The main 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, culture and literature of the long eighteenth century.

It takes place in early January each year. In recent years, each annual conference has had a ‘light’ theme, which keynote lectures and many papers and panels have addressed.

  • BSECS 46th Annual Conference 2017

    Friends, Allies and Enemies

    Date: 4th Jan 2017 to 6th Jan 2017

    Venue: St Hugh's College, Oxford

    Programme: Downoad here

    46th Annual Conference British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies

    4-6 January 2017 St Hugh’s College, Oxford, United Kingdom

    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, culture and literature 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, North America, and the wider world. Proposals are invited for

    • fully comprised panels of three papers (3 x 20 minutes)
    • roundtable sessions of up to five speakers
    • individual papers of twenty minutes duration, or
    • ‘alternative format’ sessions of your devising.

    Proposals on all and any eighteenth-century topics are very welcome. Our plenary speakers at the conference will be addressing the topic of ‘Friends, Allies and Enemies’ and proposals are also invited which address any aspect of this theme.

    The deadline for submission of papers and panel proposals is Friday 7th October 2016. You will be notified by Friday 21st October as to whether your proposal has been accepted. If you are travelling from outside the UK and need an earlier decision, please mention this in your proposal.

    Enquiries All enquiries regarding the academic programme of the conference should be addressed to conference.academic@bsecs.org.uk.

  • 45th Annual Conference

    Growth, Expansion and Contraction

    Date: 6th Jan 2016 to 8th Jan 2016

    Venue: St Hugh's College, Oxford, United Kingdom

    Programme: Downoad here

    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, culture and literature 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, North America, and the wider world. Proposals are invited for fully comprised panels of three papers, for roundtable sessions of up to five speakers, for individual papers of twenty minutues duration, and for ‘alternative format’ sessions of your devising.

    Proposals on all and any eighteenth-century topics are very welcome.

    Our plenary speakers at the conference will be addressing the topic of ‘Growth, Expansion and Contraction’ and proposals are also invited which address any aspect of this theme.

  • 44th Annual Conference

    Riots, Rebellions and Revolutions

    Date: 6th Jan 2015 to 8th Jan 2015

    Venue: St Hugh’s College, Oxford, UK

    Programme: Downoad here

  • 43rd Annual Conference

    Pleasures and Entertainments

    Date: 8th Jan 2014 to 10th Jan 2014

    Venue: St Hugh's College, Oxford, UK

    Programme: Downoad here

  • 42nd Annual Conference

    Credit, Money and the Market

    Date: 3rd Jan 2013 to 5th Jan 2013

    Venue: St Hugh's College, Oxford, U.K

    Programme: Downoad here

  • 41st Annual Conference

    Landscapes & Environment

    Date: 4th Jan 2012 to 6th Jan 2012

    Venue: St Hugh's College, Oxford, U.K

    Programme: Downoad here

  • 40th Annual Conference

    Emotions

    Date: 5th Jan 2011 to 7th Jan 2011

    Venue: St Hugh's College, Oxford, UK

  • 39th Annual Conference

    Time and Space

    Date: 5th Jan 2010 to 7th Jan 2010

    Venue: St Hugh's College, Oxford, UK

    Programme: Downoad here

  • 38th Annual Conference

    Eighteenth-Century Lives

    Date: 6th Jan 2009 to 8th Jan 2009

    Venue: St Hugh's College, Oxford, UK

    Programme: Downoad here

  • 37th Annual Conference

    Religions and Beliefs

    Date: 3rd Jan 2008 to 5th Jan 2008

    Venue: St Hugh's College, Oxford, UK

    Programme: Downoad here

  • 36th Annual Conference

    Slavery and Abolition

    Date: 3rd Jan 2007 to 5th Jan 2007

    Venue: St Hugh's College, Oxford, UK

    Programme: Downoad here

  • 35th Annual Conference

    Date: 4th Jan 2006 to 6th Jan 2006

    Venue: St Hugh's College, Oxford, UK

  • 34th Annual Conference

    Date: 6th Jan 2005 to 8th Jan 2005

    Venue: St Hugh's College, Oxford, UK

    Programme: Downoad here

  • 33rd Annual Conference

    Date: 3rd Jan 2004 to 5th Jan 2004

    Venue: St Hugh's College, Oxford, UK

    Programme: Downoad here

  • 32nd Annual Conference

    Date: 3rd Jan 2003 to 5th Jan 2003

    Venue: St Hugh's College, Oxford, UK

  • 31st Annual Conference

    Date: 4th Jan 2002 to 6th Jan 2002

    Venue: St Hugh's College, Oxford, UK

  • 30th Annual Conference

    Date: 3rd Jan 2001 to 5th Jan 2001

    Venue: St John's College, Oxford, UK