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Society Prizes and Awards


The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies awards several annual prizes for contributions to eighteenth-century studies:

For Graduates and Early Career Scholars

The British Society for 18th-century Studies Research Fellowships

British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies / Bodleian Libraries Fellowships
With the Bodleian Libraries, the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies supports a one-month residence in Oxford by a  member of BSECS for research in the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries on any topic in the study of the long eighteenth century. 

Further particulars, including eligibility criteria and details of the application process, are available from the website of the Centre for the Study of the Book, Bodleian Library, or by email : bookcentre@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0) 1865 277006

Applications open: 1 September in any year

Deadline: 17 January in any year.

The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies / The Georgian Group, Dunscombe Colt Research Fellowship at the Bodleian Library

Research Fellowship at the Bodleian Library
With The Georgian Group, the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies supports a one-month research visit by a member of The Georgian Group to the Special Collections of the Bodleian Library in the University of Oxford. Applications will be considered from candidates seeking to research projects relating to the architecture or material culture (for example, sculpture) of the long eighteenth century (1660-1840).

Further particulars, including eligibility criteria and details of the application process, are available from the website of the Centre for the Study of the Book, Bodleian Library, or by email : bookcentre@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0) 1865 277006

Applications open: 1 September in any year

Deadline: 17 January in any year.

 

The BSECS Prize for Digital Resources

The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies is pleased to call for nominations for the annual prize for the best digital resource supporting eighteenth- century studies.

The prize is sponsored by Adam Matthew Digital, and is judged and awarded by BSECS.

This prize promotes the highest standards in the development, utility and presentation of digital resources that assist scholars in the field of eighteenth-century studies broadly defined. Nominated resources should meet the highest academic standards and should contribute in one or more of the following ways:

  • by making available new materials, or presenting existing materials in new ways;
  • by supporting teaching of the period at university level;
  • by facilitating, or itself undertaking, innovative research.

The prize is intended to benefit the international research community, and the competition is open to projects from any country. Resources supporting any scholarly discipline are eligible. Websites or other resources and projects may be nominated by either creators or users. They must have been first launched on or after 1 January five years prior to the year in which the prize is awarded. The winner will be announced at the BSECS Annual Conference.

The award of £200 is made annually. The winner is announced at the annual conference in January.

Nominations open: 1 September in any year

Deadline: 13 December in any year

 

The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Teaching Prize

The aim of the prize is to encourage developments in teaching methods and approaches to 18th-century studies. The proposals may cover any areas of the discipline, be an entirely new course, a unit within an existing course, or a course newly taught. While proposals are welcome from all disciplines within 18th-century studies, weight will be given to those which combine a number of disciplines or areas of research.

The submission should consist of:

  1. a consideration of the proposed course or area of study.
  2. a brief outline of the course.
  3. a syllabus for the course.

The award of £200 is made annually. The winner will be announced on 1 March.

Nominations open: 1 September in any year

Deadline: 17 January in any year

 

The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies President's Prize

The President's Prize is awarded to the best postgraduate paper at the Annual Conference in January, as nominated by the session chairs and adjudicated by a special panel, which assesses for evidence of originality, rigour and presentational skills.

The award of £200 is made annually. The winner is announced on 1 March.

 

The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship, with The Queen Mary Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies

The aim of the Fellowship is provide support for an early career researchers: any doctoral student at a British university in their second year of study and above; and any post-doctoral researcher normally resident in Britain, within five years of the award of their PhD. It will normally involve the Fellow in research in libraries and archives in London, and also in making contacts with researchers at The Queen Mary Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies

More information can be found at http://www.qmul.ac.uk/eighteenthcentury:

 

The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Travelling Award, with the Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment

The British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies/Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment Travelling Award is open to any postgraduate enrolled in a higher education institution in the United Kingdom for research in France on any subject.

The award of £500 is made annually.

Nominations open: 1 September in any year

Deadline: 17 January in any year

 

The Birmingham Eighteenth-Century Centre with The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Postgraduate Travel Award

The award is designed to support a doctoral researcher enrolled at a UK university or postdoctoral researcher normally resident in the UK in visiting and using the eighteenth-century resources of the Cadbury Research Library at the University of Birmingham. The extensive eighteenth-century holdings of this collection are detailed here:

The closing date for applications is 17 January 2014, and the award must be taken up before 11th July 2014.

To apply, please follow this link: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/18c/research/Postgraduate-Travel-Award.aspx.

