Postgraduate & Early-Career Conference

LERMA, 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

LERMA Organisers:

Francesca Genesio

Mireille Ozoux

Anne Page


The Call for Papers is now closed. The provisional conference programme can be found here: Provisional Programme PG-EC Conference 2018.



BSECS is glad to be able to support postgraduate and early-career scholars to attend this conference. Nine BSECS bursaries, all of £100 each, will be available for delegates whose papers have been accepted, and who are either registered for a higher degree at a higher education institution within the European Union or are within five years of the award of their PhD. These bursaries are intended to contribute towards the travels costs of delegates who do not have access to financial support from their home institutions and/or funding body, or whose sources of funding support are limited. Precedence will be given to full-time students and to early career scholars with no current academic affiliation.