Where to Stay in Sheffield

Draft Programme for Masterclasses

We have a draft programme for our 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 (please click here for an outline of what will be covered in the Archival session: 1816 Conference (CAP Session) . Each keynote speaker will offer a masterclass focused on their internationally renowned skills as editors and researchers. It will be held at the Humanities Research Institute (34 Gell Street, Sheffield, S3 7QY) and here’s how to reach us if you’re unsure.

9:00-9:30 – Coffee and opening remarks

9:30-11:00 – Jerrold E. Hogle

11:00-11:30 – Coffee

11:30-1:00 – Jane Stabler

1:00-2:00 – Lunch

2:00-3:30 – Michael O’Neill OR Archive Session (1816 Conference (CAP Session))

3:30-4:00 – Coffee

4:00-5:00 – Roundtable discussion on Romantic and Gothic

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Short Story Competition!

2016 (Summer of 1816 Conference – Short Story Competition)

The Centre for the History of the Gothic at the University of Sheffield invites short story submissions based on the 1816 ghost story writing competition which inspired Frankenstein.

Entries should begin with the line from Frankenstein: “It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils” The completed short story should be an original work of no more than 500 words.

We are looking for creative engagements with Mary Shelley’s novel which may be Gothic, or comic, or in other ways innovative and unusual. The winning entry will receive £50. A reading of the best stories will take place at the 1816 conference, June 24th- 27th 2016, organised by the School of English at which the prize will be awarded. There is no entry fee. Please send completed stories (along with name, contact details, institution (if you have one)) by June 15th to: historyofgothic@gmail.com

For more information on The Centre for the History of the Gothic, please visit: sheffieldhistoryofthegothic.group.shef.ac.uk

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: ‘Summer of 1816: Creativity and Turmoil’

‘Summer of 1816: Creativity and Turmoil’

24-27 June, 2016

An International Conference to be hosted by the University of Sheffield

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CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Professor Jerrold E. Hogle, University of Arizona

Professor Michael O’Neill, Durham University

Professor Jane Stabler, University of St Andrews

‘The Summer of 1816: Creativity and Turmoil’ will be held at the University of Sheffield in June 2016. ‘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.  To commemorate the 200thanniversary of this extraordinary summer, the University of Sheffield will celebrate first and foremost the extraordinary meeting of this circle of Romantic authors, as well as the broader creative contexts of 1816.

There will also be pre-conference event (lasting all day) where each keynote speaker will offer a masterclass focused on their internationally renowned skills as editors and researchers. Though aimed specifically at doctoral candidates and early career researchers, all delegates are welcome to join us.

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. While there is no exclusive requirement as to topics, we welcome papers on any of the following:

  • The representation of 1816 in poetry and prose
  • ‘A devout but nearly silent listener’: Interactions between artists
  • Artistic methods of world creation
  • Gothic AND/OR Romantic?
  • Commemorating the anniversary of Austen’s Emma or other memorable publications
  • Monstrosity
  • Philosophies or representations of creation or creativity
  • ‘In creating live’: writing the self or life
  • Place in literature
  • ‘Large codes of fraud and woe’: the politics of poetry and prose
  • History and histories
  • ‘I have not loved the world’: the ethics of self and text
  • ‘Still and solemn power’: representations of power

This list offers some starting points for presentations and is not intended in any way to limit possible topics and themes for paper presentation. We also welcome suggestions for panels for the conference. Please send 200-word proposals as an email attached document to the conference email address 1816conference@sheffield.ac.uk 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, https://1816conference.wordpress.com/ for more information, updates on the conference, help with finding accommodation, and registration instructions.

Contact Us

Organising committee: Dr Maddy Callaghan and Professor Angela Wright of the University of Sheffield, UK.

If you would like to contact us, please email: 1816conference@sheffield.ac.uk

For postal correspondence, please write to:

School of English
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield
S3 7RA

Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 8480
Fax: +44 (0)114 222 8481

Where to Stay in Sheffield

Leopold Hotel Sheffield, 2 Leopold Street, Leopold Square, Sheffield S1 2GZ, Phone: +44 (0)114 252 4000

Best Western Cutlers Hotel, George Street, Sheffield, S1 2PF. Phone: +44 (0)114 273 9939.

