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CFP: Romantic Assembly (4/1/2018; 10/25-28/2018)

ICR 2018: Romantic Assembly
Hosted by Clemson University in Greenville, SC
October 25-28, 2018

Keynote Speakers: Sara Guyer (University of Wisconsin), Orrin Wang (University of Maryland)

Scholars working in any area of Romanticism are invited to submit proposals for the annual meeting of the International Conference on Romanticism (ICR) to be hosted by Clemson University and held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenville, South Carolina.

The ICR has called this year’s conference “Romantic Assembly” to acknowledge and celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. They invite broad reflection on the notion of assembly and look forward to paper proposals on related acts of embodiment, factory production, and political assembly (from the French National Assembly to recent waves of public protest that embody the right to assemble enshrined in the US Constitution). From bodies assembled to assemblies of bodies, the ICR aims to look both backward and forward, and they invite all participants to explore what it means to assemble various and sundry things, even things we sometimes call persons.

They will accept abstracts for individual papers and proposals for complete panels or roundtables through the conference website (http://pearce.caah.clemson.edu/international-conference-romanticism). The ICR is also open to conversations about ideas for alternative modes of presentation. Be in touch at icr2018@clemson.edu or egoss@clemson.edu.

The ICR is excited to see the theme interpreted broadly and in ways they have not anticipated, but some possible modes of approach could include the following:

  • Anthologies, literary history, and assembling Romantic texts
  • Assembling words: rhetoric and form
  • Assembly and the senses
  • Bodies and embodiment
  • Categories of knowledge as assemblies
  • Disassembly, dissolution, fragmentation
  • Genre as assembly
  • Identity as assembly or assemblage
  • Industrialization
  • Military and martial assembly
  • Nation formation
  • Political assembly and acts of protest
  • Romantic and post-Romantic philosophies and critical theories of assembly
  • Romantic-era assemblies: Halls, Balls, Lectures, Schools
  • Romantic systems
  • Scientific assembly
  • World-building
  • The deadline for 300-word abstracts for individual presentations and 500-word proposals for complete panels or roundtables is April 1, 2018. The International Conference on Romanticism was founded in 1991 and aims to pursue the study of Romanticism across linguistic, national, and political disciplines. For more information please visit http://icr.byu.edu. Conference attendees and participants must be current members of ICR. Please visit http://icr.byu.edu/membership to become a member or renew your membership.

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