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.


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Austen at 200
24 May - 14 July 2017
A series of events to commemorate Jane Austen’s writing and her legacy marking the 200th anniversary of her death.
Austen at 200

York Festival of Ideas 
6-18 June 2017

York Festival of Ideas 2017
With over 180 events, including talks, performances and exhibitons, the Festival has an event for all ages and interests!
Talks of especial interest include: What Matters in Jane Austen?, Recreating 18th-century Interiors at the V&A, The Enduring Appeal of Jane Austen.

Powerful Emotions / Emotions & Power c. 400-1850
28-29 June 2017
An international collaborative conference on the theme of Powerful Emotions / Emotions and Power c.400-1850 jointly hosted by The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and the Centres for Medieval Studies, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York. 


Emma Major, senior lecturer at CECS, discusses the 'Gin Craze' on BBC Radio 4's In Our Time

You can listen to the podcast (with extra content on women, gin and spontaneous combustion!) via the programme website.


BARS 2017: Romantic Improvement

We are excited to announce that the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies and Department of English and Related Literature will host Romantic Improvement, the 15th International Conference of the British Association for Romantic Studies from 27-30 July 2017.

The keynote speakers are Catherine Hall (UCL), Jon Klancher (Carnegie Mellon), Nigel Leask (Glasgow), and Jane Rendall (York).

See the Call for Papers by clicking on the logo below.


All enquiries: BARS2017@york.ac.uk‌

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.