Following the success of the 2017 Shelley Conference, the 2022 Shelley Conference will mark the bicentenary of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s death by celebrating his life, works, and afterlives.

The Shelley Conference will be held in the Nightingale Room of Keats House, London, from 8-9 July 2022.

About the Organisers

Dr Anna Mercer is a Lecturer in English Literature at Cardiff University. She specialises in Romanticism, and is especially interested in the Shelleys, literary relationships, women writers, and manuscript studies. Her first monograph The Collaborative Literary Relationship of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was published by Routledge in 2019. Anna works with Keats House in Hampstead, is the Director of Communications for the Keats-Shelley Association of America (K-SAA), and is also the Communications Officer for the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS). Anna is currently working on two books with Oxford University Press: Mary Shelley: Oxford Authors and the Shelleys’ joint work History of a Six Weeks’ Tour (the latter in collaboration with Cian Duffy), as well as producing an edited facsimile edition of the Shelleys’ notebook ‘MSS 13,290’ in the Library of Congress with Bysshe Coffey and Nora Crook. You can find her on Twitter @annamercer_.

Dr Bysshe Inigo Coffey is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Balliol College, University of Oxford. He is the author of Shelley’s Broken World: Fractured Materiality and Intermitted Song (published by Liverpool University Press, 2021), and assists Nora Crook with volume 8 of The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley (Johns Hopkins University Press). He is responsible for Shelley’s translations from the Greek. With Nora Crook and Anna Mercer, he is preparing an edition of the Shelley notebook at the Library of Congress (MSS. 13, 290). Dr Coffey has been a Huntington Fellow, an Armstrong Browning Library Visiting Scholar, and he was awarded a Carl H. Pforzheimer Jr., Research Grant by the Keats-Shelley Society of America in 2021. He has been commissioned to produce a two-part documentary on Percy Bysshe Shelley for BBC Radio 4, and with the University of Oxford he is building an annotated image gallery of illustrated editions of Shelley’s poetry and visual representations of the poet. 

Dr Amanda Blake Davis is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in English Literature at the University of Derby and an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of English at the University of Sheffield, where she was awarded her PhD in 2020. She is currently preparing her first monograph, Shelley and Androgyny. Her postdoctoral project at the University of Derby explores drawings of trees and other botanical figures in Percy Bysshe Shelley’s manuscripts through what she terms the poet’s intermedial ecology. Since 2019, Amanda has served on the Executive of the British Association for Romantic Studies as a Postgraduate Representative, after having served as a Communications Fellow for the Keats-Shelley Association of America from 2018-2019. She has published articles in the Keats-Shelley Review, English: Journal of the English Association, and Romanticism on the Net, and her article, ‘“Ephemeral are gay gulps of laughter”: P. B. Shelley, Louis MacNeice, and the Ambivalence of Laughter’, won the 2020 English Association Essay Prize.

Dr Paul Stephens is a postdoctoral ECR and Junior Dean at Lincoln College, Oxford. His thesis examined the connections between economics and epistemology in the work of Percy Bysshe Shelley. He has taught various courses in eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature at Oxford and beyond, and tutors weekly classes at Oxford’s Department for Continuing Education. He also serves as a Trustee and Treasurer of The Charles Lamb Society and as Assistant Treasurer of BSECS. He is currently preparing his first monograph, Shelley and the Economic Imagination, and is researching a new study entitled ‘Romanticism and the Spectre of Debt’. Before coming to Oxford, he was educated at local state schools and worked for several years as an accountant for Iron Maiden.

Advisory Board: Professor Kelvin Everest (University of Liverpool), Professor Sharon Ruston (Lancaster University), Dr Will Bowers (Queen Mary University of London), Dr Madeleine Callaghan (University of Sheffield).

Postgraduate Helpers: Laura Blunsden and Ana Romanelli.