Whilst proposals on all and any eighteenth-century topics are welcome, we particularly welcome proposals for papers that address any aspect of the theme ‘The Liminal Enlightenment’ throughout the long eighteenth century and in any part of the world. We invite proposals for individual papers, for full panels of three papers, for roundtable sessions, and we welcome workshops and other innovative formats. Topics of interest may include (but are not limited to):

  • Regional Enlightenments

  • Marginal Identities

  • Social Networks

  • Intellectual and Artistic Outliers

  • Rational Dissent & Non-Conformity

  • Queer Discourses

  • Colonial Discourses

  • Philosophical & Religious Dissidence

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

  • Panels

    BSECS strongly encourages the submission of pre-formed panels of usually three but occasionally four papers, ideally along with a pre-assigned chairperson.

    As well as personal details, you will be asked for:

    • Panel title
    • Brief description of the proposed panel (max. 3000 characters)
    • Name and contact details of the proposed panel chairperson
    • Name and email address of each speakers
    • Title and abstract for each paper
  • Roundtables

    A roundtable is a more informal session in which several speakers deal with a topic appropriate to the conference followed by extensive audience discussion. Each panelists may wish to begin the session with a short, introductory address; this should last no more than five minutes.

    As well as your personal details, you will be asked for:

    • Roundtable title
    • Brief description of the proposed roundtable (max. 3000 characters)
    • Name and contact details of the proposed roundtable chairperson
    • Name and email address of each speaker
  • Individual papers

    Individuals can submit papers which will be presented in an appropriate panel session usually of three papers. BSECS will supply a chairperson for these panels. Papers must be no longer than twenty minutes.

    As well as your personal details, you will be asked for a title and abstract (max. 3000 characters).

  • Alternative format sessions

    BSECS encourages proposals for sessions in original and alternative formats. These may take any form considered appropriate for the conference. Previous examples have included demonstrations, interactive workshops and debates.

    As well as your personal details, you will be asked for:

    • Session title
    • Brief description of the session (max. 3000 characters)