Category Archives: Events further afield

‘At Home’: Exploring 18th-Century Domestic Space

‘At Home’: Exploring Eighteenth-Century Domestic Space
RECSO Study Day
13 June 2015, Oxford University

RECSO – Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century Studies Oxford – in collaboration with by Dr Karen Lipsedge (Kingston University), TORCH, and the InHabit Seminar, are hosting a study day which will explore domestic space from an interdisciplinary perspective, tracing the vital significance of the home in art, design, architecture, literature, culture and social politics in the long eighteenth century.

The day is free to attend and will include lunch, tea, and a drinks reception. The day will conclude with a separate, optional dinner with the speakers, at which space will be limited.

Click here for details of how to book a place and for a full programme of the day.

William Blake Events in Oxford

A number of events related to William Blake will be taking place at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford this term:


Towards a New Era in Printmaking: Innovation in the 18th Century
With Dr Ad Stijnman FRHistS, private researcher
Ashmolean Lecture Theatre, Friday 16 January, 2-3pm
£5/£4 concessions
Printmaking changed dramatically after 1700 with the introduction of new plate-making and plate-printing processes, coloured inks and state of the art print presses. Dr Stijnman looks at this era in which artists, printers, engravers and publishers produced work that astonished audiences.
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Reading in the Spirit of Blake
With Saree Makdisi, Professor of English and Comparative Studies at UCLA
Ashmolean Lecture Theatre, Friday 23 January, 4.30-5.30pm
£5/£4 concessions
This lecture explores the relationship between William Blake’s words and the images in his illustrated books and hopes to show you how to read ‘in the spirit of Blake’. Part of the ‘Inspired by Blake’ Festival.
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Italian Old Master Prints Through the Eyes of Blake and His Friends
With Michael Bury, University of Edinburgh
Ashmolean Lecture Theatre, Thursday 19 February, 2-3pm
£5/£4 concessions
In the late 18th century, Blake and his contemporaries developed a distinctive approach to the study of Italian Renaissance prints. They paid attention to printmakers whose work has been largely ignored or disparaged in preceding years. This talk examines these artworks and identifies why Blake admired them so much.
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Apprentice & Master: Conference
With the University of Oxford’s Faculty of English and the Birkbeck Centre for 19th-century Studies
Ashmolean Lecture Theatre, Saturday 24 January, 10am-8pm
£30/£25 concessions
Leading academics in the study of Blake will explore a variety of perspectives on the exhibition. The conference includes lunch and is followed by a reception and private viewing of the exhibition.
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Edward Rushton and Romantic Liverpool: Registration open

“Edward Rushton and Romantic Liverpool”
University of Liverpool, 14-15 November 2014

Registration is now open for the “Edward Rushton and Romantic Liverpool” conference in November.

2014 marks the bicentenary of the death of poet Edward Rushton (1756-1814), Liverpool’s most radical voice in the Age of Revolution. This conference aims to evaluate critically Rushton’s life and works, and foster a new sense of the Romantic and radical writing that emerged within his home town during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Confirmed speakers include: Professor John Oldfield (Director of the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull), Professor John Whale (University of Leeds), Professor Lilla Maria Crisafulli (Director of the Centro Interuniversitario per lo Studio del Romanticismo, Università degli Studi di Bologna), and Professor Paul Baines (University of Liverpool).

The closing date for registration is 30th October. To register, and for further information, including a provisional programme and list of recommended hotels, visit the conference website.



Registration open for Boundaries Conference

Registration is now open for ‘Making, Breaking and Transgressing Boundaries: Europe in Romantic Writing, 1775-1830’. This one-day interdisciplinary conference will be hosted by Newcastle University on July 15th, 2014.

This conference brings together postgraduates and early career researchers to discuss the effects of topographical, legislative, aesthetic and metaphorical boundaries on political, philosophical and literary discourse 1775-1830. The organisers hope to establish a network of researchers working on important questions about Europe in the Romantic period. Dr David Higgins (Leeds University) will open the programme of events with a keynote paper, entitled ‘Romantic Englishness: From Local to Global’.

This event has been kindly supported by Newcastle University’s School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, the British Association for Romantic Studies, and the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies​.​

Registration details are available here. Registration closes July 8th 2014.

Further details are also available on the conference website.

