About the conference

The phrase 'Debatable Lands' has been used in reference to disputed parts of the Anglo-Scottish Border since at least the sixteenth century. Popularised by Walter Scott, the term was extended to other geographical areas and into metaphorical use in the nineteenth century. Macaulay in 1828 described history as the 'debatable land' between Reason and Imagination. The BARS conference of 2005 invites an assessment of Romanticism's Debatable Lands in the fullest and broadest senses of the phrase.

Plenary speakers:

  • James Chandler (University of Chicago): 'Edgeworth and Scott: The Literature of "Reterritorialization"'
  • Nigel Leask (University of Glasgow): 'Shadowlines: James Currie's "Life of Burns" and British Romanticism'
  • Karen O'Brien (University of Warwick): 'Uneasy settlement: The Romantic Colony'
  • Tilottama Rajan (University of Western Ontario): 'Speculation, Alchemy, Gambling: Godwin's Critique of Pure Reason in St. Leon'

Conference Organisers

The conference organisers are Professor Claire Lamont and Dr Michael Rossington of the School of English Literature, Language & Lingustics at the University of Newcastle. Their address is:

School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
Percy Building
University of Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom

Conference website: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/bars2005
Conference e-mail address: BARS2005@newcastle.ac.uk

Conference venue

The conference will be held in the Lipman building of the city campus of Northumbria University, which is adjacent to Newcastle University in the centre of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne.

About Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle is at the east end of the Roman Wall, named after the Emperor Hadrian, which divides Britain in a line south of the later Anglo-Scottish border. The city played its part in border politics, its 'New Castle' being established by the Normans in 1080 to strengthen their northern frontier. In more recent times the city was renowned for ship-building and for shipping coal from the nearby coal-fields. Modern Newcastle is coming to terms with the decline of these heavy industries, and is adding to traditional Geordie culture new artistic developments. The city has a dramatic site on the north bank of the river Tyne, and is famous for the variety of bridges which cross it. It is host to two universities and has a high reputation among students for its youth culture.