CECS Research Seminar Archives


Autumn Term 2018

2 October (Week 2)
Dr. Ingrid Horrocks (Massey University)
Augustus Earle’s Pedestrian Tour in New Zealand: or, Get off the Beach

4 October (Week 2) 
CREMS & CECS Joint Research Seminar
Professor David Harper (West Point)
‘Forgive Me Awful Poet:’ The Redemption and Rewriting of Paradise Lost

16 October (Week 4) 
Professor Jonathan Kramnick (Yale University) 
Criticism and Truth, on the Epistemology of Literary Studies

23 October (Week 5)
Dr. Andrea Haslanger (University of Sussex)
An End to War? Visions of Peace, Perpetual and Otherwise, During the Long Eighteenth Century

20 November (Week 9)
Dr. Kate Fullagar (Macquarie University, Australia)
Three Eighteenth-Century Lives: Challenges in Biography and Imperial History

22 November (Week 9)
CREMS & CECS Joint Research Seminar
Dr. Sue Vincent (York)
Style Wars: Fashioning Hair in Early Modernity


Summer Term 2018

17 April (Week 1)
Jennifer Germann (Ithaca College and Fulbright Scholar at University of York)
Seeing Black Women in Georgian London

8 May (Week 4) 
Alison Conway (University of British Columbia) 
Toleration, Interfaith Marriage, and the Novel in the Long Eighteenth Century

12 June (Week 9)
Elaine Chalus (University of Liverpool)
‘My Dearest Tussy’: Coping with Separation during the Napoleonic Wars

Spring term 2018

16 January (Week 2)
Richard Whatmore (University of St Andrews)
The end of Enlightenment

30 January (Week 4) 
Markman Ellis (QMUL) 
The tea-table, women, and gossip: Heterosociability and the public sphere in early eighteenth-century Britain

13 February (Week 6)
Manushag Powell (Purdue University)
Mapping piracy in Defoe

27 February (Week 8)
Kathleen Lubey (St. John’s University)
Looking backward at eighteenth-century English pornography


Autumn term 2017

3 October (Week 2) 
Eugenia Zuroski, McMaster University 
The Cat-Arion of Strawberry Hill: Bentley’s Illustrations for Gray’s Poem about the Death of Walpole’s Cat

17 October (Week 4) 
Barbara Benedict, Trinity College 
Gender and Things in Pope and Austen

7 November (Week 7) 
John Styles, University of Hertfordshire 
Fibres and Fashion in the British Industrial Revolution, 1700-1800 

14 November (Week 8) 
Matthew Campbell, University of York 
Whigs, Weavers and Fire-Worshippers: Irish Poetry in Transition, 1789-1817


Summer Term 2017

Tuesday 25 April (Week 2) 
Nick Treuherz, University of York
‘Are you talking to me? Questions of audience in Voltaire’s Letters Concerning the English Nation or Philosophical Letters?’

Tuesday 9 May (Week 4) 
Mary Peace, Sheffield Hallam University
‘The Magdalens and the Performance of Virtue: Kelly, Sterne and Crebillon’

Tuesday 23 May (Week 6) 
Anne Vila (University of Wisconsin)
"Dangerous Spectacles: the Convulsionnaires and the Anti-Philosophical Movement in 1760s Paris"

Tuesday 6 June (Week 8) 
Tita Chico (University of Maryland)
‘The Experimental Imagination: Literary Knowledge and Science in the British Enlightenment’

Spring Term 2017

Tuesday 17 January (Week 2)
Katharina Boehm (Universität Regensburg)
Crafting the Past in Sarah Scott’s Millenium Hall

Tuesday 31 January (Week 4)
Adam Budd (University of Edinburgh)
Publishing, Patronage, and the Library of Liberty: Andrew Millar and Thomas Hollis in 1765

Tuesday 14 February (Week 6)
Ilya Berkovich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
The Army of Joseph II and the Coming of the French Revolutionary Wars

Tuesday 28 February (Week 8)
Kate Smith (University of Birmingham)
Confronting Loss in Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Britain

