Plenaries and Confirmed Speakers


Celeste Langan (Berkeley)


Celeste Langan, Associate Professor in the UC Berkeley Department of English, is the author of Romantic Vagrancy: Wordsworth and the Simulation of Freedom, a study of why and how Rousseau and Wordsworth represent political freedom as freedom of movement. More recently, she has helped to develop the subfield of Romantic Media Studies, with essays like “Understanding Media in 1805,” “The Medium of Romantic Poetry” (co-authored with Maureen McLane), and “Pathologies of Communication from Coleridge to Schreber.” Her current book manuscript, Post-Napoleonism: Literature and the Afterlife of Sovereignty, traces the migration of the political concept of sovereignty into the domain of the literature. Drawing on the Freudian concept of “afterwardsness” or the après coup, the book illuminates ways in which the newspaper report of an event is foundational to a new idea of literature as mediated utterance.

This plenary is made possible by the W.H. OLIVER HUMANITIES RESEARCH ACADEMY, Massey University.

Gillian Russell (Melbourne)

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Gillian Russell holds an Honours degree in English and Irish Literature from the Queen’s University Belfast (1981) and a PhD from the University of Cambridge (1987). She held a position at the Universität Salzburg, Austria, before moving to the Australian National University, Canberra, where she taught from 1990 to 2014, latterly as Professor of English. In 2014 she was appointed to the Gerry Higgins Chair in Irish Studies at the University of Melbourne. She has published widely on Irish and British literature and culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, focussing on theatre, war, sociability, and gender. In 2010 she was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and between 2010-2014 held an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellowship for a project on the history of printed ephemera, sociability and public culture in Britain, Ireland and Australia (1700-1850).  Recent publications include Tracing War in British Enlightenment and Romantic Culture (2015), (co.ed. with Neil Ramsey).  Her current research is a collaborative project with Clara Tuite on ‘Regency Romanticism: Ireland, Britain and Australia,1788-1840’, funded by the Australian Research Council, 2016-18.

This plenary is made possible by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington.


Confirmed Speakers

Alan Bewell (Toronto)

Ina Ferris (Ottawa)

Peter Otto (Melbourne)

Judith Pascoe (Iowa)

Nicholas Roe (St Andrews)