CFP for John Keats: Poet-Physician, Physician-Poet, 1815-1821 (Abstracts by 15th January; conference runs 1st to 3rd May at Guy’s Hospital London)

keats cfpProposals are invited for 20-minute papers for the second bicentenary conference of the Keats Foundation. The conference will be held from the afternoon of Friday 1 until the evening of Sunday 3 May 2015 at Guy’s Hospital London. The conference marks the 200th anniversary of John Keats enrolling to study medicine at Guy’s Hospital in 1815. 

Confirmed speakers include Druin Birch, Jeffrey Cox, Stuart Curran, Damian Walford Davies, Jenny Uglow, and R. S. White.

Delegates will visit the surroundings of Guy’s Hospital, including the celebrated John Keats statue in the quadrangle. One of the receptions will be held in the Old Operating Theatre at Guy’s, giving participants an opportunity to gather around the operating table with glasses of wine. A second reception and buffet-banquet will be held in private, wood-panelled rooms at the historic seventeenth-century George Inn – London’s only surviving galleried inn.

Proposals for 20-minute papers are invited, under the broad heading of ‘John Keats: Poet-Physician / Physician-Poet’. The organisers particularly welcome papers on the relation of Keats’s poetry, letters, life and times to any of the following:

  • Medicine  / poetry and medicine
  • Romantic-era hospitals
  • Medical training
  • Surgery / dissection / anatomy
  • Prescriptions and the pharmacopoeia
  • Infection / disease
  • Tuberculosis / consumption
  • Healing
  • Women’s health
  • Medical texts
  • Wounds
  • Nerves
  • Mercury
  • Hypochondria
  • Melancholia
  • Hallucination and drugs

This list offers some starting points for presentations and is not intended to limit possible topics. For obvious reasons, however, all papers should have a Keatsian focus.

Please send 200-word proposals as an email attached document to the conference administrator, Hrileena Ghosh (, by 15 January 2015. Please ensure that your proposal is headed with your paper title, your name, institutional affiliation, and an e-mail contact address. Acceptances will be issued by 31 January at the latest; please let us know if you have a deadline for travel or funding.

For more information, please download the full CFP and conference information here.

The conference is organised by Professor Nick Roe, Professor Marggraf Turley, and Sarah Wootton.


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