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British Association for Romantic Studies Conference

16–19 July 2015
Cardiff University

BARS 2015The School of English, Communication and Philosophy, and the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research, are proud to be hosting the 14th international conference for the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS).

The Romantic period was characterized by the consolidation of a professional culture of print that witnessed important changes in the production, circulation and reception of literature: the dominance of the novel genre both in its high and low manifestations, changes in copyright legislation, the emergence of big publishing houses that cater to a variety of readerships, popular and polite. In no small measure, these developments led to a heightened sense of complex and interlocking identities (national, regional, political), themselves shaped by the convergence of a number of historically significant and culturally transforming events: the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, the Act of Union, Catholic Emancipation, the changing face of European Imperialism, political agitation and the advent of industrialization.

This changing landscape of print culture manifested in the increasing popularity of travel writing, antiquarianism and folklore, and regional literatures—whether they be the ballads and melodies of Scotland, Ireland and Wales, the lyric poetry of Wordsworth, Clare, and Hemans, or the prose histories and national romances of the likes of Scott, Owenson and Edgeworth. It was in this period that publishing, especially of novels, vastly increased its exports and consequently witnessed the consolidation of a truly trans-European network of print culture, in the large number of translations to and from English. Furthermore, we see the emergence in this period of a global marketplace for literature, evident, for instance, in the importation of British books into America and India, in a manner that would coalesce more fully in the international literary markets of the later nineteenth century.

BARS 2015: Romantic Imprints pulls together these interlinked strands through its consideration of the ways in which a discernibly Romantic cultural consciousness was shaped and inflected by increasingly sophisticated networks of print and other communication cultures. This is to say, the period saw the emergence of books as intercultural objects, reified through the interconnections of print, visual, aural and theatrical cultures. The global context notwithstanding, it is important to attend to the specific local manifestations of this Romantic moment and, given its setting in Cardiff, the conference hopes to complement its international perspective with a focus on Welsh print culture, for example the antiquarianism of Iolo Morganwg, the picturesque of William Gilpin and the travelogues of Thomas Pennant. The conference organizers aim to incorporate this local perspective with at least one special panel on Wales as represented in the period.

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Scandal and Sociability: New Perspectives on the Burney Family

International symposium

Location: Cardiff University
Date: Tuesday 1 September 2015


Dr. Sophie Coulombeau (
Catherine Han (


Professor Peter Sabor (McGill): 'The march of intimacy: Dr. Burney and Dr. Johnson'

In recent years, much scholarly interest has moved beyond the novels of Frances Burney to encompass the influence and activities of the rest of her family, including: her father Charles (historian of music and man of letters) her sister Susan (musician and critic), her brother James (rear-admiral who sailed with Captain Cook and acted as interpreter for the famous Tahitian Omai), her brother Charles (bibliophile, collector and schoolmaster), her half-sister Sarah Harriet (author of seven novels 1796-1839), her stepsister Elizabeth (better known as ‘Mrs. Meeke’, the author of twenty-six novels 1795-1823), and her cousin Edward Francisco Burney (artist and illustrator). Between them, the Burneys knew most British luminaries of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries working in the fields of literature, art, music, politics, botany, exploration, and court and Church circles. However, no conference or publication has specifically considered the Burney family as a composite whole, asking how their sociable network and often tumultuous internal dynamics influenced the remarkable spate of cultural and sociable activity carried out by its polymathic members. This interdisciplinary symposium will do so. Featuring thirteen speakers drawn from several disciplines and universities across the world, it will set exciting new directions for Burney studies and will be of wider interest to literary scholars, historians, art historians, musicologists and philosophers whose research addresses eighteenth and nineteenth-century Britain.


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Advanced Research Residency in Language and Law

The Cardiff Language and Law (CaLL) group are inviting applications for a limited number of places on this Research Residency.

The Advanced Research Residency (ARR) scheme brings together researchers with related interests for a series of research workshops in the context of an opportunity for completing their own independent research project.

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Advanced Research Residency in Systemic Functional Linguistics​

Date: February 1st May - May 31st 2016

Organised by the Centre for Language and Communication Research.

The Linguistics in Cardiff (LinC) research network is inviting applications for a limited number of places on our Advanced Research Residency in Systemic Functional Linguistics, which will run from February 1st 2016 to May 31st 2016.

The Advanced Research Residency (ARR) scheme brings together researchers with related interests for a series of research workshops in the context of an opportunity for completing their own independent research project. The ARR in Systemic Functional Linguistics will include most if not all of the following:

ARR members have the same facilities as other visiting scholars on our various schemes and pay the same fees. They may ask for their total time at Cardiff to be longer than the ARR period, in which case they will have the normal status of a visitor outside the ARR period. Regrettably, no funding is available to support ARR members’ costs. However, having a confirmed place may help you secure funding from another source, and if you are accepted onto the ARR, your place will be held for you while you apply. If you are interested in applying for this scheme, please visit our website ( for general information and guidance about becoming a visiting scholar with us. To apply for a place on the Cardiff SFL ARR, please email to check if places are still available and then complete a regular application for a visiting scholar place (see guidance on our website), indicating that you wish to participate in the ARR in Systemic Functional Linguistics.

For informal inquiries, please contact Lise Fontaine (, Tom Bartlett( or Gerard O’Grady (


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