Anne Lister Society (Spring conference in the UK)

deadline for submissions: 
November 15, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
The Anne Lister Society

Following on our inaugural meeting in April 2022, we are thrilled to announce that the Anne Lister Society will reconvenefor its second conference, 31 Mar -- 1 Apr 2023, in Halifax, U.K.

Launched in the summer of 2020, the Society aims to foster knowledge of Lister’s extraordinary life and writings and to interpret her legacy. It seeks to nourish conversation among scholars and to build conversations between scholars and Lister’s wider readership and expanding network of invested enthusiasts. By encouraging research and greater understanding of her way of inhabiting the world, the Society aims to establish and sustain Anne Lister’s place — both in the cultural tradition and for the future.

We now seek proposals for papers on any subject related to Anne Lister and the diverse contexts for interpreting her life and writings. We especially encourage proposals with a particular focus on the many different people who were important to Lister, whether in terms of sexual relationships, flirtations, love, friendships, intellectual like-mindedness, social aspiration, role models, etc. How did Lister represent these engagements in her letters and diaries, and what can these relationships tell us about sociability, affect, and intimacy in the early nineteenth century? Given the comprehensive range of interests and areas of knowledge touched by the extraordinary written record she left us, we hope to hear papers and analysis from across the disciplines and from interdisciplinary perspectives.

Please send a proposed, descriptive title and a 400-word abstract(specifying the materials that would be the focus of a 20-minute paper and your basic approach to analyzing and interpreting those materials) along with either your CV or 400-word research-oriented biography to Professor Laurie Shannon ( by 15 November 2022.

For more information about The Anne Lister Society, please visit our website:

NOTE: Our meeting is again planned to take place in personduring the Anne Lister Birthday Weekend in Halifax U.K. --“Providence willing.” We recognize uncertainties still remain about travel and other circumstances, but we adopt Anne Lister’s advice to “bel[ieve] all th[in]gs n[o]t unreasonab[le] +hope all th[in]gs n[o]t imposs[ible]” (2 August 1833).