ICR 2018: Romantic Assembly

deadline for submissions: 
April 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
The International Conference on Romanticism
contact email: 

Scholars working in any area of Romanticism are invited to submit proposals for the annual meeting of the International Conference on Romanticism (ICR) to be hosted by Clemson University and held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenville, South Carolina.

We have called this year’s conference “Romantic Assembly” to acknowledge and celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. We invite broad reflection on the notion of assembly and look forward to paper proposals on related acts of embodiment, factory production, and political assembly (from the French National Assembly to recent waves of public protest that embody the right to assemble enshrined in the US Constitution). From bodies assembled to assemblies of bodies, we aim to look both backward and forward, and we invite all participants to explore what it means to assemble various and sundry things, even things we sometimes call persons.

We will accept abstracts for individual papers and proposals for complete panels or roundtables through the conference website (at http://pearce.caah.clemson.edu/international-conference-romanticism). We are also open to conversations about ideas for alternative modes of presentation. Be in touch at icr2018@clemson.edu or egoss@clemson.edu.

We are excited to see the theme interpreted broadly and in ways we have not anticipated, but some possible modes of approach could include the following:

  • Anthologies, literary history, and assembling Romantic texts
  • Assembling words: rhetoric and form
  • Assembly and the senses
  • Bodies and embodiment
  • Categories of knowledge as assemblies
  • Disassembly, dissolution, fragmentation
  • Genre as assembly
  • Identity as assembly or assemblage
  • Industrialization
  • Military and martial assembly
  • Nation formation
  • Political assembly and acts of protest
  • Romantic and post-Romantic philosophies and critical theories of assembly
  • Romantic-era assemblies: Halls, Balls, Lectures, Schools
  • Romantic systems
  • Scientific assembly
  • World-building

Deadline for 300-word abstracts for individual presentations and 500-word proposals for complete panels or roundtables: April 1, 2018

Conference Committee: Erin Goss (Clemson University), Brian McGrath (Clemson University), Kathleen Béres Rogers (College of Charleston), Andrew Jarrells (University of South Carolina), Casie LeGette (University of Georgia), Michele Speitz (Furman University)

The International Conference on Romanticism was founded in 1991 and aims to pursue the study of Romanticism across linguistic, national, and political disciplines. For more information please visit http://icr.byu.edu.  Conference attendees and participants must be current members of ICR. Please visit http://icr.byu.edu/membership to become a member or renew your membership.