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All welcome.  If you are interested in presenting your research into any aspect of the long eighteenth century, please contact the organisers.


Summer Term 2017

Week 1, Tuesday 18 April, 6pm, KG/07: Randall Reinhard, University of Edinburgh
John Sterling and the Reinterpretation of Romantic Social Criticism

Week 3, Tuesday 2 May, 6pm, KG/07: Emily Sugerman, University of Western Ontario
The Wandering Jew, Superlongevity, and Chronicle History

Week 5, Tuesday 16 May, 6pm, KG/07: Rachel Sulich, University of Leeds
Suicide in the 'Season of Frantic Riot': Self-Destruction in Conservative Idealogy of the 1790s

Week 7, Tuesday 30 May, 3pm, KG/07: Alessio Mattana, University of Leeds
'The Testimony of the Accomplice': Henry Fielding and the Law of Evidence
Note the change from the unual time. This event is followed by the Annual Stephen Copley Lecture (5pm) 

Week 8, Monday 5 June, 4pm, Berrick Saul Treehouse, PG workshop: Tita Chico, ‘Joining Scholarly Conversations: Academic Publishing, in Theory and Praxis’.
Please register here for this event, so that we can confirm numbers for catering.

Week 9, Tuesday 13 June, 6pm, KG/07: Montana Davies-Shuck, Northumbria University
Fashioning the Fop: Charles II and the Politics of Dress

Week 10, Tuesday 20 June 



Spring Term 2017

All sessions will take place at 6pm, in KG/07, and will finish between 7pm and 7.30pm. After the session, we will continue conversation over drinks at the Lamb and Lion. We look forward to seeing you there!


Week 3, Tuesday 24 Jan: Alison Horgan, University of Sheffield

‘I always tremble when you take up the pruning hook’: Thomas Percy, William Shenstone, Poetry and Gardening


Week 5, Tuesday 7 Feb: Ben Jackson, Queen Mary, University of London

Cultivating the Body: Fashion Dolls and Fashionable Women (1760-1780)


Week 7, Tuesday 21 Feb: Michael Falk, University of Kent

Bush Gothic: Charles Harpur’s The Tragedy of Donohoe (1835)


Week 9, Tuesday 7 March: Thomas Archambaud, University of Paris Sorbonne

From Gaelic poetry to colonial patronage: James Macpherson and the rehabilitation of Scottish Highlanders in the 18th century


Week 10, Tuesday 14 March: Jenny Buckley, University of York

Antagonistic Essays: Daniel Defoe’s Periodicals and the Art of Spying


Autumn Term 2016

All sessions (apart from the Welcome Party) will take place at 6pm, in KG/07, and will finish between 7pm and 7.30pm. After the session, we will continue conversation over drinks at the Lamb and Lion. We look forward to seeing you there!

Week 1, Tuesday 27 September, CECS Welcome Party! 5.30pm, King’s Manor, K/G74

Week 3, Tues 11 Oct, Fiona Milne, University of York “William Godwin, John Thelwall and the surveillance climate of the 1790s”

Week 5, Tues 25 Oct, Gemma Tidman , Wolfson College, Oxford “The Literary Art of the Legislator: Rousseau, Julie, and the Political Power of the Novel”

Week 7, Tues 8 Nov, Tom Froh, University of Manchester "Failing to Keep Time: Libertine Temporality in the Late Eighteenth-Century Novel"

Week 9, Tues 22 Nov, Harrie Neal, University of York, and Hannah Jeans, University of York “Mary Shelley and the Vegan Politics of Withdrawing in Disgust”  “‘Reading unprofitable romances': Conversion Narratives and Englishwomen's Reading Habits in the Seventeenth Century"

Week 10, Tues 29 Nov, Jessica Clement, University of York “Articulating Suffering: Elizabeth Singer Rowe and Nonconformist Narrative”


*** Dates for your Diary***

Wednesday 5 Oct, 5pm - Workshop with Cynthia Wall (University of Virginia)

Monday 17 Oct, 4pm - Workshop with Jennie Batchelor (University of Kent)

Tuesday 1 November - CECS Postgrad Forum will be doing a trip to meet our C18th

Postgrad counterparts at the University of Sheffield. This will be a lunchtime/afternoon trip to attend one of their PG Forum sessions and make merry. All welcome!


