ISECS - International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Elections of the Executive Committee 2019-2023 - Proposed candidates


p.corfieldPenelope J. CORFIELD (United Kingdom)

Penelope Corfield is Emeritus Professor at Royal Holloway, London University, and Visiting Professor, Newcastle University-UK. Her research interests focus upon eighteenth-century social, cultural, urban and electoral history, plus the challenges of interpreting the long term (see Penelope is fluent in English, French and Italian; reads German and Spanish; has supervised many overseas students; and lectures around the world. She believes strongly in international academic solidarity, as a bastion in troubled times. Penelope served as BSECS President (2008-10) and is now ISECS Vice President (2011- ). She particularly works to encourage the advent of new Societies, such as the just-formed Indian Society which will seek affiliation at the 2019 Congress. If elected as President, Penelope will visit ISECS affiliate Societies, old and new, and will proudly promote our internationalist agenda.

First Vice-President

w.schmaleWolfgang SCHMALE (Austria)

Wolfgang Schmale est professeur ordinaire d’histoire moderne et contemporaine à l’Université de Vienne. Il est membre de l’Académie Européenne des Sciences et des Arts et de l’Academia Europaea. Il a été président de la Société autrichienne d’étude du XVIIIe siècle de 2001 à 2012 et il a co-organisé le congrès de la SIEDS à Graz en 2011. Il est secrétaire général de la SIEDS pour la période 2015-2019. Il dirige actuellement un projet de recherche sur les allégories des continents au XVIIIe siècle qui combine histoire et histoire de l’art ainsi que histoire religieuse et globale. Derniers ouvrages parus : The Language of Continent Allegories in Baroque Central Europe (dir, avec Marion Romberg et Josef Köstlbauer), Stuttgart, Franz Steiner, 2016. Gender and Eurocentrism. A Conceptual Approach to European History, Stuttgart, Franz Steiner, 2016 (l’ouvrage est centré autour du XVIIIe siècle et des Lumières). En posant sa candidature à la 1re vice-présidence de la SIEDS, il désir développer la visibilité et le poids de la SIEDS dans la communauté scientifique globale et dans les média. Il souhaite également augmenter les activités dans le domaine des Humanités numériques.

s.tattiSilvia TATTI (Italy)

Silvia Tatti est professeur de Littérature italienne à la Sapienza, Université de Rome. Elle s'est occupée des échanges culturels entre France et Italie au XVIIIe siècle, de littérature d'exil, de livrets d'opéra, de littérature théâtrale, du rapport entre tradition et modernité. Vice-présidente de la Société italienne d'études sur le XVIIIe siècle (2014-2016), membre du Comité exécutif (2016-2018), elle fait partie du Comité d'organisation du Congrès ISECS Antiquity and the shape of the future in the age of enlightenment / L'antiquité et la vision du futur au siècle des lumières, prévu à Rome en juillet 2023. Ses principales publications : Le «Tempeste della vita». La letteratura degli esuli italiani in Francia nel 1799, 1999 ; L’antico mascherato. Letteratura, melodramma, teatro : studi su Roma antica e moderna nel Settecento, 2003 ; G. Parini, Il Giorno Le Odi, 2008 ; Il Risorgimento dei letterati, 2011 ; Classico. Storia di una parola, 2015 ; Poeti per musica. I librettisti e la letteratura, 2016.

Second Vice-President (2 posts)

l.brownLaura BROWN (USA)

Laura Brown (Ph.D., Univ. of California, Berkeley) is the John Wendell Anderson Professor of English, Cornell University. She studies the representation of animals, the role of women in literature, the relationship between culture and history, the emergence of imperialist thought, and the effects of ideas of racial difference. Professor Brown’s most recent books, Fables of Modernity and Homeless Dogs and Melancholy Apes, explore the relationship between literature and culture by examining such topics as the rise of the stock market, the development of urban sanitation, and the ways in which animals engage the modern literary imagination. She has served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Cornell and has been President of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

s.charlesSébastien CHARLES (Canada)

