Awards & Funding

2019/20 MA Dissertation Prize

Rachel Feldberg, winner of the 2019/20 dissertation prize, introduces us to her work on "Absent Bodies?: Illness, Embodiment and the Articulation of Gender, Winifred and William Constable (1768-1773)" Anton von Maron (1733-1808). Portrait of William and Winifred Constable depicted as Marcius Porcius Cato and his wife Marcia, 1773. Oil on canvas. Leeds Museums and Galleries/The Burton… Continue reading 2019/20 MA Dissertation Prize

Conferences

Conversation as Sharing: From the Individual Body to Networks of Communication

By Yusuke Wakazawa  Since my undergraduate days in the philosophy department, the idea and practice of conversation has underpinned my pursuit of intellectual history. Despite the commonly held association of philosophy with solitude, I have encountered many historical examples of philosophers who were active participants in social exchanges. As depicted in Plato’s dialogues, ancient Greeks… Continue reading Conversation as Sharing: From the Individual Body to Networks of Communication

Interviews & Podcasts

A Letter from Japan: Postdoctoral Life at the University of Tokyo

By Yusuke Wakazawa 1. Hume and Eighteenth-Century Studies in Japan After spending five and a half years in York, I flew back to Japan in February and started working as a project research fellow at the University of Tokyo (UT). My one-year research fellowship is sponsored by the East Asian Academy for New Liberal Arts… Continue reading A Letter from Japan: Postdoctoral Life at the University of Tokyo

Awards & Funding

2018/19 MA Dissertation Prize

By Kathryn Holdsworth Dissertation Overview My MA dissertation research focused on the role of gossip in late eighteenth-century adultery narratives, exploring the relationship between gossip and the formation and circulation of knowledge about women.  Drawing on two criminal conversation trials and one novel as case studies (Worsley v Bissett, 1782; Duberly v Gunning, 1792 and Edgeworth’s 1801… Continue reading 2018/19 MA Dissertation Prize

Research Spotlight

Research Spotlight: Sharon Choe

Studying: PhD in English Literature (full-time)Supervisor: Prof. Jon MeeThesis title: ‘Deformed, Dismembered, Disembodied: Re-inventing the Body Politic in William Blake’Research Interests: William Blake, poetry, medical humanities, the body, disability theory, ‘Britishness’, eighteenth-century Northern antiquarianism, Old Norse reception, myth theory, 1790s. Thesis Overview My doctoral thesis addresses two specific parts of William Blake’s poetry: Blake’s use… Continue reading Research Spotlight: Sharon Choe

Partner Projects

A Visit to the John Carter Brown Library (WRoCAH REP)

By Lilian Tabois  In August 2019 I did a one-month placement at the John Carter Brown Library (JCB) in Providence (RI) as part of the WRoCAH Researcher Employability Project (REP) scheme. These placements provide PhD students with the opportunity to gain experience in a professional context away from the home university in the form of a month-long project with an external… Continue reading A Visit to the John Carter Brown Library (WRoCAH REP)

Research Spotlight

Research Spotlight: Cheng Li

Studying: PhD in History (full-time)Supervisor: Professor Miles TaylorThesis Title: Pursuing a noble dream of legal codification: Jeremy Bentham’s law reform strategies, 1808-1832Research Interest: British politics and reforms in the eighteenth century and nineteenth century; utilitarianism; Bentham studies; intellectual biography studies; the Age of Reform. Thesis Overview My thesis explores the strategies made by the British… Continue reading Research Spotlight: Cheng Li

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’

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 & 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

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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

Research Spotlight

Research Spotlight: Lilian Tabois

Studying: PhD in English and Related Literature (full-time)Supervisor: Dr Emma MajorThesis Title: British Women's Travel Writing to Latin America and Historiography, 1820-1850Research Interests: Early nineteenth-century British literature; travel writing; historiography; transatlantic literary studies; women’s writing; the Age of Revolution Thesis Overview My thesis explores the relationship between travel writing, historiography, and revolution in the journals of British… Continue reading Research Spotlight: Lilian Tabois

Conferences

Difficult Women in the Long Eighteenth Century

By Anna Mercer The 2015 CECS conference ‘Difficult Women 1680-1830’ in 2015 invited researchers to reflect on their own interpretation of the many ‘Difficult Women’ who lived in the long eighteenth century. Papers addressed many different female experiences and lifestyles, from religiously non-conformist women to women bearing arms The Difficult Women team consisted of four… Continue reading Difficult Women in the Long Eighteenth Century

