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

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.

Discover postgraduate study at York. Arts and Humanities Virtual Open Day. 21 November, 3 - 5pm BST. Ask us questions...


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Erasmus Darwin's Speaking Machine

Alice Rhodes (University of York


Institutions as Actors

The third workshop of the AHRC-funded 'Institutions of Literatures, 1700-1900' research network


Make sure to join us for our Virtual Open Day (21 Nov)!

CECS Postgraduate Forum - Call for Papers (PDF  , 199kb)
Working on a new chapter? Drafting an article? Want to develop as a presenter? Then we want to hear from you!

BARS 2017: Romantic Improvement

The Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies was proud to host BARS 2017: Romantic Improvement, the 15th international conference of the British Association for Romantic Studies, which took place at the King’s Manor from 27-30 July. The conference attracted scholars from around the world, with participants from as far afield as Australia and Japan, and saw panels on such diverse themes as Anglo-Spanish relations, Ecocriticism, and David Bowie. Some of the highlights of the event, as documented on Twitter, can be viewed here and on the BARS Blog.


CECS alumnus and postdoctoral research associate Dr Joanna Wharton has been awarded an Early Career Fellowship at Lichtenberg-Kolleg, the Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences. She will join the research group, Globalising the Enlightenment: Knowledge, Culture, Travel, Exchange, and Collections, to pursue a second monograph project: ‘Lines of Exchange: Literature, Friendship and Lunar Empire’. 

Dr Mary Fairclough, Lecturer in the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies and the Department of English and Related Literature, has a new publication: Literature, Electricity and Politics 1740–1840: ‘Electrick Communication Every Where’