This year, BECC will host the annual workshop of the Midlands Eighteenth Century Research Network, on campus at the University of Birmingham, on Friday 20th May between around 10am and 5pm (followed by drinks and dinner for those who choose it!). The event will be an opportunity to meet and catch up with fellow scholars of the eighteenth century, to share problems and ideas from current work in progress, celebrate recent publications, and also to contemplate the future of eighteenth-century studies in the region, the country, and the academy at large.
Instead of a formal call for papers, I have set up a registration form. The form gives you the opportunity to propose a short talk on your current work in progress, and to let us know about any recent publication you might want to highlight. This information will allow us to finalise a programme, but roughly speaking I expect the event to fall into three parts: (1) work-in-progress in the morning, (2) recent publications and the state of the field after lunch, and (3) the future of eighteenth-century scholarship in the midlands and beyond, after that. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, thanks to support from the Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures, and the School of History and Cultures.
Please complete your registration using the form by Friday 29th April, so that I can share the full programme and further details by Friday 6th May. Support is available for the travel costs of doctoral students and the precariously-employed. If you have any questions or thoughts about the event, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org