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University of Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway
June 20-22, 2024

This event, co-hosted by the University of Notre Dame, Keats-Shelley House, and the University of Colorado Boulder, will take place at the University of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway, a state-of-the-art research/teaching/conference facility located within steps of the Colosseum and offering spectacular views of the Colosseum from its rooftop terrace.

Speakers will expand upon Marilyn Butler’s seminal investigation of a romantic “Cult of the South,” based in Italy, to address Byron’s personal, poetic, and political interactions with a wider range of cultures throughout the Mediterranean Rim: Portugal, Spain, Albania, Greece, the Balkans, and Turkey, as well as Italy. This broader cultural focus opens new critical pathways for exploring a large array of revolutionary aesthetic and political initiatives crucial to the development of European Romanticism and highly relevant for our own historical moment two centuries later.

Symposium activities will include a guided tour of the major Byron exhibition to be held at the Keats-Shelley House on the Spanish Steps of Rome and a special presentation on the new Museo Byron in Ravenna (opening in 2024).

The Symposium program is now finalized, but additional attendees are heartily welcome. Symposium registration is open to all at no charge. A list of global Byron Bicentenary Celebrations is available through The Byron Society.

For additional information, contact Symposium co-organizers Greg Kucich and Jeffrey Cox.