Founded in 2016, the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar is an international research forum devoted to British Romantic literature, its European connections, and the broader culture of the Romantic period, 1760-1830. The forum is a collaboration between Queen Mary University of London, four other colleges of the University of London (Birkbeck, Goldmiths, King’s, and UCL), and a number of French institutions and organisations: École Normale Supérieure (Paris), Sorbonne Université, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Université Paris Cité, University of London Institute in Paris, and the Société d’Études du Romantisme Anglais.
The forum has two main strands. The first is a monthly research seminar in London at Senate House, co-hosted by the Institute of English Studies and the Institute of Modern Languages Research within the School of Advanced Study, University of London. The second is a biennial two-day symposium in Paris, held at the École Normale Supérieure and the Sorbonne Université. The London-Paris Romanticism Seminar also organises collaborative events with other research groups and recently instituted an international graduate summer school.
The London seminar, organised by a steering group of Romanticists from the London area, meets monthly on a late Friday afternoon and features a series of distinguished visiting speakers from across the UK, Europe, and beyond. Some seminars involve the pairing of speakers from different countries, a key aim of the series being to foster dialogue between Romanticists in the UK and scholars from abroad. All aspects of Romanticism are covered, including comparative and interdisciplinary topics. The seminar is open to everyone, including postgraduates and members of the public. Admission is free.
The biennial Paris symposium is organised by a steering group of Romanticists from French institutions, with assistance from the Société d’Études du Romantisme Anglais and in liaison with the London team. The theme of the 2024 symposium is Romantic Shock and Surprise. Information about this event will be posted in due course on this website.
Previous symposia themes were Oaths, Odes and Orations 1789-1830 (2022), Exiles, Émigrés and Expatriates in Romantic-Era Paris and London (2018) and Wordsworth: The French Connection (2017). Selected papers from these conferences have been published in special issues of the journal Litteraria Pragensia, free access to which is available on the Publications page of this website.
In 2019, the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar teamed up with the Fordham Romanticism Group, New York, and the Royal Institution of Great Britain to organise a one-day symposium at the Royal Institution on the theme Romanticism at the Royal Institution. A special issue of the journal Romanticism based on the symposium will be published in 2023.
International Summer School of Romanticism
A new initiative launched in 2022 is the International Summer School of Romanticism, held at the Charles University, Prague. Affiliated to the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar, this week-long graduate summer school extends the aims of the Seminar by bringing together postgraduate students and staff from across Europe and offering intensive instruction on current developments in Romantic studies. The Summer School will run again in Prague in 2023.
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