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ollowing on our inaugural meeting in April 2022 and our second in 2023, we are thrilled to announce that the Anne Lister Society will reconvene for its third conference, 5-6 April 2024, in Halifax, U.K, during the events of Anne Lister Birthday Week.

Launched in the summer of 2020, the society aims to foster knowledge of Lister's extraordinary life and writings and to interpret her legacy. It seeks to nourish conversation among scholars and to build conversations between scholars and Lister's wider readership and expanding network of invested enthusiasts. By encouraging research and greater understanding of her way of inhabiting the world, the Society aims to establish and sustain Anne Lister's place—both in the cultural tradition and for the future.

We now seek proposals for papers on any subject related to Anne Lister and the diverse contexts for interpreting her life and writings. This year, we also especially encourage proposals focusing on Lister’s life in Paris—from her intellectual purposes, to her social hopes and sexual opportunities, to the rhythms of her daily life. How did Lister represent Paris, and how did Paris shape the horizons of her thought? Given the ranging areas of knowledge touched by the extraordinary written record she left us across her life, we hope to hear papers and analysis from across the disciplines and from interdisciplinary perspectives.

Please send a descriptive paper title and a 400-word abstract (specifying the materials that would be the focus of a 20-minute paper, and your basic approach to analyzing and interpreting those materials) and either your CV or 400-word research-oriented biography in a single PDF to Prof Laurie Shannon ( by 25 October 2023.

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Last modified 19 September 2023