Welcome to ISECS

Letter of protest from the President of ISECS to the Government of India regarding academic freedom (March 2021)

The International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, founded at the initiative of Theodore Besterman, promotes the growth, development and coordination of studies and research relating to the eighteenth century in all aspects of its cultural heritage (historical, philosophical, ideological, religious, linguistic, literary, scientific, artistic, juridical) in all countries, without exception; the Society is non-profit and non-political.

For more information, you may read our introduction to ISECS.

You can also follow us on Twitter (@isecs_sieds).



Professor Penelope Corfield (United Kingdom) was elected president of ISECS in 2019.



International congresses take place every 4 years attracting between 600 and 1,200 participants. The next congress will be held in Rome in 2023.


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