Research Spotlight

Research Spotlight: Millie Schurch

Studying: PhD in English and Related Literature (full-time)Supervisor: Dr Mary FaircloughThesis Title: Women, Empiricism, and Epistolarity, 1740-1810Research Interests: Eighteenth-century literature and culture; history of science; gender studies; letters; sociability Thesis Overview My thesis examines the relationship between epistolarity and empirical culture in the mid-late eighteenth century. I focus on female-authored epistolary writing, in the form of letters… Continue reading Research Spotlight: Millie Schurch

Awards & Funding

Animals, Apples, and Climate Change: A Chawton House Visit

By Harrie Neal With thanks to BARS and the Stephen Copley Bursary that enabled me to visit Chawton House in September this year. Thanks also goes to everyone at Chawton House, especially Darren Bevin and Clio O’Sullivan, for helping me navigate the library’s collection of Maria Edgeworth’s children’s tales about animals, which is the focus… Continue reading Animals, Apples, and Climate Change: A Chawton House Visit

Partner Projects

William Blake at the British Library

By Elizabeth Potter For the past few years, the British Library has sought out PhD students to engage with their vibrant collection in innovative ways. Interested in intensive and methodical engagement, the Library has arranged themed research projects on specific subjects or collections. This is done to most fully offer practical support to develop meaningful… Continue reading William Blake at the British Library

Awards & Funding

Award Report: Lewis Walpole Library Visiting Fellowship

By Gabriella Barnard-Edmunds This summer I was delighted to be let loose for one month in the rich collections of the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale. Thanks to their Visiting Fellowship, I commence my third year of doctoral research with a vast array of unique visual material to support my literary enquiry into the role… Continue reading Award Report: Lewis Walpole Library Visiting Fellowship

Research Trips & Excursions

Postgrad Forum Away Day: Harewood House

This year, on 21 June, we had our first Postgraduate Forum Away day. Our destination was Harewood House, built in 1759. The finest craftsmen were involved in building Edwin Lascelles’ family home: York-born architect John Carr, interior designer Robert Adam, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, and Thomas Chippendale. Photo Credit: Harewood.org Situated just outside Leeds, the Harewood… Continue reading Postgrad Forum Away Day: Harewood House

Conferences

Conference Report: BARS Early Career and Postgraduate Conference

By Lilian Tabois PhD students Alice Rhodes and Lilian Tabois attended the biennial Early Career and Postgraduate Conference for the British Association of Romantic Studies (BARS). This year the conference was held at the University of Glasgow on 15-16 June, 2018. In addition to speakers from the UK, there were colleagues from Canada, France, Ireland, Japan,… Continue reading Conference Report: BARS Early Career and Postgraduate Conference

Interviews & Podcasts

Behind the Scenes: Tales of Fashionable Life

We're gearing up for our celebrations as part of #Edgeworth250, a series of events taking place to commemorate 250 year anniversary of the birth of Maria Edgeworth. Often described as the ‘Irish Jane Austen’ and much admired by Austen, Edgeworth was one of the most commercially successful and respected writers of her time. In addition to… Continue reading Behind the Scenes: Tales of Fashionable Life

Awards & Funding

Award Report: QMCECS/BSECS Visiting Fellowship

By Jennifer Buckley This year, I had the honour of being the recipient of the QMCECS/BSECS Visiting Fellowship to support my PhD project on periodical print culture in the early eighteenth century (1700-1760); the research that I am currently undertaking has a particular focus on fictionality and 'false news'. I spent my time in London… Continue reading Award Report: QMCECS/BSECS Visiting Fellowship

Conferences

ASECS Conference Report: Orlando, 2018

Several CECS members attended the 49th annual conference for the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (ASECS). Held in Orlando, Florida, in March 2018, this year’s event was organized in conjunction with the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SEASECS). Staff members Alison O’Byrne, Jim Watt, and Chloe Wigston Smith, and PhD students Gabriella Barnard-Edmunds,… Continue reading ASECS Conference Report: Orlando, 2018

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Award Report: Women’s Studies Group 1558-1837 Anniversary Bursary

By Madeleine Pelling This year, I had the honour of being awarded the Women’s Studies Group 1558-1837 Anniversary Bursary for my proposed research into the little-know Bluestocking, courtier, and diarist Mary Hamilton (1756-1816). Using the rich archive of Hamilton’s diaries, letters and antiquarian manuscripts held at the John Rylands Library (University of Manchester) in combination… Continue reading Award Report: Women’s Studies Group 1558-1837 Anniversary Bursary

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Student Success!

