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Staff are drawn from the departments of Archaeology, English, History, and History of Art


Lively research community - individually and collaboratively explore culture, politics, literature, art and society

Combine your own research with intensive seminar study under the guidance of a leading expert in the field

Fairfax House, York

Castle Howard, North Yorkshire

The Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies is based at the historic King's Manor in the heart of York.

Our highly successful MA in Eighteenth Century Studies offers a wide choice of taught and practical modules, and our staff welcome proposals from students interested in pursuing a research degree.


Winner of the CECS Bigger 6 article prize announced

Tuesday 12 April 2022

Dr Omar F. Miranda is this year's winner with the article 'The Global Romantic Lyric'.

CECS Director co-winner of 2020 Rose Mary Crawshay Prize

Tuesday 28 September 2021

CECS Director Professor Gillian Russell is co-winner of the 2021 Rose Mary Crawshay Prize

CECS Student brings 1940s archive interviews to life in film project

Wednesday 15 September 2021

The interviews uncover everything from contemporary working lives to romantic relationships.

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London in 1810: Spanish American Independence at 27 Grafton Street

The year 1810 marked a watershed moment in the history of Latin America. During these months, several independent juntas, a set of provisional governments created during the French occupation of Spain, were established across the continent from Mexico to Argentina


Reproducing Race across the Black/White Atlantic: England and Jamaica in the mid-C18

Professor Catherine Hall presents this lecture which explores the reproduction of racial and gender hierarchies in the mid-C18.


Crocodiles in York: Jane Ewbank’s Diary (1804)

In the middle of the Napoleonic Wars, druggist’s daughter Jane Ewbank enjoyed a busy life in York: there were burglars at midnight, visits to York Theatre Royal, a gripping lecture on Thunder and Lightning - and a crocodile on display in Minster Yard. Discover Ewbank’s remarkable diary, her many activities and her unique circle of women friends with four members of York University’s Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies.

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