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


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


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!


Workshop: “Fictional ‘Facts’: Pirate Sex and the Eighteenth-Century Archive”

Last week, we were delighted to have the privilege of hosting Associate Professor Manushag N. Powell, from Purdue University. Powell offered us a two-day insight into the world of eighteenth-century pirates. On the first day of her visit, she led a workshop for our postgraduate students on using archival materials, and gave a paper entitled ‘Mapping… Continue reading Workshop: “Fictional ‘Facts’: Pirate Sex and the Eighteenth-Century Archive”


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


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’