Garrick and Shakespeare conference

Garrick and Shakespeare
25-27 June, 2014
Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames

Booking is now open for attendance at the Garrick and Shakespeare conference.

Actor, manager, playwright, versifier, Garrick excelled in many parts, and was possibly both the most praised and vilified cultural celebrity of his generation. Authors whose plays he rejected and performers he did not employ were not sparing in their attacks. “Garrick and Shakespeare” seeks therefore to focus on his achievements as a Shakespearean interpreter and impresario, and to re-examine Garrick’s controversial reputation.

The conference will include a lecture by Simon Callow CBE, a trip to Garrick’s Temple in Hampton, a performance by the Hampton Players of ‘The Celebrated Mr Garrick’ and the British premier screening of Simon Callow’s new film Miss in her Teens, based on David Garrick’s 1747 play of the same name.

Speakers include:

  • Prof Michael Dobson (Shakespeare Institute)
  • Prof Norma Clarke (Kingston University)
  • Prof Peter Holland (University of Notre Dame)

For more information, to view the full programme, and to register attendance, visit the conference website.

Call for Papers: The Wordsworth Summer Conference

The 43rd Wordsworth Summer Conference
4-14 August, 2014, Rydal Hall, Cumbria

The Wordsworth Summer Conference offers keynote lectures and two-paper panels, as well as excursions to places of Wordsworthian connection and organised fell-walks. The conference takes place in two parts, of five days each, with a changeover day on the 8th. There are postgraduate bursaries available.

Keynote lecturers for 2014 include David Fairer, Stephen Gill, Claire Lamont, Michael O’Neill, and David Simpson.

The organisers invite proposals for 20-minute papers on all aspects of William Wordsworth, his contemporaries, and the Romantic period.

More information is available on the conference web site.


Text and Book in the Age of Swift – One-Day Conference

Text and Book in the Age of Swift
St Peter’s College, Oxford, 23 November 2013

This day conference will celebrate a recent string of important new Swift books and editions, and explore Swift in the context of literary and book-trade contexts.

Speakers include Paddy Bullard (University of Kent); Pat Rogers (University of South Florida); Valerie Rumbold (University of Birmingham); Abigail Williams (University of Oxford). There will be a reception in the evening to mark the launch of Abigail Williams’ Journal to Stella edition.

The closing date for registration is 8th November.

For more information, see the conference poster here.

“Hazlitt and the Theatre”

The 2013 Annual Hazlitt Lecture and the 12th Hazlitt Day School, organized by Gregory Dart and Uttara Natarajan, will this year be held in conjunction for the first time. Both events are dedicated to a common theme, ‘Hazlitt and the Theatre’, and will be taking place at University College London on Saturday 14 September.

The Lecture, entitled ‘Hazlitt and Edmund Kean’, will be delivered by Peter Thomson, Emeritus Professor of Drama at the University of Exeter, from 4pm in the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL. Attendance is free of charge.

The Day School (for which there is a small fee – £20/£15) takes place in the Old Refectory, in UCL’s Wilkins Building, and it precedes the Lecture from 9.30am-3.30pm. It provides a rare opportunity for readers and scholars of Hazlitt to explore a whole range of topics relating to ‘Hazlitt and the Theatre’, as well as to meet each other and to exchange ideas.

More information is available here.

Edinburgh Fringe Reviewers

James Harriman-Smith, BSECS reviews editor for eighteenth-century theatre, is looking for people to review the following plays in Edinburgh this year:

Adam Smith, le Grand Tour
Austen’s Women
Ben Franklin, the Rogue who Invented America
The Fanny Hill Project
Wuthering Heights
Northanger Abbey
The Way of the World
The Way to Keep Him
Lover’s Vows

If you are interested in attending and reviewing any of these performances, please email James.

Read more BSECS events reviews here.

Collecting Cultures: the Eighteenth Century

Some news about a joint event being held by two of the UK’s other eighteenth-century centres.  The Birmingham Eighteenth-Century Centre (BECC) and the Warwick Eighteenth-Century Centre will be holding their joint annual workshop on Wednesday 29th May, 2013.  The workshop, on ‘Collecting Cultures’ will be held at the Heritage Hub, European Research Institute Building, University of Birmingham.  The programme and poster for the event can be viewed below.  Attendance is free, but please email the organisers by the 22nd May to book your place.

BECC 2013 Workshop Programme

BECC 2013 Workshop Poster