English and Scottish Literature

Romantic Boundaries: BARS ECR & PGR Conference 2023

In brief

Venue - 50 George Square

Organiser - Amanda Blake Davis (University of Derby), Cleo O’Callaghan Yeoman (Universities of Glasgow, Stirling, and Edinburgh), and Yu-Hung Tien (University of Edinburgh)

Programme highlights - Two keynote speeches and six parallel panels

About the conference

The British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) Early Career and Postgraduate Conference explored the theme of ‘boundaries’ within the context of Romantic-period literature and thought.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the term ‘boundary’ as: ‘That which serves to indicate the bounds or limits of anything whether material or immaterial; also the limit itself.’ With this in mind, the ‘Romantic Boundaries’ conference united early-career and postgraduate researchers whose work considers the concept and representations of boundaries – both tangible and intangible – from as wide a range of critical perspectives as possible. 

Visit the Romantic Boundaries website


Day one

Time Event
8:15am Registration opens
9:00am Opening Remarks
9:15am Parallel Panel 1
10:45am Break
11:00am Parallel Panel 2
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Knowledge Exchange Workshop (Dr Colette Davies, University of Nottingham)
2:15pm Parallel Panel 3
3:45pm Break
4:00pm Keynote Speech: ‘Romantic Spies and Secrets’, Speaker: Professor Penny Fielding, (University of Edinburgh)
5:00pm Exit venue
6:00pm Conference dinner

Day two

Time Event
9:00am Parallel Panel 4
10:30am Break
10:45am Parallel Panel 5
12:15pm Lunch
1:10pm Academic Publishing Workshop (with representatives from the Keats-Shelley Journal, Studies in Romanticism, Romanticism on the Net, Studies in English Literature, and the European Romantic Review).
2:00pm Parallel Panel 6
3:30pm Break
3:45pm Keynote Speech, Speaker: Dr Andrew Hodgson (University of Birmingham)
4:45pm Closing remarks
5:00pm Exit venue

How to attend

This was an in-person event held on the University of Edinburgh campus. It was costed, but open to all.

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Romantic Boundaries: BARS ECR & PGR Conference 2023

A two-day conference which explored the concept of 'boundaries' within Romantic literature and culture.

50 George Square
University of Edinburgh