ISECS Junior Scholar Seminar to Convene in Belfast, August 2010

Posted in Calls for Papers, opportunities by yonanm on August 12, 2009

The International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS) holds a seminar every year for junior scholars, which they define as those within six years of receiving their PhD. Below is the CFP for the next seminar, on the topic of Cultural Intermediaries, which will take place at Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, from 16–20 August 2010.

I would strongly encourage HECAA’s younger members to submit proposals, and if not this year, then in the future. I took part in the 2008 seminar, held at the University of Pardubice in the Czech Republic, and had one of the very best scholarly experiences of my entire career. I made great friends, heard terrific papers, and spent a week in a gorgeous part of the world.

-Michael Yonan

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Charles Lanyon, Lanyon Building, ca. 1850 (Belfast: Queen's University)

Proposals are due 30 September 2009

The International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS) invites applications from scholars in all fields of eighteenth-century studies to an interdisciplinary seminar in 2010. It will be hosted by Queen’s University’s Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CECS) with the support of the University’s Research and Regional Services Office. CECS is an interdisciplinary Centre dedicated to fostering research and academic exchange across the Arts and Social Sciences. The event will be organised by Professor Simon Davies and other members of CECS.

The theme proposed is Cultural Intermediaries. The theme will be interpreted as widely as possible but could include scholarly investigations of travellers, adventurers, diplomats, slave narratives, reports of colonial administrators as well as books, translations/adaptations, newspapers, periodicals, scientific reports, correspondences. Needless to say, other topics which can be shown to be relevant will be very welcome.

Accommodation, Subsistence, Travel – Accommodation and meals will be provided by CECS. Participants will be requested to pay for their own travel arrangements although some limited funds will be available from ISECS for those unable to obtain any financial support.

Submission of Proposals – The seminar will be limited to 12-15 participants. The proposals (approx. 2 pages, single-spaced) should be based on an original research project (eg. a doctoral thesis or equivalent) that deals with one of the aspects mentioned above. Because this is a seminar rather than a conference, each participant will be given one hour to present a paper which will then form the basis of a group discussion. Preference will be given to scholars at the beginning of their academic careers (doctorate or equivalent for less than six years). The official languages of the seminar are English and French.

Applications should include the following information:
• brief curriculum vitae with the date of the doctorate or equivalent
• list of principal publications and scholarly presentations
• brief description of the proposed paper (approx. 2 pages, single-spaced)
• letter of recommendation from a senior scholar (emailed separately)
• membership of which national society/ies
The deadline for the receipt of applications is 30 September 2009. Applications should be emailed to S.Davies@qub.ac.uk. Applications will be examined by an ISECS sub-committee. It is hoped that applicants will be informed of its decision by 11 December 2009.

Proceedings – It is hoped that the proceedings will be published by Honoré Champion (Paris) in the ‘Lumières internationales’ series, subject to acceptance by an appropriate refereeing process.

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