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Call for contributions: The health emergencies of the 18th century: political, social and cultural reflections


In human history, epidemics left a mark in every culture. Nevertheless there are societies that, at a first glance, seem to have suffered less than others the effects of the spread of pathogens, or even believed that they could finally eradicate or control infectious diseases, thanks to advances in medical and health knowledge. 

«Diciottesimo Secolo» is the official international open access journal of the Società Italiana di Studi sul Secolo XVIII (SISSD). It is committed to hosting critical debates covering a full range of eighteenth century subjects: from literature to history, from law to religion, from philosophy to science, from anthropology to the fine arts, from linguistics to ethics, from theatre to music. It is also intended as an instrument for providing updated information about current Italian research in eighteenth-century studies. Published annually and double blind peer reviewed, the journal is divided into three sections: “Essays”, “Critical Notes” and “Reviews”.


In addition to The health emergencies of the 18th century Dossier, the issue VI/2021 of “Diciottesimo Secolo” will consist of three further sections: “Essays”, “Critical Notes”, “Reviews”. Submissions for the “Essays” and “Dossier” sections are subject to double-blind peer reviews.

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2020.

Article length should not exceed the following number of characters (including spaces and footnotes):

Essays and Dossier  50,000;
Critical Notes  25.000;
Reviews  10,000.
Papers must be sent to the following address: along with a brief CV of the author.
We welcome papers in Italian, English and French.
Submissions for the “Essays” and “Dossier” sections must also include an abstract in English (max 600 characters, spaces included) and five keywords in English.


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