Autumn Term 2016

Tuesday 4 October (Week 2)
Cynthia Wall (University of Virginia)
Grammars of Approach: Landscape, Narrative, and the Linguistic Picturesque

Tuesday 18 October (Week 4)
Jennie Batchelor (University of Kent)
‘To cherish female ingenuity and to conduce to female improvement’: the Lady's and the birth of the woman’s magazine

Tuesday 1 November (Week 6)
Joanna Norman (V&A)
Representing Interior Spaces: Two eighteenth-­ÔÇÉcentury period rooms at the V&A

Tuesday 15 November (Week 8)
John Chu (Courtauld Institute/National Trust)
Drawn Indoors: John Constable’s idle works

Tuesday 29 November (Week 10)
Eric Parisot (Flinders University, Adelaide)
Laughing at John Damer: The Reformative Ethics of George Coleman's The Suicide, A Comedy (1778)



Summer Term 2016

Tuesday 19 April (Week 2)
Geoff Quilley (University of Sussex)
Inside empire looking out: the view from Dent's veranda

Tuesday 3 May (Week 4)
Leigh Wetherall-Dickson (Northumbria University)
“To Keep my name in capitals, like Kean”:
‘A New Canto’, Caroline Lamb and notoriety

Tuesday 17 May (Week 6)
Susan Snell (Museum of Freemasonry, London)
An insight into Eighteenth century masonic mystery: using resources at the Library and Museum of Freemasonry to uncover relationships, ritual and reason

Tuesday 31 May (Week 8)
Elaine McGirr (Royal Holloway)
Celebrity Parts: from Nell Gwyn’s breasts to Colley Cibber’s shirts


Spring Term 2016

Tuesday 12 January 
Koji Yamamoto (CRAASH, Cambridge) 
'The speculation that dared not speak its name: James Brydges the first duke of Chandos during the South Sea Bubble'

Tuesday 26 January 
Clare Haynes (UEA) 
'Faithful Representation or Deist propaganda? William Hogarth’s narrative of Christ’s Ascension in its artistic and theological contexts'

Tuesday 9 February
Amy Garnai (Tel Aviv University) 
'Thomas Holcroft’s Diary'

Tuesday 23 February 
Richard Taws (UCL) 
'Conté’s Machines: Drawing, Atmosphere, and Erasure in Post-Revolutionary France'


Autumn Term 2015

Tuesday 6th October 
Jim Walvin (University of York),
'Slavery in Small Things'

Tuesday 20th October 
Ted Royle (University of York),
'The Yorkshire Election of 1807'

Tuesday 3rd November 
Clara Tuite (University of Melbourne) 
'Lord Byron's Preposterous Liberalism'

Tuesday 10th November 
Arianne Chernock (Boston University)
'The Radicalism of Female Rule in Enlightenment Britain'

Tuesday 8th December
Cynthia Wall (university of Virginia) 
'Grammars of Approach: Landscape, Print, and Narrative'



Summer Term 2015

CECS Waterloo public lectures

Spring Term 2015

Tuesday 13 January
Rebekah Higgitt (Kent)
'A "small invisible man": Putting Nevil Maskelyne on display in Greenwich

Tuesday 17 February
Richard Ansell (York)
'Travel and family strategy in the late 17th century: the Percevals of Co. Cork'

Tuesday 24 February
John Brewer (Caltech) 
'Sublime Tourism, Neapolitan Science and Counter-Revoltuion: Vesuvius and Pompeii in the late 18th and early 19th century'

Tuesday 3 March
James Davey ( National Maritime Museum)
'The Birth of Naval History: Audience and objectivity in 18th Century historical writing'

Tuesday 10 March
Jan Loop (Kent)
'The sacred and the profane: European oriental Scholars and the interpretations of religious rituals'


Autumn Term 2014

21 October 2014
Dr Hannah Williams (St John's College, Oxford)
'Rethinking Religion in 18th-century Paris'

28 October 2014
Dr Ted Vallance (Roehampton University)
'"This shall control the Female Pow'r/ And fix the British Crown secure." Women, politics and the 1723 oath to George 1'

