International Conference on Romanticism

Romantic Assembly


October 25-28, 2018

From Bodies Assembled to Assembled Bodies

To acknowledge and celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, we invite reflection on the notion of assembly: from bodies assembled to assemblies of bodies. We look forward to paper proposals on related acts of embodiment, factory production, and political assembly (from the National Assembly during the French Revolution to the recent waves of public protest that embody the right to assemble enshrined in the US Constitution). We aim to look both backward and forward, and we invite all participants to explore what it means to assemble various and sundry things, even things we sometimes call persons.

Greenville, SC

October 25-28, 2018


Hosted by Clemson University

Submit a proposal!

We welcome proposals for individual papers, as well as complete panels, related to the conference theme understood in the broadest of terms.

Deadline for submission of 300-word abstracts for individual papers or 500-word proposals for full panels is April 1, 2018.

The International Conference on Romanticism

The International Conference on Romanticism was founded by a group of scholars from America and Europe. Its purpose as a learned society is to promote, maintain, and improve teaching, research, and related endeavors in the field of Romanticism studies, and to facilitate communication among scholars and teachers through annual meetings and publications. A forum for colleagues in literature, philosophy, history, musicology, history of science, art history, and other disciplines, the International Conference on Romanticism has an interdisciplinary and international membership. Since its inception the fundamental aim of the organization has been to pursue the study of Romanticism without favoring particular linguistic, national, or political traditions, or academic disciplines, either explicitly or implicitly. The society’s meetings and publications reflect this purpose.


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Sara Guyer

University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Orrin Wang

University of Maryland

Greenville, SC

Nestled up against the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the heart of South Carolina’s Upcountry, you’ll find Greenville. Greenville’s friendly, thriving downtown pulses with things to do year-round. From one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques and art galleries to museums, tours and outdoor activities, Greenville is a welcoming retreat for visitors of every age and explorers of every type.

Conference Hotel

All conference events, including panels and keynotes, will be in or very near the Hyatt Regency hotel in beautiful downtown Greenville, SC. Conference rates are now available. Click the button below to be redirected for booking.