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QMCECS Lunchtime Seminar Dec 1 2016: Eric Parisot

November 17, 2016

In addition to our regular evening seminar, QMCECS invites you to a supernumerary lunchtime seminar

QMCECS Lunchtime Seminar
in association with the Centre for the History of the Emotions

Thursday 1 December, 1-2pm:

Eric Parisot (Flinders University, Australia),

‘Laughing at John Damer: The Reformative Ethics of George Colman’s The Suicide, A Comedy (1778)’

When the Hon. John Damer—the profligate son of Lord Milton and husband to prominent socialite and sculptor Anne Damer— took his life in 1776, it sparked a number of responses in the correspondence of the bon ton, satirical poetry, fiction and drama. Horace Walpole gave a rather nonchalant description of events, replete with playful classical monikers, concluding with one of his favourite aphorisms: “this world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel”. In contrast, George Colman decided to test the ethics of laughing at suicide in his sentimental comedy, The Suicide (1778). Labelled “a very dangerous subject” by David Garrick, this domestic comedy raises matters of class, social obligation, and their relation to genuine nobility in tracing the self-destructive foibles of young Tobine. The paper reflects on why people might have found it appropriate to laugh about suicide in the late eighteenth century, what ethical concerns were raised by laughing at other people’s self-destruction, and indeed, why we no longer deem the topic of suicide as appropriate laughing matter.

Venue: ArtsTwo in room 2.17

All welcome: lunch will be provided

Please note, the seminar on Wednesday 23 November has been cancelled
Wednesday 23 November 2016, 5-7pm:
Elin Jones (QMUL): ‘Frying Clocks and Buying Geegaws: Irrational Consumption and the Naval Seaman in the Eighteenth Century’ [Chair: Miles Ogborn]
Venue: Seminar Room, Lock-Keeper’s Cottage Graduate Centre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London, E1 4NS.

 

QMCECS Seminar: Katrina O’Loughlin: 26 October 2016

October 20, 2016

All welcome

26 October 2016

Katrina O’Loughlin
(University of Western Australia)

“The feeling of friendship”: Ekaterina Dashkova’s emotional and literary bonds

The Princess Ekaterina Romanovna Dashkova (1744-1810) is recognized as one of the leading figures of the Russian Enlightenment and eighteenth-century republic of letters. Between 1769 and 1783 Dashkova travelled widely in Western Europe and forged close connections with a range of literary and philosophical leading lights including William Robertson, Adam Smith, Hugh Blair, Adam Fergusson, Denis Diderot, Voltaire, and Benjamin Franklin. Appointed Director of the Russian Imperial Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg in 1783, Dashkova became the first woman to lead a national science academy. This paper explores the bond between Catherine the Great and ‘her unoffending friend, Catherine the Little’ (as Dashkova described herself), as an early model of the significance of female friendship. The same idealism, affection, and exchange of words went on to mark Dashkova’s international friendships, particularly her deep attachments to Anglo-Irish women Catherine Hamilton, and Martha and Katherine Wilmot. Through their exchange and preservation of letters and journals, and the collective composition of Dashkova’s Memoir, we begin to understand emotional bonds as literary and material practices, and to appreciate the eighteenth-century European ‘republic of letters’ as a network of affective attachments.

Chair: Markman Ellis
Venue: Seminar Room, Lock-Keeper’s Cottage Graduate Centre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London, E1 4NS.

Convenors: Prof Markman Ellis, English (m.ellis@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Colin Jones, History (c.d.h.jones@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Miles Ogborn, Geography (m.j.ogborn@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Amanda Vickery, History (a.vickery@qmul.ac.uk), Prof Barbara Taylor, English and History (b.g.taylor@qmul.ac.uk).

[Travel instructions: take the Central Line or District Line to Mile End. Exit the tube station, turn left down Mile End Road, crossing the Burdett Road/Grove Road intersection, passing under the Mile End Green Bridge and over the canal, to the campus entrance at Westfield Way. The Lock-Keeper’s Cottage is the third building on the right].

QMCECS Seminar: Miles Ogborn: 12 October 2016

October 5, 2016

All welcome

Queen Mary Eighteenth-Century Studies Seminar

12 October 2016

Prof Miles Ogborn (QMUL)

The Deliberative Voice: Speech, Politics and Slavery in the Anglo-Caribbean World

This paper examines the ways in which speech was central to forms of political practice and political action for all those living within the slave societies of Barbados and Jamaica from the late seventeenth century to the early nineteenth century. Treating forms of speech as situated, embodied and performed cultural practices which constitute political subjects, it attends to the modes of political speech that people on these islands voiced, heard and thought they heard in a range of sites and situations: declarations, proclamations, oaths of allegiance and debates over political action; but also rumours, gossip, libels, insults and overt challenges to authority.

Chair: Amanda Vickery
All welcome

Time: 5.00-7.00pm.

Venue: Seminar Room, Lock-Keeper’s Cottage Graduate Centre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London, E1 4NS.

Convenors: Prof Markman Ellis, English (m.ellis@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Colin Jones, History (c.d.h.jones@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Miles Ogborn, Geography (m.j.ogborn@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Amanda Vickery, History (a.vickery@qmul.ac.uk), Prof Barbara Taylor, English and History (b.g.taylor@qmul.ac.uk).

[Travel instructions: take the Central Line or District Line to Mile End. Exit the tube station, turn left down Mile End Road, crossing the Burdett Road/Grove Road intersection, passing under the Mile End Green Bridge and over the canal, to the campus entrance at Westfield Way. The Lock-Keeper’s Cottage is the third building on the right].

QMCECS Seminar Programme for Semester I 2016-17

September 21, 2016

Everyone is welcome to attend.

