“The Eighteenth Century: Past and Present”

The second Nordic conference in eighteenth-century studies, Uppsala, 12–14 October 2017

On 12–14 October 2017 the Swedish Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies will host the second Nordic conference in eighteenth-century studies (#NCECS17), attended by c. 60 delegates from several countries and a wide range of disciplines. The conference will be held at the University of Uppsala and feature individual papers, posters, thematic sessions/panels and a concluding plenary session. The opening keynote lecture will be given by Jacqueline Van Gent, associate professor of history at the University of Western Australia. Moreover, Linda Colley, professor of history at Princeton University, will give a plenary lecture on Friday 13 October.

For a schedule of conference events, see the conference programme (pdf). More information about sessions and presentations can be found in the Book of abstracts (pdf).

For more information about the conference theme, “The eighteenth century: past and present”, see the Call for papers (now closed).


Registration opens on 12.30 on 12 October, in the entrance hall of the University main building. The conference itself opens at 13.15 and concludes at 14.30 on 14 October. There will be a reception in the evening of 12 October, a conference dinner the following day and a choice of guided tours offered in the afternoon of 14 October (these will end by 16.00). For a detailed programme, see the conference programme.

English is the primary conference language, but many papers and sessions will also be given in Danish, Norwegian and Swedish.


The Society intends to publish a selection of conference contributions in the Nordic yearbook Sjuttonhundratal for 2018. More information about this has been provided to those presenting papers or participating in thematic sessions.

Practical information

You can find more information on our page with transportation to and around Uppsala as well as accommodation options.

Organising committee

The conference is jointly organised by the board of the Swedish Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies.


NCECS 2017 is open for registration until 15 September 2017. Click here to register.

The conference fee is 950 SEK excluding VAT (1187,50 including VAT). Students and PhD students are eligible for a reduced fee of 700 SEK excluding VAT (875 including VAT).

Participation in the conference requires membership in one of the Nordic societies for eighteenth-century studies. Please consult each society’s own website for information on how to become a member. The Swedish society’s information can be found here: https://1700-tal.se/bli-medlem/.


For any questions about #NCECS17, please send an email to ncecs17@1700-tal.se.