25 November 2014
Professor Ian Haywood (Roehampton University)
'Pandemonium: the soundscapes of radicalism'



Summer Term 2014

29 April 2014 
Dr Richard Johns, University of York
'The Sea Triumph of Charles II'

13 May 2014 
Dr Laura Kirkley, Newcastle University
‘Rational Marriage and Erotic Love: Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Holcroft, and Isabelle de Montolieu's Caroline de Lichtfield’

27 May 2014 
Dr Ian Newman, University of Notre Dame 
‘Captain Morris in Full Glee, Or, The Poetics of Conviviality’

3 June 2014 
Professor Philip Dwyer, University of Newcastle, Australia 
‘The Return of the Mummy: Napoleon’s Funeral, History and the July Monarchy’

Spring Term 2014

Tuesday 14 January
Guy Beiner (Ben-Gurion University)
'Forgetting 1798: The struggle over "living memory" in Ulster'

Tuesday 28 January
Peter Sabor (McGill University)
'Pursuing and Publishing Frances Burney d'Arblay's Journals and Letters, 1768-1840'

Tuesday 11 February
Natasha Glaisyer (University of York)
'Discovering frauds: Corruption, informing and print culture in the late 17th- and early 18th-century England'

Tuesday 25 February
Emma Barker (Open University)
'Painting the Bourgeosie: Chardin and the Domestic Woman'

Autumn Term 2013

Tuesday 15 October
Jim Chandler (University of Chicago)
Afterthoughts on Sentiment, Forethoughts on Melodrama

Tuesday 22 October
Fiona Stafford (University of Oxford)

Tuesday 5 November
Greg Dart (UCL)
The Romantic Essay and the City

Tuesday 12 November
Jon Mee (University of York)
Thomas Hardy, Politics, Religion, and 'public' discourse in the 1790s

Tuesday 26 November
Donald William Stewart Dòmhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart (University of Edinburgh)
paper title to come


Summer Term 2013

Tuesday 30 April
Emma Clery (University of Southampton)
"Anna Barbauld's Stoic Politics and the Question of Patriotism"

Tuesday 14 May
Elizabeth Eger (King's College London)
'Quills and other feathers: Elizabeth Montagu and the matter of life writing'

Tuesday 21 May
Willa Murphy (University of Ulster)
"The Oral Bishop: The Epicurean theology of Earl-Bishop Frederick Hervey (1730-1803)

Spring Term 2013

Tuesday 15 January 
Marisa Linton (University of Kingston)
‘Robespierre: Authenticity and Terror in Revolutionary Politics’

Tuesday 29 January 
Emma Macleod (University of Stirling)
‘John Bull Meets Uncle Sam: British attitudes towards the United States from Independence to the War of 1812’

Tuesday 5 February 
Richard De Ritter (University of Leeds) 
‘Domesticating Wonder: Late-Eighteenth-Century Children’s Writing and the Home’

Tuesday 19 February 
Stephen Burley (Dr Williams’s Centre for Dissenting Studies) 
‘New College, Hackney and the Liberal Dissenting Academies, 1751-96’

Tuesday 5 March 
Terry Eagleton (University of Lancaster) 
‘Ulster Truism: Francis Hutcheson and William Hazlitt’

Autumn Term 2012

Tuesday 16 October 
Speaker: Isobel Armstrong (Birkbeck)
'Anna Letitia Barbauld and Joanna Baillie: Can we speak of a Unitarian Poetics?'

Tuesday 30 October
Ruth Scobie (York)
‘Mary Shelley’s Monstrous Explorers’

Tuesday 6 November 
Speaker: Joanna Innes (Oxford)
'Who were the casual poor?'

Tuesday 13 November 
Speaker: Bruce Buchan (Griffith University)
The Warrior’s Sentiments: Savagery and Civilization in 
Scottish Enlightenment Discourse on War’

Tuesday 27 November 
Natasha Eaton (UCL)
‘Colour and Colonialism’

Tuesday 11 December 
David Porter (University of Michigan)
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