Postgraduate & Early-Career Conference

Aix-Marseille Université, 3-4 September 2018

Whilst proposals on all eighteenth-century topics are welcome, we particularly encourage those that address any aspect of our light theme ‘Barbarism and Behaviour’ throughout the long eighteenth century. We invite proposals for individual papers, for fully formed panels of three or four papers, for roundtable sessions, and for workshops and innovative formats.

Some suggested topics for papers include:

  • Discourses of politeness and sentiment
  • Manners and etiquette
  • Enlightenment theories of progress
  • Colonialism in the eighteenth century/the eighteenth century and postcolonial theory
  • Exploration and first encounters
  • Rationalism and satire
  • Travel and education
  • Discipline and punishment

The conference languages will be English and French, with translations provided for as many sessions as possible.


Conference Organisers:

Rees Arnott-Davies, Independent

Jessica Clement, University of York

Alexander Hardie-Forsyth, Wolfson College, Oxford

Tina Janssen, University of Warwick


The Call for Papers closes on 1 June 2018.

Please submit abstracts of 200 words to



BSECS is glad to be able to support postgraduate and early-career scholars to attend this conference. Details of the bursaries on offer will be posted here shortly.