Many of our PhD students have received awards this term to assist them with travel to archives, libraries, and collections that are relevant to their research. Congratulations go to: Madeleine Pelling – Women’s Studies Group Bursary Rebecca Simpson - Women’s Studies Group Bursary Elizabeth Spencer - BECC/BSECS Travel Award Harriet Neal -  BARS Stephen Copley Award Jennifer… Continue reading Student Success!

Conferences

Outings in Oxford: BSECS Annual Conference

Taking place the week before term gets underway, the first event on the calendar for the New Year is the BSECS Annual Conference, held at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, on 3rd-5th January. Several of our postgraduate students travelled up to Oxford to attend the society’s 47th annual meeting, which this year had the very timely… Continue reading Outings in Oxford: BSECS Annual Conference

Conferences

Conference Report: ‘Contested Inheritances 1750-1830’

By Elizabeth Bobbitt With the autumn term at an end (Happy Holidays, everyone!), we thought it would be a good opportunity to look back at some of the exciting events which CECS has hosted this term. Here is a review of the first conference which kicked off the academic year back in October. ‘Contested Inheritances… Continue reading Conference Report: ‘Contested Inheritances 1750-1830’

Research Trips & Excursions

Maria Edgeworth and the ‘Irish Education Bill’ (1799) Pt.2

By Susan Manly (The first part of this post can be found here.) Having spent several years now reading through the manuscript notes and letters in the Edgeworth family papers held in the Bodleian and the National Library of Ireland, I’ve become ever more convinced that Marilyn Butler was quite right: collaborative exchange underpins Richard… Continue reading Maria Edgeworth and the ‘Irish Education Bill’ (1799) Pt.2

Research Trips & Excursions

Maria Edgeworth and the ‘Irish Education Bill’ (1799) Pt.1

By Joanna Wharton Last summer, I visited Dublin to follow up on a hunch about a manuscript. In truth, it was barely even a hunch, but it was a good enough excuse for my mother and I to do some travelling together: neither of us had ever been to Ireland, though we’d often talked about… Continue reading Maria Edgeworth and the ‘Irish Education Bill’ (1799) Pt.1

Awards & Funding

Another award for Anna

Congratulations again to one of our CECS doctoral students, Anna Mercer, on being awarded a Stephen Copley Postgraduate Research Award this year. This is a highly competitive annual bursary scheme run by the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) in order to support postgraduate research in the UK or aboard. Anna will be going to the USA for her research trip:… Continue reading Another award for Anna

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Keats-Shelley essay prize success

Congratulations to one of our English Phd students, Anna Mercer, for winning the runner-up Keats-Shelley essay prize, awarded annually by the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association. Her essay was entitled 'Beyond Frankenstein: the Collaborative Literary Relationship of Percy Bysshe and Mary Shelley', and is based on her thesis work. Carol Ann Duffy was the prize chair this year. There's more… Continue reading Keats-Shelley essay prize success

Conferences

British Studies Centre, Bardic News, and the Highlands

**********IMPORTANT OSSIAN CONFERENCE 18-19 APRIL 2015************** https://macphersonsossianiclegacy.wordpress.com/conference-heritage-festival-18th-19th-april-2015/ Emma Major reports: Earlier this month I went to the Highlands to bring a York Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies perspective to the very exciting new interdisciplinary MLitt in British Studies that Kristin Lindfield-Ott (English Literature) and Jim McPherson (History) have developed together with their colleagues archaeologist Simon Clarke… Continue reading British Studies Centre, Bardic News, and the Highlands

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Congratulations on REF results

Late December saw the announcement of the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. All 4 of the departments involved in CECS – Archaeology, English and Related Literatures, History of Art, and History – came in the top five in their relevant subject category. This speaks volumes for the quality of research being produced by… Continue reading Congratulations on REF results

Interviews & Podcasts

Podcast: launch of the Letters of William Godwin, Vol II

Studies in William Godwin has been undergoing a revival over the last few years. From a position within literary studies as a fall guy to Coleridge and Wordsworth, Godwin's importance to the broader intellectual culture of the late eighteenth century has been reiterated lately by the publication of his diary on-line by the Bodleian Library… Continue reading Podcast: launch of the Letters of William Godwin, Vol II

Conferences

CECS in Tokyo and in POETICA

I've just completed an essay 'Electrical Science and Della Cruscan Poetics in the 1790s' which will come out in a special issue of the journal POETICA vol. 82 pp.1-21, in December 2014. The essay is taken from my current research project on 'cultures of electricity' in the long eighteenth century. The journal special issues features selected papers… Continue reading CECS in Tokyo and in POETICA