The Conference

We are delighted to host the LAPASEC 2023 conference in Essen from 3-5 March, 2023. LAPASEC has long been familiar to many eighteenth-century scholars as a well-loved series of French-German conferences. Its primary focus is the literature and culture of the British Isles in the long eighteenth century, but it is also open to eighteenth-century topics relating to France, Germany and further afield. The conference used to alternate between Landau and Paris (hence LAPASEC = Landau-Paris Symposia on the Eighteenth Century).

This Year's Topic: Conviviality and Sociability in the Long Eighteenth Century: Restoration to Romanticism

Please click here for the CfP (deadline for proposals: 10 June 2022).


LAPASEC 2023 is organised by its Essen hosts as well as Rémy Duthille and Tristan Coignard (Université Bordeaux Montaigne).

Conference Venue

Dating back to 1883, our conference venue Essener Hof is the oldest hotel still in existence in Essen, presenting an intriguing mix of Gothic and neo-classical architecture as well as much more recent stylistic features. Conveniently situated right in the heart of Essen, a short walk from the train station, it is a great location to make our conference a pleasantly convivial experience.

The LAPASEC conference series

Previous conferences

The LAPASEC conference series was initiated in 2003 by Peter Wagner (University of Koblenz-Landau) and Frédéric Ogée (Université Paris 7 - Denis Diderot). We continue their tradition in Bordeaux and Essen. Please click here for more information on previous conferences.

In Memoriam: Christoph Houswitschka

Professor Christoph Houswitschka (Bamberg), who had only recently taken over as German convenor from Peter Wagner, passed away all of a sudden on 10 February 2022. He will be dearly missed. Please click here to read the heartfelt obituary written by his colleagues at the Chair of British Literature at the University of Bamberg.

Conference Volumes

Selected papers of LAPASEC conferences are included in proceedings published by WVT (Trier). For a list of volumes, click here.