The annual meeting of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies is Europe’s largest and most prestigious annual conference dealing with all aspects of the history, literature, and culture of the long eighteenth century.
We invite proposals for papers and sessions dealing with any aspect of the long eighteenth century, not only in Britain, but also throughout Europe and the wider world. Proposals are invited for individual papers, for fully comprised panels of three papers, for roundtable sessions of five speakers, and for ‘alternative format’ sessions of your devising.
While proposals on all and any eighteenth-century topics are welcome, this year the conference theme will be ‘Eighteenth-Century Lives’. We would thus particularly welcome proposals for papers that address any aspect of life writing or personal experiences, whether individual or group, throughout the long eighteenth century and in any part of the world.
The 2009 conference will feature plenary addresses by Margot Finn (University of Warwick) and Jack Lynch (Rutgers University).
Please submit a 200-word abstract of the proposed paper, panel, or roundtable (including names of speakers, panel chair, and summaries of papers in the case of comprised panels and roundtables) via the BSECS website at http://www.bsecs.org.uk. Papers should be 20 minutes long, while roundtable talks are normally around 10 minutes in length.
The official languages of the conference are English and French. Presentations in other languages are acceptable if transcripts in English or French are available for the audience.
The deadline for submission of papers and panel proposals is Friday 26 September 2008.
All enquiries regarding the academic programme of the conference should be addressed to the Programme Coordinator: Dr. Brycchan Carey (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You will be notified whether your proposal has been accepted by Monday 27 October 2008. If you are travelling from outside the UK and need an earlier decision, please mention this in your proposal and we shall endeavour to reach a decision earlier in order to facilitate your travel arrangements. The deadline for conference registration will be Friday 21 November 2008. To attend the conference without giving a paper, request an application form direct from the Venue Organiser, Dr. Chris Mounsey (email@example.com). You can also download the registration form and find out more about BSECS from our website (http://www.bsecs.org.uk).
BSECS is proud to be able to support scholars to attend this conference. Twelve bursaries of £100 each will be available for graduate students whose papers have been accepted and who are registered for a higher degree at a higher education institution within the European Union. In addition, accommodation costs and the conference fee will be waived for up to six established scholars whose papers have been accepted and who are from countries whose institutions may not normally have the resources to support staff attendance at conferences in Western Europe. Applications for bursaries should be made on the official application form, which is available from http://www.bsecs.org.uk.
Dr Brycchan Carey
BSECS Academic Organiser
School of Humanities
Surrey KT1 2EE
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