The North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) was founded at the University of Western Ontario in 1991 by a group of faculty members and graduate students. NASSR was established to provide a forum for the discussion of a wide variety of theoretical approaches to Romantic works of all genres and disciplines. NASSR members from North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia work in a wide range of disciplines, including History, Art History, Women's Studies, Philosophy, Music, Political Economy, and Literature; their interests encompass American, Canadian, English, French, German, Irish, Italian, Russian, Scottish, and Spanish Romanticism.
NASSR sponsors regular conferences on subjects relevant to the international and interdisciplinary study of Romanticism, and is particularly eager to forge interdisciplinary and international ties through associations with other academic societies. Its inaugural 1993 conference at the University of Western Ontario, "Romanticism and the Ideologies of Genre," was followed by conferences at Duke University (1994), University of Maryland-Baltimore County (1995), University of Massachussets -Boston and Boston College (1996), McMaster University (1997), St. Mary's University College (1998, joint with BARS), Dalhousie University (1999, dovetailed with IGA), the three campuses of the University of Arizona (2000), and the University of Washington (2001). NASSR's 10th annual conference returned to the University of Western Ontario (2002), followed by "Placing Romanticism: Sites, Borders, Forms" (2003) at Fordham University (New York), "Romantic Cosmopolitanism" (2004) a tthe University of Colorado-Boulder, and most recently the second NASSR conference to be dovetailed with the International Gothic Association, "Deviance and Defiance" (Montreal, 2005). The 2006 conference, “Scientia and Techne” was the first NASSR conference to be dovetailed with the North American Victorian Studies Association ( Purdue University , 2006). The second joint NASSR/British Association for Romantic Studies conference, “Emancipation, Liberation, Freedom,” was held July 26-29, 2007 , at the University of Bristol. For details of all past and planned NASSR conferences, see NASSR Conferences.
The Executive Committee consists of James Allard (Brock University; Secretary-Treasurer), Frederick Burwick (UCLA, ex officio), Angela Esterhammer (University of Toronto), Joel Faflak (University of Western Ontario), Nicholas Mason (Brigham Young University, ex officio), Jonathan Mulrooney (College of the Holy Cross, ex officio) and Tilottama Rajan (University of Western Ontario).
Members will receive the NASSR Newsletter, information about NASSR conferences, the annual Members' Directory, and a subscription to the interdisciplinary journal, European Romantic Review. Members with e-mail accounts also have access to a computer network for Romanticists through which they can exchange information with their colleagues. Memberships are effective from 1 January to 31 December. To get a membership form, click here, or contact NASSR through one of the addresses listed on the Contact NASSR page.
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