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Thirty-Third Annual Conference, British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Oxford, January 2004

The 33rd Annual Conference of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century
Studies will take place on the 3rd-5th January 2004 at St. Hugh's College,
Oxford, UK.

The conference will feature plenary addresses by Terry Castle (Stanford
University, USA) and David Fairer (University of Leeds, U.K.).

We invite proposals for individual 25 minute papers, and for full panels
of three (or, exceptionally, four papers) on any aspect of life in the
long eighteenth century, not only in Britain but throughout Europe and the
wider world. Such proposals might relate, inter alia, to architecture,
art, history, language, literature, music, political thought, politics,
science, society and teaching practice. Please submit a 200-word abstract
of the proposed paper, or a brief description of the proposed panel
(including names of speakers and summaries of papers), via the BSECS
website at The deadline for submission of papers
and panel proposals is 30 September 2003.

All enquiries regarding the academic programme of the conference should be
addressed to myself, Matthew Grenby, as the Programme Co-Ordinator
( You will be notified as soon as possible
and certainly before 20th October 2003 whether your proposal has been
accepted. In the case of scholars travelling from outside the U.K. we
shall endeavour to reach decisions earlier in order to facilitate travel
arrangements. The deadline for conference registration will be 15th
November 2003. To attend the conference without giving a paper, request a
registration form direct from the Venue Organiser, Dr. Chris Mounsey
( You can also download the registration form and find out
more about BSECS from our website (

Five bursaries of 100 each will be available for graduate students whose
papers have been accepted for presentation at the Conference and who are
registered for a higher degree at a U.K. institution of higher education.
Applications for bursaries, including a C.V. and an indication of other
sources of financial support, should reach me by 31 October 2003.

St. Hugh's College is set in fourteen acres of self-contained grounds and
is surrounded by lawns, borders and mature trees, making it one of the
loveliest hidden delights of Oxford. Conference delegates can relax within
easy reach of lecture and seminar rooms and living accommodation. The
College is within ten minutes walking distance of Oxford city centre from
which there is a frequent bus service.