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  • Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 06:00 PM through October 02, 2022
    Haus Sankt Ulrich in Augsburg, Germany

    Romantic Ecologies

    Romantic Ecologies

    The 19th international conference of the
    Gesellschaft für englische Romantik (Society for English Romanticism) will be hosted
    by the Chair of English Literature of the University of Augsburg and held as a residential
    conference at ‘Haus Sankt Ulrich’ in Augsburg.

    Augsburg, September 29 October 2, 2022

    Haus Sankt Ulrich Tagungshotel der Diözese Augsburg Kappelberg 1
    D-86159 Augsburg

    Confirmed keynote speakers: Jeremy Davies (University of Leeds, UK), Dewey Hall (California Polytechnic Pomona, USA), Timothy Morton (Rice University, Houston TX), Manfred Pfister (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany), Kate Rigby (Bath Spa University, UK).

    Call for Papers

    Romanticism is characterized by a new understanding of nature and environment. Nature does no longer function as a mere purpose-oriented setting, but rather as an affective and emotional context of communication with the observing or experiencing subject. The numerous aesthetic ways in which this dialogical interrelationship between subjective experience and scenic object of nature is captured in Romantic literature / art makes Romanticism a proto-ecologicalmovement, and today, in times of a world-wide ecological and environmental crisis, Romanticism’s critical explorations of the complex interdependencies between humankind, nature, the environment and aesthetics seem to be relevant as never before. Scrutinizing Romanticism’s strong affinity towards environmental issues allows for an insight into the fragile and precarious networks between various ecosystems, human agency and (post-)industrial society in the Anthropocene.

    This conference aims to address this new understanding of nature inherent to British Romanticism, explore its relevance for the discourse of environmental humanities in the twenty-first century, and also to reconsider the relation between humankind, nature / the environment / ecology and aesthetics in (and through) British Romanticism both in (meta-)theory and practice. With our focus on Romantic Ecologies, understood as a wide and plural concept, we invite a multicity of theoretical approaches and readings. This broad conception of ecology may thus encompass political and socio-historical issues, such as the impact of ecology / the environment / biosystems in the contexts of (post)colonialism and (trans)atlantic dialogues alongside societal ideas in the light of a re-evaluation of the relationship between humankind, the environment, sustainability and capitalism. Further focus areas comprise the role of various biosystems together with their (inter)dependencies and symbioses as well as

    aspects of non-human agency and materiality. Not least, we aim at revaluating the formal-aesthetic level by encouraging readings and theories that center around the idea of sustainability and regeneration in / as art. This may include questions of autopoiesis, art as renewal (e.g. productive melancholia), sustainability / regeneration of genre(s), or aesthetic sustainability as manifested for example in structures of repetition and difference. We also invite reflections on the teaching of Romantic literature and on its uses and limits in sustainability education.

    We invite proposals for papers in English of 20 minutes length. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

    • eco-politics: (post)colonial and / or (trans)atlantic perspectives

    • Romantic concepts of nature, ecology, (post)capitalism and (post)industrialism

    • Romantic ecologies and ethics

    • Romantic biosystems and their (inter)dependencies: animal studies, plant studies, urban ecologies, theories and practices of space / place

    • ecology and materiality

    • the body: disease, contagion, affect

    • disease as deconstructive force

    • beyond (ecocritical) theory: Romantic ecologies in the light of environmental humanities; Romantic meta-ecology; Romantic ecologies and poststructuralism

    • sustainability and regeneration in aesthetics and art: autopoiesis, imagination, repetition and difference

    • the sustainability / regeneration of genre(s) and form in Romanticism

    • approaches to teaching Romantic literature in ecocritical contexts

    • ...

    Abstracts (300 words) for papers proposed should be accompanied by a short biographical note, plus full address and institutional affiliation. Deadline: 15 January 2022.

    Send to: Martin Middeke ([email protected]) and David Kerler ([email protected]).

