CFP: ‘Ideas and Enlightenment’ The Long Eighteenth Century (Down Under)

December 10-13, 2014, Sydney, Australia

The Sydney Intellectual History Network and ‘Putting Periodisation to Use’ Research Group at the University of Sydney invite you to the Fifteenth David Nichol Smith Seminar (DNS), with the theme ‘Ideas and Enlightenment’. Inaugurated and supported by the National Library of Australia, the DNS conference is the leading forum for eighteenth-century studies in Australasia. It brings together scholars from across the region and internationally who work on the long eighteenth century (1688-1815) in a range of disciplines, including history, literature, art and architectural history, philosophy, the history of science, musicology, anthropology, archaeology and studies of material culture.

Further details are at, where accommodation and keynotes will be posted soon. If you have questions about the conference, please contact the organizing committee at

(Post)Graduate Travel Grants
The 15th David Nichol Smith Seminar organizing committee is pleased to announce that they will be able to offer a limited number of travel grants to expand postgraduate participation in the 2014 ‘Ideas and Enlightenment’ conference. These are provided through generous funding contributions from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Putting Periodisation to Use Group, and the Sydney Intellectual History Network at the University of Sydney. These scholarships are part of an extended postgraduate program at DNS XV, which will be supported by the newly formed DNS Graduate Caucus. We anticipate that the program will include paired mentoring between junior and senior colleagues at the conference and a professional development workshop. Those awarded scholarships travel grants would be expected to be actively involved in this program.


Travel grants (up to a maximum amount of $2000) will be awarded as reimbursement of travel expenses. Funds may be used for transportation to and from the conference and accommodation only, not for meals). Partial grants may be offered. Recipients must attend the full conference and present a paper at the David Nichol Smith Seminar XV at the University of Sydney. Costs incurred, up to the amount granted, will be reimbursed upon presentation of receipts. In certain cases, fares or other expenses may be paid directly by the DNS XV organizing committee through the office of the Sydney Intellectual History Network. Applications from international and Australian postgraduate students are invited.

The recipient must be actively engaged in full- or part-time doctoral study in eighteenth-century studies, in any field, at a recognised university.

Applications should include:
• A completed application form
• A copy of their DNS proposal for a 20 minute paper (250-word paper proposal and 2-page CV)

These materials must be sent as a single pdf document and attached to an email sent to the attention of the organising committee at: Inquiries about the scholarships should also be directed to members of the committee through this email. Application forms are available to download from the on the conference webpages: Closing date: 15 June 2014

DNS XV Organizing Committee: Dr Jennifer Ferng, Prof Mark Ledbury, Prof Jennifer Milam and Dr Nicola Parsons

Call for papers

We welcome proposals for papers or panels on the following topics, although please note that the conference organisers are open to proposals for subjects that fall outside of these broad themes:
–Making Ideas Visible
–Biography and the History of Individual Life
–Economic Ideas in Social and Political Contexts
–Global Sensibilities
–National Identity and Cosmopolitanism
–Antiquaries and Alternative Versions of the Classical Tradition
–Periodisation and the question of Period Styles
–‘Enlightenment’ and the Pacific
–Spectacle, Sociability and Pleasure
–Genres of Enlightenment
–Science, Technology and Medicine
–Borders and Empire
–Historiography of the Enlightenment
–Post-Enlightenment trajectories in literature and art

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers. Proposals consist of a 250-word abstract and 2-page cv, sent via email as a pdf attachment to Deadline for submissions: 15 June 2014

Deadline: June 15, 2014

Posted: March 25, 2014