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British Society For Eighteenth-Century Studies
PostGraduate and Early-Career Scholars' Conference

23-24 July, 2014

Hosted in affiliation with Ca' Foscari University of Venice, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies. Further information on the conference programme, venue, and accommodation can be found at


The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies annual postgraduate and early-career scholars’ conference provides a forum for researchers working on all aspects of the history, literature and culture of the long eighteenth century. In 2014 our conference will be held at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy. Information on the programme and accommodation will be made available at

Whilst proposals on all and any eighteenth-century topics are welcome, the conference theme this year is ‘Encounters’. We therefore particularly welcome proposals for papers that address any aspect of this theme throughout the long eighteenth century and in any part of the world.

We invite proposals for individual papers, for full panels of three papers, and for roundtable sessions. We would also encourage proposals for workshops and presentations in other innovative formats.

Topics of interest may include (but are not limited to):
  • meetings and meeting places
  • boundaries, borders and thresholds
  • foreignness, alterity, otherness
  • encounters with the natural and artificial worlds
  • trade and transactions
  • modes of encounter, agency and spectatorship
  • encounters as narrative structure and impetus
  • travel and tourism
  • confrontations and hostile encounters
  • sensibility and philanthropy
  • anthropology and exploration
  • surprise and coincidence
  • the unknown, the supernatural and the gothic

Paper proposals of around 300 words should be submitted by 30 April 2014. Panel proposal submissions should include the full name, affiliation, and email addresses of all participants. Please contact us in advance if you have any queries.

To submit a proposal, or for further information, email the postgraduate representatives, Emma and Helen, at


For more information please contact


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