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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

CFP: Wordsworth Summer Conference 2012

The 41st Wordsworth Summer Conference
Monday 30 July to Thursday 9 August 2012

Forest Side Hotel, Grasmere, Cumbria, England

Keynote Lecturers:

Stephen Behrendt, Jeff Cowton, Richard Cronin, Heather Glen, Bruce Graver, Anthony Harding,
Kiyoshi Nishiyama, Judith Page, Lynda Pratt, John Strachan, Peter Swaab, Pamela Woof

February update: John Burnside, winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for his collection of poems Black Cat Bone, will give a poetry reading.

Format and Costs: The conference is in two parts of 4 full days each, with a changeover day on Saturday 4 August. The non-resident and registration fee, which includes up to seven excursions, offers exceptional value at £235 for ten days (£185 for five days). Full Board at the conference hotel is available at prices ranging from £510 to £900 (for ten nights), and half board at the YHA for £423.

Call for Papers: we invite proposals for twenty-minute papers on all aspects of William Wordsworth, his contemporaries and the Romantic period. Papers that identify a bicentenary theme, 1812–2012, will be welcomed, as will presentations that reflect upon the achievement of Jonathan Wordsworth’s great book William Wordsworth. The Borders of Vision (1982).

Our opening night will include a reception in the Wordsworth Museum followed by a candle light visit to Dove Cottage. There will be a further opportunity to explore the riches of the Wordsworth Trust’s collections with the curator Jeff Cowton, and to visit the Trust’s summer exhibition Pen, Paint and Pixels Touring the English Lakes across 250 years. Among our excursions will be the Roman fort and settlement at Vindolanda, close to Hadrian’s Wall, and a minibus tour of the picturesque Duddon Valley in the South of the Lake District. For walkers the attractions are likely to include Great Gable, Bow Fell, and an all-day walk from Haweswater to the Elizabethan Chapel of Martindale via Rough Edge and Beda Fell.

Proposals: 250 word proposals for papers of no more than 2750 words together with a brief unformatted c.v. should occupy no more than 2 sides of A4 (they will be copied into a composite file). Please do not send as a pdf. E-mail to the Conference Director Nicholas Roe at wordsworthsummerconference@gmail.com by 31 March 2012. All other enquiries should also be e-mailed to this address.

Bursaries: Please see the separate announcement of bursaries offered for the 2012 Conference

Nicholas Roe, Conference Director, for the Trustees of the Wordsworth Conference Foundation
Stacey McDowell, Wordsworth Summer Conference Administrator.

The Wordsworth
Conference
Foundation
□ Chairman, Nicholas Roe
□ Secretary, Richard Gravil

Tirril Hall, Tirril,
Penrith CA10 2JE

January 2012

Bursaries for the 2012 Wordsworth Summer Conference

12 bursaries, worth £350, are available for the 2012 conference. These bursaries are intended to enable young scholars, principally at postgraduate and early post-doctoral level, to enjoy ten active and stimulating days in the unique environment of Grasmere, for about half the cost of the event, if using hostel accommodation. Please bring this announcement to the attention of qualifying applicants. Applications must be sent to the organisers at wordsworthsummerconference@gmail.com by 31 March 2012. For details of the conference please visit http://www.wordsworthconferences.org.uk.


Keynote Speakers

Stephen Behrendt, John Burnside, Richard Cronin, Heather Glen,
Bruce Graver, Anthony Harding, Kiyoshi Nishiyama, Judith Page,
Lynda Pratt, John Strachan, Peter Swaab, Pamela Woof

Conference Registration: residential places are limited and in demand. Non-resident space is also limited. Payment of fees for the conference can be made through Google Checkout from the registration page of the website. The conference fee rises from £235 to £250 for late registrants on 30 April.



