The conveners include Barry Sheppard, Marcus Risdell, Michael Burden, Michael Gaunt, Sarah Meer, and Vanessa L. Rogers. Celina Fox will be delivering the keynote address, and historical gesture specialist Jed Wentz will be giving a special lecture and performance.
My paper is entitled "Succeeding the Siddons: Eliza O'Neill and the Triumph of the Romantic Style." It will explore the short but spectacular career of O'Neill, who was the subject of an earlier piece of mine that ran this year in Theatre Notebook. O'Neill embodied a number of early nineteenth-century aesthetic principles that came to be associated with Romanticism, and became the face of the artistic movement both for its practitioners and its detractors.
I've never been to Cambridge before, so I'm looking forward to it!