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British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, UK

Presentation by the Society

The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, a registered charity, was founded in 1971 to promote the study of the eighteenth century, not only as it was experienced in Britain but throughout the world. The Society strives to be as fully multi- and inter-disciplinary as possible. It encourages research into, inter alia, art history, dance history, economics, education, linguistics, literature, medicine, music, philosophy, politics, science, sociology, sport and theatre – indeed, into all aspects of eighteenth-century history, culture and society. The Society also strives to encourage good practice and new approaches to teaching and researching the eighteenth century.

The Society publishes the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies four times a year. All members receive printed copies of the Journal as well as access to the full run of the electronic edition. BSECS organises a major international conference every January, and supports a number of smaller specialist or regional conferences throughout the year, including a conference especially designed for postgraduate students. The Society sponsors two prizes in eighteenth-century studies: the BSECS Digital Eighteenth-Century Prize for innovative digital resources that facilitate the study of the eighteenth century, and the President’s Prize for the best paper presented by a postgraduate at the Annual Conference. BSECS also provides bursaries for postgraduate students, and for established scholars from countries with less developed economies, to attend its conferences.

BSECS is open to anyone interested in the eighteenth century. Its members are academics and students, as well as members of the general public, from all over the world. New members are most welcome. BSECS is affiliated to the International Society for Eighteenth Century Studies.



Prof. Michael BURDEN (

Vice President:
Jeremy Gregory (

Brycchan Carey (

Executive Secretary
Gavin Budge
English Division
School of Humanities
University of Hertfordshire
College Lane
Hertfordshire AL10 9AB

Enquiries about the society's procedures, or information about the society should be addressed to the Executive Secretary.

Bursaries coordinator
Gary Day,
Department of English,
De Montfort University,
The Gateway,
Clephan Building,
Leicester LE1 9BH

Conference venue organiser
Debbie Welham
Conference administration enquiries - For enquiries about the Conference Academic Programme and proposal submissions e-mail Corinna

Sabine Chaouche


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