Summer Term 2016

All Forums held at King’s Manor, Room KG/07 from 6.oopm, unless stated otherwise. 

May 3rd - Corrina Readioff (University of Liverpool) ‘a Poetic Battle: Epigraphic Rivalry in the Tatler and the Female Tatler’

May 10th - Sky Duthie (University of York) ‘Consuming Tyranny: Radical Critiques of Meat-Eating in the 1790s’

May 17th - Brianna Elyse Robertson-Kirkland (University of Glasgow) ‘Venanzio Rauzzini (1746 – 1810): ‘The father of a new style of English singing and a new race of singers’’

May 24th - Miriam Al Jamil (KCL/Birkbeck) ‘‘She who is milk-white’, Galatea among the Marbles. Or: the Connoisseur's Women’

May 31st - David Barrow (University of York) ‘‘Not thus did I expect to see the King’: Alfred the Great & the American Revolution on the London Stage, 1771-1778’

June 7th - Alexander Hardie-Forsyth (University of York) ‘Laurence Sterne's Textual Commerce’


Spring Term 2016

All Forums held at King’s Manor, Room KG/07 from 6.oopm, unless stated otherwise. 

February 9th – Daniel Reed (Oxford Brookes) ‘Religion, Commerce and Liberty: Representations of the Northern Church in Eighteenth Century Newspapers’, 


February 16th – Yusuke Wakazawa (University of York) ‘Writing the Global: The Scottish Enlightenment as Literary Practice’,                                                                               

February 23rd – Madeleine Pelling (University of York) ‘The Garden as Plenty: Multi-Sensory Experience and Feminine Craft in the Eighteenth-Century Flower Garden’,          

March 1st –  Harold Guizar (University of York) 'Debating the "Noblesse Militaire": From the edict of November 1750 to the Coyer-d'Arcq affair of 1756'.

March 8th – Helen Metcalfe (University of Manchester) ‘United by Friendship: Bonds of Affection between Bachelors and their Female Friends’.                                                                    


Autumn Term 2015

October 27th-- Lauren Nixon (University of Sheffield) ‘Feudalism, Chivalry and Chevaliers: Exploring Masculinity in the works of Ann Radcliffe’

November 3rd—Kathy Keown (Oxford) “No More in Trifles Take Delight:” Redefining Eighteenth Century Women’s Sociable Verse”

November 10th— Simon Quinn (York) ‘Military orientalism and the Soldier-Traveler in Egypt, 1801’

November 17th—Madeleine Pelling (York) ‘The Garden as Plenty: Multi-Sensory Experience and Feminine Craft in the Eighteenth Century Flower Garden’

November 24th—William Tullet (King’s College London) ‘Smell and the Eighteenth-Century 'Perceptual Revolution’'


Summer Term 2015

Tue 21st April - Shotaro Hagita (York) ‘Calico made 'em mad: riot and consumption in 1719-20’

Tue 28th April – Josh Dight (York) ‘Illustrating the Story of Trafalgar: The Place of Memory of Nelson’s Final Victory in Nineteenth Century Paintings from 1805-1905’

Tue 5th May - Kate Gibson (Sheffield) ‘For Love nor Money: Motivations for Adultery in the Late Eighteenth Century'

Tue 12th May – Laura Griffin (York) ‘Connections through Comedy: The Evolution of a British Sense of Humour’.


Spring Term 2015

27 January - Hannah Young (UCL) ‘Gender and slave-ownership: the absentee Duchess’.

 3 February - Naomi Billingsley (Manchester) '"Blake stands at the door and knocks": enacting apocalypse on Edward Young's Night Thoughts'.

