The Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies was founded in 1996 at the University of York and is based at the historic King's Manor in the heart of the city. Its staff members are drawn from the departments of Archaeology, English, History, and History of Art. The Centre has a lively research community within which students can individually and collaboratively pursue their interests in the history, culture, politics, literature, art and society of the period.

Postgraduate study

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Taught courses

Our highly successful MA in Eighteenth Century Studies offers a wide choice of taught and practical modules. As an MA student at York, you'll combine your own specialised research with intensive seminar study under the guidance of a leading authority in your field.

Research degrees

If you're interested in pursuing a research degree, our staff are experts on a wide range of topics. We're always happy to hear research proposals, so please get in touch.


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Being Citizens 1775-1832

An Interdisciplinary Symposium


Jon Mee, professor of 18th-century studies at the University of York and the R. Stanton Avery Distinguished Fellow at The Huntington, discusses the network of literary and philosophical societies that sprang up in response to the transformative experience of the Industrial Revolution in the north of England between 1780 and 1830.

You can listen here to Jon's lecture, 'Physics and "Belles Lettres": The Arts & the Sciences in the Industrial Revolution'.  Recorded 21 September, 2016.


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Call for Papers
"First Impressions": Faces, clothes and bodies, 1600-1800
CECS PG symposium
10 November 2016


Being Citizens 1775-1832 (PDF  , 183kb)

The Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies will host an interdisciplinary day conference Being Citizens, 1775-1832

Date: Saturday 3 December 2016

Speakers include Joanna Innes (Oxford), Mark Philp (Warwick), Carolyn Steedman (Warwick), G.M. Ditchfield (Kent), Stephen Daniels (Nottingham), Emma Macleod (Stirling), Jane Rendall (York), Harriet Guest (York), Catriona Kennedy (York) Naomi Pullin (Warwick), and Emma Major (York, organiser).

The event is funded by the British Academy as part of Emma Major's fellowship for her Faithful Citizens 1789-1829 project.

Tickets are available at


Programme to follow. Email enquiries to citizens@york.ac.uk