Welcome to ISECS

Electronic voting to elect the next ISECS Executive Committee (2023-2027) is now open. All ISECS members whose names are listed in the directory have the right to vote. Voting closes on May 5, 2023. Please visit the 2023 ISECS Elections page for further information.

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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