Call for Papers: Lines of Connection: An International Conference on Eighteenth-Century Poetry

mary robinson

We are delighted to announce an international conference on eighteenth-century poetry to be held in Oxford on 7th and 8th July 2016.

Lines of Connection is organised by the Digital Miscellanies project in association with the TORCH Enlightenment Programme / Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment.

The keynote lecture will be given by Professor Catriona Seth (University of Oxford).

We are inviting proposals for 20-minute papers exploring new ways of looking at poetry from the period 1700 to 1800. While papers will be in English, we encourage proposals from researchers working on eighteenth-century poetry in any language, and in any discipline. We welcome proposals from postgraduate and early career researchers as well as established scholars. Papers on the theme of connection – between national poetic cultures, or between poetry from the eighteenth century and other periods, for example – will be especially welcome. But we encourage submissions on any topic, which may include the following:

  • poetic forms and genres,
  • poetry in translation,
  • imitation, allusion and influence,
  • the publication and circulation of poetry in print and manuscript,
  • poetry and material culture,
  • authorship and anonymity,
  • canon formation and re-formation,
  • high culture and popular culture,
  • poetry in performance,
  • poetry in drama, opera or music,
  • eighteenth-century poetry and the digital humanities,
  • periodization and the eighteenth century

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to Carly Watson ( and Kelsey Rubin-Detlev ( by 15th January