The organisers also welcome prospective delegates to suggest ready-formed panels (of three 20-minute papers) on the following topics: Byron and Ravenna; Byron and Italian politics; Byron and Italian art.
13th International Student Byron Conference
21-26 May 2018
Theme: “Byron and Fiction”
The Messolonghi Byron Research Center welcomes proposals for 20-minute papers to be delivered at the 13th International Student Byron Conference, to be held at Messolonghi May 21-26, 2018.
The conference theme will be "Byron and Fiction”, a topic that might be approached in various ways. Presentations might center on the fiction Byron read and was inspired by (for instance Tom Jones or Anastasius, or Memoirs of a Greek), fiction writers he inspired (the Brontes, Puskin, and many others), fictive representations of Byron (from Caroline Lamb’s roman a clef Glenarvon to William Gibson and Bruce Sterling’s cyberpunk The Difference Engine, Ben Markovits’s Byron trilogy, and beyond)—or Byron’s own works considered as fiction. Presenters at the conference will span all academic levels from undergraduates through graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members.
Byron and 1817: Between Worlds, Between Works
Poetic Transitions and Continuities
Friday & Saturday 28-29 April 2017
Michael O’Neill (Durham)
Alan Rawes (Manchester)
1817 saw Byron bring one stage of his poetic career to an end (with the final canto of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage) while almost simultaneously opening another (with Beppo). The Spenserian stanza gave way to ottava rima; gloomy, rootless ‘Byronic’ wandering gave way to comic and satiric cosmopolitanism; the ‘ruin amidst ruins’ became the ‘broken dandy’; the English milord became the Italian exile as his rhetoric shifted from ‘high’ to ‘low’. And yet, across this transition from one kind of Byron to another, continuities abound. The author of Cain is manifestly the author of Manfred (also finished in 1817); the Byronic hero of the early tales lives on in Marino Faliero and The Island; the champion of liberty is readily seen in the libertine; the satirist of English Bards and Scotch Reviews surfaces again in The Age of Bronze and Don Juan. This conference is interested in both the transitions that mark Byron’s writing in 1817 and the continuities that cross those transitions, and invites papers on the rifts and bridges between works that lie within and either side of this annus mirabilis.
12th International Student Byron Conference
19-24 May 2017
Theme: "Byron and Nature"
The Messolonghi Byron Research Center welcomes proposals for 20-minute papers to be delivered at the 12th International Student Byron Conference, to be held at Messolonghi, from Friday 19 May to Wednesday 24 May 2017. With a focus on "Byron and Nature", the conference will also include excursions to Mount Arakinthos, Kryoneri and the Byzantine cave-chapel of Agios Nikolaos on Mount Varassova, the salt pans, and the lagoon island chapel of the Virgin of the Palms that will allow students experience diverse local examples of the landscape and ecosystem. Keynote speakers will be Christine Kenyon-Jones (Kings College London) and Andrew Hubbell (Susquehanna University USA).