According to their website, the International Conference on Romanticism was formally founded in 1991 after many years of discussion. The society was founded by a group of scholars from America and abroad and was incorporated as a non-profit scholarly entity in 1993. The ICR is a learned society that seeks to promote, maintain, and improve teaching, research, and related endeavors in the field of Romanticism studies, and to facilitate communication among scholars and teachers through annual meetings and publications. A forum for colleagues in literature, philosophy, history, musicology, history of science, art history, and other disciplines, the International Conference on Romanticism has an interdisciplinary and international membership. Since its inception the fundamental aim of the organization has been to pursue the study of Romanticism without favoring particular linguistic, national, or political traditions, or academic disciplines, either explicitly or implicitly. The society’s meetings and publications reflect this purpose.
Essays in Romanticism is the new iteration of Prism(s): Essays in Romanticism, the first scholarly journal specifically devoted to the interdisciplinary and cross-linguistic study of Romanticism. This ICR sponsored publication is now in its twentieth year of publication.