Outings in Oxford: BSECS Annual Conference

Taking place the week before term gets underway, the first event on the calendar for the New Year is the BSECS Annual Conference, held at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, on 3rd-5th January. Several of our postgraduate students travelled up to Oxford to attend the society’s 47th annual meeting, which this year had the very timely theme of ‘Truths and Lies’.

With a packed programme, we were left rather spoilt for choice when it came to panel sessions, though, decisions were made easier when papers were being given by our students:

Jessica Clement: “With Wond’rous Heart, in Tuneful Lays”: Rowe, Pope, and the Virgilian Progression
Ji Hee Kim: ‘Truth was so blended with falsehood’: Misrepresentation and Truth in Charlotte Smith’s Desmond
Jennifer Buckley:  Lying as Entertainment: Why Dr Wright Can’t be Dead

Jennifer was also the recipient of a BSECS bursary.

(Photo credit: @BSECS)

There was plenty going on throughout the conference, including alternative format sessions, and musical entertainment in the form of a period harpsicord.

This year’s meeting also saw the launch of forthcoming events, including the release of the Call for Papers for the ISECS conference, which will be held in Edinburgh in 2019. For those of you who feel that Oxford in January is a bit on the chilly side, keep an eye out for the Postgraduate conference which will be taking place later this year in Aix-en-Provence, and is being co-organised by Jessica.

There’s certainly much to look forward over the coming months, and we’re already planning our return to Oxford to discuss the theme of ‘Islands and Isolation’ next year!


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