The International Conference on Romanticism was founded by a group of scholars from America and Europe. Its purpose as a learned society is to promote, maintain, and improve teaching, research, and related endeavors in the field of Romanticism studies, and to facilitate communication among scholars and teachers through annual meetings and publications. A forum for colleagues in literature, philosophy, history, musicology, history of science, art history, and other disciplines, the International Conference on Romanticism has an interdisciplinary and international membership. Since its inception the fundamental aim of the organization has been to pursue the study of Romanticism without favoring particular linguistic, national, or political traditions, or academic disciplines, either explicitly or implicitly. The society's meetings and publications reflect this purpose.
Essays in Romanticism is the new iteration of Prism(s): Essays in Romanticism, the first scholarly journal specifically devoted to the interdisciplinary and cross-linguistic study of Romanticism. This ICR sponsored publication is now in its twentieth year of publication. All members receive the journal as part of their membership package. Essays are evaluated under blind submission policies.
Annual Meetings are held in the fall and are hosted by a college or university or a group of cooperating schools. All meetings are interdisciplinary, and normall inclue plenary sessions and smaller presentation groups. A wide variety of participants is sought, including graduate students. A spirit of fellowship, humane intelligence, and intimacy is cultivated. Meetings have been held or are scheduled to be held in Colorado Springs, CO; Laredo, TX; Tempe AZ; Baltimore, MD; State College, PA; Milwaukee, WI; Park City, UT; Athens, GA; Santa Barbara, CA; Bloomington, IN; and Tallahassee, FL.
Awarding of Prizes is one of the most significant activites of the ICR. The Jean-Pierre Barricelli prize is given for the book judged to be the year's most distinguished contribution to Romanticism studies. Nominations are made by publishers and an international committee of scholars makes the decision. The Lore Metzger prize is awarded for the best graduate student paper presented at the annual ICR meeting.
Regular Membership fees are $60 ($20 for students) for the calendar year and include the year's issue of Prism(s), the newsletter, participation in elections, the opportunity to attend the annual meeting, and a membership directory. The membership form should be detached and returned with check or money order to the address listed. We invite you to join in helping to accomplish the goals of the conference.