Edward Rushton and Romantic Liverpool: A Bicentennial Conference

14-15 November 2014 The School of the Arts, University of Liverpool, 19-23 Abercromby Square.

2014 marks the bicentenary of the death of poet Edward Rushton (1756-1814), Liverpool’s most radical voice in the Age of Revolution. Rushton was an uncompromising abolitionist and antislavery fighter, as well as a champion of human rights at large.

Liverpool is celebrating his life, writing, and legacy through exhibitions at National Museums Liverpool, new publications from Liverpool University Press, public lectures, and other events. To coincide with these activities, University of Liverpool is hosting a two-day conference which aims to evaluate critically Rushton’s life and works, and foster a new sense of the Romantic and radical writing that emerged within his home town during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

The conference is centred upon Rushton but seeks to encourage more generally the study of Liverpool during the period of his life, when the town emerged as a place of importance in an international network of trade in objects, ideas and cultures.

Confirmed speakers include: Professor John Oldfield (Director of the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull), Professor John Whale (University of Leeds), Professor Lilla Maria Crisafulli (Director of the Centro Interuniversitario per lo Studio del Romanticismo, Università degli Studi di Bologna), and Professor Paul Baines (University of Liverpool).


We acknowledge the generosity of the following organizations in funding this conference:

The Modern Humanities Research Association

Eighteenth-Century Worlds Research Centre, University of Liverpool

Centre for the Study of International Slavery, University of Liverpool

Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”

Università degli Studi di Bologna