 10 February - Alexander Hardie-Forsyth (York) '"The World however will fix the Value for us Both": Sterne and Public Judgement in the Eighteenth Century'.

 17 February - Elizabeth Spencer (York) '"We are transmogrified into milk-maids...": Imitation, emulation and the apron in eighteenth-century England'.


Autumn Term 2014

All Forums held at King’s Manor, Room KG/07 from 6.oopm, unless stated otherwise.

Week 5: Tue 28 October - Marissa Bolin (York)‘"The world is not their's, nor the world's law": Spinsterhood as Protest to Matrimonial Oppression in Austen's Emma’

Week 6: Tue 4 November - Ruth Mather (Queen Mary) ‘Rebellious Subjects, Rebellious Objects? Politics and material culture in English plebeian homes, c.1790-1820’

Week 7: Tue 11 November - Camille Pidoux (Oxford)  “He needs must whom the Devil drives; I am over shoes, and must over boots”: Crime, clothing and gentility in the Maclaine biographies

Week 8: Tue 18 November - Elizabeth Bobbit (York) '"The First of the Druid Race": Anne Radcliffe's Salisury Plains: Stonehenge and Questions of Contested Cultural Identity.'

Week 9: Tue 25 November - Katherine Fender(Oxford) '"The Birth-Place of Phantoms": Wales, Hemans and the Welsh Sublime'


Summer Term 2014


June 3rd – Katherine Fender (Oxford)    “The Birth-Place of Phantoms': Wales, Hemans and the Welsh Sublime”

June 10th – David Barrow (Uni of York)    The Ghost of Alfred: Reviving the Anglo-Saxons in Eighteenth Century Literature

June 17th – Jessica Haldeman (Uni of York)    “You Shall Shortly See the Face of God”: Mary Bosanquet Fletcher and the Call to Public Ministry


Spring Term 2014

All Forums held at King’s Manor, Room KG/07 from 4-6pm, unless stated otherwise.

January 21- Jennifer Wilkes (University of York)  ''Transpennine Enlightenment: literary and philosophical societies as regional network, 1780-1800"

February 18 – Duncan Robertson ( University of York)  Discipline and Disease: Scurvy and Captain Cook in the South Seas'.

February 25 – Anna Mercer (University of York)  Creative tension: how did Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley collaborate  after Frankenstein?'

March 4 – Rebecca Senior (University of York)  18th Century Funerary Sculpture – History of Art


Autumn Term 2013

All Forums held at King’s Manor, Room KG/07 from 4-6pm, unless stated otherwise.

October 8 – Introduction to the PG Forum (TIME CHANGE: STARTS AT 5PM)   
Short presentations by current PhD students about their research, followed   by the CECS Welcome Party

October 22 – Sarah Fox (Manchester)   'Continuity and Tradition: the "peculiar rites and customs" of childbirth in the Long Eighteenth Century’

October 29 - James Hillson (York)   'St Stephen’s Chapel and the Antiquarians: Recording, Restoration and Politics on Paper at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century (c. 1790-1820)'

November 5 – Sarah Burdett (York)   ' "Pleasanter to Read than to See": Elizabeth Inchabald's The Massacre and the turn from stage to page'

November 12 – James Baker (British Library)   'Killing the joke? Distance reading our way to a more meaningful understanding of the late-Georgian satirical print'

November 19 – Carolyn Dougherty (York)   'The Carrying Trade and 18th Century Economics'


Summer Term 2013

April 30  Adam Smith (Sheffield) 'The Dead themselves were not spared': Printed Prejudice in the Partisan Periodicals of Addison and Swift

May 7    Serena Dyer (Warwick) Squeezing, Transforming, Distorting: Representations of the Fashionable Body in Satirical Prints,  1750-1820.

May 14   Allison Goudie (Oxford) The royal likeness between the lines: Hidden silhouette imagery as a site for contesting post-revolutionary sovereignty.

May 21   Megan Kitching (Queen Mary)  Nature’s Volume: The philosophical poem as encyclopaedia.

