Byron and the Mediterranean “Cult of the South”: A Bicentennial Symposium

University of Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway

June 20-22, 2024

Symposium Speakers

James Chandler, University of Chicago
Jeffrey N. Cox, University of Colorado Boulder
Lilla Crisafulli, University of Bologna
Greg Kucich, University of Notre Dame
Richard Lansdown, University of Tasmania
Piya Pal-Lapinski, Bowling Green State
Jerome McGann, University of Virginia
Peter Manning, Stony Brook University

Anne Mellor, UCLA
Omar Miranda, University of San Francisco
Nicholas Roe, University of St. Andrews
Diego Saglia, University of Parma
Maria Schoina, Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki
Andrew Stauffer, University of Virginia
Clara Tuite, University of Melbourne
Susan Wolfson, Princeton University

This event, co-sponsored by the University of Notre Dame and the University of Colorado Boulder, will take place at the University of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway, a state-of-the-art research/teaching/conference facility located within steps of the Colosseum and offering spectacular views of the Colosseum from its rooftop terrace.  Venue website:

Speakers will expand upon Marilyn Butler’s seminal investigation of a romantic “cult of the south” to address Byron’s personal, poetic, and political interactions with a wider range of cultures throughout the Mediterranean Rim: Portugal, Spain, Albania, Greece, the Balkans, and Turkey, as well as Italy.  This broader cultural focus opens new critical pathways for exploring a large array of revolutionary aesthetic and political initiatives crucial to the development of European Romanticism and highly relevant for our own historical moment two centuries later. 

Symposium activities will include a guided tour of the major Byron exhibition to be held at the Keats-Shelley Museum House on the Spanish Steps of Rome ( and a link to the new Museo Byron in Ravenna (opening in 2024). 

The Symposium program has been finalized, but additional attendees are heartily welcome.  More detailed announcements on Symposium registration (open to all at no charge) and website launch are forthcoming.  For additional information, contact Symposium co-organizers:

Greg Kucich

Jeffrey Cox