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BARS 2017 Conference Programme

The final conference programme is now available to view and download.


Visiting York for BARS 2017? Why not take in some of the sights on this walk around the ancient walls and alleys (The Guardian, 12 July 2017).

York walls


Keynote speakers

We are proud to be featuring the following keynote speakers at BARS 2017: Romantic Improvement. You can read about their work via the links provided below.

Catherine Hall (UCL)

Jon Klancher (Carnegie Mellon)

Nigel Leask (Glasgow)

Jane Rendall (York)


The Call for Papers has now closed. Thank you to all those who submitted proposals, we’ll be in touch soon!


Open Panels

We are very excited to announce that the following open panels have been accepted for BARS 2017 and that chairs are now inviting abstracts for papers.

Alison O’Byrne (York): Imagining the City: Improvement and Decline in the Romantic Period

Carmen Casaliggi (Cardiff Met): Education and Useful Knowledge

Daniel Cook (Dundee): Scottish Innovation

Elizabeth Edwards (CAWKS, Wales): The (C21) Lives of Hester Thrale Piozzi: Recovery, Form, Improvement

Jon Mee (York): ‘Apology for the Literary Pursuits of Physicians

Ivan Ortiz (San Diego): Improving Austen

Dr Emily Rohrbach (Manchester): Improvement in Austen’s Novels

Please follow this link for details of each panel. Information on how to submit proposals is here.


Call for Papers

Proposals are invited for Romantic Improvement, the 2017 conference of the British Association for Romantic Studies. Please click on the link above for details.