Commemorative Events

Stuart Curran Symposia

The K-SAA and Byron Society will be mounting one symposium per year from 2016-2018. These symposia form the core of the Romantics Bicentennial initiative and are named in honor of Stuart Curran, for his brilliant, decade-long leadership as President of the K-SAA, during which time he initiated our Symposium series.

Forthcoming Symposia

  • The Emergence of Keats as a Poet

    October 7 @ 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm at Fordham University

    2017 marks the bicentennial of the emergence of Keats as a poet in his own right. Speakers at the 2017 Symposium will discuss the contours of the 1817 volume and its importance to Keats’s larger aes...

  • Frankenstein Then and Now, 1818-2018

    May 11, 2018 - May 12, 2018 at Huntington Library, Art Galleries, and Botanical Gardens

    In celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the first publication of Mary Shelley’s original novel, major scholars, scientists, and filmmakers will discuss the ongoing cultural issues raised by Frank...

Past Symposia

  • The Geneva Summer

    May 21, 2016 @ 10:15 am - 4:45 pm

    The summer of 1816 witnessed one of the great collaborative convergences of English literary history, as Percy Shelley, Mary Godwin, and Lord Byron met at the Villa Diodati near Geneva and produced so...

Networked Events

Building on the Curran symposia, Networked Events in 2016-2018 will range more widely across important literary, cultural, and cross-disciplinary areas of the later Romantic age. These will serve the scholarly community but also reach out beyond the academy to develop interest in our period and field.

Networked Events Committee

Chairs: Jon Klancher (Carnegie-Mellon) and Jon Sachs (Concordia)
Members: Marsha Manns, Leslie Morris (Houghton Library), Adriana Craciun (UC Riverside), Nigel Leask (Glasgow), Steve Hindle (Huntington Library), Gillian Russell (Melbourne), Andrew Piper (McGill)

Affiliated Events

  • The Revolt of Islam: Texts, Subtexts, Contexts

    December 15

    A conference celebrating two hundred years of P. B. Shelley’s poem This conference will mark the bicentenary of Shelley’s Revolt of Islam, first published in 1817 as Laon and Cythna. Papers are in...

  • Romantics 200 at MLA 2018: Frankenstein, Endymion and 1818

    January 4, 2018 - January 7, 2018

    The event will take place at the MLA annual convention in New York City, January 4-7, 2018. Calls for papers, exact dates and times, and other details to follow....

  • ‘On This Day’ BARS Blog Series

    April 2, 2016 - April 19, 2024

    This is a new series of posts on the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) Blog curated by Anna Mercer (University of York). The series began in July 2015, and was inspired by the popularity...

Past Events

  • 1816-2016 ‘The Year Without a Summer’: A Bicentenary Symposium

    June 3, 2016

    Friday 3 June 2016, 11 am – 4 pm National Library, Molesworth Street, Wellington, New Zealand Keynote Speakers: Clara Tuite, John Gamble The catastrophic 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia...

  • SUMMER OF 1816: Creativity and Turmoil

    June 24, 2016 - June 27, 2016

    An International Conference, hosted by the University of Sheffield KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Professor Jerrold E. Hogle, University of Arizona Professor Michael O’Neill, Durham University Professor Jane Stab...

  • ‘On This Day in 1816’: The Bicentenary of Frankenstein’s Composition

    July 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - July 23, 2016 @ 6:30 pm

    19.00, 14 July 2016 at the King’s Manor, University of York, UK. 18.30, 23 July 2016 at the Keats-Shelley House, Rome, Italy. There will be two events in July 2016 to celebrate the bicentenary of th...

  • Beyond the Bolt: Frankenstein and its (Un)Likenesses

    October 28, 2016

    Una giornata di studio dedicata alla riscoperta di Frankenstein di Mary Shelley (A one-day symposium) The event celebrates the bicentenary of the composition of Frankenstein (1818). The event will inc...

  • Romantic Legacies

    November 18, 2016 - November 19, 2016

    18-19 November 2016 The 13th Annual Wenshan International Conference Taipei, Taiwan Keynote Speakers: Prof Rachel Bowlby, FBA (Comparative Literature, Princeton University/English, University College,...

  • Romantics 200 at MLA 2017: “2017 reads 1817.”

    January 5 - January 8

    The event will take place at the MLA annual convention in Philadelphia, January 5-8, 2017. Exact dates and times, and other details to follow. Please see the Call for Papers for more information....

  • The Spawn of Frankenstein

    February 2

    Thursday, February 2, 2017 3:00 PM – 5:40 PM EST 740 15th Street NW, Suite 900 Washington, DC 20005 No work of literature has done more to shape the way people think about science and its moral cons...

  • Romantic Studies Association of Australasia 2017

    February 16 @ 8:00 am - February 18 @ 5:00 pm

    February 16-18, 2017 Wellington, New Zealand RSAA 2017 will be the fourth biennial conference of the Romantic Studies Association of Australasia. As the major professional event for Romanticists in th...

  • Byron’s Manfred: Dramatic Reading, Symposium

    April 20 @ 7:30 pm - April 21 @ 5:00 pm

    Now that this event has passed, please see our post-event follow-up,  with video of Dr. Jerome McGann’s keynote address and a follow-up interview.  April 20-21, 2017 New York “The Bicent...

  • Frankenstein: the Musical

    May 9 - May 11

    The Princeton University Players will present Frankenstein: the Musical May 9th, 10th, 11th, 2017.  The performance will be staged in our historic building (the former university library), the gorgeo...

Unaffiliated Events

Past Events