Keynote speakers

At BARS 2019, we will have five keynote speakers: Laura Mandell (Texas A&M), Robert Poole (UCLAN), Sharon Ruston (Lancaster), Diego Saglia (Parma), and Jane Stabler (St Andrews).

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Professor Laura Mandell

Upon becoming Director of the Center of Digital Humanities Research (CoDHR) at Texas A&M University in June 2011, Laura Mandell launched the grant-funded Early Modern OCR Project ( She has authored Misogynous Economies: The Business of Literature in Eighteenth-Century Britain (1999), a Longman Cultural Edition of The Castle of Otranto and Man of Feeling, and numerous articles primarily about eighteenth-century women writers. Her article in New Literary History, “What Literary Critics neither Hear nor See,” discusses the materiality of Wordsworth’s “Slumber,” and she has also published many essays on 18th-century women writers. Her Breaking the Book: Print Humanities in the Digital Age (2015) was published in the Wiley Blackwell Manifesto series. “Gendering Digital Literary History: What Counts for the Digital Humanities” came out in the New Companion to Digital Humanities (2016), and “Gender and Cultural Analytics: Finding or Making Stereotypes” appears in Debates in Digital Humanities (2018). She has launched a search and discovery tool called the Big Data Infrastructure Visualization Application, created a set of classes called “Programming for Humanists” and a book series called “Coding for Humanists”. Dr. Mandell is Director of the Advanced Research, and General Editor of the Poetess Archive
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Dr Robert Poole

Robert Poole is Professor of History at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK. His most recent publications are Peterloo: the English Uprising (OUP, forthcoming, summer 2019) and ‘The Manchester Observer: biography of a radical newspaper’, Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 95, 1 (spring 2019), open access. He is also the co-author of a graphic novel, Peterloo: Witnesses to a Massacre (New Internationalist/Myriad, May 2019), He is consultant historian to the Peterloo 2019 commemoration programme in Manchester,

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Professor Sharon Ruston

Sharon Ruston is Chair in Romanticism at Lancaster University. She is the author of Shelley and Vitality (Palgrave, 2005), Romanticism: An Introduction (Continuum, 2007), and Creating Romanticism: Case Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine in the 1790s (Palgrave, 2013); co-editor of The Routledge Research Guide to the Literature and Science of the Nineteenth Century (2017); co-editor of Teaching Romanticism (Palgrave, 2010); editor of a special issue of Essays and Studies on ‘Literature and Science’ (2008); and the co-editor of The Collected Letters of Sir Humphrey Davy and his Circle ( to be published in four volumes by OUP in 2019.
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Professor Diego Saglia

Diego Saglia is Professor of English Literature at the University of Parma (Italy). His research centres on Romantic-period literature and culture, particularly on questions linked to exoticism and otherness, identity, transcultural contacts and exchanges, and performance. He is the author of Poetic Castles in Spain: British Romanticism and Figurations of Iberia (2000), and co-editor of British Romanticism and Italian Literature: Translating, Reviewing, Rewriting (with Laura Bandiera, 2005); Byron and Italy (with Alan Rawes, 2017); and Spain in British Romanticism 1800-1840 (with Ian Haywood, 2018). He is a member of the advisory committee of the Byron Museum in Ravenna and of the steering group of ‘ERA – European Romanticisms in Association’. His monograph European Literatures in Britain, 1815-1832: Romantic Translations is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press (2019).

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Professor Jane Stabler

Jane Stabler is Professor in Romanticism and Head of the School of English at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.  Her books include Byron, Poetics and History (2002) and The Artistry  of Exile: Romantic & Victorian Writers in Italy (2013). In 2014-17 she held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship to work on the Don Juan volume of the Longman Annotated English Poets edition of Byron. This seven-volume edition is scheduled for completion in 2037.


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