 

Queen Mary Eighteenth-Century Studies Seminar

Semester One 2016-17

12 October 2016: Miles Ogborn (QMUL), ‘The Deliberative Voice: Speech, Politics and Slavery in the Anglo-Caribbean World’ [Chair: Amanda Vickery]

26 October 2016: Katrina O’Loughlin (U Western Australia): ‘“The feeling of friendship”: Ekaterina Dashkova’s emotional and literary bonds’ [Chair: Markman Ellis]

23 November 2016: Elin Jones (QMUL): ‘Frying Clocks and Buying Geegaws: Irrational Consumption and the Naval Seaman in the Eighteenth Century’ [Chair: Miles Ogborn]

07 December 2016: Julie Kim (Fordham University, NY): ‘St Vincent botanical garden in the Age of Revolution’ [Chair: Miles Ogborn]

Time: 5.00-7.00pm.

Venue: Seminar Room, Lock-Keeper’s Cottage Graduate Centre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London, E1 4NS.

Convenors: Prof Markman Ellis, English (m.ellis@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Colin Jones, History (c.d.h.jones@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Miles Ogborn, Geography (m.j.ogborn@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Amanda Vickery, History (a.vickery@qmul.ac.uk), Prof Barbara Taylor, English and History (b.g.taylor@qmul.ac.uk).

[Travel instructions: take the Central Line or District Line to Mile End. Exit the tube station, turn left down Mile End Road, crossing the Burdett Road/Grove Road intersection, passing under the Mile End Green Bridge and over the canal, to the campus entrance at Westfield Way. The Lock-Keeper’s Cottage is the third building on the right].

 

QMCECS Seminar: Sara Pennell, 16 Match 2016

March 10, 2016

All welcome!

 

Wednesday 16 March 2016

Sara Pennell (University of Greenwich)

Nothing of Importance ever happened in a Kitchen

 

Kitchens are often the Cinderella space in historic accounts of the domestic interior, architectural change and household organisation, although by 1800, most dwellings in England had a room which we would now recognise as a kitchen. Why have we been so neglectful of the room that magazines now laud as the ‘heart of the home’? In this paper, via imaginary kitchens, the ethics of fuel economy, the Georgian ‘bake-off’ renaissance, and belief-scapes centred on the cooking hearth, Sara Pennell explores the ways in which changing technologies, social relations and moralities in the kitchen were integral to constituting the very idea of ‘home’ by the early nineteenth century.

Dr Sara Pennell is a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern British History in the Department of History, Politics and Social Sciences at the University of Greenwich. She is the author of The Making of the English Kitchen, 1600-1850, published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2016, and the co-editor of Reading and Writing Recipe Books, 1500-1800 (2013) and Didactic Literature in England, 1500-1800: Expertise Constructed (2003).

 

Chair: Amanda Vickery

 

Time: 5.00-7.00pm.

Venue: Seminar Room, Lock-Keeper’s Cottage Graduate Centre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London, E1 4NS

Convenors: Prof Markman Ellis, English (m.ellis@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Colin Jones, History (c.d.h.jones@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Miles Ogborn, Geography (m.j.ogborn@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Amanda Vickery, History (a.vickery@qmul.ac.uk), Prof Barbara Taylor, English and History (b.g.taylor@qmul.ac.uk).

[Travel instructions: Central Line or District Line to Mile End. Exit tube station, turn left down Mile End Road, cross Burdett Road, go under the Mile End Green Bridge (a large yellow bridge), over the canal, and the college is on the left. The Lock-Keeper’s Cottage is the third building on the right].

QMCECS Seminar 2 March 2016: Hannah Barker (Manchester)

February 24, 2016

All welcome

 

Wednesday 2 March 2016

Hannah Barker (University of Manchester)

‘Tradesmen in Love’

Hannah Barker is Professor of British History at the University of Manchester. Her research focuses on the era of the industrial revolution in Britain and on the north of England in particular. Her recent research has concentrated on issues of gender and work in towns. She has published on the impact of industrialisation on women’s employment, and specifically the degree to which the advent of modern capitalism marginalised women workers. Her current research project examines the concept of ‘family strategy’ in terms of small family businesses.

Chair: Amanda Vickery

Time: 5.00-7.00pm.

Venue: Seminar Room, Lock-Keeper’s Cottage Graduate Centre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London, E1 4NS.

[Travel instructions: Central Line or District Line to Mile End. Exit tube station, turn left down Mile End Road, cross Burdett Road, go under the Mile End Green Bridge (a large yellow bridge), over the canal, and the college is on the left. The Lock-Keeper’s Cottage is the third building on the right].

QMCECS Seminar: Semester 2 reminder

February 23, 2016

Please forward this invitation to any interested people. The seminar is open to all. Email us if you would like to be added to the mailing list.

 

Semester Two 2015-16

3 February: Matthew McCormack (University of Northampton): ‘Tall histories: height and Georgian masculinities’ [Chair: Amanda Vickery]

2 March: Hannah Barker (University of Manchester): ‘Tradesmen in Love’ [Chair: Amanda Vickery]

16 March: Sara Pennell (Roehampton University): ‘Nothing of importance ever happened in a kitchen’ [Chair: Amanda Vickery]

Time: 5.00-7.00pm.

Venue: Seminar Room, Lock-Keeper’s Cottage Graduate Centre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London, E1 4NS.

Convenors: Prof Markman Ellis, English (m.ellis@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Colin Jones, History (c.d.h.jones@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Miles Ogborn, Geography (m.j.ogborn@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Amanda Vickery, History (a.vickery@qmul.ac.uk), Prof Barbara Taylor, English and History (b.g.taylor@qmul.ac.uk), Prof John Barrell, English (j.barrell@qmul.ac.uk).