Activities (seminars/ conferences)

Upcoming SERA events

-Frankenstein Conference; 5-7 April 2018 at the université de Clermont-Ferrand

-Romanticism and Time, 8-10 Nov 2018 at the université de Lille 3


 Other “Romantic” Activities

  • Call for Papers (aimed at PhD students)

“We write on behalf of the Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Literature research cluster at Newcastle University, and would be grateful if you could inform your students of the following opportunity. This year we are organizing a fully-funded PhD Workshop for anyone envisaging applying for a PhD in eighteenth-century and romantic literature at Newcastle. Numbers are limited, and applications will be assessed competitively, but those awarded a place on the workshop will spend an afternoon discussing their research ideas with specialists at Newcastle, examining eighteenth- and nineteenth-century material in relevant archives at Newcastle, and meeting with former and current PhD students. We are particularly looking to reach strong candidates for doctoral work who are currently enrolled on or have completed master’s courses.

The workshop will take place from 12 noon to 5pm on Wednesday 25th October 2017. Lunch will be provided. Successful applicants’ lodging and travel will be paid for by the department. Anyone wishing to apply for a place should send a 250-word statement of research interests and a CV to before 5pm on 16th October 2017.

Further details about the workshop:

Further details about Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Literature at Newcastle:


  • Call for papers, International Conference, Venice, 21-22 February , 2018 University of Venice – Cà Foscari

The Bicentenary Conference on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Ever since Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was first published (1818), the story of the scientist and the Creature has been constantly and widely told, discussed, adapted, filmed, and translated, making generations of readers approach the novel in an extraordinary variety of ways and languages. The myth of the ‘modern Prometheus’ which Mary Shelley invented has been passed down throughout the centuries and morphed into countless shapes and figures contributing to the enhancement of the original text.

If first-time readers are surprised to discover that Frankenstein is not the name of the monster, and that in fact the monster has no name, all readers are given the opportunity to discover that the novel is a sort of encyclopedia, a text which explores different disciplines, from science to sociology, from psychology to medicine, from history to geography. Moreover, the numerous critical approaches to the text, varying from psychoanalytic, Marxist, feminist, deconstructionist, to ecocritic, all point out the multi-faceted features of the novel.

Although it is difficult to add new and original interpretations of Frankenstein, the pressure and the pleasure to celebrate the novel remains strong and authentic. In this spirit, the conference welcomes participants to share old and new interpretations, and contributes to the promotion of the worldwide events which will be held in 2018, all paying tribute to what is unarguably one of the most famous novels in world literature. When Mary Shelley, in her long Introduction to the1831 edition, wrote about the ‘invention’ of Frankenstein, she did not know that two hundred years later others would enjoy ‘moulding and fashioning’ her original idea, fulfilling the writer’s wish for her ‘hideous progeny [to] go forth and prosper’.

This conference aims to explore, analyse, and debate Mary Shelley’s novel and bicentenary, its reception in European culture and its influence on the media.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

    • Frankenstein: the 1818 and 1831 version
    • Mary Shelley’s biography
    • Frankenstein and translations
    • Frankenstein and multilingualism
    • Multicultural Frankenstein
    • Frankenstein and the visual arts
    • Frankenstein and films
    • Frankenstein and adaptations
    • The reception of Frankenstein
    • Teaching Frankenstein
    • Publishing Frankenstein

    Papers may be given in English, Italian, French and Spanish. Please send 200 words abstract for a 20-minute paper to Michela Vanon Alliata, Alessandro Scarsella and Maria Parrino at by 1 November 2017.


  • Séminaires sur « le détail » coordonnés par Sébastien Scarpa, et portés par l’axe « Poésie » du centre de recherche CEMRA/ILCEA4 de l’Université Grenoble Alpes – UGA. Appel à communications qui servira de base de travail pour le séminaire de l’axe “Poésie, esthétique, histoire des idées” portant sur la notion de “détail”. Contact :

Voir le programme des séances passées.

  • « Rêve et création littéraire dans Frankenstein et le roman féminin aux XVIIIe et XIXe siècles », Colloque international, Clermont-Ferrand, 5-7 avril 2018, Université Clermont-Auvergne – CELIS. Cf. Call for papers (français/ anglais).  Deadline: 30th September 2017.
  • Conférence inaugurale sur Jane Austen à Chawton mi-juillet (13-15 juillet) 2017.
  • London-Paris monthly seminars ( The next one will take place on June, 16th and will be led by Heidi Thomson (Victoria University of Wellington) talking on Coleridge and the Romantic Newspaper: Private Woes and Public Media.



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