International Byron Society Conference: ‘The Poetry of Politics and the Politics of Poetry’
1-6 July 2013, King’s College London
This conference will examine Byron’s engagement with politics in the widest sense: as a poet, as a member of the House of Lords, as a commentator on his time, and latterly as a would-be revolutionary.
The full Call for Papers and further details can be found on the conference website.
Plenary speakers: Roderick Beaton, Jonathan Gross, Malcolm Kelsall, Stephen Minta, Timothy Morton, Charles Robinson, Jane Stabler, Andrew Stauffer.
Highlights of the Conference Programme include:
• a special exhibition ‘Byron and politics’: manuscripts, printed books and memorabilia from the John Murray Archive and the Foyle Special Collections Library, King’s College London, curated by David McClay (National Library of Scotland), Stephanie Breen and Katie Sambrook (King’s College London)
• ‘Byron, Elgin and the Marbles’: readings and reception hosted by the British Museum (including a private viewing of the Parthenon Sculptures)
• Byron, The Two Foscari: a dramatised reading, with excerpts from Verdi’s opera, I Due Foscari, performed by students of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
• Debate on the motion: ‘that Lord Byron has had no meaningful impact on European history or politics’ (proposed by Peter Cochran, opposed by Jack Gumpert Wasserman)
• Orthodox Vespers in King’s College London Chapel, sung by members of the renowned King’s College London Choir
• Reception and dinner at the House of Lords, with a guided tour of the Palace of Westminster
• Excursion to Harrow School (optional)