The Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (WSECS) invites submissions from all disciplines for the 2017 WSECS Annual Meeting on the theme of “Eighteenth-Century Science(s).” They are interested in papers that address aspects of the formation, development, and representation of the natural, social, experimental, and other sciences in the long eighteenth century, the relationships between literature and science, and the intersections of contemporary scientific methods and humanistic study. Jonathan Kramnick, Maynard Mack Professor of English at Yale University, will provide the keynote talk.
Possible topics could include:
• Eighteenth-century scientific practices and disciplines
• Literature and science
• Enlightenment science fiction
• Eighteenth-century responses to the sciences, including criticism and satire
• The environment and ecocriticism
• Theory of mind and cognitive approaches to literary studies
• Sense and sensation
• The history of the scientific book
• The role of social, transportation, and communication networks in transmitting science
The program committee will cluster proposals into panels of 3-4 papers with a Q&A session. They also welcome proposals for pre-formed panels, but will consider papers on any topic. Day 1 of the meeting will overlap with a separate conference on Jean-Jacques Rousseau to be held at UCSB; papers connecting the two themes are also solicited.
Proposals of 250-300 words for 15- to 20-minute papers or full panels are due Oct. 1, 2016. Please include contact information, institutional affiliation, the title of your paper(s), and any audio/visual needs. Send submissions to both Dr. Rachael Scarborough King (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Renan Larue (email@example.com).