Romanticism and the Future

University of Cyprus, Department of English Studies, Nicosia, Cyprus and hosted by the House of Arts and Letters, Paphos, Cyprus
Closing date for submissions: 
26 September, 2014
Event dates: 
24.10.2014 - 25.10.2014
Dr. Evy Varsamopoulou (
E-mail contact: 

Romanticism and the Future

House of Arts & Letters,
Paphos, Cyprus

24-25 October 2014

Keynote Lectures
Paul Hamilton
Theresa M. Kelley
Richard Marggraf Turley

Poetry Readings
Richard Marggraf Turley
Lisa Suhair Majaj

Conference Convenor: Evy Varsamopoulou, Department of English Studies, University of Cyprus
Scientific Committee: Nicholas Roe, Maria Varsam, Evy Varsamopoulou
Conference supported by the University of Cyprus, Department of English Studies, Nicosia, Cyprus and hosted by the House of Arts and Letters, Paphos, Cyprus


Call for Papers

Papers are invited for an international conference on the concept of the future and speculative representations of the future in Anglophone and European Romantic literature, philosophy and art, but also on the legacy of Romanticism since the nineteenth century, on its continuing relevance in contemporary literary, artistic and theoretical production. Poetry and prose about the future as hope and promise for a better world in the early days of the French Revolution appeared in France, the UK and across Europe. Eventually, as censorship tightened in the monarchical and imperial states, and disappointment spread across Europe and elsewhere in the world in the aftermath of the reign of Terror and the pseudo-emancipatory Napoleonic wars, these early hopes and enthusiasm ceded to more complex and ambivalent feelings, thoughts and imaginings of the future, including cynical disbelief, general scepticism or even apocalypse.

Suggested topics

- Concepts of time and narrative experiments in temporality

- The future and the futuristic in Anglophone and European Romanticism

- The future of Romantic genres, discourses, modes, motifs and topoi

- The aesthetic imperative and aesthetic revolution

- Hope, utopianism and radical change

- Suicide, violence, war, end of the world narratives

- Reactions, refutations and revisions of Enlightenment ideals and ideas

- Environmental awareness and critique of technocratic capitalism

- Nationalism, anti-Imperialism, violence and revolution

- The discourse of rights, emancipation and independence

- Institutions of knowledge, sociality and cosmopolitanism

- European literature, comparative literary studies


Abstracts of approximately 200 words and a short bio (50-100 words) should be sent to the conference convenor, Dr. Evy Varsamopoulou ( ) by the 26th of September.

A selection of papers may be published.

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