*Difficult Women 1680-1830* (CFP)

Difficult Women in the Long Eighteenth Century: 1680-1830
University of York, 28th November 2015

The long eighteenth century witnessed an age of social and political revolution which profoundly affected the way in which women occupied and contributed to the public sphere. This interdisciplinary conference looks at representations and conceptions of ‘difficult women’ from the years 1680-1830. The term ‘difficult women’ encapsulates many different female experiences and lifestyles. From religiously non-conformist women to women bearing arms, a plethora of ‘difficult women’ find representation within the British Empire.

This conference welcomes abstracts and/or proposals for panels on any topic relating to ‘Difficult Women’ throughout the long eighteenth century.

The deadline for submission for proposals is 1 July 2015.

See the official call for papers for more details, including how to submit.

*Montaigne in Early Modern England and Scotland* (CFP)

Montaigne in Early Modern England and Scotland
6-7 November, 2015, Durham

The Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) at Durham University invites proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspect of the reception of Montaigne’s Essais in England and the larger Anglophone world, including Ireland, Scotland, and North America, during the first two hundred years following their initial publication in French. Any approach to the study of Montaigne’s influence is welcome, including literary criticism, philosophy, theology, psychology, history of science, and history of the book. Authors to consider range from Bacon and Hobbes up to Locke and Hume, and include literary figures, as well, such as Florio, Cornwallis, Daniel, Shakespeare, Jonson, Burton, Browne, Dryden, Johnson, Pope, Swift, and Sterne. Early career academics and postgraduates are encouraged to apply, as well as more established scholars.

For consideration, please send an abstract of no more than 200 words and a one-page CV to montaigneinearlymodernengland@gmail.com no later than 1 August 2015.

Confirmed speakers:
Warren Boutcher (Queen Mary)
Will Hamlin (Washington State)
Katie Murphy (Oxford)
John O’Brien (Durham)
Richard Scholar (Oxford)
David Louis Sedley (Haverford)

The Eighteenth Century Seminar Easter Term 2015

The Eighteenth-Century Seminar is a post-graduate seminar, sponsored by the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge, aiming to explore topics of shared interest to historians (and the historically-minded) with diverse specialisations and sensibilities who work on the eighteenth century.

12 May 2015 ‘The American Stamp Act Crisis in Global Context’
Steven Pincus (Yale University)
Gardner Room, Front Court, Emmanuel College

The seminar meets on Tuesdays at 5pm, at Emmanuel College.


The Easter Term timetable for the English Faculty’s Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Seminar is also available here.

‘At Home’: Exploring 18th-Century Domestic Space

‘At Home’: Exploring Eighteenth-Century Domestic Space
RECSO Study Day
13 June 2015, Oxford University

RECSO – Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century Studies Oxford – in collaboration with by Dr Karen Lipsedge (Kingston University), TORCH, and the InHabit Seminar, are hosting a study day which will explore domestic space from an interdisciplinary perspective, tracing the vital significance of the home in art, design, architecture, literature, culture and social politics in the long eighteenth century.

The day is free to attend and will include lunch, tea, and a drinks reception. The day will conclude with a separate, optional dinner with the speakers, at which space will be limited.

Click here for details of how to book a place and for a full programme of the day.

Call for Papers: The Wordsworth Summer Conference

The 44th Wordsworth Summer Conference
3-13 August, 2015, Rydal Hall, Cumbria

The Wordsworth Summer Conference mingles lectures, papers and lively academic debate with energetic fell walking, picturesque rambles, and excursions to places of Wordsworthian and Romantic interest.  The conference takes place in two parts, of four full days each, with a changeover day on Saturday 8 August. There are postgraduate bursaries available.

The organisers invite proposals for 20-minute papers on all aspects of William Wordsworth, his contemporaries, and the Romantic period.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 April 2015.

More information is available on the conference web site.

Call for Papers: 5th Ango-Italian 18th Century Conference

Fifth Anglo-Italian Eighteenth Century Conference
University of York, 2-3 September, 2015

The Italian and British Societies for Eighteenth Century Studies are proud to announce the Fifth in their series of International Conferences. The Conference will be held under the auspices of the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the King’s Manor in the University of York. The Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies in the University of York is widely regarded as one of the most distinguished Centres for eighteenth century studies in Europe.

The main theme of the 2015 Conference will be ‘Politics’ in the extended sense and the organisers invite papers on all aspects of Politics. Politics may be construed in the more traditional sense: institutional, personal, national, local, structural. In recent decades Politics has been seen in the context of commerce, consumption, travel, fashion and reading. Furthermore, the presentation of Politics has aroused much interest: in novels, poetry, art, theatre, aesthetics, and, not least, ritual. Politics is inevitably linked to journalism, periodical and essay writing, the development of new genres and the place of the literary market more generally. And there remains, as ever, the issue of the reception to politics, political writing and political philosophy. The possibilities are almost endless. Although by no means requisite, comparative and reception approaches are highly desirable.

