Wednesday, 5 August 2015

CFP: The Summer of 1816 Conference

‘The year without a summer’, as 1816 was known, was the year in which Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Godwin (later Shelley), Lord Byron, John Polidori and Claire Claremont came together, for the first time, in Geneva. This meeting of five creative minds at Lake Geneva in 1816 has been the subject of several films and a recent documentary. To date, however, it has not been the subject of an academic conference.

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of this extraordinary summer, the University of Sheffield will celebrate this unique meeting between these Romantic authors. We invite proposals that will explore the literary, biographical, scientific and historical readings of the Villa Diodati group.

We will offer a pre-conference day long event for PhD students and Early Career Researchers. The Centre for Archival Practice will also host a masterclass that takes the delegates to visit the Sheffield Archives which contain a wealth of material. Each keynote speaker will offer a masterclass focused on their internationally renowned skills as editors and researchers.

We invite panel proposals and proposals for individual papers that will explore the literary, biographical, scientific, Gothic and historical readings of the Villa Diodati group, but we also encourage papers that focus on other authors working in 1816. We also welcome suggestions for panels for the conference. Please send 200-word proposals as an email attached document to the conference email address by 15th January 2016. Please ensure that your proposal is headed with your paper title, your name, institutional affiliation, and an e-mail contact address.

Visit our website, for more information, updates on the conference, help with finding accommodation, and registration instructions.

Four of our research centres are involved and we are grateful for their support:

The Centre for the History of the Gothic (

The Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies (

The Centre for Archival Practices (

The Centre for Poetry and Poetics (

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