The BARS Early Career and Postgraduate Conference is currently held biennially in even-numbered years. It provides a friendly forum in which researchers can present their work, learn about professional practices, and connect with their contemporaries. It is organised by the Early Career and Postgraduate representatives on the BARS Executive.
Dr Honor Rieley (BARS Early Career Representative)
Honor is a Tutor in the Department of Scottish Literature at Glasgow. She has also taught at the Universities of Dundee and Strathclyde and was the Research Assistant for the Carnegie-funded project ‘The People’s Voice: Scottish Political Poetry, Song and the Franchise, 1832–1918’. (It’s a great resource, she said with a complete absence of bias! You should check it out!) She got her DPhil from Oxford in 2017; her thesis was entitled ‘Writing Emigration: Canada in Scottish Romanticism, 1802–1840’. As this suggests, her research focuses on early-nineteenth-century Scottish and transatlantic literature, with a particular interest in writing about the processes of emigration and settlement, across a variety of genres (emigrant’s guides, travel narratives, periodicals, the novel).
Paul Stephens (BARS Postgraduate Representative)
Paul is a D.Phil candidate and Warden at Lincoln College, Oxford. His doctoral thesis examines the poetry and prose of Percy Bysshe Shelley through the disciplinary lens of economic philosophy, exploring how the poet’s understanding of concepts such as debt, exchange, and value are conditioned by his metaphysics and epistemology. His broader research interests focus upon the literature, philosophy, and economics of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Paul’s research is funded by an AHRC-Sloane Robinson Foundation Studentship. Before commencing his D.Phil, he spent several years as a member of the finance team for heavy metal band Iron Maiden.