BSECS welcomes proposals for the Annual Conference

We are now accepting proposals for the Annual Conference in January 2018.

You do not need to be a member to submit a proposal but you will usually need to register to attend the conference, and this will require membership of BSECS or one of its sister eighteenth-century societies.

The deadline for submission of papers and panel proposals is Friday 6th October 2017. You will be notified by Friday 20th October 2017 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.

Dr Penny Pritchard is the academic programme co-ordinator – email Penny.

Please note: proposal submission closes at 23:59 GMT on the deadline date. Enquiries regarding late proposals should be directed to the academic programme co-ordinator.

Please see below for the types of proposals we are currently accepting:

  • 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 (if known)
    • Name and email address of each speaker
    • Title and abstract for each paper
    Submit a panel
  • Roundtables

    A roundtable is a more informal session in which several speakers deal with a topic followed by extensive audience discussion. Each panellist 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
    Submit a roundtable
  • Individual papers

    Individuals can submit papers which will be allocated to 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).

    Submit a paper
  • 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)
    Submit an alternative format session

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