             Rhys Jones (University of Wales) 'Ancient Britons, Gen'rous Bold & Free': Wilkes, Radical Nationalism, and the London Welsh Ancient Britons.

 May 28  Imogen Clarke (University of York) Widening the repertoire: an examination of transcription for the recorder in the late-Baroque period.

Abstract: Transcriptions of music for the recorder are common as the instrument is often thought of as one that has a limited repertory. This paper will examine the historical justification of repertoire transcribed for recorder and it will establish to what extent these transcriptions are a legitimate practice, addressing questions including, ‘at what point does transcription become unsuitable?’, and ‘at what point does it become no-longer successful, but detrimental to the musical affect?’. It will be shown that transcription of string repertoire can be historically justified as a legitimate exercise, and one which was historically embraced and practiced. 

 June 4   Michael Durrant (Manchester) Title to come

June 11   Sarah Maslov (University of York)  Title to come              

             Thomas Tyrrell (University of York)  The Apotheosis of Benjamin Franklin and Prometheus Unbound.

June 18 –

June 25   Sophie Coulombeau (University of York) Title to come 


Spring Term 2013

Tuesdays 4pm – 6pm, KG07

The CECS Postgraduate Forum is a student-lead interdisciplinary research group that meets on Tuesdays, 4-6pm, four times a term, to listen to and discuss papers from fellow York postgrads, students from other universities, and visiting professors, in a relaxed and friendly environment. The Forum is a perfect opportunity for students to practise conference papers, share ideas for dissertations, and gather feedback on essays and chapters.  We hope to see you there.

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Week 2, Tuesday 15th January
James Smith (Manchester) Warburton, Rousseau and the Taste for the Secret.

Week 3, Tuesday 22 January
Lindsay Porter (York) ‘Les Cris de Paris’ - street pedlars and the transmission of rumour during the French Revolution

Week 4, Tuesday 29 January
Catherine Redford (Bristol) Revolutions and ruins: Romantic visions of cyclical time and the fall of empires.

Week 6, Tuesday 12 February
Helena Whitbread (independent researcher) Romantic Friendship in Georgian York: Anne Lister's sexual sociability.

Week 7, Tuesday 19th February
Hannah Lyons (Tate Britain) Title TBC.


Autumn Term 2012

** Tuesday 9th October, 4.00 pm, PG Forum  Welcome session in KG07  **

Week Three - Tuesday 23rd October
Serena Dyer (Warwick) – Haptic Shopping: Selling techniques and the sensory consumption of dress, 1750-1800.
Adam James Smith (Sheffield) – “Forgeries, Calumnies and Wicked Artifices”: Evidence, Authority, and Authenticity in Joseph Addison’s The Free-Holder.

Week Four – Tuesday 30th October, 4:45 pm-6:45 pm *note change from usual time!*
Sophie Coulombeau (York) - "What mischiefs have arisen!" The philosophy and practice of personal naming 1700-1780.
Amy Milka (York) – Title TBC

Week Five – Tuesday 6th November
Susannah Brooke (Cambridge) – Harewood House, Hanover Square: a case study for private picture collections in London town houses (1780-1830)
Adam Perchard (York) – Title TBC

Week Six – Tuesday 13th November
James Smith (Manchester) – Telling Love from Shakespeare to Blake

Week Seven – Tuesday 20th November
Peter Collinge (Keele) – Defiance and acceptance: Dorothy Gretton and Derby Company of Mercers.


Summer Term 2012

Week 5 22nd May
Philip Jenkins (Salamanca)
The satirical treatment of the pedant and the virtuoso in the Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus.

Week 6 29th May
Ryan Hanley (Hull)
The Royal Slave: Nobility, Exoticism and African Identity in Britain, 1740-1760.

Week 8 12th June
Helen Williams (Northumbria)
“Mysterious Hieroglyphics”: Tristram Shandy and the Typographic Epitaph.

