An update on the XVII David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies

Nicolas-Antoine Taunay, Le triomphe de la guillotine

Nicolas-Antoine Taunay, Le triomphe de la gillotine. 1795, oil on canvas, Musée de l’Ermitage, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

DNS2020: ‘Dark Enlightenments’
13 November – 11 December 2020
Adelaide, Australia

Plans towards this conference are rapidly developing! We hope you can join us.

The conference will present a combination of live and recorded papers showcasing cutting-edge research in eighteenth-century studies, focused on the theme of ‘dark enlightenments’—the dark, shadowy aspects of enlightenment processes of the eighteenth century.

Unanticipated changes following the spread of COVID-19 around the globe have resulted in this conference being held entirely online, as a month-long series of events, to enable maximum participation among our community.

Keynote speakers will present their papers to a live online audience, while delegates have been given the opportunity to present pre-recorded papers, which will be available over the duration of the conference for viewing, questions, and discussion. Additional live events are to be held, including a postgraduate/ECR workshop and the ANZSECS general meeting. The conference will also include a postgraduate best paper prize and a postgraduate mentoring program.

Registrations for attendance are due to open mid-October.

For more information and further updates, keep an eye on the conference website at