Sébastien Charles est professeur de philosophie et doyen de la recherche et de la création à l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (Canada). Délégué de la Société canadienne d’étude du 18e siècle de 2011 à 2013, il est depuis 2015 membre élu du comité exécutif de la SIEDS. Historien de la philosophie moderne, il s’intéresse notamment aux débats autour du cartésianisme et de l’immatérialisme, à la résurgence du scepticisme aux 17e et 18e siècles, et à l’influence de ce courant philosophique sur la pensée des Lumières. Parmi ses derniers travaux, on peut noter Descartes et ses critiques (2011), Scepticism in the Eighteenth Century. Enlightenment, Lumières, Aufklarüng (2013), Hume et la religion (2013), Pour et contre le scepticisme. Théories et pratiques de l’antiquité aux Lumières (2015), Berkeley Revisited: Moral, Social and Political Philosophy (2015), Academic Skepticism in the Development of Early Modern Philosophy(2017) et Voltaire philosophe (2017).

d.fuldaDaniel FULDA (Germany)

Daniel Fulda is Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Enlightenment Studies in Halle (Germany) and Professor of Modern German Literature at the University of Halle–Wittenberg. His research focuses on the interrelation between historiography and aesthetics, on literary genres, on the cultures of erudition and on the shaping of modern cultural patterns in the Enlightenment. His most recent book is "Die Geschichte trägt der Aufklärung die Fackel vor." Eine deutsch-französische Bild-Geschichte (2017). Since 2015, he is an elected member of the ISECS’ Executive Committee, where he is co-responsible for the International Review of Eighteenth-Century Studies. Together with J.-Chr. Abramovici he is the editor of the third volume (2017) Lumières et classicisme/Enlightenment and classicism/Aufklärung und Klassizismus.

General secretary

a.m.raoAnna Maria RAO (Italy)

Anna Maria Rao est professeur d’Histoire moderne à l’Université de Naples Federico II. Actuellement membre du comité exécutif de la SIEDS, elle a été Présidente de la Commission Internationale d’Histoire de la Révolution française (2000-2005) et de la Société italienne d’études sur le XVIIIe siècle (2002-2008). Elle a publié de nombreux travaux sur l’histoire politique et culturelle de l’Italie au XVIIIe siècle, sur la période révolutionnaire, sur l’histoire de l’historiographie des Lumières. Parmi ses derniers ouvrages : Entre enseignement et recherche. L’histoire de la Révolution française, 2015 (éd.); Napoleonic Italy: Old and New trends in historiography, 2015 (art.); Collections d’antiquités, marché, identité nationale. Naples et la France à la fin du XVIIIe siècle, 2017 (art.).

c.sethCatriona SETH (France)

Catriona Seth is a Professor at the University of Oxford and at the Université de Lorraine. She has held visiting positions at IU (Bloomington), Augsburg, Gafsa (Tunisia) and Queen's (Belfast). She works on French Literature and Cultural History of the long eighteenth-century and has written on subjects as diverse as poetry, the novel, autobiography and women’s memoirs, smallpox inoculation and literary representations of a historical figure like Marie Antoinette. She is the current president of the French Society for 18th-century Studies (SFEDS) and a Fellow of the British Academy.

Assistant secretary

d.goodmanDena GOODMAN (USA)

Dena Goodman is Lila Miller Collegiate Professor of History and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research focuses on the French Enlightenment, women, and gender. Her publications include The Republic of Letters: A Cultural History of the French Enlightenment (1994) and Becoming a Woman in the Age of Letters (2009). She is also co-director of the digital Encyclopedia of Diderot and d’Alembert Collaborative Translation Project ( In 2016-17 she served as president of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies; she is currently an elected member of the ISECS Executive Committee. 

Kenta OHJI (Japan)



s.p.hansenSøren Peter HANSEN (Denmark)

Søren Peter Hansen is Associate Professor in Scandinavian language and literature at The Danish Technical University, and a former teacher at the University of Copenhagen and Roskilde High School. He has specialized in Scandinavian literature from the 18th Century. His research interests are primarily focused on the Scandinavian novel in the 18th Century and on the Swedish poet Carl Michael Bellman. Since 2001 he has been President of the Danish Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and since 2009 elected member of the Danish Society for Language and Literature (DSL). He organized the ISECS-conference, Joy and Laughter in The 18th Century in Kolding, Denmark, 2010. His latest book (edited together with Thomas Bredsdorff) is a thematic anthology containing articles dealing with: Questions of the 21st Century – Answers from the 18th Century. (Copenhagen 2017).

