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4-5 APRIL 2019


Podobny obrazGreat spirits now on earth are sojourning’, wrote Keats in 1816. While his sonnet celebrates the originality of his contemporaries and the historical significance of his times, it also points to deep interest in ‘the hum of mighty works’ in all the fields of human activity – to which “the nations” ought to listen. In her book Romantic Interactions, Susan Wolfson defines ‘interaction’ as the way in which writers define themselves as ‘authors’ in relation to other authors. Although Romantic writers tend to assert their individuality, this assertion often takes the form of positioning themselves in connection to other authors and literary texts. Keats’s poem suggests not only interactions between poets, artists and social thinkers in the same language, but also the idea of international appreciation and interaction.

Our conference builds on Wolfson’s idea by broadening the subject to explore the interactions of Romantic authors within the wider scope of European and American culture. We are interested in exploring Romantic writers’ interactions with their contemporaries, the culture of the past, and across the arts and sciences.


We welcome papers on various forms of interactions which involve the production and reception of literary texts in the Romantic period. Papers may explore topics including, but not limited to:

  • Literary ‘interactions’ among Romantic writers; interactions between poetry and fiction
  • Interactions with the culture of the past
  • Intercultural interactions
  • Transatlantic interactions
  • Intertextuality, influence, anxiety of influence
  • Interactions across the arts, and across the arts and sciences
  • Romantic afterlives

We invite submissions in the following formats:

  • Proposals for 20-minute individual papers (250 - 300 words) by 7 January 2019. Applicants should include a brief biographical note of up to 150 words.
  • Proposals for complete sessions of three 20-minute papers (250-300 word abstracts for each paper with a brief rationale for the session) by 7 January 2019.

Submissions should be sent to:

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 15 January 2019.

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Panel Sessions

1. RÊVE Romantic Europe: The Virtual Exhibition


Addressing both an academic and a general audience, RÊVE is an interdisciplinary online project showcasing and sharing Romantic texts, objects, and places through a panEuropean collaboration between academic researchers, museums, galleries and other cultural groupings. It aims to examine and compare the ways European Romanticisms constructed foundational ideas of cultural consumption, authorship, and medium. To do this, it explores and describes how these ideas were expressed and experienced through iconic objects (conceived in the broadest sense as comprising buildings, landscapes, and artefacts).

RÊVE is designed to organise, curate, and make publicly accessible up to 100 microbiographies of the most compelling of these objects. Taking the interim form of a monthly blog-post, RÊVE launched in 2017 with ‘exhibits’ including Teresa Guccioli’s lock of Byron’s hair, Rousseau’s trapdoor, and a previously unknown oil-painting referred to in Madame de Staël’s Corinne. For further examples see


Prospective participants are invited to propose their cutting-edge research in the form of an ‘exhibit’ for RÊVE. Participants will be asked in the workshop itself to speak to a single image of their chosen object in a presentation of no more than 1000 words + a very short title. The organisers are particularly keen to expand the existing collection with exhibits from Poland and the countries of Eastern Europe. They also warmly welcome auditors interested in learning more about the project and the possibilities that it presents.

Convener: Nicola J Watson (Open University, UK)

Submissions: Paper proposals of ca 250 words should be submitted to the session convener and by 7 January 2019. Applicants should include a brief biographical note of up to 150 words.



2. German Romanticism and its (Cultural) Interactions with Past, Present and Future

German Romanticism as the intellectual movement in German-speaking countries at the turn of the 19th century encompasses a wide spectrum of philosophers, writers, composers and painters, among them Friedrich Schelling, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Ludwig Tieck, Friedrich von Hardenberg, Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Wagner and Caspar David Friedrich. Many of them drew their inspiration from the Middle Ages, but at the same time their work influenced other contemporary or future artists. Not only did the impact of Romantic thought and literary practice exert powerful influence on the culture of the first half of the 20th century, but it has also shaped many contemporary contexts – from the themes and forms of fiction and poetry to ideas of philosophy and literary theory.


We welcome papers in English on several topics, which include, but are not limited to:

  • German Romantic writers and their inspirations;
  • Interactions of the German Romantic artists with the European Romantic literature;
  • Romantic echoes in the German literature of the 20th and 21th century;
  • Impact of the Romantic thought on the 20th century literary theory;
  • Afterlife of the German Romanticism in European and world literatures;
  • German Romantic writers in translation.

Conveners: Katarzyna Jaśtal and Magdalena Sitarz (Institute of German Philology, Jagiellonian University)

Submissions: Paper proposals of 250 -300 words should be submitted to by 7 January 2019. Applicants should include a brief biographical note of up to 150 words.