SWIRL Symposium in Bristol

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The first SWIRL symposium will be held in Bristol at the University of Bristol, on Friday 29 October 2004.


The South West Interdisciplinary Romanticism Link (SWIRL) has three aims: to strengthen a network of scholars working on different aspects of the period 1750-1850, to facilitate debate across the disciplines, and to boost the profile of Romantic studies in the region. We envisage a forum in which academics from the South West and beyond could explore the intellectual and professional challenges that currently energise our field.

This kind of project presents significant intellectual difficulties. "Romantic" can mean different things in different disciplines, and it would be foolish to impose a definition from the outset. Instead, we want to start a conversation about interdisciplinary engagements in Romantic studies. Are such things possible? Are we already involved in them? What shape might they take in the future?

With those questions in mind, we invite Romanticists to join us for a one-day symposium, comprising round-table discussions stimulated by short papers. Speakers drawn from a variety of disciplines will describe their current research and tell us how they engage with interdisciplinary approaches.

Speakers confirmed to date include:

Chris Bertram (Philosophy, Bristol)
Stephen Bygrave (English, Southampton)
Malcolm Cook (French, Exeter)
William Doyle (History, Bristol)
Caroline Franklin (English, Swansea)
Julie Gammon (History, Southampton)
Robin Jarvis (English, UWE)
James Kearns (French, Exeter)
Malcolm Kelsall (English, Cardiff)
Michael Liversidge (History of Art, Bristol)
Christine Macleod (History, Bristol)
Anthony Mandal (English, Cardiff)
Jane Moore (English, Cardiff)
Lesley Sharpe (German, Exeter)
Richard Sheldon (History, Bristol)
Jane Spencer (English, Exeter)
Asheley Tauchert (English, Exeter)
Helen Thomas (English, Exeter)

The symposium will be held in the beautiful surroundings of The Holmes, a listed building dating from 1879, where the American General Staff met during World War II. Places are limited, so please let us know soon if you'd like to come.

To register contact:

Tom Mole, Department of English, University of Bristol,


Benjamin Walton, Department of Music, University of Bristol,

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