine Authors will be notified by mid-February. Final drafts of the essays are due May 1, 2017. Authors are responsible for clearing all rights to images for their essay.


GER 2017: The Politics of Romanticism

The Politics of Romanticism

The 17th international conference of the Gesellschaft für englische Romantik (Society for English Romanticism) will be hosted by the English Department of the University of Bamberg.

Bamberg, October 5-8, 2017.

Keynote Speakers: Peter Kitson (University of East Anglia), Mark Philp (University of Warwick), Tilottama Rajan (University of Western Ontario), Nicholas Roe (University of St Andrews).

Call for Papers

Romanticism has always been understood in relation to the upheavals and profound political changes of the time around 1800. Recent historical research, however, has considerably qualified putative certainties about the politics of the period. Not only has the “age of revolution” or the “age of reform” been subjected to new scrutiny, but these labels now have to contend with the designation “age of counter-revolution”. Moreover, literary scholars have redefined or even demolished the boundaries between political writings and the traditional Romantic canon. In this process, the conventions of how Romantic studies imposes certain political views on its subject matter have been revealed and thus the political nature of the discipline as such. In concert with political propaganda and popular notions about Romanticism, the discipline has at times affirmed national discourses of organic unity, socialist visions of utopian community, and environmentalist ideas of reconciling humanity and nature. In the course of the last two centuries, romanticism or what has been regarded as such has had a remarkable political afterlife.

We are seeking contributions with regard to three focus areas:

  • -  Politics in the Romantic period and the literature and art of the time

  • -  The institutional politics of Romantic studies

  • -  The legacy of Romanticism in the politics of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

    and today.

    If you would like to present a paper addressing any of these thematic fields, please send a proposal as a PDF or Word document of no more than 500 words, accompanied by a short biographical sketch, to the local organisers. The deadline for proposals is January 28, 2017. You will be notified within three weeks after that date.

    Presentations are limited to 25 minutes. As usual, the conference will be held in English throughout.

    Note: By special agreement, members of NASSR, BARS, SERA, JAER, NARS and the newly- formed Polish Society for the Study of European Romanticism do not have to become

members of the German Society for English Romanticism to take part in this conference they only pay the regular conference fee of 40 Euros (10 Euros for students).

Detailed information about accommodation, travel, registration, a provisional conference programme, etc. will be provided on our website:

Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the south of Germany, is a city of medieval and baroque beauty and has a significant Romantic heritage (e.g. G.F.W. Hegel, E.T.A Hoffmann, W.H. Wackenroder). We will discover Bamberg’s treasures on a guided tour and enjoy the virtuosity of some of the classical musicians Bamberg is also famous for.

Local organisers:
Prof. Dr. Pascal Fischer and Prof. Dr. Christoph Houswitschka

University of Bamberg
Department of English and American Studies An der Universität 9
96045 Bamberg 


Consuming Animals

Consuming Animals takes place Friday, 17th through Saturday, 18th March 2017 at the University of York, UK. 

Deadline for abstracts: December 14th 2016 

Call for Papers: 


News: WSC 2017

The 46th Wordsworth Summer Conference, 2017

Monday 7 August to Thursday 17 August at Rydal Hall, Cumbria


Conference blog:

Conference website:


Keynote Lectures, 2017

Gillian Beer    Matthew Bevis    Jeff Cowton    James Engell

Nick Halmi     Meiko O’Halloran     Alexandra Harris

Felicity James     Peter Manning    Fiona Robertson

Fiona Stafford     Heidi Thomson    Kasahara Yorimichi


Emanuel Swedenborg and the Arts

Swedenborg and the Arts: An International Conference

June 6-9, Bryn Athyn College, Pennsylvania

Keynotes: Wouter Hanegraaff (Amsterdam); Linda Dalrymple-Henderson (U.T. Austin); Massigmo Introvigne (Turin)

This international conference explores Emanuel Swedenborg’s (1688-1772) substantial impact on the arts. A Scandinavian scientist, mystic, and theologian, Swedenborg’s ideas subsequently affected the aesthetics of a broad variety of artists and writers, from Charles Baudelaire, Jorge Luis Borges, and William Blake, to the painters George Inness and Arthur B. Davies (to name but a representative few). This conference is the first of its kind to explicitly focus on Swedenborg’s relation to aesthetics and artistic production. We are seeking paper proposals that do more than simply trace the historical dimensions of such influence, but also examine the dynamics of exchange, the movement between the religious and the aesthetic.

Additional confirmed speakers include: Adrienne Baxter Bell (Marymount), Cordula Grewe (U-Penn), Anders Hallengren (Stockholm), Marco Pasi (Amsterdam), William Rowlandson (Kent), and Robert Rix (Aalborg).

Paper / panel proposals of 400 words, plus short bio, are due by Sept. 30th.


Please visit our conference website for additional information:


JASNA International Visitor Program at Chawton, UK

The Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) sponsors the International Visitor Program -- a fellowship that supports a member of JASNA to work on a creative or scholarly project for six weeks while also using his or her talents to serve Austen-related institutions in Jane Austen’s village of Chawton, Hampshire. Fellowship applications will be assessed based on the applicant’s need to have access to materials in or near Chawton; the importance and viability of the project (in terms of project parameters, time, resources, and so on); and the skills that the applicant brings to the Jane Austen House Museum, Chawton House Library, and St. Nicholas Church.

The duties of the fellowship involve spending eight hours per week working at either Chawton House Library, the Jane Austen House Museum, or St. Nicholas Church (or some combination thereof, as needed), and attending the annual meeting of the UK Jane Austen Society in July, and assisting as needed. The fellowship stipend is $3,250. For more information and application materials, please visit; for JASNA membership, see

Applications are due on December 15, 2016.