Call for Papers
Keynote Speakers

Conference Poster

The Australian and New Zealand Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies invites you to the sixteenth David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies, hosted by Griffith University and the University of Queensland.  We welcome proposals for papers or panels on the theme ‘Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment’, broadly conceived as referring to the plurality of Enlightenments as well as the ideas and uses of nature which they endorsed, and the spaces in which they developed.  In the inclusive spirit of the David Nichol Smith Seminar, proposals may address any aspect of the long eighteenth century. Especially relevant topics include:

  • Enlightenment and religion, science, empire or gender
  • Popular, moderate and radical enlightenments
  • Regional, national and global enlightenments
  • Climate, the environment and the Anthropocene
  • Emotion, sentimentalism and the language of feeling
  • Theories of human nature and civil society
  • Improvement and social utility
  • Travel, exploration and discovery
  • Trade and commerce
  • Philanthropy and the culture of moral/social reform
  • Spaces of sociability such as clubs, salons, coffeehouses and taverns
  • Urban and rural spaces
  • Ideas of landscape and forms of land use
  • Nature in art, literature and music
  • Natural history, natural philosophy, natural law and natural theology
  • Nature in economic and political writing
  • Nature, medicine, sexuality and the body
  • Botany, geology and geography
  • Representations and uses of animals
  • Work, leisure, technology and industrialisation

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers and panels comprising 3 x papers.  Please submit an abstract of 250 words (maximum) and a 2-page CV, as PDF documents, to the following email address by 1 September 2017:


Participants must be current members of ANZSECS or an eighteenth-century studies society affiliated with ISECS. To join ANZSECS click here.

For inquiries about the conference, please email one of the conference organisers:
Dr Lisa O’Connell  l.oconnell@uq.edu.au
Dr Peter Denney   p.denney@griffith.edu.au


Image: Johan Zoffany, Colonel Blair with his Family and an Indian Ayah, 1786, Photo: © Tate, London [2017]