    Local organisers:
    Prof. Dr. Martin Middeke and PD Dr. David Kerler

    University of Augsburg Chair of English Literature Universitätsstr. 10 D-86159 Augsburg Germany

    NB: By special agreement, members of NASSR, BARS, SERA, JAER, NARS and the 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.


  • Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 07:00 AM through April 02, 2023
    SHSU in Huntsville, TX

    Romanticism and Justice


    Conference Organizer: Michael Demson, Sam Houston State University Conference-related inquiries can be directed to [email protected]   

    Submit proposals to [email protected] by October 31, 2022. Please specify in your proposal if you plan on attending in person or remotely (see further discussion below).

    The organizers of NASSR 2023 invite proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, and other innovative presentation formats on the theme of “Romanticism and Justice” from scholars of every rank and relevant discipline.

    Recent discussions of ‘justice’ have enlarged the field of Romanticism to include (for example) environmental, social, and epistemic justice, at the same time as Romantic scholarship has turned to investigate the institutions of criminal justice and their histories.

    These lines of inquiry recognize that conceptions of ‘justice’ in the era of revolutions have been formative to modern institutions and sensibilities. We welcome presentations that explore Romanticism’s connection to justice, understood in the widest possible sense. Talks

    that engage Romanticism’s geographical, linguistic, and/ or methodological scope in areas that advance diversity and inclusion in the field are especially welcome.

    As an alternative to attending the conference in person, March 30 will include a full schedule of moderated Zoom sessions—principally roundtable discussions
    of pre-circulated papers (proposals for other kinds of sessions are welcome)—so that conference attendees can participate remotely. Please specify in your proposal if you wish to participate in-person or virtually.

    Please note that if you are proposing full panels or roundtables, they need to be entirely in-person or virtual as there will be no hybrid options. Recordings of the plenary talks will be made available to virtual attendees.

    Conference activities will include tours of the Texas Prison Museum, the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, and TDCJ’s Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery.



    The cultural evolution of criminality and criminology

    Prison literature and prison publications

    Imperialism and race: abolitionism, state crimes, extrajudicial killings, and global justice

    The gendering of crime and other gender inequities

    Courtroom dramas, famous trials, celebrated decisions, and the theater of justice

    Codes of law, revolutionary justice, and utopianism

    Remorse and terror, the affects of justice

    The aesthetics of crime and punishment: sublimity, ennui, pastoral visions of justice

    Contending authorities: sacred law, state law, and the profane

    Law in liminal and hybrid spaces: international law, human rights, and transatlantic republicanism, anarchism, and socialism

    Representation and justice

    Justice in popular print culture, court proceedings and caricatures

    Land appropriation and enclosures, population displacement, environmental degradation, slow violence, and climate justice

    Animals and the law, animal rights and representation

    Jurisdictions, war crimes, colonialism

    Architecture of justice: Old Bailey, Newgate Prison, Bastille, Walnut Street Prison, façades and scaffolds

    Ireland and injustice: Penal Laws, 1798 Rebellion, rack-rent

    Pandemics and justice, lazarettos, and the criminalization of disease

    Narratives of reformation, rehabilitation, and/or incapacitation

    Systemic racism in the institutions of justice

    State-sanctioned violence, prosecution, and persecution

    Procedural justice, courtrooms and the halls of justice, sentencing and criminal records

    Punishment, incarceration, transportation, capital punishment

    Distributive justice, equity, and restorative justice: reconciliations, restitutions, and reparations

    ‘Justice’ beyond institutions: dueling, revenge, riots, unrest, lynching, and vigilantism

    Poetic justice, just deserts, and the representation of justice

    Whose canon? The history and future of social justice and engagement in Romantic pedagogy

    As past conferences of NASSR have done, the NASSR 2023 conference also aims to be an opportunity to consider the future of Romanticism as a critical field of humanist study and to strategize about the role of Romanticism in shaping the future of the university. To that end, we welcome proposals on Romanticism beyond the scope of the conference theme.