Assistant treasurer

c.brunstromConrad BRUNSTRÖM (Ireland)

Conrad Brunström is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Maynooth University, Ireland.  His areas of specialisation include eighteenth-century English poetry, oratory, theatre history, the rhetoric of nationalism, and Queer Studies.  He has served on the ISECS executive committee both as delegate of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society (ECIS) and as directly elected executive committee member (since 2015).  He currently serves on the publications subcommittee of ISECS and on the editorial board of its journal IRECS/SIEDS.

m.s.seguinMaria Susana SEGUIN (Argentina)

Maria Susana Seguin est maître de conférences HDR en littérature française du XVIIIe siècle à l'Université Paul Valéry Montpellier III. Elle est membre permanent de l'IHRIM (Institut d'Histoire des Représentations et des Idées dans les Modernités UMR 5317 du CNRS, ENS de Lyon), et membre senior de l'Institut Universitaire de France. Ses travaux portent sur le rapport entre sciences, philosophie et littérature. Elle dirige deux projets en Humanités numériques, « Philosophie clandestine » ( et « MHARS » (Mémoires et Histoire de l'Académie Royale des Sciences). Elle est directrice adjointe de La Lettre clandestine, revue annuelle consacrée à l'étude des manuscrits philosophiques clandestins (Paris, Classiques Garnier). Elle est vice-présidente et déléguée de l'Association Argentine d'Étude du XVIIIe siècle, qu'elle a contribué à créer.


l.berglundLisa BERGLUND (USA)

Lisa Berglund is Professor of English at Buffalo State College in Buffalo, New York, USA. On July 1, 2017, she became Executive Director of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies. Her research focuses on Hester Lynch Piozzi, Samuel Johnson, and the history of English language lexicography. She formerly served as president of the Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies; board member of the East Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies; and from 2007 to 2013 as Executive Secretary of the Dictionary Society of North America.

b.careyBrycchan CAREY (United Kingdom)

Brycchan Carey is Professor of English at Northumbria University. He has published widely on the literature and cultural history of slavery and empire, and is the author or editor of several books including From Peace to Freedom: Quaker Rhetoric and the Birth of American Antislavery, 1658-1761 (Yale University Press, 2012) and British Abolitionism and the Rhetoric of Sensibility: Writing, Sentiment, and Slavery, 1760–1807 (Palgrave, 2005). He is an active member of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, organised the BSECS conference from 2007 to 2009, and was Treasurer of BSECS from 2010 to 2015. He is currently the BSECS International Officer and the chair of the organising committee for the 2019 International Congress on the Enlightenment in Edinburgh ( He has been the UK delegate to the ISECS executive committee since 2013.

m.debowskiMarek DĘBOWSKI (Poland)

Marek Dębowski est professeur à l’Université Jagellon de Cracovie. Il a fait ses études à Cracovie et à Nancy, a soutenu en 1987 à Cracovie une thèse de doctorat sur Le style du jeu des acteurs tragiques polonais à la fin de l’époque des Lumières. Il a été successivement maître assistant et maître de conférence à l’Université Jagellone à Cracovie, puis, de 1988 à 1993 lecteur et chargé des cours à l’Université de Grenoble 3 (Université Stendhal). De 2002 à 2011 il a été à Cracovie maître de conférence habilité (thèse d’habilitation en 2001, sur Le contexte français du théâtre polonais à l’époque des Lumières) et depuis 2012 professeur. Il a consacré la plus grande part de ses recherches au théâtre européen, notamment polonais et français du XVIIIe et du début du XIXe siècle. Son dernier livre Jean Potocki et le théâtre polonais entre Lumières et premier romantisme est paru chez Classiques Garnier en 2014. Marek Dębowski est vice-président de la Société polonaise d’étude du XVIIIe siècle et son délégué à la SIEDS.

f.j.dijksterhuisFokko Jan DIJKSTERHUIS (Netherlands/Belgium)

Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis (1965) is Associate Professor of History of Science at the University of Twente and Thijssen-Schoute Professor of Early Modern Knowledge History at the Free University, Amsterdam. His research is in the cultural history of early modern knowledge practices and the emergence of categories of science, technology and society. He is chair of the Dutch-Belgian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (Werkgroep 18de Eeuw).

a.c.dos.santosAntônio Carlos DOS SANTOS (Brazil)

Antônio Carlos dos Santos est Directeur de recherche au CNPQ et Professeur d’éthique et philosophie politique à l’Université Fédérale de Sergipe, Brésil, depuis 1992. Son sujet de recherche est le thème de la tolérance chez John Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau et Voltaire. Il a publié des articles au Canada, France, Bulgarie, Chili, Pérou et, bien sûr, au Brésil. Son plus récent livre : Temps, histoire et société, São Paulo : Humanitas, 2016, 234 p. Il est délégué de l'ABES (Association brésilienne d'étude du dix-huitième siècle).

