Since 2006, BSECS has been holding periodic, and now annual, conferences especially for postgraduate and early career researchers. These conferences take place in the early summer, and have been hosted by universities across Britain and Europe. Each is organised around a loose theme.

  • 2017: ‘The Liminal Enlightenment’

    The Liminal Enlightenment

    Date: 7th Sep 2017 to 8th Sep 2017

    Venue: Swansea University

    For the Conference Poster click here

    Swansea University, 7-8th September 2017

    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

    Conference Organisers:

    Jessica Clement, University of York

    Jack Orchard, University of Swansea

    Conference Languages:

    English & Welsh

    CFP Closes, 1st July 2017

  • 2016 : “LifeCycles”

    LifeCycles

    Date: 30th Jun 2016 to 1st Jul 2016

    Venue: Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

    Download the poster here

    Whilst proposals on all and any eighteenth-century topics are welcome, we particularly welcome proposals for papers that address any aspect of the theme ‘Lifecycles’ 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):

    • Scientific Discovery
    • The Passage of Time
    • Education and Career
    • Birth and Death
    • Childhood literature
    • Graveyard Poetry
    • Religion and the Afterlife

    Conference Organisers:
    Jessica Clement, University of York
    Jack Orchard, Swansea University
    Alexandra Prunean, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

    Conference Languages: English and Spanish

  • 2015: “Connections”

    Date: 15th Jul 2015 to 16th Jul 2015

    Venue: Queen's University, Belfast

    Programme: Downoad here

  • 2014: “Encounters”

    Date: 23rd Jul 2014 to 24th Jul 2014

    Venue: Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice

    Programme: Downoad here

  • 2013: “Play”

    Date: 1st Jul 2013 to 2nd Jul 2013

    Venue: Northumbria University, Newcastle

    Programme: Downoad here

  • 2012: “Speculations”

    Date: 13th Jul 2012 to 14th Jul 2012

    Venue: Universidad de Salamanca, Spain

    Programme: Downoad here

  • 2011: “Sense and Senses”

    Date: 6th Jul 2011

    Venue: University of Cambridge

    Programme: Downoad here

  • 2006: “The Eighteenth Century Now: Recent and Future Directions”

    Date: 23rd Jun 2006 to 24th Jun 2006

    Venue: Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of York

    Programme: Downoad here