2017 Annual Meeting of the Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (WSECS): “Eighteenth-Century Science(s).”

WSECS will hold its annual meeting from Feb. 17-18, 2017, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. We invite consideration of any aspect of eighteenth-century literature, art, history, music, philosophy, religion, and/or culture related to the formation, development, and expansion of the natural, experimental, social, and other sciences. We are also interested in interdisciplinary approaches that combine the methods of contemporary science with those of humanistic inquiry. Participants might address new scientific practices and the formation of the disciplines in the eighteenth century; the environment and ecocriticism; theory of mind and cognitive approaches to literary study; the history of the scientific book; scientific organizations and social networks; critical responses to the pursuit of science in the eighteenth century; or any other topic related to the theme. Proposals on other topics are also welcome; the meeting will be held concurrently with a separate conference at UCSB on Rousseau, and papers connecting the two themes are encouraged.

Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Kramnick, Maynard Mack Professor of English, Yale University

Conference Organizers: Rachael Scarborough King, Assistant Professor of English, UCSB, and Renan Larue, Assistant Professor of French, UCSB

Many thanks to our sponsors:

Departments of English, French & Italian, History, History of Art & Architecture, Philosophy, and Spanish & Portuguese

The Early Modern Center

College of Letters and Science

Interdisciplinary Humanities Center