The Dark Side of Romanticism

October 20-23, 2016

The 2016 International Conference on Romanticism will be sponsored by The Colorado College, in Colorado Springs, near the base of Pikes Peak. Conference panels will be held at the Colorado College campus. The primary hotel for the conference will be The Mining Exchange, located in downtown Colorado Springs, about a mile from the campus and within walking distance of shops and restaurants. In keeping with the traditions of the ICR we are sponsoring a conference with international and interdisciplinary aims. In the spirit of Halloween, our topic is “The Dark Side of Romanticism.” We view this topic in a broad context and will accept papers on a wide range of topics. Please see the Call for Papers for more details.

The International Conference on Romanticism was founded in 1991. The fundamental aim of ICR from its inception has been to pursue the study of Romanticism without favoring particular linguistic, national or political traditions, or academic disciplines, either explicitly or implicitly. For more information, please visit the ICR website.

Conference attendees and participants must be current members of ICR. Please visit to become a member or to renew your membership.

This year’s plenary speakers will be:

Michael Gamer, Associate Professor of English, The University of Pennsylvania

Picture of Professor Michael Gamer

Michael Gamer is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has received several awards for distinguished teaching. Gamer is the associate editor of the journal Essays in Romanticism and the author of Romanticism and the Gothic: Genre, Reception, and Canon Formation (2000). A second monograph, Romanticism, Self-Canonization, and the Business of Poetry, will be published with Cambridge University Press later this year.

Devoney Looser, Professor of English, Arizona State University

Picture of Professor Devoney Looser

Devoney Looser is Professor of English at Arizona State University, where she received the Zebulon Pearce Teaching Award in the Humanities for 2016. She is the author of a number of books on women in literature, including British Women Writers and the Writing of History (2005) and Women Writers and Old Age in Great Britain, 1750-1850 (2008), and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Women’s Writing of the Romantic Period (2015) and the Valancourt edition of Jane West’s A Gossip’s Story (2015).

Please address questions to the conference organizers, Jared RichmanWilliam Davis, or Jennifer Golightly.

2 Responses to The Dark Side of Romanticism

  1. Kasturi Ghosh says:

    Hello, I have presented my paper at ICR at Oakland University in 2013, and am interested to participate this year as well. However I am not yet a member. Do I have to become a member prior to sending my proposal or can I register upon getting selected this year? Please reply.

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