Call for Papers

Seventh Bicentennial John Keats Conference

John Keats in 1820

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

 Friday 15 – Sunday 17 May 2020


John Barnard

Richard Lansdowne

Sarah Wootton

Upon a time, before the faery broods …

The Keats Foundation is delighted to announce its seventh bicentenary conference, ‘John Keats in 1820’, to be held at Keats House, Hampstead,  Friday 15 to Sunday 17 May 2020.

1820 began with George Keats’s brief return from America, financial complications and Keats’s first tubercular haemorrhage. Passion and poetry were the keynotes for ensuing months, as Keats’s relationship with Fanny Brawne became more stressed and preparations for his third volume of poems continued. Summer saw attacks of blood-spitting, renewed friendship with Leigh Hunt and the publication of Keats’s third collection — Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems. A little over two months after the book appeared, Keats boarded the Maria Crowther at Tower Wharf and sailed for Italy where he aimed to pass the winter.

We now invite proposals for 20-minute papers for presentation at the 2020 John Keats Conference. Possible themes, which are not exclusive,  include:  Keats’s 1820 collection; poems written by Keats in 1820;  the 1820 Keats correspondence;  the Keats Circle in 1820;  Keats and melancholy;  Keats, pulmonary tuberculosis and medicine;  financial entanglements;  Keats and copyright; the voyage to Italy.

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

Lectures and papers will be presented in the spacious Nightingale Room adjacent to Keats House.  On Sunday, 17 May, we will explore the Keatsian locality, Hampstead Heath and Leigh Hunt’s Vale of Health. We will also celebrate the publication of Hrileena Ghosh’s new book, John Keats’ Medical Notebook: Text, Context, and Poems, published by Liverpool University Press in January 2020.

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Please submit 200-word paper proposals to [email protected]. Please ensure that your proposal is sent by e-mail as a separate Word file,  headed with your paper title, your name, institutional affiliation and an e-mail contact address which you regularly check.

The deadline for paper proposals is Monday, 2 March 2020, so please submit proposals as soon as possible.

Please bear in mind that speakers should plan to attend for all or most of the conference programme.

Registration will open on Monday, 16 March 2020.  Our aim has always been to keep this as simple as is practically possible. Registration fees cover administrative overheads, teas, coffees, the wine reception etc.  for the duration of the conference.

To postgraduate students and unwaged we offer a concession fee. The Conference Dinner on Saturday, 16 May, is covered by the fee; other meals during the conference are not. Overnight accommodation during the conference is the responsibility  of participants.

Early submission of proposals for papers and booking is  strongly recommended. Please indicate if you have a significant funding deadline.


Registration fees are as follows for the 2020 conference:

Existing Keats Foundation supporters in year 2019-20: £125 per person.

Attendees who are not yet Keats Foundation supporters in year 2019-20: £165, which includes a one-year introductory Supporter’s subscription to The Keats Foundation for the year 2020-2021.

These fees include the Conference dinner on Saturday, 16 May.

For postgraduates and unwaged, we offer concessionary rates:

Existing Keats Foundation supporters in year 2019-20: £50 per person.

Postgraduate and unwaged attendees who are not yet Keats Foundation supporters in year 2019-20: £90, which includes a one-year introductory Supporter’s subscription to The Keats Foundation for the year 2020-21.

These fees include the Conference dinner on Saturday 16 May.

Day rates will be available. 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 Supporter status will not affect consideration or acceptance of paper proposals; the decision of the conference organisers will be final. Details on how to pay the conference registration fee will be made available when registration opens on Monday, 16 March 2020.

Keats House Hampstead

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