International Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies

Every four years, the International Society of Eighteenth Century Studies holds an International Conference. Their next conference takes place in Rome, on 3 – 7 July 2023.

Previously there was a Beckford presence at these conferences in the form of a Round Table organised by Kenneth Graham of Guelph University. The Beckford Society is interested in reviving this tradition, and invites proposals from scholars, whether or not with academic affiliations, who would like to attend the conference and contribute to a Round Table. The conference theme is Antiquity and the Shaping of the Future in the Age of Enlightenment, which gives ample scope for a variety of approaches and topics of Beckfordian interest. However, the call for contributions is urgent, as the deadline is expiring and if there is sufficient support a Round Table proposal would need to be submitted before the end of this month. The Round Table would take the form of five or six participants spending no more than five minutes summarising their research project, followed by group discussion.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, attending a wide-ranging and stimulating conference and having the pleasure of spending some days in Rome in July, please e-mail Stephen Clarke at