Category Archives: Events

*Romanticism and the Experience of Experiment* (CRASSH Seminar)

The final seminar of the CRASSH series Rethinking Life will be taking place on Wednesday 10 June, 4pm – 6pm, in Room S1 of the Alison Richard Building.

Robert Mitchell (Professor of English, Duke University) will be speaking via video link on ‘Romanticism and the Experience of Experiment’.

Open to all. No registration required.

The Eighteenth Century Seminar Easter Term 2015

The Eighteenth-Century Seminar is a post-graduate seminar, sponsored by the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge, aiming to explore topics of shared interest to historians (and the historically-minded) with diverse specialisations and sensibilities who work on the eighteenth century.

12 May 2015 ‘The American Stamp Act Crisis in Global Context’
Steven Pincus (Yale University)
Gardner Room, Front Court, Emmanuel College

The seminar meets on Tuesdays at 5pm, at Emmanuel College.


The Easter Term timetable for the English Faculty’s Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Seminar is also available here.

‘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.

Graduate Seminar

Changes to the Graduate Seminar timetable for Lent 2015:

Shahidha Bari’s paper, ‘Listening for Leila: The Re-direction of Desire in Byron’s The Giaour‘, which was originally scheduled for the 26th February, has had to be postponed until the next academic year.

The last Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Research Seminar of this term will therefore be this Thursday, the 12th February. Tess Somervell will be speaking on ‘The Temporal Structure of Wordsworth’s Spots of Time’. All are welcome.

See the Graduate Seminar page for more details.

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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Call for Papers: Graduate Conference 2015

The call for papers for Cambridge’s annual Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Graduate Conference is now available. Please visit the Graduate Conference page for all the details, as well as the conference website.

Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Graduate Conference 2014
‘Jargon of Men and Things’: Production and Consumption in the Long Eighteenth Century
Saturday, 18th April, 2015
Faculty of English, University of Cambridge

External Respondent: Dr Corinna Wagner (University of Exeter)

Papers from any disciplinary perspective would be welcome on any aspect of the conference theme.
Topics might include (but are not limited to):

– Concepts of appetite and taste
– Literary and artistic creation/reception
– Celebrity and canonicity
– Print culture and the material book
– Objects, hybrids and the non-human
– Luxury, excess, waste
– Trade, colonialism, the exotic
– Categories of identity such as gender, race, class, sexuality, disability

Please email proposals of no more than 400 words to The deadline for the submission of proposals is March 15, 2015. Registration for attendance will close on the morning of Saturday, 11th April.

The Passions and the Performance of Shakespeare


The first meeting of the Faculty Reading Group in Performance will take place on Monday 3rd November, 4:00pm-5.30pm, in the Boardroom.

James Harriman-Smith, a member of the Research Group for Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies, will be giving a paper entitled: ‘Feeling between the Lines: The Passions and Performance of Shakespeare’. He will be focussing particularly on eighteenth-century theories of stage emotion.

The text for discussion will be: Hoxby, Blair, “What Was Tragedy? The World We Have Lost, 1550–1795.” Comparative Literature 64.1 (2012): 1–32.

The text is available on Moodle to members of Cambridge University. You can email Helen Murphy if you don’t already have access to Moodle, to be provided with a login to download the text.

(The Reading Group in Performance is termly meeting of like-minds, interested in questions regarding the situation of performance – dramatic, poetic or otherwise. Scholars are invited to gather around discussion of a text selected by a post-graduate or senior member of the Faculty, who will give a short paper introducing their interest in the topic.)

The Eighteenth-Century Seminar

The Eighteenth-Century Seminar is a post-graduate seminar, sponsored by the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge, aiming to explore topics of shared interest to historians (and the historically-minded) with diverse specialisations and sensibilities who work on the eighteenth century.

14 October 2014 Sartorial conformity and non-conformity in the late eighteenth century
Amanda Vickery (Queen Mary, University of London)
Harrods Room, Emmanuel College

The seminar meets on Tuesdays at 5pm, at Emmanuel College, either in the Harrods Room or in the Gardner Room.

Future events:
20 Jan 2015 Antoine Lilti (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris) on the invention of celebrity (Gardner Room)
24 Feb 2015 Emma Rothschild (Harvard) on microhistory (Harrods Room)
3 March 2015 John-Paul Ghobrial (Oxford) and Elizabeth Fowden (Cambridge) on Ottoman-European interactions (Gardner Room)
12 May 2015 Steven Pincus (Yale) on the state, finances and the British Empire (Gardner Room)

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.