Romantic Realignments is one of the longest-running research seminars in Oxford.

Past speakers have included Marilyn Butler, Gerard Carruthers, David Chandler, Heather Glen, Paul Muldoon, Philip Shaw, Fiona Stafford and Peter Swaab, to name but a few.

All are very welcome to submit an abstract — we aim to provide a friendly 'workshop' setting in which speakers can try out new papers as well as more finished pieces, and in which lively discussion can flourish.

Held on Thursdays at 5.15pm, Seminar Room A, St Cross (English Faculty) Building.

If you would like to send us an abstract or suggest a speaker, please contact the current convenors Katherine Fender, Sarah Goode and Honor Rieley at:


Week Six -Thursday 21st February

Coleridge and the 'sentient brain'
Dr Huw Price

Dr Price began his academic studies in the sciences, studying Human Sciences at UCL and then gaining an MSc in Neuroscience at Oxford. His work then shifted to history, in which he gained his doctorate entitled "The Emergence of the Doctrine of the "Sentient Brain" in Britain, 1650-1850". At this week’s seminar Dr Price will be focusing on Coleridge’s concept of the “Sentient Brain”, a phrase which appeared in his 1794 poem ‘Religious Musings’. He has published both scientific and historical articles and a chapter on "Priestley and Theories of the Brain" in J. S. Birch and J.Lee (eds). Joseph Priestley: A Celebration of His Life and Legacy (2007), pp. 206-213.

5.15, Ferrar room, Hertford College, Oxford.
All welcome.

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