BSECS: 39th annual conference, January 2010 (CFP)

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Dr. Daniel Cook / The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
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Tuesday 5 January-Thursday 7 January 2010

CFP Deadline: Friday 25 September 2009

For its 39th annual conference, to be held in Oxford from 6-8 January 2010, the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies invites proposals in either English or French 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, and for roundtable sessions of five speakers.

While proposals on all and any eighteenth-century topics are very welcome, this year the conference theme will be Time and Space. We would thus particularly welcome proposals for papers that address eighteenth-century understandings and uses of concepts of time, space, and periodisation, throughout the long eighteenth century and in any part of the world. These might include, but will not be confined to: the meanings and significance given to time in all fields from science to music; different ways of measuring time, calendars and almanacs; perceptions/representations of the past and the future, including in art and literature; models and applications of social, literary, architectural, and cosmic space; and travel and geography.

The 2010 Conference will feature plenary lectures by Roz Ballaster (Oxford); Sanja Perovic (King's, London); and Penelope Corfield (Royal Holloway)

To submit a proposal, or for more information, please visit our website at

The deadline for submission of papers and panel proposals is Friday 25 September 2009.

Twelve bursaries of £100 each will be available for graduate students whose papers have been accepted and who are studying for a higher degree 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. For further details and for the official application form, go to

For more information, visit the website at or contact Dr Jeremy Gregory at