 

The Haydn Mason Lecture

British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

The Mason lecture was established to mark the retirement of Haydn Mason, a former President of BSECS, from the Ashley Watkins Chair of French at the University of Bristol in 1994. Taking place every two years at the Annual Conference, its focus is on the European Enlightenment, with a preference for a French perspective to honour Mason's work. The lecture is designed to promote the work of an early-career scholar, who already has a track record of distinction.

By invitation.

 

The BSECS Bursaries for attendance at the Annual Conference

British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies awards a number of bursaries and fee waivers for attendance at the annual conference. For further details, please follow the links below.

There are also two dedicated Postgraduate Awards, the Thomas Kymer Award to support, in the first instance, a Canadian student attending the annual conference, and the Michael Burden Bursary to support, in the first instance, a musician attending the annual conference.

 

Past holders of Awards

 

Past holders of The Birmingham Eighteenth-Century Centre with The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Postgraduate Travel Award

  • 2014: Freya Gowrley (University of Edinburgh) The sociability of things: women, material culture and domestic space in Britain, 1760-1820

 

Past presenters of the Haydn Mason Lecture

  • 2014: Dr Jérôme Brillaud, Lecturer in French Studies, School of Arts Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester
    "Parisian Pleasure Domes: Theatre Architecture and Sensory Pleasures in Eighteenth-Century France"
  • 2012: Anne Lewis (Birkbeck College, University of London)
    'Picturing "Nature": Landscape & Memory in Illustrations to Rousseau's Julie, ou La Nouvelle Héloïse (Gravelot, Marillier, Monsiau, Schall)'
  • 2010: Sanja Perovic (King's College, London)
    '"New Time" and the French Revolution'
  • 2008: Rebecca Ford (University of Nottingham)
    'Cyclops and Civilisation': Visiting the Workplace in Enlightenment France.'
  • 2006: David McCallam (University of Sheffield)
    'Exploring Volcanoes in the Late French Enlightenment: The Savant and the Sublime'
  • 2004: Richard Clay (Nottingham)
    'The transformation of signs: Iconoclasm and spatial coding in Revolutionary Paris'
  • 2002: Rachel Cowgill (University of Leeds)
    '"Wild, capricious, and not always pleasing": Mozart and Musical Genius in Late Eighteenth-Century England"
  • 2000: Kimberly Chrisman (University of Aberdeen)
    'The Face of Fashion: Milliners in Eighteenth-Century Visual Culture'
  • 1998: Mark Ledbury (University of Portsmouth)
    'Serious Parody: Jacques Louis David and Pre-Revolutionary Drama''
  • 1996: Jenny Mander (University of Cambridge)
    'The Pedagogic Circle: Reading and the Eighteenth-Century French Novel'

 

Past holders of The British Society for 18th-century Studies Research Fellowships

  • 2014 Claire Gallien (to the BSECS/Bodleian Libraries Fellowships) for 'Orientalism in the making'
  • 2013 Rachel M. Schneider, University of Texas at Austin (to the BSECS/Bodleian Libraries Fellowships) ‘Contesting Fragments: Print, Politics, and Graphic Design in Eighteenth-Century England.’
  • 2012 Eliza O'Brien (to the BSECS/Bodleian Libraries Fellowships) for Imprisonment and the British Political Novel: Writing to Reform in the 1790s
  • 2011 Simon Mills (to the BSECS/Bodleian Libraries Fellowships) for The Levant in Eighteenth-Century England
  • 2010 John Stone (to the BSECS Fellowships) for Scottish merchants in late eighteenth-century Spain

 

Past holders of The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies / The Georgian Group, Dunscombe Colt Research Fellowship at the Bodleian Library

  • 2014 David McKinstry (The Georgian Group) for Interpreting Urban Italy: English Responses to Post-Antique Architecture in the Early Nineteenth Century
  • 2013 Peter Lindfield-Ott (University of St Andrews) for Gothic histories and buildings of the long eighteenth century
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    Past winners of The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Prize for Digital Resources

     

    Past winners of The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Teaching Prize

    2014 to:

    • Pilar Diez del Corral Corredoira for After Bernini, the Deluge: Artistic and Cultural Milieu in the Awakening of the Grand Tour

    2013 Jointly to:

    2012 Not awarded

    2011 to:

    • Clare Brant for ' Representing the Eighteenth-Century: Ideas, Objects, Texts, Arts'. Download Course

     

    Past winners of The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies President's Prize

    2014 to:

    • Alison S. Cotti-Lowell (Boston College) '"A Pleasure Fit for a King": The Pineapple in Henry Neville's The Isle of Pines'

