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QMCECS Eighteenth-Century Studies Seminar 2013-2014

September 25, 2013

Queen Mary Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Eighteenth-Century Studies Seminar


Semester One

13 Nov:

Amanda Vickery (QMUL) and Hannah Greig (University of York):  Joint session: ‘Georgian Fashion:  Pleasures, Pressures & Discontents’, Location Sands Film Studios in Rotherhithe. <>. Please note location change.

20 November:

Mary Fairclough (University of York), ‘”See! From her shrine electric incense rise / Hark! Freedom echoes thro’ the vaulted skies”: Electrical science and revolutionary science’.

4 December:

David Lambert (University of Warwick), precirculated paper on “Mastering the Niger: James MacQueen’s African Geography and the Struggle over Atlantic Slavery” (University of Chicago Press, 2013). Pdf paper will be circulated before the meeting.

Semester Two

15 January:

Mark Salber Phillips (Carleton University, Ottawa), ‘Reconsidering Historical Distance’

29 January:

Karen Harvey (University of Sheffield), ‘Men of Parts: The Erotics and Politics of the Male Leg in Eighteenth-Century England’

12 February:

Michele Cohen (Richmond University in London): ‘A Passion for Colloquial Discussion’: conversation and education at home in the long-eighteenth century’.

26 February:

Silvia Sebastiani (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris), ‘Challenging the boundaries of humankind: orangutans in the 1770s British debate on slavery’

12 March:

Kate Retford (Birkbeck, University of London): ‘Mode and Manner of the Time’: Custom and the Conversation Piece in Georgian Britain

Wednesdays: 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 (; Prof Colin Jones, History (; Prof Miles Ogborn, Geography (; Prof Amanda Vickery, History (

[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].

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