2016 Annual Conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism


University of California, Berkeley

August 11-14, 2016

We invite consideration of any aspect of discontent with and within Romanticism, a field we construe in broad, international terms. Participants might address the misfit between a concept and a practice; explore writers’ representations of disaffection, their resistance to contemporary norms (aesthetic, political, economic, social, or cultural), or their desire to reassert those norms; discuss the deficiencies of “Romanticism” as an ideological or historical category or “discontent” as an affect intrinsic to Romanticism; reflect on the current state of academic scholarship. Or—if you are dissatisfied with these formulations—we invite you to construe Romanticism’s discontents in any way that seems compelling.

Conference Steering Committee (UC Berkeley): Ian Duncan; Anne-Lise François; Steven Goldsmith; Kevis Goodman; Celeste Langan; Janet Sorensen; Elisa Tamarkin

Keynote Speakers:
T. J. Clark, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
Rei Terada, University of California, Irvine

Special Seminar Leaders:
David L. Clark, McMaster University
Mary Favret, Johns Hopkins University
Penny Fielding, University of Edinburgh
Yoon Sun Lee, Wellesley College
Deidre Lynch, Harvard University
Maureen McLane, New York University
Tobias Menely, University of California, Davis
Anahid Nersessian, University of California, Los Angeles
Daniel O’Quinn, University of Guelph
Jonathan Sachs, Concordia University
David Simpson, University of California, Davis

For deadlines and details for proposing papers and panels, please see the CFP page of this site.

Conference Coordinator: Ella Mershon
Conference Email: nassrberkeley2016@gmail.com