Collaborating outside the research university: elements, models, visions (ROUNDTABLE) [NASSR 2019]

deadline for submissions: 
December 28, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (2019 Conference)
contact email: 

Organized by Kyoko Takanashi (Indiana University, South Bend) and Annika Mann (Arizona State University)           

From the informal exchanges within the Shelleys’ literary circle to the concerted efforts of radical agitators, the Romantic period offers numerous examples of collaboration, where tremendous energy was generated by the combinatory powers of Romantic writers, intellectuals, artists, and activists. And yet, collaboration remains elusive to many of us who study the period, particularly given the current conditions of our work: many of us find ourselves isolated (geographically or otherwise) or without access to those elements that might facilitate collaboration (resources, community, affiliation, etc.). In this roundtable session, we invite scholars—particularly those working outside the academy, those at teaching-focused or undergraduate-focused institutions, or those in non-tenure-track faculty positions, etc.—to discuss alternative visions and models for collaboration that inspire us to continue our work as Romanticists.

We invite proposals for 10-minute papers that share examples, analyses, or proposals for collaborations that address (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Elements: Necessary elements of collaboration in Romantic studies (material or otherwise); uses and limitations of technology; funding, resources, grants; alternative collaborators such as undergraduate researchers, community organizations, interdisciplinary collaborators, etc. 
  • Models: Learning from collaboration in the Romantic period; Romantic models/legacies of collaboration (such as correspondence, exchange, network, etc.); neglected, forgotten, or obscured examples of Romantic collaboration, etc.
  • Visions: Collaborating inside or outside the “day job”; using conferences to collaborate; helpful tools; alternative products/outcomes of collaboration such as digital content, events, undergraduate publications, community engagement, etc. 

 Please submit 300-word abstracts to Annika Mann ( and Kyoko Takanashi ( by December 28, 2018.