CFP: [18th] British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (UK) (09/26/08; 01/6-8/09)

full name / name of organization: 
Brycchan Carey
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Tuesday 6 January - Thursday 8 January 2009

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

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 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

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
( You can also download the registration form and find
out more about BSECS from our website (

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 Completed
application forms should reach the Membership Secretary, Dr Gary Day, by
Friday 24 October 2008.


Academic Organiser
Dr Brycchan Carey
School of Humanities
Kingston University
Penrhyn Road
Surrey KT1 2EE

Venue Organiser
Dr. Chris Mounsey
Faculty of Arts
University of Winchester
West Hill
Winchester S022 4NR

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