School of History, Classics & Archaeology

18th century research seminars

The Eighteenth Century research seminars take place throughout the academic year and are open to all.

Seminar description

The Eighteenth Century research seminars are a place for researchers to share their work on elements of the subject area. 

All are welcome - especially fellow PhD candidates and early career researchers.

This seminar series takes place with the support of the University of Edinburgh's Eighteenth Century and Enlightenment Studies Network.

Time and location

All seminars will be held on Wednesdays 4:30-5:30pm online. Please register at Eventbrite, 

Event schedule, semester 1 2021/22

Date Speaker Topic

Wednesday 27 Jan

Rory Lamb (University of Edinburgh)

Christianne Matt (University of York)

‘James Playfair, London architects, and the improvement of Scotland, 1750–1800’

‘Following the natural order? The relationship between nature, reason and architecture in Marc-Antoine Laugier’s "Essai sur l’Architecture"’

Wednesday 10 Feb

Regis Coursin (University of Montreal)

Giulia Iannuzzi (University of Trieste)

'Against despotism: Approaching the Republican Atlantic, c.1769–1791'

'Phrasebooks for European travellers in eighteenth-century North America'

Wednesday 24 Feb

Jan Synowiecki (University of Paris)

Camilla Pietrabissa (Iuav University of Venice)

'Gardens in picture: Iconographic representations of the gardens of Paris in the 18th century’

'Canaletto’s drawings of Venice and its lagoon: Seriality and urban nature'

Wednesday 10 Mar

Tabea Hochstrasser (Umeå University)

Cathleen Mair (Queen Mary, University of London)

'Human connectedness: A study of popular ideas in Scottish Cheap Print (c.1700–c.1820)’

‘A heart that scorns disguise: Authenticity and emotion in the letters of Mary Wollstonecraft and Germaine de Stael’

Wednesday 24 Mar

Octavia Cox (University of Nottingham)

Melanie Buntin (Independent)

‘Alexander Pope’s works: Warburton, Warton, and Bowles’

‘Subscribing to Allan Ramsay: Paratext in practice’

Wednesday 7 Apr

Kristine Palmieri (University of Chicago)

Carlos Alves (University of Lisbon)

‘Polaris in Ursa Minor? Friedrich August Wolf, the Halle Seminar, and the history of philology’

‘The university reforms in the 18th century: The Case of Salamanca and Coimbra’

Wednesday 14 Apr

Chiara Mannoni (Ca' Foscari University of Venice)

Madalena Costa Lima (University of Lisbon)

‘Mirroring the most enlightened states of Europe: Artistic scholarship and the early development of the heritage protection in the age of reason’

‘The rise of heritage in the 18th century: The Portuguese case’

Wednesday 21 Apr

Maddy Pelling (University of York)

‘Most curious memorials: Inscribing historic graffiti at the eighteenth-century Tower of London’

The seminar series is convened by Anna Myers, Alley Jordan and Clare Loughlin. It is funded by the Edinburgh Eighteenth-Century and Enlightenment Studies Network. For more information see 

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