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 from 4.30-6.00pm at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh.

How to find us

Event schedule

Date Speaker Topic

Wednesday 30 Jan

Ashley Foster (University of Notre Dame)

Jessica Davidson (University of Oxford)

‘The controversy surrounding the Cambuslang revival and its reflection on 18th-century debates concerning social cohesion’

‘Time and space at the 18th-century fair’

Wednesday 13 Feb

William Burgess (QMUL)

Elena Romero-Passerin (University of St Andrews)

‘The fossils of John Woodward: Defying death in the institutional museum’

‘“Distinguere gli ananassi dale patate”: The transmission of botanical knowledge in Peter-Leopold’s Tuscany’

Wednesday 27 Feb

Georgia Vullinghs (University of Edinburgh)

Diana Rafaela Pereira (University of Porto)

‘The afterlife of Clementina Sobieska, Stuart Queen in exile’

‘Healing statues of the Virgin in 18th-century Portugal’

Wednesday 13 Mar

Jacopo Veneziani (University of Paris)

‘Identity, visibility and games of attention in 18th-century views of Paris: Historical, sociological and methodological questions’

Wednesday 27 Mar

Edward Wren (University of Cambridge)

Damiano Bardelli (University of Lausanne)

‘Treating the practical rules of morality: The “two useful Parts” of moral philosophy and Adam Smith’s "Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759)"’

‘Studying Provincial Intellectual Life in the Enlightenment: the Lausanne Literary Society (1772–1783)’

Wednesday 10 Apr

Danielle Smith (University of Edinburgh)

Mary Zundo (Urbana-Champaign)

‘Portrait of Spain: The image of Madrid in Antonio Rodríguez’s Colección de trages

‘“Hue as tawny as the Moor”: Painting the margins of the 18th-century Chesapeake’

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 edinburgh18thcentury.weebly.com 

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The School of History, Classics and Archaeology offers an exciting programme of seminars across many subjects areas. Visit the research seminars website to find out what else is happening.

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