International Conference on Romanticism

Call for Papers

Scholars working in any area of Romanticism are invited to submit proposals for the annual meeting of the International Conference on Romanticism (ICR) to be hosted by Clemson University and held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenville, South Carolina.


We have called this year’s conference “Romantic Assembly” to acknowledge and celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. We invite broad reflection on the notion of assembly and 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). From bodies assembled to assemblies of bodies, 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.


We are excited to see the theme interpreted broadly and in ways we have not anticipated, but some possible modes of approach could include the following:

  • Anthologies, literary history, and assembling Romantic texts
  • Assembling words: rhetoric and form
  • Assembly and the senses
  • Bodies and embodiment
  • Categories of knowledge as assemblies
  • Disassembly, dissolution, fragmentation
  • Genre as assembly
  • Identity as assembly or assemblage
  • Industrialization
  • Military and martial assembly
  • Nation formation
  • Political assembly and acts of protest
  • Romantic and post-Romantic philosophies and critical theories of assembly
  • Romantic-era assemblies: Halls, Balls, Lectures, Schools
  • Romantic systems
  • Scientific assembly
  • World-building


Deadline for presentation abstracts and complete panels or roundtables: April 1, 2018


The International Conference on Romanticism was founded in 1991 and aims to pursue the study of Romanticism across linguistic, national, and political disciplines. For more information please visit http://icr.byu.eduConference attendees and participants must be current members of ICR. Please visit to become a member or renew your membership.

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