47th International Byron Conference

2022, Moscow, Russia



The current expectation is that this event will be in-person, however this will depend on the Covid-19 situation in 2022. There is a chance this event will be changed to become a hybrid event, or possibly totally online. We will update this page with new information as it becomes available.

Enquiries: contact@thebyronsociety.com   

“A poet in Russia is more than a poet,” as Yevgeny Yevtushenko, a renowned Russian poet, once noted. It is impossible to overestimate the impact which Byron, the prominent Romantic figure, has had on progressive and humane thought in Russia and throughout the world.

In the 1820s, Prince Pyotr A. Vyazemsky expressed his admiration for Byron’s writing, highly commending the poet’s commitment to the principles of liberty and freedom. Vyazemsky’s perception of Byron as a man who stood up against the oppressors, protecting the disadvantaged, draws attention to the way in which the colors of his Romanticism often merged with political colors.

As Byron phrases it:
‘Oh, reader! If that thou canst read, – and know,
‘Tis not enough to spell, or even to read,
To constitute a reader; there must go
Virtues of which both you and I have need.
Firstly, begin with the beginning – (though
That clause is hard); and secondly, proceed;
Thirdly, commence not with the end – or, sinning
In this sort, end at least with the beginning.’ (Don Juan, XIII, 73)

Among admirers of Byron’s wit and passion one finds Alexander Pushkin and the Decembrists. As the legend has it, Mikhail Yu. Lermontov, in order to read Byron in the original, learned English. Famous writers, revolutionaries, philosophers, historians, artists, composers, travelers, and inventors belong to the international community known as Byron’s readership, and Byron’s brisk and alluring verse style has attracted readers of different nationalities from all ways of life.

The 47th conference of the International Associations of Byron Societies will be devoted to Byron’s poetic legacy echoing throughout the world.

The conference organisers welcome 20-minute papers on topics including, but not necessarily limited to:

  • Byron as an avid reader
  • Poets as readers and readers as poets (i.e. Goethe, Mickiewicz, Merezhkovsky, Rimbaud)
  • Byron and various scholarly theorists (i.e. Bakhtin, Foucault, Umberto Eco)
  • Byron for Western and Eastern readers
  • Byron and scientific literature
  • Byron, libraries and archives
  • Byron reading women and women reading Byron
  • Byron’s take on history and on historical figures
  • Philosophers, artists and composers as Byron’s readers and interpreters
  • Reading Byron within specific political and cultural contexts
  • Reading Byron as a soul-lifting experience
  • Readers idealizing and demonizing Byron
  • Byron for young readers.

Travel Bursaries

The International Association of Byron Societies will be providing four bursaries of $500 each to facilitate with Visa costs and travel expenses, which can run $200 or more. The deadline for application for a bursary is Feb. 1, 2022. Further details regarding eligibility requirements and the application process will be available shortly.

We will have the official conference website and email account set up shortly, but in the interim please send any enquiries to contact@thebyronsociety.com.