Other events

If you would like to post details of upcoming events in the North East region that are of interest to members of the NE Forum please email the relevant details to David Stewart (david.stewart@northumbria.ac.uk)




Department of English Studies, Durham University: Michaelmas Term 2017



All lectures are on Tuesdays, 18.15–19.15, in Elvet Riverside Room 141

Convenor: Fiona Robertson

See https://www.dur.ac.uk/english.studies/events/ for details


‘Burney and Popular Entertainments:
the business of pleasure in Late-Georgian Britain’
4-6 July 2016, St Chad’s College, Durham
Frances Burney grew up at the centre of a vibrant metropolitan cultural scene, and was part of a network of musicians, writers, actors and artists whose careers depended on a culture of consumption, both

4.30-5.30pm, Wednesday 15th April

Williams Library, St. Chad’s College, Durham

In conversation with Wendy Moore


Wendy Moore will be talking about Wedlock, her 2009 biography of Mary Eleanor Bowes (1749-1800)

“Wedlock is set in immaculate historical context, allowing new insights into events that have been well picked over by a prurient public. Recovering from the archives every complexity of her subjects’ lives and legal embroilments, Moore has meticulously constructed an ever more compelling tale” (Guardian review).

This free event is organised as part of the ‘Inventions of the Text’ Seminar Series, Durham University

Please direct any further questions to the following email: inventionsofthetext@gmail.com



Thursday, 19th February 2015 at 6pm, St Chad’s College Chapel, Durham University

Professor Ewan Fernie (University of Birmingham)

Freetown-on-Avon: David Garrick’s Shakespeare Jubilee of 1769


The Robin Dix Memorial Lecture 2015

The Department of English Studies, Durham University

For further information contact g.m.skinner@durham.ac.uk



Professor Christine Gerrard (Oxford University)

‘Poetry in the contact zone: Jonathan Swift and Irish women poets’

NPG 6961; Jonathan Swift by Rupert Barber

Northumbria University English Literature and Creative Writing Staff Seminar

4.30pm, Wed 21st January 2015, in Lipman Building 033

All welcome.


18th-Century Legacies: The Past in our Present, 15-23 November 2014

Members of Northumbria University’s Long Eighteenth-Century Research Group are delighted to be participating in ‘Being Human’, the first national Festival of the Humanities.

During the festival, Northumbria will run a series of free workshops, public lectures, talks, discussions, debates and film screenings – taking place at city centre venues across Newcastle – which will explore the legacies of the 18th-century.

The Festival will take place between 15-23 November 2014.

Further details of the festival programme and information on how to obtain tickets will be posted shortly on the main festival website:



CALL FOR PAPERS (deadline 27th June 2014)

The North in the Long-Eighteenth Century

An interdisciplinary conference to mark the ten year anniversary of the North East Forum for Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies

on Friday 19th September 2014 at The Literary and
Philosophical Society, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne


Prof. Jon Mee (University of York) & Dr. Richard Pears (Durham University)

Studies of the long-eighteenth century have tended to be London-centric, figuring the metropolis as the key site of cultural exchange in the nation. Whilst useful, this approach has perhaps obscured the importance of the role of provincial and other urban spaces in relation to wider cultural and social developments of the period.

This anniversary conference will bring together a range of scholars to consider how ‘the North’ functions as both a cultural idea and a geographical space. We invite papers on any relevant topic, including: Definitions of the North; Northern authors; Ideas of Northern identity; Northern geography; Travels in the North; The Northern marketplace; Northern cultural sites; Northern influences; Northern histories; North-South divisions; Abstract concepts of the North; Scotland and the English North

We welcome proposals for 20 min papers from academics, early career scholars and postgraduate students. Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to David Fallon at David.fallon@sunderland.ac.uk by Friday 27th June 2014.

For further details of the conference or further information on the activities of the NE Forum’s website, please visit: https://northeastforum.wordpress.com/



Making, Breaking and Transgressing Boundaries: Europe in Romantic Writing, 1775-1830

Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers Interdisciplinary Conference Newcastle University – 15 July 2014

From William Blake to Germaine de Staël, Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Thomas Robert Malthus, the Romantic period is fraught with attempts to define and redefine concepts of European boundaries. This one-day conference invites papers which consider the making, breaking and transgression of boundaries in response to revolution and national struggle across Europe between 1775 and 1830. As the borders of political territories move, expand and collapse, how is this then translated into political, philosophical and literary discourse? What does it mean for a writer in this period to cross boundaries as an exile and travel in a way distinct from the Grand Tour? How are the boundaries of Europe represented as national borders or poetical spaces?