a.gaillardAurélia GAILLARD (France)

Aurélia Gaillard est professeur de littérature française à l’Université Bordeaux Montaigne. Elle a pour domaines de spécialité le fabuleux (fables, mythes, contes), la littérature et les arts (peinture, sculpture, illustration) et s’intéresse particulièrement à la période rococo. Derniers ouvrages parus : Diderot, Le Neveu de Rameau, Agrégation de Lettres, Ellipses, 2016 (p. 179-268); Montesquieu, Les Lettres persanes, Atlande, 2013; Le Corps des statues : le vivant et son simulacre à l’âge classique (de Descartes à Diderot), Champion, 2003.

h.heppnerHarald HEPPNER (Austria)

Harald Heppner is specialized on 18th Century Studies on South Eastern Europe. Member of ISECS since 1985. Former president of the Austrian Society for 18th Century Studies, Representative of this Society in ISECS 2007‒2015, local coordinator of the 13th ISECS Congress in Graz (2011). Actually president of the Society for 18th Century Studies on South Eastern Europe, founded 2016 in Graz. He is preparing a study on "Future between Yesterday and Tomorrow. South Eastern Europe in the long 18th Century".

s.holmSophie HOLM (Finland)

Sophie Holm is a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Helsinki and a member of the Academy of Finland research project Agents of Enlightenment. Changing the Minds in Eighteenth-Century Northern Europe. Her research focuses on the cultural history of diplomacy in the Baltic Sea region. She has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Finnish Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies since 2012 and its ISECS Delegate since 2017. She is also an assisting editor for the journal Historisk tidskrift för Finland.

m.hydeMelissa HYDE (USA)

Melissa Hyde is professor of art history and Research Foundation professor at the University of Florida (UF). Her field is 18th- and 19th-century European art, with an emphasis on cultural history, gender studies, feminist theory, and the history of art criticism. She teaches courses on European art (especially French), and on gender and the visual arts. She has taught in UF’s study abroad programs in Paris and Florence, and has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards. Some of them include the College of Fine Arts Teacher of the Year and College of Fine Arts International Educator of the Year in 2005 and 2011. In 2017, she was named College of the Arts’ Teacher-Scholar of the Year, and was the college’s nominee for UF’s Distinguished Alumni Professor. She was awarded a UF Research Foundation Professorship in 2008-11, and again for 2016-18. Hyde’s research and publications focus on gender and visual culture in 18th-century France.  Her recent work focuses on women artists. Hyde’s books include “Making Up the Rococo: François Boucher and his Critics” (2006), and several co-edited volumes, the most recent being “Rococo Echo: Art, Theory and Historiography from Cochin to Coppola,” a collection of essays that considers the afterlives of the Rococo from the 19th-century to the present. In 2018, she will serve as president of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

lee.y.mLEE Young-Mock (Korea)

Young-Mock Lee est professeur de littérature française et vice-doyen de la Faculté des Humanités à l’Université Nationale de Séoul (Corée du Sud). Il a été également secrétaire général de la Société coréenne d’étude du XVIIIe siècle de 2006 à 2008. Depuis sa thèse de doctorat sur la « Pensée politique de Diderot au temps de l’Encyclopédie », son domaine principal de recherche englobe la pensée philosophique et l’œuvre littéraire de Diderot ainsi que des écrivains des Lumières comme Montesquieu et La Mettrie. D’autre part, il a publié des articles sur des écrivains de l’Afrique francophone tels que Frantz Fanon, Mohammed Dib ou Ferdinand Oyono et il a dirigé récemment la publication d’un livre collectif intitulé L’Afrique noire, mais pas sombre (Séoul, 2014). Il s’agit, dans ses deux axes de recherches, de réinterpréter dans le contexte actuel le rapport problématique entre l’universalisme et la diversité culturelle, deux inventions de la philosophie des Lumières.

c.martinChristophe MARTIN (France)

