We regret to announce that it has been necessary to postpone the 46th International Byron Conference in Thessaloniki scheduled for 29 June-5 July 2020 as part of measures related to COVID-19.

We hope that it will be possible to run the conference in late June/early July 2021.


The new dates will be announced in September.

Byron & Loss

Newstead Abbey Byron Conference 2020

24th-25th April


Keynote Speaker: Dr Mirka Horova


2020 marks the bicentenary of a troubling year. George III had lost his life and, many would argue, George IV lost what little shreds remained of his dignity, pursuing his errant wife with hypocritical vengeance during the so-called Queen Caroline Affair. The monarchy and government had lost the trust of the people, and many of them would have lost their lives had the Cato Street Conspiracy succeeded. Meanwhile Byron, now in the fourth year of his self-imposed exile, was rapidly losing his hair, teeth, famous good looks, and – some might argue – his dignity. It is against this backdrop that he became interested in Italian politics, or rather the loss of political authority and national autonomy.


One-day conference on Saturday 7th December 2019

Bicentennial commemoration of Don Juan I & II

Keynote speaker: Professor Jerome McGann

"Byron & his language"


Ticket details, Conference Programme and other information available on website, www.thebyronsociety.com

46th International Byron Conference

29 June - 5 July 2020

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Proposals are invited for the 2020 Conference of the International Association of Byron Societies, "Byron: Wars and Words", to be held at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki from 29th June to 5th July.

The aim of this conference is to look at how war in all its meanings, symbolisms, and manifestations influenced Byron's words and worlds, and shaped his poetic and political sensibility. Drawing on recent scholarship in Romantic studies, it will also explore Romantic authors' preoccupations with war, and how these intersected with Byron's. How are the events of wars transformed into words, images and spectacle? Conversely, how do words become weapons and trigger literary, cultural, and political struggles? What kind of ideological conflicts, dilemmas, and anxieties does the print culture of the time embody when treating the issue of war? How does Romantic-period conflict extend our understanding of modern warfare?

One-day conference, Saturday 7th December 2019
Commemorating the bicentennial of the publication of Don Juan Cantos I and II
Antenna Media Centre (Nottingham Trent University), Nottingham 

The Byron Society invite proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspect of Byron’s Don Juan relating to its conception, reception and imitation.

Submissions relating to any aspect of Don Juan are welcome, however papers connected with the first two Cantos are of particular interest. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Byron’s sources, influences and inspirations for Don Juan
  • Techniques, conventions and tropes used in Don Juan
  • The contemporary reception of Don Juan (critical reception, popular and working-class reception, male vs female reception, metropolitan vs rural reception, reception in Britain and other countries) and Byron’s response
  • Later critical and creative responses to Don Juan
  • Imitations and adaptations of the poem
  • Questions of ownership, piracy and anonymous publication
  • The poem’s place in Byron’s oeuvre with an especial emphasis on its continuing value in the modern era.

Proposals of no more than 300 words should be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Friday 30th August.

We welcome submissions from postgraduate students for a student panel.

For more details of the conference, please visit www.thebyronsociety.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..