BSECS Election Notice Back

The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies is seeking nominations for its Executive Committee. We are seeking:

The Vice-President (Student members of the Society are not eligible for this position.)

One Ordinary Member (Student members of the Society are not eligible for this position.)

Those elected to the vacant posts will take up their positions at the end of January 2020.

The office of Vice-President is tenable for two years. After this, in normal circumstances, the Vice-President succeeds to the post of President.

Ordinary Members hold office on the Committee for three years, with the possibility of a single extension of two years by mutual agreement.

The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies seeks to create and support a diverse and inclusive community of researchers and scholars from all sections of society and warmly encourages applications to Executive Committee posts from members of under-represented groups. Our Equality and Diversity statement is available here:

Duties of the Executive Committee

All members of the Executive Committee are expected to take on responsibility for a particular area of the Society’s activities. These roles may vary over time and we will consider applicants with any areas of experience and interest.

It should be noted that Executive Committee members are required to attend the regular meetings of the committee and sub-committees and the Annual Conference, and that in the event of non-attendance at two successive meetings they risk being removed. The Executive Committee meets three times a year. The Society will pay travelling expenses for Executive Committee members within the UK.


Members seeking to stand for these posts can be self-nominated and should be seconded by a current member of the Society.

Nominees must supply a short election statement (no more than 150 words) setting out their qualifications for the post; this will be made available to voters. If you do not have a seconder who is a member of the Society, for example because you are a postgraduate student new to the field, you are welcome to contact for assistance.

Nominations, secondings and statements should be sent to the Executive Secretary by email, to be received by 11.59pm on 30th November 2020, at the following address: Voting for contested posts will be carried out in December. Queries about the posts can be addressed to