After arriving home from Sheffield, I barely had time to put my bags down. At 7am the next morning I was on my way to UAB (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), my university, where I was to deliver a talk at the BSECS postgraduate conference. This year’s BSECS postgrad was organised by UAB PhD Alex Prunean and BSECS postgraduate representatives Jessica Clement and Jack Orchard. The theme was “lifecycles” and it gathered a quite varied and international group of postgraduate and early career scholars working on different fields within the study of the Eighteenth-Century: from Art History to Musicology, with a wide representation from the Literary field.
It was a very illuminating and positive experience in which I had the chance to meet a lot of young academics, learn about different areas of study, and get inspiration and advice for my own upcoming PhD. I also am very grateful to see that the studies on the Eighteenth Century remain alive and well, with enthusiast young blood with new ideas and new perspectives, doing great work. Moreover, I was happy to see the more experienced members of the BSECS engage with young people such as myself, open to hearing our points of view and giving us voices. Overall, it had a great couple of days, felt very comfortable with the group and with my own presentation and left with a feeling of wanting more.
If you missed this year’s BSECS postgrad and wish to know what was discussed, Jack Orchard liveblogged part of the event and you can read that in Storify.
Thank you for having me, and I hope to see all of you soon!