CFP: Lines of Connection Back

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). For more information about the conference, go to our website:

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 2016.

We expect to be able to offer a number of modest bursaries for speakers who are students or unwaged, to contribute towards the costs of travel and accommodation. If you wish to be considered for a bursary, please mention this when you submit your abstract, or feel free to get in touch beforehand.