Week 9 19th June
Serena Dyer (York)
A Beautiful Bargain: Lady Sabine Winn's relationship with fashion.

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Spring Term 2012

Week 1 (10 January)
Emmanuel Saboro (WISE, Hull): ‘Our Fathers Shot Arrows’: Resistance to Slave Raiding and Enslavement in Bulsa Folksongs

Week 3 (24 January)
Harold Guízar (York): French Military Schools 1680-1789: A Historiographical Overview
Ruth Scobie (York): “Shall nought but ghosts and trinkets be display’d”?: Owhyhee and the Gothic in Late Eighteenth-Century England

Week 4 (31 January)
Jane Troughton (York): Music and marriage – an unharmonious union? Reflections on the role of music in the married life of Georgiana, 6th Countess of Carlisle (1783-1858)
Carolyn Dougherty (York): Appropriation, allusion and the standardisation
of feeling in the design of Hardwick Park (Sedgefield)

Week 7 (21 February)
Lucy Hodgetts: Radical Nostalgia in William Hone's Every-Day Book (1825-6) Ruth Mather (York): title TBC

Week 8 (28 February)
Andrea Sáenz (Courtauld Institute): Intimate objects: Madame de Pompadour, François Boucher, and the Art of the Interior

Emma Newport (King's College London): Women, Interiors and Interiority: The Impact of a Foreign Aesthetic on Domestic Space

Week 9 (6 March)
Sarah Goldsmith (York): Danger and Risk-taking: The Relationship between Continental Travel and War

Richard Jones (Cambridge): The Longevity of Luddism: Economic Precedent and Cultural Legacy


Autumn Term 2011


Week 1 (11 October)
Introduction to the CECS Postgraduate Forum (and drinks)

Week 2 (18 October) This session will now begin at 3.30pm, so that people can attend the Stephen Copley lecture at 5.30. K/122.
Adam Perchard (York): Mahound and Mahomet: The Deist Despotism of Rushdie and Voltaire
Arlene Leis (York): "A Gentleman is never at home": Visitor cards and Playful Sociability in Eighteenth-century London

Week 3 (25 October)
Sophie Coulombeau (York): “Nothing the Nearer Our Own Hearts and Interests”: The Point of the Name in Frances Burney's ‘Cecilia’

Week 4 (1 November)
Oliver Cox (Oxford): Landscapes of rivalry: Alfred the Great, Jeremiah Dixon, and the Yorkshire Petition of 1769

Week 5 (8 November) 11.15-2.15pm  Note change of usual time

*** Workshop with Professor Julie Carlson, UC Santa Barbara ***

We'll be discussing two pre-circulated chapters by Professor Carlson: "Living Off and On: The Literary Work of Mourning" and "Attached to Reading: Mary Shelley's Psychic Reality".

Week 6 (15 November)
Dillon Struwig (York): “But Kant I do not Understand”: Coleridge and the Early English Response to the Critical Philosophy, 1796-1801
Ian Calvert (Bristol): “First in Fame”: Tracing the Classical Origins of Byron's Celebrity

Week 7 (22 November)
Anthony Gray (York): The Transfer of the Portuguese Monarchy to Rio de Janeiro in 1807-1808: a “Tropical Versailles” or a World Turned Upside Down?

Week 8 (29 November)
Amy Milka (York): “Grande Conspiration”: The Jacobin Club and the Revolutionary “Complot” Narrative

Week 9 (6 December)
Kim Simpson (Kent): “The Woman Damns the Poet” : the Value of Reputation and the Eighteenth-Century Feminist Canon

Week 10 (13 December)
Ryan Hanley (Hull): Olaudah Equiano and the London Radicals in the 1790s
Joanna Wharton (York): Embodied Psychology and Female Sexual Agency in Mary Hays’ ‘Memoirs of Emma Courtney’






"...postgraduates have used the Forum as the occasion for giving their first papers, taking advantage of the warmly supportive – but constructively critical – nature of the Forum to build their confidence in publicly discussing their work"