    2013 Jointly to:

    • Paul Kosmetatos: 'Winding up of the Ayr Bank, 1772-1804'
    • Erin Whitcroft: '"A Good Dash of English Education": Edmund Burke's School for French Exiles, 1796-1803'

    2012 Jointly to:

    • Sophie Coulombeau: '"Nothing the Nearest our own Hearts and Interests": The Point of the Name in Burney’s Cecilia'
    • Tim McInerney: 'The Nobility and Ideas of Humanity in Eighteenth-Century Great Britain and Ireland'

    2011 to:

    • Leonie Hannan: ‘A Desire for Learning; reason and emotion in English women’s letter-writing in the eighteenth century’

    2010 Jointly to:

    • Joshua Billings: ‘The Birth of Historicism out of the Spirit of Tragedy’
    • Eric Weichel: ‘Fixed by so much better a fire; wigs and masculinity in
      early eighteenth-century British miniatures’

    2009 Jointly to:

    • Charlotte Roberts:‘The Marmoreal Gibbon: Autobiography as Ruin’
    • Thomas Rodgers: ‘Crushing Rebellion in Transatlantic Context: The ‘45
      and the Carolina Regulators’

     

    Past winners of The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship, with The Queen Mary Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies

    • 2014 Ryan Hanley (University of Hull) for Ignatius Sancho and Black British Social Identity in Eighteenth-Century London

    • 2013 Joanna Wharton (University of York) for David Hartley and the philosophy of mind in dissenting academies 

    • 2012 Charlotte Holden (Northumbria University) for Understanding Jest-books and their influence on the Eighteenth-century Novel 

     

    Past holders of The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Travelling Award, with the Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment

    • 2014 Sarah Grant (University of Oxford) for work on her thesis 'Representations of the princesse de Lamballe (1749-1792): female portraiture and patronage in France at the court of Marie-Antoinette'.

    • 2013 Elisabeth Wallmann (University of Warrick) for work on her thesis Figures of the Human and Figures of the Insect in the Literature and Science of the Enlightenment'. 

    • 2012 Benjamin Darnell (University of Oxford) for work on his thesis The Navy and the Fiscal-Military State under Louis XIV 

     

    The BSECS Bursaries for attendance at the Annual Conference since 2011

    2014 to:

    • Ramón Bárcena, Universidad de Oviedo/Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Adam Borch, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland; Austin Glatthorn, University of Southampton / Johannes Gutenberg Institut - Universität Mainz; Simon Lewis, University of Oxford; Jessica Monaghan, University of Exeter; Heike Nasritdinova, UniversitÄt Regensburg, Germany; Desmond Newell, University of Oxford Brookes/University of Hertfordshire; Karen Anne Tan, University of Southampton; William Tullett, King's College, University of London; Seán M. Williams, University of Oxford; Soile Ylivuori, University of Helsinki Visiting Student at University of Cambridge 2013-4.

      Keymer Award: Devin Vartija University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
      Burden Bursary for Music: Rebecca Gribble University of Southampton

    2013 to:

    • Katy Barrett, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge; Jeni Buckley, University of Southampton; Laura Carnelos, Ca'Foscary University, Venice; James Hume, University of Manchester; Serena Dyer, University of Warwick; Paul Kosmetatos, Centre for Financial History and Downing College, Cambridge; Adrian Leonard, Trinity Hall, Cambridge; Giacomo Marrinoni, University of Warwick; Ruth Mather, Queen Mary College, University of London; Tess Somervell, Trinity College, Cambridge; Sarah Watkins, Birkbeck College, University of London; Hazel Wilkinson, University College, University of London.

    2012 to:

    • Oskar Cox Jensen, University of Oxford; Eleanor Crouch, Anglia Ruskin University; J. J. Dent, Loughborough University; Carolyn Dougherty, University of York; Victoria Henshaw, University of Birmingham; Simon J. Hill, Liverpool John Moores University; Tim McInerney, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris III; Harry Smith, Trinity College, University of Oxford; Joanna Wharton, University of York.

    2011 to:

    • Mary Chadwick Westminster, Aberystwyth University; Aline Gallasch Hall, Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa; Caroline Good, University of York and Tate Britain; Peter Hansen, The Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen; Simon Macdonald, The British School at Rome/University of Cambridge; James Smith, University of Manchester; Gunda Windmueller, University of Bonn; Adam White, University of Manchester; Caroline Watkinson, Queen Mary College, University of London.

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