Keynote speakers

Adriana Cracuin is Emma MacLachlan Metcalf Chair of Humanities at Boston University. She specializes in eighteenth and nineteenth-century British literature and culture, with current research in Arctic humanities, exploration studies, science studies, historical geography, history of collecting, Enlightenment, history of the book and of authorship. Her most recent book, Writing Arctic Disaster: Authorship and Exploration (Cambridge UP, 2016) uncovers a rich textual and material archive of Arctic exploration culture from the 17th century through to our own era of renewed interest in exploration’s contentious legacies. She is also the author of Fatal Women of Romanticism (Cambridge UP, 2003) and British Women Writers and the French Revolution: Citizens of the World (Palgrave, 2005), which focused on women writers’ significant contributions to Romantic-era thinking on the body, gender, revolutionary politics, and cosmopolitanism. She is the editor of several essay collections and editions, most recently the volume The Material Cultures of Enlightenment Arts and Sciences, co-edited with Simon Schaffer (2016), and the special issue of Eighteenth-Century Studies on The Disorder of Things (2011), which explored how studying material culture and collecting transform our understandings of the Enlightenment and 18th-century studies.


Seth Reno is an Assistant Professor of English Literature at Auburn University, Montgomery. He specializes in British Romanticism, ecocriticism, affect studies, and Anthropocene studies. He is the author of Amorous Aesthetics: Intellectual Love in Romantic Poetry and Poetics, 1788-1853 (Liverpool UP, 2018), and co-editor of Wordsworth and the Green Romantics: Affect and Ecology in the Nineteenth Century (University of New Hampshire Press, 2016). Current projects include a monograph on the literary and artistic history of the Anthropocene, tentatively titled Representing Climate Change, 1784-2015, and a special volume of Romantic Circles Praxis Series on “Romanticism and Affect Studies.” He has also published a number of articles on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and art.