The Southampton Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies organises a wide range of conferences and events at Chawton House Library and the University of Southampton. Details of previous conferences can be viewed in the conference archive.
Forthcoming conferences in 2014
BSECS 43rd ANNUAL CONFERENCE
8th - 10th January at St. Hugh's College, Oxford.
The annual meeting of BSECS is Europe's largest and most prestigious annual conference dealing with all aspects of the history, culture and literature of the long eighteenth century.
Plenary speakers at the conference will be addressing the topic of 'Pleasures and Entertainments'. Keynote speaker:
Professor Helen Berry (University of Newcastle)
Haydn Mason Lecture: Dr. Jerome Brillaud (University of Manchester). For further details please see the BSECS website: http://www.bsecs.org.uk/conference/
Mansfield Park at Chawton
A Bicentenary Symposium at Chawton House Library, March 8 2014
Gillian Dow, University of Southampton, introduces four internationally-renowned speakers to mark the bicentenary of Austen’s Mansfield Park with a symposium at Chawton House Library in the Hampshire countryside where the novel was written. Speakers: Deidre Lynch; Mary Ann O’Farrell; Katherine Halsey; Anthony Mandal.
Delegate rate, including refreshments and lunch: £40.00
Concessionary rate (students/unwaged), including refreshments and lunch: £33
For further details and to register please see the Chawton website: http://www.chawtonhouse.org/?p=57830
CALL FOR PAPERS: ROMANCE AND ITS TRANSFORMATIONS, 1550-1750
30 JUNE - 1 JULY, 2014 at CHAWTON HOUSE LIBRARY, UK
Keynote Speakers: Professor Ros Ballaster, Oxford University; Professor Emerita Mary Ellen Lamb, Southern Illinois University.
With a public keynote by Professor Nandini Das, Liverpool University
As a genre, romance is defined by transformation: it is both a recurrent motif within romance and a characteristic of a form that has itself been transformed over the centuries and in different locations. But romance maintains a degree of formal and thematic integrity, as well as its appeal with different generations of readers and across social and cultural boundaries. This conference will explore the appropriation and transformation of romance in Britain and beyond between 1550 and 1750, as writers adopted and rewrote the motifs, storylines, characters, and formal elements of the genre. In doing so, it will bring into dialogue the different ideas about and critical approaches to the genre that are developing our understanding of the significance of romance within historical periods traditionally considered in isolation from one another, including the Renaissance, the early modern period and the eighteenth century.
We welcome proposals for papers on any aspect of the way romance has been adopted and transformed between 1550 and 1750. Potential areas of investigation include but are not limited to:
Romance and… Commonplace books; Conduct books; Drama, Poetry (including epic); Letters. Life writing; Novels and other forms of prose fiction, Political activism; Political writing; Print and manuscript culture; Scientific writing; Social interactions; Translation.
The deadline for 500-word abstracts is 31 December, 2013.
CALL FOR PAPERS: NEW HORIZONS: REASSESSING WOMEN’S TRAVEL WRITING, 1660-1900. 10-12 July, 2014 at Chawton House Library, Hampshire, UK
This three-day conference at Chawton House Library, organised in conjunction with Nottingham Trent University's Centre for Travel Writing Studies, invites proposals for papers on all aspects of women’s travel writing before 1900. However, it is especially concerned to interrogate the assumed exclusion of women travel writers from contemporary networks of knowledge production and intellectual authority. To this end, we especially welcome papers that explore:
- the extent to which female-authored travelogues were intended and received as contributions to knowledge;
- the forms of knowledge and cultural commentary articulated in women’s travel writing;
- the genre’s role in the intellectual development of both women writers and women readers (in relation, for example, to language acquisition and other appropriately ‘feminine’ attributes);
- the participation of women travellers in wider intellectual communities and networks;
- the part played by women travellers and travel writers in the emergence of disciplines like geography, sociology and botany.
Papers will be delivered in English, but we welcome contributions relating to non-Anglophone travel writing. Please send proposals to Carl Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the deadline of 1 March, 2014. For any other queries, or to register for the event, please contact either Carl or Gillian Dow, Director of Research at Chawton House Library (email@example.com)