Monthly Archives: February 2013

Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Graduate Seminar

This Thursday at 4.45pm Dr Gregory Dart, UCL, will address the Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Graduate Seminar on the topic of ‘The Lamb Coterie 1808-1818: The Critical Moment’. The session will be chaired by Dr Corinna Russell. The seminar meets in the English Faculty board room, and everybody is welcome. More information about this series can be found on our seminar page.

CFP: Writing Religion Colloquium

Writing Religion
16th March 2013
Regents Park College, University of Oxford, OX1 2LB

This day colloquium (1pm-6pm Saturday 16th March) builds on the success of a roundtable event at the BSECS Conference this January. The aim of the colloquium is to bring together interested researchers keen to participate in a discussion of the value of literary-critical approaches to religious writing.

We encourage participants to ask new questions of eighteenth-century texts which might broadly be categorised as ‘religious’. In particular, we seek to generate discussion around issues of central literary significance – authority, intention and purposiveness – as they emerge within the special
circumstances and contexts of religious writing. Furthermore, we hope to identify points of connection and disjunction between such writing and wider literary culture.

The structure of the colloquium will be fairly informal, and designed to promote conversation and productive exchange of ideas.

We therefore invite scholars who wish to participate to submit a brief proposal for either: a short (5-10 minute) presentation or a longer (20 minute) paper. Our intention is to allow participants to present both work in progress and ideas about future research directions, as well as close
readings and case studies relevant to the wider topic. Participants may wish to share abstracts and/or material for circulation on the day and on our website. We plan is to use the colloquium as a springboard for further collaborative endeavours, including publication.

Further details of the previous roundtable and suggested topics for presentation can be found on our website or by contacting the organisers Laura Davies and Emma Salgård Cunha on the email below.

Please submit abstracts by 5th March to

Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies – Queen’s University, Belfast

The Cambridge Research Group for Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies is one of many centres, based in Universities throughout the UK, dedicated to the study of the literature, culture and history of the long eighteenth century. We are always pleased to hear from colleagues from other centres about the research they are pursuing, the events they are planning, and the opportunities there are for Cambridge researchers to be involved.

The Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Queen’s University, Belfast, was established in 2002 and brings togethers researchers from the schools of English, History, Languages, Literatures and Performing Arts, and Music. Its seminar programme details events that will take place during the forthcoming semester. All are welcome to attend.

Eighteenth-Century Seminar

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

The seminar meets about twice a term, on Tuesdays at 5pm. This term the two meetings are in the Harrods Room on the second floor of the Queen’s Building at Emmanuel College.

The first session of the Lent Term, 2013, will be held on the 26th February.  Professor Margot Finn (University College London) and Dr Sarah Pearsall (University of Cambridge) will discuss ‘Family and Empire, East and West: What Do the Histories of Family and Empire Have to Do with Each Other?’.

Sandars Lectures 2012-2013

This year’s Sandars Lectures will be offered by Professor Jim Secord, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, Director of the Darwin Correspondence Project and a fellow of Christ’s College.  The title of the series is Visions of science: books and readers at the dawn of the Victorian age.  All three lectures take place at 5pm in the Yusuf Hamied Theatre, Christ’s College.

Monday 25th February     ‘Fantastic Voyages: Humphry Davy’s Consolations in Travel’

Tuesday 26th February     ‘The Conduct of Gentlemen: John Herschel’s Preliminary Discourse on the Study of Natural Philosophy

Wednesday 27th February     ‘Nature for the People: George Combe’s Constitution of Man

More information on the Sandars Readership in Bibliography is available on the University Library website.

Seminars in the History of Material Texts

The History of Material Texts Seminar will meet at 5.30pm on Thursday 21st February in room S-R24 of the English Faculty. Elizabeth Upper (Munby Fellow, Cambridge University Library) and Ad Stijnman (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam) will speak on ‘Cycles of Invention: The Historical Developments of ‘New’ Innovations in Colour Printing, ca. 1600-1700′.  For more information on this seminar, and other seminars in the series, visit the Centre for Material Texts’ seminar page.

Early Modern British and Irish History Seminar

On Wednesday 20th February Dr Stephen Brogan, from Birkbeck, University of London, will give a talk entitled ‘Medicine, Politics, and Sin: The Rationale of the Royal Touch During the Stuart Restoration, 1660-1688’. The seminar meets in the Graham Storey Room, Trinity Hall, at 5.15pm, and all are welcome to join the speaker and convenors for a drink and dinner afterwards.

Cambridge Group for Irish Studies

On Tuesday the 19th February David O’Shaughnessy, from Trinity College, Dublin, will speak to the Cambridge Group for Irish Studies on the subject of ‘Mediating an Irish Enlightenment: Dennis O’Bryen’s A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed (1783)’.  The seminar meets at 8.45pm in The Parlour, Magdalene College.

Abstract: If Dennis O’Bryen is remembered at all today, it’s due to the riot he was accused of inciting alongside Richard Brinsley Sheridan at the trial for treason of Arthur O’Connor in Maidstone, Kent 1798. However, O’Bryen’s real contribution to British and Irish politics had been made much earlier with a series of pamphlets in the 1780s which earned him recognition from Edmund Burke and Charles James Fox and an important role in Whig politics. What is much less well known is that O’Bryen penned a play which was performed in 1783. The play is interesting in a number of ways but this paper will focus on its anomalous depiction of an Irishman as a pernicious moneylender — a far cry from the genial buffoon Stage Irishman, de rigeur for any self-respecting London comedy of the period. In proposing an answer to the question as to why O’Bryen, a demonstrably patriotic Irishman, would offer such a negative portrayal of the Irish at a key juncture in Anglo-Irish relations, I hope to suggest that the comedy can offer us insights into the both the sentiments and politics of the London Irish community of the 1780s and into the way in which an Irish Enlightenment might be mediated beyond the country’s borders.

About the speaker:  David O’Shaughnessy is Assistant Professor for 18thc Studies at Trinity College Dublin. Formerly, he was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Warwick and a JRF at Linacre College, Oxford. He has published widely on the writings of William Godwin and is currently working on two projects: a study of theatre censorship in London 1737-1843 and a study of minor Irish playwrights working in London in the 18thc.

Modern British History Seminar

The graduate seminar in Modern British History will hold a joint session with the American History seminar on Monday 18th February. Craig Yirush (UCLA) will give a talk entitled ‘John Dickinson and the Barbadians: the Imperial Crisis in Comparative Perspective, 1760s-1770s’. The seminar meets in the Latimer Room, Clare College, at 5pm.

Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Graduate Seminar

This Thursday at 4.45pm Dr Ewan Jones, fellow of Trinity Hall, will give a talk entitled ‘The Scandal of Tautology’ to the eighteenth-century and romantic studies graduate seminar. The seminar meets in the English Faculty board room, and everybody is welcome. To read an abstract, and to find out more about our speaker, visit our seminar page.