Mercure Sheffield St Pauls Hotel & Spa, 119 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JE. Phone: +44 (0)114 278 2000.

Premier Inn Sheffield City Centre Angel St, Angel Street, Sheffield, S3 8LN. Phone: +44 (0)871 527 8970.

Hotel Novotel Sheffield Centre, 50 Arundel Gate, Sheffield, S1 2PR. Phone: +44 (0)114 278 1781.

Hotel Ibis Sheffield City‎, Shude Hill, Sheffield, S1 2AR. Phone: +44 (0)114 241 9600.

Travelodge Sheffield Central, 1 Broad Street, West Sheffield, S1 2BG. Phone: +44 (0)871 984 6305.

Holiday Inn Express Sheffield City Centre, Blonk Street, Sheffield S1 2AB. Phone: +44 (0)114 252 6500.

Hotel Hilton Sheffield‎, Victoria Quays, 2 Furnival Road, Sheffield, S4 7YA. Phone: +44 (0)114 252 5500.

Jurys Inn Sheffield Hotel, 119 Eyre Street, Sheffield, S1 4QW. Phone: +44 (0)114 291 2222

Park Inn Sheffield, Victoria Station Road, Sheffield, S1. Phone: +44 (0)114 220 4000.

Holiday Inn Royal Victoria, Victoria Station Road, Sheffield, Yorkshire S4 7YE. Phone: +44 (0)114 276 8822.

About our Conference: ‘Summer of 1816: Creativity and Turmoil’

Friday 24- Monday 27 June 2016

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Professor Jerrold E. Hogle, University of Arizona

Professor Michael O’Neill, Durham University

Professor Jane Stabler, University of St Andrews

‘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. Mary Shelley (nee Godwin) would later relate the circumstances of the creation of her novel in the Preface to the 1831 edition. There, she recalls the intensity of the conversation between the two poets as well as the birth of her own “hideous progeny,” Frankenstein: “Many and long were the conversations between Lord Byron and Shelley, to which I was a devout but nearly silent listener. During one of these, various philosophical doctrines were discussed, and among others the nature of the principle of life, and whether there was any probability of its ever being discovered and communicated.”

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. These masterclasses will

  • cultivate the research skills of its participants and improve participants’ engagement with the question of the interaction between Gothic writing and Romantic poetry, leading into a discussion of canonicity;
  • broaden participants’ experiences by providing masterclasses on manuscript editing given by 2 prominent editors of second generation Romantic poetry (Professor O’Neill, who is editor of the Johns Hopkins editions of The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Professor Stabler, editor of the new Longman edition of Byron’s poetry, and Professor Hogle, who has edited some of the most significant journals focussing on Gothic writing.
  • communicate to non-academic audiences about cutting edge research; one of the lectures will be a public lecture;
  • establish a dialogue between students/ECRs within the Arts and Humanities who study Romanticism, the Gothic, and their legacies through collaboration between members of all disciplines and institutions; there will be special panels run by postgraduate students from the University of Sheffield that will discuss and reflect on the role of collaboration and research dissemination in participants’ own research practices.

This conference and pre-conference day of masterclasses and panels will be a beacon of scholarship and doctoral and post-doctoral training. Encouraging theoretical approaches from all across the discipline, we will engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue about the importance of the 1816 meeting of these writers that will extend and transgress the current critical boundaries of Romantic and Gothic scholarship. Offering junior scholars vital opportunities to learn from internationally renowned editors and researchers such as Professor Jerrold Hogle, Professor Michael O’Neill, and Professor Jane Stabler will open up opportunities for younger scholars to extend their proficiency with manuscript editing and journal editing while focussing on this literary watershed event.

We would like to extend particular thanks to the MHRA for their conference fund award.

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

The Centre for the History of the Gothic (http://www.sheffieldhistoryofthegothic.group.shef.ac.uk/)

The Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies (https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/nineteenthcentury)

The Centre for Archival Practices (http://cap.group.shef.ac.uk)

The Centre for Poetry and Poetics (http://cppsheffield.tumblr.com/)