CFP: Distance 2020, 3-14 August

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By Emily Paterson-Morgan

Deadline: 5pm BST 29 June

The University of York’s Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies and the University of Melbourne’s Enlightenment Romanticism Contemporary Culture Research Unit invites PhD and MA students to join their first ever virtual postgraduate conference on ‘Distance’ from 3-14 August 2020

The long eighteenth century saw the experience of cultural distance through overseas exploration, empire, travel and trade. The diverse interactions led to comparisons with other states, subjects, languages and traditions. In 2020, physical and social distance has once again become a defining feature of our society, and this virtual conference invites all to consider how our current situations can bring a new appreciation for how distance was integral in the communities and cultures of eighteenth-century society.

To accommodate the new physical restrictions in our own academic landscape, the conference will be held virtually. It will operate on a combined platform:

Postgraduate presenters will be advised and supported in pre-recording presentations. These will be uploaded onto a dedicated google site for conference delegates.

Keynote speeches and other conference activities will take place on Zoom at scheduled times during the conference period. These will run at time’s that enable international participation, and will be recorded.

We welcome abstracts for either traditional papers of 20 …read more