Topics may discuss but are not limited to: Topographical and political boundary formation/breaking in radical literature; National identities; marginalisation; Romantic exile and exilic behaviour; movement across borders; Circulation of texts; censorship and suppression of movement; Responses to revolution and reformation; The literary in the political text; the political text as ‘literature’; Women’s writing; the limitations of liberté, egalité, fraternité; Literary, political, and philosophical concepts of Europe, nationhood, and citizenship.

Abstracts for 20 minute papers should be 250 words in length followed by a 50 word biography. We invite proposals for poster presentations, film presentations, and interactive pieces that explore the theme of Romantic boundaries in exciting new ways. Please address proposals to Rosie Bailey and Katie Stamps at romanticboundaries@gmail.com

The deadline for submission is 25 April 2014.

For more information visit the website: https://romanticboundaries.wordpress.com




5.30pm, Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Dr. Claudine van Hensbergen (Northumbria University) – ‘Unlocking The Cabinet of Love: Rochester, Reputation and the Eighteenth-Century Miscellany’

English Research Seminar, Northumbria University: Lipman Building Room033



6pm, Tuesday 25th February 2014

The Lit & Phil, Newcastle

Public lecture

John Mee (Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of York)

The Newcastle Lit & Phil and Trans-pennine Enlightenment


This event is free but please contact the Lit & Phil to reserve a place (www.litandphil.org.uk)


Call for Papers (deadline 31st Dec 2013)

Fashionable Diseases: Medicine, Literature and Culture, ca. 1660-1832

 An International Interdisciplinary Conference held between Newcastle and Northumbria Universities, 3rd – 5th July 2014

L0002395 Coloured etching: 'The Cholic'; by Cruikshank

Keynote speakers include:

Professor Helen Deutsch, ‘Diseases of Writing’

(University of California, Los Angeles)


Dr David Shuttleton, ‘The Fashioning of Fashionable Diseases in the Eighteenth Century’

(University of Glasgow)

Between 1660 and 1832 books such as Cheyne’s English Malady and Adair’s Essays on Fashionable Diseases created a substantial debate on the relationship between fashion and sickness, linking melancholy, the vapours, nervousness, gout, consumption and many other conditions with the elite and superior sensibility. This conference aims to include voices from both within the social and medical elite and beyond, and to look at diseases that have not previously been examined in this context and at what can be learned from ‘unfashionable’ illnesses. It also aims to consider not only diseases associated with social prestige, but also with the medical critique of fashionable luxurious lifestyles, and the debate on ‘imaginary’ diseases. The role of culture in creating, framing and spreading conceptions of fashionable disease will also be considered.

Proposals for papers and three-person panels are welcome on topics related to fashionable diseases, including:

  • Patient experience
  • Consumer society and the ‘medical marketplace’
  • Culture (literature, music, etc) and fashionable disease
  • Geographical meanings – travel literature and spa culture
  • Morality, politics and medicine in critiques of fashionable lifestyles
  • Satire, stigma, fashion
  • ‘Imaginary’ diseases
  • Class, gender, race, religion, etc
  • Unfashionable diseases

We are also keen to receive proposals offering interdisciplinary and internationally comparative perspectives, or relating eighteenth-century to contemporary fashionable diseases.

Please submit abstracts (max. 250 words) and a brief biography (max 100 words) to enquiries@fashionablediseases.info by 28th February 2014.




Friday 6 December 2013, 5-7pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College, Durham University

Prof Paul Giles (Sydney) – Transatlantic literary culture

‘Making a Darkness Visible: The Literary Moment 1820-1840’, British Academy Series

The event is free to attend. All are welcome. Queries to either Dr Peter Garratt (Durham, peter.garratt@durham.ac.uk) or Dr David Stewart (Northumbria, david.stewart@northumbria.ac.uk).



7.30pm, Saturday 23rd November 2013

‘The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman’ – a one-man performance by Stephen Oxley

St Helen’s Church, Stonegate, York.


Celebrate Laurence Sterne’s birthday weekend with Stephen Oxley’s unique one-man performance of Sterne’s famous novel, Tristram Shandy. Oxley plays the book’s eponymous hero, Tristram, who tells the story of his life with all of its riotous digressions. An unmissable historical stand-up performance.