Proposals are invited for 20 minute papers. The deadline for abstracts is 31 March 2015.

See the official call for papers for more details, including how to submit.

Graduate Seminar

Changes to the Graduate Seminar timetable for Lent 2015:

Shahidha Bari’s paper, ‘Listening for Leila: The Re-direction of Desire in Byron’s The Giaour‘, which was originally scheduled for the 26th February, has had to be postponed until the next academic year.

The last Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Research Seminar of this term will therefore be this Thursday, the 12th February. Tess Somervell will be speaking on ‘The Temporal Structure of Wordsworth’s Spots of Time’. All are welcome.

See the Graduate Seminar page for more details.

Call for Papers: “Connections” (BSECS Postgraduate & Early Career Scholars’ Conference)

The 2016 Postgraduate and Early Career Scholar’s Conference for the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Queen’s University Belfast, 15-16 July, 2015

The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies annual postgraduate and early-career scholars’ conference provides a forum for researchers working on all aspects of the history, literature and culture of the long eighteenth century.

Whilst proposals on all and any eighteenth-century topics are welcome, the conference theme this year is ‘Connections’. The organisers therefore particularly welcome proposals for papers that address any aspect of this theme throughout the long eighteenth century and in any part of the world.

The organisers invite proposals for individual papers, for full panels of three papers, and for roundtable sessions. They would also encourage proposals for workshops and presentations in other innovative formats.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 30th April 2015.

More information, including on how to submit a proposal, is available here, and on the BSECS website.

Call for Papers: BSECS 2016

BSECS 45th Annual Conference
St Hugh’s College, Oxford, 6-8 January 2016

The annual meeting of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies is Europe’s largest and most prestigious annual conference dealing with all aspects of the history, culture and literature of the long eighteenth century.

The organisers invite proposals for papers and sessions dealing with any aspect of the long eighteenth century, not only in Britain, but also throughout Europe, North America, and the wider world. Proposals are invited for fully comprised panels of three papers, for roundtable sessions of up to five speakers, for individual papers of twenty minutes duration, and for ‘alternative format’ sessions of your devising.

Proposals on all and any eighteenth-century topics are very welcome. The plenary speakers at the conference will be addressing the topic of ‘Growth, Expansion and Contraction’ and proposals are also invited which address any aspect of this theme.

The deadline for proposals is 16 October 2015.
The deadline for registration is 29 November 2015.

For more information, and to submit a proposal, visit the BSECS website.

William Blake Events in Oxford

A number of events related to William Blake will be taking place at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford this term:


Towards a New Era in Printmaking: Innovation in the 18th Century
With Dr Ad Stijnman FRHistS, private researcher
Ashmolean Lecture Theatre, Friday 16 January, 2-3pm
£5/£4 concessions
Printmaking changed dramatically after 1700 with the introduction of new plate-making and plate-printing processes, coloured inks and state of the art print presses. Dr Stijnman looks at this era in which artists, printers, engravers and publishers produced work that astonished audiences.
Book now at www.ashmolean.org/tickets

Reading in the Spirit of Blake
With Saree Makdisi, Professor of English and Comparative Studies at UCLA
Ashmolean Lecture Theatre, Friday 23 January, 4.30-5.30pm
£5/£4 concessions
This lecture explores the relationship between William Blake’s words and the images in his illustrated books and hopes to show you how to read ‘in the spirit of Blake’. Part of the ‘Inspired by Blake’ Festival.
Book now at www.ashmolean.org/tickets

Italian Old Master Prints Through the Eyes of Blake and His Friends
With Michael Bury, University of Edinburgh
Ashmolean Lecture Theatre, Thursday 19 February, 2-3pm
£5/£4 concessions
In the late 18th century, Blake and his contemporaries developed a distinctive approach to the study of Italian Renaissance prints. They paid attention to printmakers whose work has been largely ignored or disparaged in preceding years. This talk examines these artworks and identifies why Blake admired them so much.
Book now at www.ashmolean.org/tickets


Apprentice & Master: Conference
With the University of Oxford’s Faculty of English and the Birkbeck Centre for 19th-century Studies
Ashmolean Lecture Theatre, Saturday 24 January, 10am-8pm
£30/£25 concessions
Leading academics in the study of Blake will explore a variety of perspectives on the exhibition. The conference includes lunch and is followed by a reception and private viewing of the exhibition.
Book now at www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk