Call for Papers: Keats Bicentenary Conference 17 – 19 May 2019

Call for Papers

Sixth Bicentennial John Keats Conference

 Keats in 1819: Cloudy Trophies, Quiet Power

 A Three-Day Keats Foundation Conference at Keats House, Hampstead, London

 Friday 17 – Sunday 19 May 2019

  Keynote Speakers

Lucasta Miller

Seamus Perry

Emily Rohrbach

 

The Keats Foundation is delighted to announce its sixth bicentenary conference, ‘Keats in 1819: Cloudy Trophies, Quiet Power’, to be held at Keats House, Hampstead 17-19 May 2019.

Robert Gittings’s book John Keats: The Living Year described 1819 as ‘the 365 days of a single year’ in which nearly all of Keats’s greatest poems were written: The Eve of St. Agnes, ‘La Belle Dame sans Merci’, the spring Odes, Lamia, and ‘To Autumn’. Now more than 60 years old, Gittings’s book has survived the test of time – but has our view of Keats in 1819 moved on, altered, or acquired new tones? Do we agree that ‘Ode to the Nightingale’ is incontestably a greater poem than ‘Ode on Indolence’? Was ‘Bright Star’ written in 1819, or in some other year? Was Keats’s deteriorating health somehow related to his astonishing creativity in 1819? How did his relationship with Fanny Brawne evolve across the momentous year of ‘Peterloo’? What role did Keats’s places have in the poetry of 1819? Our conference invites explorations of Keats’s life and the cloudy trophies and quiet power of his creativity throughout this remarkable year ­– and beyond it.

Proposals for twenty-minute papers are now invited on all aspects of ‘Keats in 1819’ – in his poetry, letters, manuscripts, life, and posthumous reputation (myths and memoirs; biographies; critical reception; creative afterlives and legacies – poetry, painting, imagined lives). Papers will also be welcomed in relation to his circle of friends, including (but not limited to) Fanny Brawne, Charles Brown, Charles Cowden Clarke, Barry Cornwall, William Hazlitt, John and Leigh Hunt, Isabella Jones, the Ollier brothers, John Hamilton Reynolds, Joseph Severn, Percy and Mary Shelley, and John Taylor the publisher.

For obvious reasons, all papers should have a significant Keats dimension.

 

John Keats

 

Lectures and papers will be presented in the spacious Nightingale Room adjacent to Keats House. We anticipate leisurely walks to explore the Keatsian locality, Hampstead Heath, and Leigh Hunt’s Vale of Health. We will also celebrate the launch of Keats’s Places, edited by Richard Marggraf Turley, a landmark collection of essays drawn from papers at the Keats Foundation’s 2016 Conference at Keats House. For further information about the Keats Foundation please go to: https://keatsfoundation.com/

For Keats House, please visit: https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/keats-house/Pages/default.aspx

Please submit 200-word paper proposals to keatsconferences@gmail.com. Please ensure that your proposal is headed with your paper title, your name, institutional affiliation, and an e-mail contact address that you regularly check. Deadline for paper proposals is Monday 4 March 2019, so please send proposals as soon as possible!

Registration will open on Monday 18 March 2019.  Our aim has been to keep this as simple as is practically possible. The registration fees set out below are based on the 2018 conference and are unlikely to change much when registration opens; registration covers administrative overheads, teas, coffees, wine reception and so on, for the duration of the conference. To postgraduate students and unwaged we offer a concession fee.

Except for the Conference Dinner on Saturday 18 May, meals during the conference are not covered by the conference fee. Overnight accommodation during the conference is wholly at the discretion of participants.

Early paper proposals and booking are recommended. If you have significant funding deadlines please alert us to these.

 

Registration

For attendance at the full conference including the conference dinner on Saturday 18 May the following charges will apply:

Registration fees are as follows for the 2019 conference:

Existing Keats Foundation supporters in year 2018-19: £115 per person.

Attendees who are not yet Keats Foundation supporters in year 2018-19: £155, which includes a one-year introductory Supporter’s subscription to the Keats Foundation for the year 2019-20.

These fees include the Conference dinner on Saturday 18 May.

For postgraduates and unwaged, we offer concessionary rates:

Existing Keats Foundation supporters in year 2018-19: £50 per person.

Postgraduate and unwaged attendees who are not yet Keats Foundation supporters in year 2018-19: £100, which includes a one-year introductory Supporter’s subscription to the Keats Foundation for the year 2019-20.

These fees include the Conference dinner on Saturday 18 May.

Day rates will be available, and these will not include the Conference dinner. Details about day rates will be made available after registration opens.

Full details about how to become a Keats Foundation supporter now can be found at https://keatsfoundation.com/support/ Supporter status will not affect consideration or acceptance of paper proposals; the decision of the conference directors will be final.

Details on how to pay the conference registration fee will be made available when registration opens on Monday, 4 March 2019.

 

Keats House Hampstead

The Keats Foundation is a Registered Charity in the UK (No. 1147589).