Nicholas Roe, Chair, Wordsworth Conference Foundation, and Director of the Summer Conference
Stacey McDowell, Wordsworth Summer Conference Administrator
12 Wordsworth Summer Conference Bursaries: Terms and Conditions

1. The (5) Richard Wordsworth Memorial Postgraduate Bursaries £350

Conditions: FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS WORKING IN THE FIELD OF ENGLISH OR AMERICAN OR ANGLO-AMERICAN ROMANTICISM. MUST PROPOSE TO GIVE A PAPER AT THE SUMMER CONFERENCE. MUST SUPPLY A FULL ABSTRACT OF THE PAPER IN ADVANCE, PLUS short CV, WITH AN ACADEMIC REFERENCE IN SUPPORT (e.g. FROM A SUPERVISOR). MUST ATTEND THE WHOLE CONFERENCE.

2. The (4) Wordsworth Conference Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowships £350

Conditions: FOR CANDIDATES WORKING IN THE FIELD OF ENGLISH OR AMERICAN OR ANGLO-AMERICAN ROMANTICISM. WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR DOCTORAL DISSERTATION BUT NOT YET ACHIEVED A FULL-TIME ACADEMIC POST. MUST PROPOSE TO GIVE A PAPER AT THE SUMMER CONFERENCE. MUST SUPPLY A FULL ABSTRACT OF THE PAPER IN ADVANCE, PLUS short CV, WITH AN ACADEMIC REFERENCE IN SUPPORT (e.g. FROM A SUPERVISOR). MUST ATTEND THE WHOLE CONFERENCE.

3. The (2) Summer Conference Bursaries for Postgraduate Students of English Romantic Literature £350

Conditions: FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS WORKING IN THE FIELD OF ENGLISH ROMANTIC LITERATURE. MUST PROPOSE TO GIVE A PAPER AT THE SUMMER CONFERENCE. MUST SUPPLY A FULL ABSTRACT OF THE PAPER IN ADVANCE, PLUS short CV, WITH AN ACADEMIC REFERENCE IN SUPPORT (e.g. FROM A SUPERVISOR). MUST ATTEND THE WHOLE CONFERENCE.
[This bursary is funded by book auction at the 2011 conference]

4. The Kathleen Coburn Bursary for Scholars of Romanticism £350

Conditions: FOR A POSTGRADUATE STUDENT, OR SCHOLAR IN TEMPORARY POST-DOCTORATE POSITION. MUST PROPOSE TO GIVE A PAPER AT THE SUMMER CONFERENCE. MUST SUPPLY A FULL ABSTRACT OF THE PAPER IN ADVANCE, PLUS short CV, WITH AN ACADEMIC REFERENCE IN SUPPORT (e.g. FROM A SUPERVISOR). MUST ATTEND THE WHOLE CONFERENCE.


General Conditions: Bursaries are intended to meet approximately half of the cost of the conference. Holders of bursaries will be so designated on the list of participants or the conference programme. The bursary will be applied in the first instance to conference fees, and the balance to hotel, hostel or bed & breakfast accommodation (bursars arranging their own B&B accommodation should inform the Conference Director, who will arrange payment direct to the establishment). Bursars using youth hostel accommodation must book through the conference. Bursars are expected to attend all lectures, papers and conference events, and acceptance of a bursary implies an undertaking to do so. Applications should be emailed to wordsworthsummerconference@gmail.com in the form of a word attachment containing a paper proposal of 300 words, together with a short unformatted c.v. in the same file, the entire application being not more than two sides of A4 (the file will be copied and pasted into a composite file, so please avoid elaborate formatting). Applicants should also arrange for an academic reference to be sent independently to the same email address, verifying the applicant’s status and country of residence. Candidates need not specify which bursary they are applying for. They will automatically be considered for any bursary for which they are eligible.

Please note that we may award a bursary but without having space to include the proposed paper on the conference programme: such papers may, however, be ‘taken as read’, that is, made available in print form at the conference, if the proposer so chooses. Papers should be not longer than 2750 words (rapid delivery invariably impedes communication) and may address any area of Romanticism.


Applications and references must reach wordsworthsummerconference@gmail.com by 31 March. Decisions on bursaries will be announced by 20 April and sooner if possible.
http://www.wordsworthconferences.org.uk ◘ wordsworth_conferences@hotmail.co.uk

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