Dipartimento di Scienze della Formazione

Still Blundering Into Sense”: Maria Edgeworth, Her Context, Her Legacy


Rome, December 15-16, 2017 


We are pleased to invite contributions for the forthcoming conference “Still Blundering Into Sense”: Maria Edgeworth, Her Context, Her Legacy, that will be hosted by the Department of Education, Università Roma Tre (Roma, Italia), to celebrate Maria Edgeworth’s 250th anniversary. The conference will be the occasion to present unpublished papers and works in progress on Maria Edgeworth, her contemporaries and her legacy in the many fields she explored, and inspired people to work on. In parallel with the 250th anniversary of Edgeworth’s birth, the conference also intends to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of the novel Harrington, recently translated into Italian by Raffaella Leproni with an introduction by Carla De Petris. 

The conference will be held under the patronage of the Edgeworth’s Society, CRISIS (Centro di Ricerca Interdipartimentale per gli Studi Irlandesi e Scozzesi – Roma Tre), of Studi irlandesi. A Journal of Irish Studies (Università di Firenze), AIA (Associazione Italiana di Anglistica), and ANDA (Associazione Nazionale Docenti di Anglistica). 

Ian Campbell Ross (Trinity College Dublin), Aileen Douglas (Trinity College Dublin), and Susan Manly (University of St Andrews) have agreed to give a talk for the conference; Eiléan Nì Chuilleanain, our guest within the EFACIS (European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies) Irish Itinerary program, will offer a talk, and a reading of some of her poems on Edgeworth. 


 We invite scholars dealing with the formidable Maria to send proposals for a 20-minute contribution. Related topics include, but are not limited to: 

- The Language of Maria Edgeworth 

- Edgeworth and Ireland / Irishness 

- Edgeworth and/in Italy 

- Conceptions of Education in Maria Edgeworth 

- Maria Edgeworth as an Educator 

- Edgeworth and her Contemporaries 

- Edgeworth and her Legacy 

- Edgeworth’s Reception in Italy / Ireland / England 

- Edgeworth and Post-Colonial Studies 

- Edgeworth and Gender Studies 

- Women, education, society in Edgeworth’s times 

- Maria Edgeworth vs Mary Wollstonecraft 

- The Fortune of Maria Edgeworth 

- Edgeworth and the Tradition of the Novel 



An abstract of maximum 250 words in English and a short bio-note should be sent by 10th September to 250edgeworth@uniroma3.it . Accepted speakers will be notified by 30th September; they will be kindly asked to pre-register for the conference within 31st October, filling the form which will be provided and paying the early-bird fee (30€). Selected papers will be published. For any queries and further information, please contact 250edgeworth@uniroma3.it. 

deadline extension


Deadline for proposal submission: 

Proposal submission: 30th September, 2017 

Notification of acceptance: 15th October, 2017 

Speaker’s contribution fee deadline:15th November, 2017 

Conference dates: 15th-16th December 2017 

Venue: Department of Education, Università Roma Tre (Roma, Italia) 

Scientific Committee: Raffaella Leproni (Università Roma Tre), Fabio Luppi (Università Guglielmo Marconi); Carla De Petris (Università Roma Tre); Fiorenzo Fantaccini (Università di Firenze); Liliosa Azara (Università Roma Tre). 

Pubblicata il: 28/8/2017