9.50am-5pm, Saturday, 23rd November 2013

Lecture Room 20, Pemberton Lecture Theatre, Palace Green, Durham

Light and the Poetics of Ambivalence

A One-Day Symposium organised by the Romantic Dialogues and Legacies Research Group, English Studies

All are welcome; attendees are asked to register by 20 November with the Institute of Advanced Study via Mrs Audrey Bowron (a.e.bowron@durham.ac.uk).

For further details, please contact the organisers: Professor Michael O’Neill (m.s.o’neill@durham.ac.uk), Dr Mark Sandy (m.r.sandy@durham.ac.uk), Dr Sarah Wootton (s.e.wootton@durham.ac.uk)




Friday 22 November 2013, 5-7pm: Birley Room, Hatfield College, Durham University

Dr Samantha Matthews (Bristol) – Mendicity and mendacity: scrap-begging in 1820s manuscript albums

‘Making a Darkness Visible: The Literary Moment 1820-1840’, British Academy Series

The event is free to attend. All are welcome. Queries to either Dr Peter Garratt (Durham, peter.garratt@durham.ac.uk) or Dr David Stewart (Northumbria, david.stewart@northumbria.ac.uk).




1-3pm, 21 November 2013, Northumbria University (Boardroom 2, Sutherland Building)

Fashion and Illness in Georgian Bath

Annick Cossic (Professor of English, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, France)


Published at different times, Christopher Anstey’s The New Bath Guide (1766), Tobias Smollett’s The Expedition of Humphry Clinker (1771) and Jane Austen’s Persuasion (1818) all testify to the emergence of new forms of social interaction, particularly on display in spas. The role of illness as an agent of sociability in Bath has been variously apprehended by Anstey, Smollett and Austen, who all three share a first-hand knowledge of a city, ironically nicknamed “the hospital of the nation” or, more positively, “the Queen of Watering-Places.”  By offering a comparative study of these texts, this workshop will interrogate the representation of fashionable diseases in three literary genres, themselves highly fashionable, the satirical letter, the epistolary novel and the novel of sensibility.  The event is free to attend.  To reserve a place, please email enquiries@fashionablediseases.info.




5.30pm, Wednesday 20th November 2013

Prof. Ros Ballaster (Oxford University) – The Arts of Anticipation: Novel and Theatre in Georgian London

English Research Seminar, Northumbria University: Lipman Building Room033




4 November 2013,  Northumbria University (Boardroom 1, Sutherland Building)

Workshop: Disability and Fashionable Diseases in Literature and Culture

Michael Davidson (Professor of Literature, University of California, San Diego). Author of Concerto for the Left Hand; Disability and the Defamiliar Body.

Stuart Murray (Professor of Literature, University of Leeds). Author of Representing Autism: Culture, Narrative, Fascination.

How do the complicated and contested concepts and fields of disability and fashionable disease relate to each other, if at all?  How are they represented within the spheres of literature and cultural representation generally?  This workshop aims to begin an exploration of the subject with the help of two experts in the field of contemporary literature and disability studies.  The event is free to attend and a light lunch will be provided.  To reserve a place, please email enquiries@fashionablediseases.info




Wednesday 6th November, Newcastle University

Scholarly Editing Workshop

There will be a Scholarly Editing workshop in the School of English, Room G5, Percy Building, Newcastle University on Wednesday 6 November at 5pm. The speakers — Nicholas Halmi (Oxford), Michael O’Neill (Durham), Malte Urban (QUB) and Claire Lamont (Newcastle) – will address the audience for 15 minutes or so each on a specific issue relating to their own experience of editing. The respondent will be Pamela Woof (President of the Wordsworth Trust).  The ensuing discussion will take in broader issues about the state of scholarly editing today and its future in a digital age. There will be  canapés and a drinks reception in the Percy Building after the workshop, from 1845 or so.

For catering purposes it would be helpful if you could let either michael.rossington@ncl.ac.uk or ruth.connolly@ncl.ac.uk  know if you’re able to stay for food and drink afterwards by Tuesday 15 October.


5.30pm, Wednesday 6th November 2013

Dr. Pete Newbon (Northumbria University) – Charles Lamb and the Boy-Men

English Research Seminar, Northumbria University: Lipman Building Room033


5.30pm, Wednesday 30th October 2013

Dr. Gaby Mahlberg (Northumbria University) – The English republican exiles in Europe, post 1660

History Research Seminar, Northumbria University: Lipman Building Room033



4pm, Friday 18th October 2013: Northumbria University (Lipman 033)

Reading Group Launch

‘Sex Sells: Bodies and the Book Market’


This session will draw heavily on a range of eighteenth century materials and may be of special interest to NE Forum members.

