CFP: [Romantic] International Student Byron Conference––Messolonghi, Greece: "Byron's Other Selves"

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6th International Student Byron Conference
Messolonghi Byron Research Center, Greece
18-25 May 2008
Theme: Byron's Other Selves

The Messolonghi Byron Research Center solicits 20-minute papers for this
conference to be held May 18-25, The theme will be "Byron's Other Selves."

Throughout his life, Byron defined himself in relation to predecessors he
admired and people he knew. Other people in turn, his contemporaries and
individuals from subsequent generations alike, defined themselves in
relation to himâ€"not just those who admired him, such as the Shelleys, John
Clare, Benjamin Disraeli, and Laetitia Landon, but those who felt less
positively about him in various straightforward or complicated ways: among
others Robert Southey, John Keats, and Caroline Lamb. After Byron's death
in 1824, poets, painters, and novelists all through Europe and North
America--Tennyson, Delacroix, Hugo, Goethe, Solomos, the Brontes, Pushkin,
Poe, Wilde, and many others--continued to find themselves by articulating
their relationships with the great British poet, offering variations on his
themes, or arraying themselves in modes he introduced. This conference
will welcome explorations of Byron's "other selves" in the broadest sense.
Studies of Byron and his Augustan models or his post-Regency, Victorian,
modern, and postmodern descendants, fans, foes, and portrayers, from Pope
to Stoppard and beyond, will be welcome--as will appraisal of Byronic
images reflected or distorted in his own literary works and in the various
literary, visual, musical and cinematic genres practiced by others. Please
send proposals (abstracts of a paragraph or so) or inquiries about them to
Professor Peter Graham, Academic Director of the
conference, by January 10, 2008. The keynote speaker will be Professor
Timothy Webb of Bristol University.

Graduate, postgradute, and undergraduate students are welcome to apply.
Undergraduate student presenters whose proposals are accepted should then
send completed drafts of thei papers by March 10. The student papers will
be supplemented by lectures by Greek and international professors and scholars.

If enrollment requests permit, a limited number of student participants who
do not wish to present papers will be accepted on a first-come,
first-served basis.

For full information concerning the practical details of the program or the
Messolonghi Byron Research Center, please write to Mrs. Rosa Florou
<>, President of the Messolonghi Byron Society. Detailed
descriptions of the five previous international student conferences can be
 found on the Messolonghi Byron Society's web page,

During the conference, English majors from Athens University and Aristotle
University of Thessaloniki will come down with their professors to join the
group. Then and other times, there will be abundant opportunities to learn
about Greek life through first-hand experience. There will be welcoming
receptions with dinners, singing and traditional dancing hosted by the
Mayor of Messolonghi and the Regional Governor, along with visits to
historic and archaeological sites and museums of Messolonghi and its area
associated with Byron in particular and more generally with the historical
and cultural heritage of Greece.

 Participants will also enjoy a wonderful sailing experience and a
traditional ouzo-meze at the fishermen's base on the historic lagoon isle
of Vassiladi [Agios Sostis], where Byron landed in January 5, 1824 and from
whence his remains left on the ship 'Florida" via Zakynthos to England in
May 1824.
The conference also will conclude with a two days' [ and two nights']
excursion to the beautiful Ionian island of Zakynthos .
The conference will start on Sunday May 18, with the Opening Ceremony and
the keynote lecture on the same afternoon in Messolonghi and will end on
Sunday morning May 25, in Zakynthos.
Participants will need to arrange for their own way back to Athens or
elsewhere. A bus leaves from Zakynthos bus station [tel. +3026950 42656] to
Athens-Kifissos central bus station at 5 am, 7.30 am, 11.00 am, 14.30 pm,
and 18.45pm. The trip takes about 6 hours, including the ferryboat time,
and costs 30 euros. Anyone wishing to stay on at Zakynthos for additional
nights should book early, because this resort island is very popular.

The best way from Athens to Messolonghi is the bus leaving from KIFISSOS,
the Athens bus station. The trip takes approximately 3 hours, and buses
(very comfortable with air-conditioning) depart Kifissos every day at 6:00
am, 8:00 am, 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 14:00 pm, 14:30 pm, 17:00 pm,
19:00 pm, and 20:00pm. The cost of a return (round-trip) ticket is 36 euros
and for single (one-way) 19.50 euros.

A 650-euro per person conference fee will provide conference registration,
5 nights with half board [breakfast and lunch] at the Theoxenia Hotel by
the Messolonghi lagoonside, 2 nights with b/b at a Zakynthos hotel, all
visits and excursions. There will be a 100-euro surcharge for single
accommodations. Airfare to Greece is additional and should be arranged



     The 6th International Student Byron Conference

    Messolonghi Byron Society- Messolonghi Byron Research Center
    Sunday the 18th May - Sunday the 25th May 2007

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    Full payment will be required no later than 10th March 2008

    When registering, please send a fax of this form to: +3026310 23174
    Or it email to:
    Or send a hard copy to: Mrs. Rosa florou

c/o The Messolonghi Byron Society
El. Poliorkimenon 30
30200 Messolonghi, GREECE

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