Seminar Series

ECRS – 22 February

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Screen Shot 2015-12-14 at 18.23.10Please join us for the next session of this year‘s Eighteenth-Century Research Seminar series at the University of Edinburgh. The session will present new work on eighteenth-century portraiture, and will feature Sydney Ayres (University of Edinburgh) who will be speaking on ‘Representing Robert Adam: Biography, Portraiture & Memory’, and Nel Whiting, (University of Dundee) whose paper is entitled ‘‘if they hang not in proper Places, they will not have a good Effect’: Portraiture, Place and Position’.

All welcome. Seminars are held at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, from 4:30-6pm, and are followed by a drinks reception. 

You can also follow the series on its twitter account @ECRS_Edinburgh. We’ll be live-tweeting the papers from that handle.


Eighteenth-Century Research Seminars 2017 Programme

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Eighteenth-Century Research Seminars 2017 Programme
University of Edinburgh

All seminars will be held at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities,
University of Edinburgh, from 4:30-6pm.

Wednesday 25th January

Ben Rogers, University of Edinburgh
‘‘An Unexpected Solution or a Political Imposition?’: Scottish Episcopalian Toleration, 1702-1712’

Carys Brown, University of Cambridge
‘‘A dissembling Harlot for a leacherous wolf’: sexual reputation and religious coexistence in England, c.1689-1750′

Wednesday 8th February

Nicola Martin, University of Stirling
‘Improvement, Stadial Theory, and the Pacification of the Highlands in
the mid-Eighteenth Century’

Thomas Archambaud, Independent
‘‘The Highland Bard and the Prime Minister: James Macpherson, Lord Bute and the politics of Scottish patronage in the age of Enlightenment”’

Wednesday 22nd February

Sydney Ayres, University of Edinburgh
‘Representing Robert Adam: Biography, Portraiture & Memory’

Nel Whiting, University of Dundee
‘‘if they hang not in proper Places, they will not have a good Effect’:
Portraiture, Place and Position’

Wednesday 1st March

Elizabeth Ford, University of Glasgow
‘“I can think of nothing but that flute”: General John Reid (1721-1807)’

Alice Little, University of Oxford
‘Categorising ‘national music’ in eighteenth-century Oxford’

Wednesday 15th March

William Swain, University of Edinburgh
‘Adam Ferguson, Freidrich von Gentz, and the decline of the Martial Spirit’

John Stone (Universitat de Barcelona)
‘The Cultural Work of the Royal Scots College (Valladolid), 1770-1808: Cosmopolitanism, Diaspora, the ‘National Feeling’ and Library Formation’

Wednesday 22nd March

Catherine Ellis, Durham University
‘How to understand the sex worker at the table: gastrocritical approaches to eighteenth-century French prostitution’

Jessica Hamel-Akré, University of Montreal
‘“Oh, when shall I be holy?”: Reading and Writing Women’s Eighteenth-Century Self-Starvation’

Wednesday 12th April

Hannah Lund, University of Edinburgh
‘Enthroned: The Sitter’s Chair of Sir Joshua Reynolds 1760-1879’

Suchitra Choudhury, University of Glasgow
‘Fashion and Textiles: A Postcolonial Reading of Sir Walter Scott’

Wednesday 26th April

Charlotte Bassett, University of Edinburgh
‘Lady Margaret Hamilton: Patroness of Hopetoun’

Amy Boyington, University of Cambridge
‘Elite wives and architecture in eighteenth-century Britain’

CFP: Eighteenth-Century Research Seminar Series (ECRS)

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I’m delighted to be co-convening the University of Edinburgh’s Eighteenth-Century Research Seminar Series (ECRS). See the Call for Papers below:

CFP: Eighteenth-Century Research Seminars Series 2016 (University of Edinburgh)

The Eighteenth-Century Research Seminars (ECRS) series invites proposals for twenty-minute papers from postgraduate and early-career researchers addressing any aspect of eighteenth-century history, culture, literature, education, art, music, geography, religion, science, and philosophy.

The seminar series seeks to provide a regular inter-disciplinary forum for postgraduate and early-career researchers working on the eighteenth century to meet and discuss their research. The ECRS will take place at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) in Edinburgh on a monthly basis from January to May 2015. Each seminar will consist of two papers, one from a University of Edinburgh-based researcher and one from a researcher based in another higher education institution, followed by a drinks reception. Non-University of Edinburgh speakers’ travel expenses will be reimbursed up to £100. Abstracts of up to 300 words along with a brief biography and institutional affiliation should be submitted in the body of an email to:

The closing date for submissions is Monday 2 November 2015.

The ECRS is supported by the University of Edinburgh’s Researcher-Led Initiative Fund.

For more information, see the website as well as our twitter account @ECRS_Edinburgh.