The Eighteenth-Century Research Seminar series is an inter-disciplinary work-in-progress forum for PhD candidates and early-career researchers to share their work on any aspect of eighteenth-century history, literature, philosophy, material culture, art history, geography, language, music, or religion.
All seminars will be held on Wednesdays from 16.30-18.00 at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh. Each seminar is followed by an informal drinks reception. All are most welcome to attend.
Our programme for this semester is as follows:
Wednesday 24 January
Rosanne Waine, University of Southampton, ‘Refashioning patriotic display for an independent interior: the entrepreneurship of British calico printers within the republican marketplace of America’
Wednesday 7 February
Elise A. Mitchell, New York University, ‘Enduring morbidity: the histories of ill enslaved women in Dr. Alexander Johnston’s archive, 1765–1776’
Alastair Learmont, University of Edinburgh, ‘Health, wealth and prestige in late eighteenth-century Jamaica’
Wednesday 21 February
Eva Lippold, University of Loughborough, ‘Sneaking into Seraglio: Crossing gender boundaries in Inchbald’s The Mogul Tale and Crawley’s A Day in Turkey’
Alexandra Anderson, University of Leeds, ‘The promotion of feminine ideals in eighteenth-century historical accounts’
Wednesday 7 March
Thomas Whitfield, Newcastle University, ‘“To live free from impost”: Jack “the Blaster,” Marsden Grotto, and the creation of a rent-free home in later eighteenth-century north-east England’
Alley Jordan, University of Edinburgh, ‘“Beautiful shells from the shore”: Thomas Jefferson’s sacred grotto of 1771’
Wednesday 21 March
Sarah Burdett, University of York, ‘“Decoyed by the artifice of a villain”: Irish politics in Matthew West’s Pizarro (1800)’
Sarah Hendriks, University of Edinburgh, ‘“Fair to behold”: A history of concert halls in eighteenth-century Dublin’
Wednesday 4 April
Kerstin Pahl, Humboldt University Berlin and King’s College London, ‘Crossing over: the transboundary aesthetics of Godfrey Kneller’s portrait of Michael Alphonsus Shen Fuzong (The Chinese Convert, 1687)’
Georgia Vullinghs, University of Edinburgh, ‘Loyal exchange: material and visual culture of Jacobite exile c.1716’
This seminar series takes place with the support of the University of Edinburgh's Eighteenth Century and Enlightenment Studies Network.
Eighteenth-Century Research is co-organised by Sydney Ayers, Alley Jordan, and Clare Loughlin.