The Australian and New Zealand Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ANZSECS) and the Australian Catholic University invite you to the 18th David Nichol Smith (DNS) Seminar for Eighteenth-Century Studies.*

In 2022, the DNS will be held on 7-9 December at the ACU Fitzroy Campus of ACU in Melbourne. It will convene in-person, but will also feature a digital hub hosting a suite of provocations from colleagues around the world. We are delighted to announce that the seminar will include three keynotes: Lynette Russell, ARC Laureate Professor at Monash University; Kevin Dawson, Associate Professor of History at UC Merced; and Miranda Stanyon, ARC DECRA Research Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne.

CALL FOR PAPERS [you can also download this as a PDF here]

We welcome proposals that address our theme, ‘The Marine Worlds of the Long Eighteenth Century.’ We seek to explore and understand the experiences, knowledges, and spaces of the sea and undersea from 1650 to 1850. We are particularly keen to highlight and interrogate how the ‘blue humanities,’ and the environmental humanities in general, are in conversation with the study of the eighteenth century across disciplines.

Topics may include:

  • human-animal relationships in eighteenth-century oceans
  • more-than-human oceans
  • ideas and practices exploring ocean depths and sea surfaces
  • oceanic lives: Indigenous, Black, gendered, plebeian, mercantile, imperial
  • queering the eighteenth-century ocean
  • feminist, subaltern, or decolonial knowledges of the marine
  • seacraft design and representation
  • maritime wrecks, disasters, and salvage operations
  • reinterpretations of piracy and seaborne conflict
  • marine and maritime labours, both free and unfree
  • sensing seascapes: sights, sounds, tastes, and smells
  • marine genres / oceanic forms
  • aquatic sports, leisure, and culture
  • relations between eighteenth-century studies and the blue humanities
  • marine geographies, or ‘thalassographies,’ in formation, relation, and conflict
  • philosophies and practices of sub/marine science
  • sea-languages of the long eighteenth century
  • submergence, diving, and drowning
  • marine worlds of coasts and shores
  • objects, things, and oceanic materialisms
  • marine memories, testimonies, and archives


We are seeking proposals for panels, workshops, and roundtables (see below). We are happy to help prospective applicants make connections between people in order to form or participate in a session. If this proves impossible, we will of course then accept a 200-word abstract for an individual paper. We are pleased to offer some travel bursaries to postgraduate students or unemployed scholars to assist in the cost of travel to Melbourne. If you would like to be considered for a travel grant, please indicate so in your proposal and include a three-page CV.

Please email proposals to by Monday, 1st August 2022