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Seminars in Semester Two 2017-2018

December 4, 2017

Tuesday 23rd Jan 2018: Sarah Easterby-Smith (St Andrews): ‘Seeds of knowledge: colonial science and microhistory at the end of the French old regime’ [Chair: Colin Jones]

Tuesday 30th Jan 2018: Jean-Jacques Courtine (Sorbonne & Auckland NZ): ‘An archaeology of curiosity: the theatre of monsters in eighteenth-century Paris’ [Chair: Colin Jones]

Tuesday 6th Feb 2018: Mark Philp (Warwick): ‘Resisting politics in the 1790s’ [Chair: Barbara Taylor]

Tuesday 20th Feb 2018: Hilary Davidson (Sydney): ‘Dress and dressmaking: Regency ribbons and replicas’ [Chair: Alice Dolan]

Tuesday 6th March 2018: Innes Keighren (RHUL): ‘The forgotten lives of William Macintosh in the Age of Revolution: from Caribbean planter to traveller in India; from spy in France to exile in Germany’ [Chair: Miles Ogborn]

Easter break

Tuesday 24th April 2018: Kathleen S. Murphy (Cal Poly): Title to be announced [chair: Miles Ogborn]

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QMCECS Seminar 12 Dec 2017: Peter de Bolla (Cambridge)

December 1, 2017

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Peter de Bolla

(Faculty of English, University of Cambridge)

Distributional Concept Analysis

Joint meeting with the QMUL Digital Initiatives Network

Chair: Markman Ellis and Jaclyn Rajsic

This presentation of the Concept Lab’s work and methodology will be of interest to Digital Humanities scholars and those working on eighteenth-century topics.

The Concept Lab studies the architectures of conceptual forms. It is committed to the view that concepts are not equivalent to the meanings of the words which express them. The Lab considers conceptual architectures as generating structured environments for sensing that one has arrived at understanding. Through computational methodologies it seeks to describe and analyse these structured environments which have both internal and external manifestations. With respect to the internal structure of concepts we aim to characterise not only form and function but also modalities and other attributes of conceptual entities. In the case of external features we seek to uncover the conceptual networks within which concepts circulate. In both cases the Lab develops data driven accounts of these structures and networks derived from large scale corpora.

Peter de Bolla is Professor of Cultural History and Aesthetics at the University of Cambridge. He is currently Chairman of the Faculty Board of English and Director of the Cambridge Concept Lab which is housed in the Cambridge Centre for Digital Knowledge at CRASSH.

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); Dr Alice Dolan (alice.dolan@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].

Digitising William Godwin’s Manuscripts

November 27, 2017

For the first time, the sole surviving manuscripts of Political Justice and Caleb Williams, by the anarchist philosopher William Godwin (1756-1836), will be digitised and made freely available on the Shelley-Godwin Archive.

This is part of a collaborative project announced in April 2017 by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), and Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).

A public event to celebrate the project will be held at the V&A on Monday 11 December 2017, 5.30 pm-7.30 pm. There will be three short talks by representatives of each of the collaborating institutions, followed by drinks. The original manuscripts will be on display.

Chair: Tristram Hunt, Historian, and Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum

Speakers:

  • Pamela Clemit, Professor of English, Queen Mary University of London
  • Douglas Dodds, Senior Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • Elizabeth C. Denlinger, Co-General Editor of The Shelley-Godwin Archive and Curator, The Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle

Tickets are free, and available on Eventbrite here.

This event is open to the public and all are welcome. Guests should enter via the Secretariat Gate, which is immediately to the left of the London Oratory, on Cromwell Road.

The project is supported by the QMUL HSS Collaboration Fund, the Queen Mary Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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QMCECS Seminar Tuesday 14th November 2017

November 3, 2017

Alice Dolan (Queen Mary University of London)

Touching Linen: Textiles, Emotion and Bodily Intimacy in England c. 1708-1818

 

Alice Dolan is Lecturer in Modern British History at QMUL. She completed a PhD thesis at the University of Hertfordshire entitled ‘The Fabric of Life: Linen and Life Cycle in England, 1678-1810’, which explored the significance of linen in daily life, within the home, at work, and on the body through the lenses of materiality, life cycle, status and gender. She has held an Economic History Society fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research and a postdoctoral fellowship from the Paul Mellon Centre.

 

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.

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QMCECS Seminar Tuesday October 17 2017

October 10, 2017

Jessica Patterson (Queen Mary University of London)

Mughals, Maharajas and the East India Company: Col. Alexander Dow’s (1735-1779) assessment of Religion and Empire

Jessica Patterson is Lecturer in British Intellectual and Cultural History in the School of History at QMUL. She completed a PhD thesis at the University of Manchester on Deism and the interpretation of Hinduism in the writing of East India Company servants, 1764-1800, including work on John Zephaniah Holwell, Alexander Dow, Nathaniel Brassey Halhed, and Charles Wilkins. She also traces how these interpretations, and the evidence deployed to support them, had a significant impact on the world of European letters, including the works of Voltaire, Edmund Burke, David Hume and Moses Mendelssohn.

Chair: Miles Ogborn

London-Paris Romanticism Seminar: 2017-18

September 25, 2017

The programme for the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar for 2017-18 is now available. This seminar is co-organized by QM’s David Duff. All are welcome.

The first seminar is:

Friday 20 October 2017

Diego Saglia (University of Parma)

The Cross-Channel Stage: Transnational Theatre in the Age of Romanticism

17.30-19.30  Senate House, Court Room (first floor)

Queen Mary Eighteenth-Century Studies Seminar: Semester One 2017-18

September 11, 2017

Programme for the Queen Mary Eighteenth-Century Studies Seminar in Semester One 2017-18. All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday 3rd Oct 2017:

Soile Ylivuori (Marie Curie Fellow, QMUL), ‘Fashioning personas: racialised national identity and performative behaviour in eighteenth-century England’ [Chair: Markman Ellis]

Tuesday 17th Oct 2017:

Jessica Patterson (QMUL): ‘Mughals, Maharajas and the East India Company: Col. Alexander Dow’s (1735-1779) assessment of Religion and Empire’ [Chair: Miles Ogborn]

Tuesday 14th Nov 2017:

Alice Dolan (QMUL): ‘Touching Linen: Textiles, Emotion and Bodily Intimacy in England c. 1708-1818’ [Chair: Miles Ogborn]

Tuesday 12th Dec 2017:

Peter de Bolla (Cambridge): ‘Distributional Concept Analysis’ (joint meeting with the Digital Initiatives Network). This presentation of the Concept Lab’s work and methodology will be of interest to Digital Humanities scholars and those working on eighteenth-century topics.

Coming in semester two:

Jean-Jacques Courtine (Sorbonne and Auckland); Sarah Easterby-Smith (St Andrews); Mark Philp (Warwick); Hilary Davidson (Sydney); Innes Keighren (RHUL); Suvir Kaul (Penn)

 

Location: 5.00-7.00pm.  Seminar Room, Lock-Keeper’s Cottage Graduate Centre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London, E1 4NS.

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

 

 

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); Dr Alice Dolan (alice.dolan@qmul.ac.uk).