Conferences

Conference Report: ‘Crusoe at 300: Adaptations, Afterlives & Futures’

With the words “I was Born in the Year 1632, in the City of York” opening Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, it was only fitting that as we celebrate the 300th anniversary of this work Crusoe should come home to York. Organised by Dr Chloe Wigston Smith and Dr Gabriel Cervantes (University of Glasgow), the Centre for… Continue reading Conference Report: ‘Crusoe at 300: Adaptations, Afterlives & Futures’

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Conferences

Conference Report: Small Things in the Eighteenth Century

By Holly Day On the 6th-7th June, CECS hosted the conference ‘Small Things in the Eighteenth Century,’ organised by Professor Beth Fowkes Tobin (University of Georgia), and our own Dr Chloe Wigston Smith, and funded by CECS and the British Academy. Brittany Scowcroft of CECS provided essential support. Speakers from several disciplines, including literary studies,… Continue reading Conference Report: Small Things in the Eighteenth Century

Research Spotlight

Research Spotlight: Caitlin Kitchener

Studying: PhD in Archaeology (full-time)Supervisor: Dr. Jon FinchThesis Title: ‘Unite and Be Free’: The Historical Archaeology of British Political Radicalism, c. 1815-1822. Research Interests: political radicalism; landscape; early modern material culture; queer theory; archaeological theory  Thesis Overview The post-Napoleonic period was one of lively political activity. The emerging working class protested against a parliamentary system which failed to represent them… Continue reading Research Spotlight: Caitlin Kitchener

Awards and Funding

John Thelwall Manuscripts at Derby Local Studies and Family History Library

By Alice Rhodes This May, thanks to the BARS Stephen Copley Research Award, I was able to spend a week in Derby Local Studies and Family History Library, carrying out research into poet and political orator turned speech therapist, John Thelwall’s “Derby Manuscript”. The collection, contained within three volumes of notebooks and spanning almost a… Continue reading John Thelwall Manuscripts at Derby Local Studies and Family History Library

Research Spotlight

Research Spotlight: Kurt Baird

Studying: PhD in History (full-time)Supervisor: Dr Jasper HeinzenThesis Title: Fighting for the Habsburgs: Community, Patriotism and the Kaiserlich-königliche Armee during the Wars against France, 1792-1818.Research Interests: The Military Enlightenment, martial citizenship, war time experience, military culture, social militarisation, conscription and the effects of military processes and practices on gender, regional identity and dynastic loyalty in the Austrian Hereditary Lands. Thesis… Continue reading Research Spotlight: Kurt Baird

Awards and Funding

Award Report: Harry Ransom Center AHRC IPS Fellowship

By Jenny Buckley Earlier this year I was delighted to be able to explore the rich holdings of eighteenth-century periodicals in the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin. Thanks to a two-month AHRC IPS Fellowship, I’m now in a great position to finish work on my PhD thesis, which examines the influence of the periodical… Continue reading Award Report: Harry Ransom Center AHRC IPS Fellowship

Research Spotlight

Research Spotlight: Elizabeth Potter

Studying: PhD in English and Related Literature (full-time)Supervisor: Prof. Jon MeeThesis Title: William Blake, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and Annotation Research Interests: Eighteenth-century literature and visual culture; history of the book; eighteenth-century British art; digital humanities; aesthetics; postcolonial theory. Thesis Overview Inside of William Blake’s copy of The Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds(1798) are extensive annotations; some contentious, others concurring, some poetic, others… Continue reading Research Spotlight: Elizabeth Potter