Christophe Martin is Professor of French literature at the Université Paris-Sorbonne. He specializes in eighteenth-century literature, and particularly Fontenelle, Marivaux, Montesquieu, Diderot and Rousseau. His research focuses on the links between fiction, anthropology and philosophy in the 18th century. He is the author of Espaces du féminin dans le roman français du dix-huitième siècle (Oxford, Voltaire Foundation, SVEC 2004: 01), « Dangereux Suppléments ». L’illustration du roman en France au dix-huitième siècle (Louvain-Paris, Peeters, 2005), « Éducations négatives ». Fictions d’expérimentation pédagogique au dix-huitième siècle (Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2010), Diderot. La Religieuse (Paris, Gallimard, 2010), Mémoires d’une inconnue. La Vie de Marianne de Marivaux (Rouen, PURH, 2014), L’Esprit des Lumières. Histoire, literature, philosophie (Paris, A. Colin, 2017). He has edited several volumes and published widely on eighteenth-century French literature.

r.minutiRolando MINUTI (Italy)

Rolando Minuti is Professor of Modern History at the University of Florence. His researches are mainly directed to the European historical culture during the long XVIIIth century, the representations of the Orient, the work of Montesquieu and other leading authors of the Age of Enlightenment. Among his publications: Oriente barbarico e storiografia settecentesca, Venezia, Marsilio, 1994; Montesquieu, Spicilège. Edité par R. Minuti, et annoté par S. Rotta, Oxford, The Voltaire Foundation, 2002; Orientalismo e idee di tolleranza nella cultura francese del primo ‘700, Firenze, Olschki, 2006; Una geografia politica della diversità. Studi su Montesquieu, Napoli, Liguori, 2015.

s.okiSayaka OKI (Japan)

Sayaka Oki est chercheur en histoire des sciences et des techniques, et professeure à l’Université de Nagoya (Japon). Son sujet de recherche est l'histoire sociale des sciences au XVIIIe siècle en Europe. Elle a plusieurs publications sur l'Académie des sciences de Paris et sur la pensée de Condorcet, en trois langues. Elle est membre du comité exécutif de la société japonaise depuis 2014, et se charge de la relation internationale.

i.parvevIvan PARVEV (Bulgaria)

Ivan Parvev is a Professor for Early Modern and Modern History of South-East Europe at the St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia. He is a former president of the Bulgarian Society for 18th Century Studies. His research interests cover different aspects of the 18th century’s decades – for example the history of the Eastern Question, the Habsburg-Ottoman relations, and the German political press and the Balkans.

s.stockhorstStefanie STOCKHORST (Germany)

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Stockhorst holds the chair for Early Modern German Literature (16-18th Century) at the University of Potsdam. She has been President of the German Society for 18th-Century Studies since 2014 and a Delegate Member of the Executive Committee of the ISECS since 2008. She was a visiting scholar in London, Cambridge, Yale, and Oxford. Her research focuses on 17th- and 18th-Century poetology and genre theory, German enlightenment (Friedrich Nicolai, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing), interrelations between medicine and literature, European cultural history and intercultural relations (cultural transfer). Her recent publications include edited books on “Symphilologie. Formen der Kooperation in den Geisteswissenschaften” (with Marcel Lepper and Vinzenz Hoppe) (2016), “Krieg und Frieden im 18. Jahrhundert. Kulturgeschichtliche Studien” (2015), and “Epoche und Projekt. Perspektiven der Aufklärungsforschung” (2013).

l.turcotLaurent TURCOT (Canada)

Laurent Turcot est titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en histoire des loisirs et des divertissements. Professeur en histoire à l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières et membre du Centre interuniversitaire d'études québécoises, il est spécialiste de l’histoire européenne et canadienne du XVIe au XIXsiècle. Il est l’auteur du Promeneur à Paris au XVIIIe siècle (Gallimard, 2007). En avril 2015, Jean-Clément Martin et Laurent Turcot publient, à la suite de la polémique entourant le jeu, un ouvrage intitulé Au cœur de la Révolution : les leçons d'histoire d'un jeu vidéo, publié chez Vendémiaire. Il est également l’auteur de Sports et Loisirs. Une histoire des origines à nos jours (Gallimard, 2016) et, en collaboration avec Stéphanie Neveu, de Vivre et survivre à Montréal au 21siècle (Hamac, 2016).

a.w.pontenAnnika WINDAHL PONTÉN (Sweden)

Annika Windahl Pontén is a PhD candidate in History of Ideas and Science at Uppsala University, Sweden. Her research project for the dissertation is on identity and materiality in the household of Carl Linnaeus. Research interests includes various aspects of material culture and cultural history such as dress and textiles or music and dance. These interests are both of theoretical and practical nature. Annika works as visitors coordinator at Uppsala University and Uppsala University Library. Since 2013 she has been treasurer of the Swedish Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, and delegate to ISECS since 2015.

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