The Congress will be organised by the Italian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SISSD) together with the partner Universities of Sapienza and Rome “Tor Vergata”, both with a long experience in organising international seminars and meetings. The managing body of the Italian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the ISECS-SIEDS steering committee will be in charge of scientific coordination.


SISSD- Società Italiana di Studi sul Secolo XVIII

Founded in 1978, in the occasion of the International Congress of Enlightenment Studies, the Italian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SISSD) aims to promote historical research on the eighteenth century in the various areas of study relevant to it. To this end, it aims to organize meetings, seminars, conferences and congresses, to be a point of reference for information and communication for the activities of individual scholars or groups interested in the various fields of research on the eighteenth century, to pursue any other initiative useful for the dissemination of studies on the age of the Enlightenment. It is a member of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS) and cooperates with the other national, regional and associated societies that refer to it. Consistently with its statutory purposes, since its foundation SISSD has distinguished itself for the promotion of research, working groups, editions of studies, documents and proceedings of conferences, for the organization of various types of meetings and the preparation of exhibitions, also availing itself of the collaboration of Italian and foreign bodies, and in particular of the sister companies belonging to the ISECS. The Society has also established relations with other cultural bodies and institutions, such as the MURST, the CNR, various Italian and foreign universities, the Italian National Historical Council, the Association of Italianists (ADI), the Historical Institute for the Risorgimento, the Basso Foundation, the Institute of the Italian Encyclopaedia, the Italian Institute for Philosophical Studies, the Interdisciplinary Research Centre on European Enlightenment in Halle, the Research Centre on European Enlightenment in Potsdam, the Voltaire Foundation, the Société Montesquieu and other national and international associations.

Sapienza University of Rome

More than 700 years of history, a total of 112,000 students and 4,000 professors: Sapienza is the largest University in Europe. Its mission is enhancing the development of the knowledge society through research, high-quality training and international cooperation. Scientific research in Sapienza involves a wide range of disciplines: world’s leader in Classical Studies from 2018 to 2022, it stands out in many domains, such as Archaeology, Physics, Astrophysics, Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Environment, Nanotechnologies, Cell and Gene Therapy, Design, Aerospace, Economics and Social Sciences. Some of its alumni and professors are Nobel prize winners (Giorgio Parisi Nobel in Physics 2021) or internationally-renowned scientists. The Faculty of Letters and Philosophy and the Rectorate will be the main venues of the Congress; they are both located within the premises of the University, near the Termini train and underground station.

University of Rome “Tor Vergata”

The University of Rome “Tor Vergata” is easily reachable from the Termini station by taking the underground line “A”. Second University of Rome since 1982, it will host some sessions of the Congress. Its design is inspired by Anglo-Saxon university campuses and it covers a 600-hectare area. As it is a very large facility, each of the six macro subjects of the university – Economics, Law, Engineering, Letters and Philosophy, Medicine and Surgery, Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences – has its own independent structure. This university hosts important research institutions, such as the CNR (National Research Centre) and the ASI (Italian Space Agency). No wonder that “Tor Vergata” is considered to be one of the most dynamic university complexes in Italy in terms of both teaching standards and research. Furthermore, inside the campus, the Polyclinic University Hospital Tor Vergata is fully operational, and an example of excellence and a regional, national and international benchmark. The Congress will be hosted in the Letters and Philosophy department, near the exit 19-20 of the Roman Grande Raccordo Anulare, a well-equipped, well-connected and easily accessible venue.