Refreshments Provided. All Staff, Postgraduates and Guests Welcome.

If you would like to attend and wish to be sent the short reading pack please contact the organisers: Ashleigh.blackwood@northumbria.ac.uk or Danielle.mcdonnell@northumbria.ac.uk

We’re on Twitter! @bodiesintheory




Friday 11 October, 5-7pm Hallgarth House (seminar room), Hallgarth St, Durham

Prof Duncan Wu (Georgetown University) – “A Vehicle of Private Malice”: Eliza Hamilton Dunlop and The Sydney Herald

‘Making a Darkness Visible: The Literary Moment 1820-1840’, British Academy Series (2013)

The event is free to attend. All are welcome. Queries to either Dr Peter
Garratt (Durham, peter.garratt@durham.ac.uk)
or Dr David Stewart (Northumbria, david.stewart@northumbria.ac.uk).


5.30pm, Wednesday 2nd October 2013

Prof. Michael Hunter (Birkbeck, University of London) – “Physica Peregrinans or the Travelling Naturalist”: Robert Boyle, his informants and the role of the exotic in late seventeenth-century natural philosophy

History Research Seminar, Northumbria University: Lipman Building Room033



12 September 2013, St. Chad’s College, Durham

‘Rhyme in English Poetry’ conference

blake_the_blossomRegistration is now open for this one-day conference on Rhyme in English Poetry, at St Chad’s College, Durham University, on 12th September 2013. The conference features papers on rhyme as a resource for poets from the seventeenth-century to the present day. The event is free and includes lunch. Places can be registered by emailing: durhamrhymeconference@gmail.com

Keynote Speakers

Michael O’Neill (Durham University) – Gleams and Dreams: Reflections on Romantic Rhyme

Seamus Perry (Balliol College, Oxford) – Arnold Misrhyming

Other Speakers

Matthew Foley (Durham) – Twin Compasses: ‘th’art of Riming’ and John Donne’s Twisting Intellect

Lilah Grace Canavero (Universität Heidelberg) – Homer Unquestioned: Dryden, Pope and the Heroic Couplet

Lucy Kellett (Oxford) – ‘Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement, are roads of Genius’: Navigating the crooked roads of William Blake’s lines and rhymes in the Illuminated Books

Olivia Reilly (Oxford) – ‘Another and yet the same’: Rhyme as Echo and Anticipation in the Musical Poetics of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Clara Dawson (Birmingham) – ‘Plated Goods’: Pseudo-Rhyme in the Poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Jack Baker (Durham) – ‘Music is feeling, then, not sound’: Rhyme and Reason in Wallace Stevens

Stacey McDowell (Bristol) – Norman Nicholson: The Surprising Inevitablity of Rhyme

Ahmed Badrideen (Durham) – Rhyme in English Elegy


1-2nd July 2013, Northumbria University


British Society For Eighteenth-Century Studies PostGraduate and Early-Career Scholars’ Conference


The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies’ annual postgraduate and early-career scholars’ conference provides a forum for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers working on all aspects of the history, literature and culture of the long eighteenth century.

For more information please contact postgrad@bsecs.org.uk.



28th – 29th June 2013, University of York
Encounters, Affinities, Legacies: The Eighteenth Century in the Present Day


Keynote Speakers:
Professor Donna Landry, University of Kent
Professor Markman Ellis, Queen Mary, University of London

As the field of eighteenth century studies continues to boom within the academy, the eighteenth century – invoked around names like Rousseau, Voltaire, and Adam Smith – is becoming an increasingly frequent interlocutor in contemporary debates in the international media about society, democracy, human rights, and the economy. Whilst social and political commentators are reading our present in dialogue with our eighteenth-century past, cultural appetites for the eighteenth century on page, stage, and screen continue to grow: powerful suggestions that intertwined discourses like (E)nlightenment and modernity, central to so much eighteenth- and twentieth-century thought, remain vital to the social, political and cultural construction of our contemporary moment. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore the complex webs of interconnection between the long eighteenth century and the ‘long’ twentieth century, from 1900 to the present.




2-5pm, Thursday 23 May 2013, Northumbria University

Fashionable Suicides of the Romantic Era


A workshop ran by Dr. Michelle Faubert, Associate Professor in Romantic Literature, University of Manitoba, Canada

Lipman 121, Northumbria University

All welcome to attend. Please contact anita.oconnell@northumbria.ac.uk with any questions.


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