CFP: BSECS Postgrad and Early Career Conference

Proposals for papers on eighteenth-century topics, and particularly proposals for papers that address any aspect of the theme ‘encounters’ throughout the long eighteenth century, are invited for the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Postgraduate and Early Career Scholars Conference to be held in Venice, Italy, on 23-24 July 2014. Proposals for full panels of three papers, roundtable sessions, workshops and other innovative panels are also welcomed.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to): meetings and meeting places; boundaries, borders and thresholds; foreignness, alterity, otherness; encounters with the natural and artificial worlds; trade and transactions; modes of encounter, agency and spectatorship; encounters as narrative structure and impetus; travel and tourism; confrontations and hostile encounters; sensibility and philanthropy; anthropology and exploration; surprise and coincidence; the unknown, the supernatural and the Gothic.

The languages of the conference are English and Italian. The Call for Papers closes on 30 April. For further details, including details of bursaries available, please visit