About the Organisers


Paul Stephens

Paul is a Junior Dean and DPhil student at Lincoln College, Oxford (2016-2020). His doctoral thesis is entitled ‘P. B. Shelley and the Economic Imagination’, and examines the poet’s work through the disciplinary lens of economic philosophy. He is the Treasurer of the Charles Lamb Society, and the current ECR Representative on the BARS Committee, for whom he co-organised the BARS Postgraduate Conference in 2018. He has taught and tutored at Oxford and for the Advanced Studies in England institute, and published articles and reviews in The Review of English Studies, the European Journal of English Studies, and The Keats-Shelley Review.

Amanda Blake Davis

Amanda is a PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield (2016-2020) researching androgyny in the poetry and prose of Percy Bysshe Shelley. She is a Postgraduate Representative on the BARS Committee. Amanda is a Social Media Associate for the Keats-Shelley Association of America, having previously served as a Communications Fellow (2018-2019). She co-organised the University of Sheffield’s Arts and Humanities Postgraduate Colloquium (2017), the University of Leeds’ New Directions in Nineteenth-Century Periodical Studies Conference (2019), and is co-organising The Shelley Conference (2022).

Colette Davies

Colette is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. Her research focuses on the Minerva Press and female authorship primarily in the 1790s. She is a Postgraduate Representative on the BARS Committee. Colette co-founded the UoN Romanticism reading group at Nottingham and is currently one of the contributors for the Romantic Novel section for the Year’s Work in English Studies. She also was part of the Conference Organising Team for the BARS 2019 Conference hosted by the University of Nottingham.


Alastair Dawson

Alastair is a PhD candidate at the University of Southampton and Cardiff University.  His research explores the cross-Channel educational discourse of eighteenth-century female writers in Britain and France.  Alastair is currently co-convenor of the Southampton Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies research forum.

Vinita Singh

Vinita Singh is a PhD student at the School of English, University of Leeds. Her thesis is titled, ‘Childhood Sickness, Health, and the Body in British Romantic Writing, 1780-1830’ and is generously funded by the Leeds International Research Scholarship. Her areas of research interest are childhood, health, sickness and the body in the long eighteenth century.