BSECS Postgraduate and Early-Career Seminar Series

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the annual BSECS Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher conference cannot go ahead as planned. However, we are still keen to provide a platform for postgraduates and early career researchers in eighteenth-century studies to get together and present their research. Therefore, we proudly present this new monthly digital seminar series:

Last Thursday of each month, 3-4PM. Currently the sessions are running until November, with a view to extend with a further CFP if successful.

Sessions take place via Zoom and are aimed specifically at postgraduate and early career researchers. Registration details will be released here

For any queries, please contact the postgraduate representatives via


30 July

Matthew Lee, University of Aberdeen: Resistance, rebellion and the amelioration of slavery in Hector MacNeill’s Memoirs of the Life and Travels of the Late Charles Macpherson Esq.

 Tom Little, University of York: “quitting the public road”: Affective Atmospheres in John Thelwall’s The Peripatetic (1793)

27 August

Anthony Delaney, Newcastle University: Cotqueans: Queer Domesticity in Eighteenth-Century England

Hannah Weaver, University of Edinburgh: Illicit Space and Gender: Reassessing Urban Boundaries in Late Eighteenth-Century Edinburgh

24 September

Rebekah Andrew, University of Birmingham: ‘O that my Grief were Thoroughly Weighed’: Clarissa’s ‘Meditations’ and Jeremy Taylor’s Holy Living

Jeanette Holt, Kingston University: Marriage – Love or Money? The motives for marriage in Kingston upon Thames 1743 to 1763

29 October, 4-5PM (please note different time)

Ioannes P. Chountis, University of Athens: Party Politics and the Rhetoric of Opposition in Lord Byron’s Poetry and Speeches

Emily Seitz, University of Birmingham: Perfecting the Poet of Nature: Pope’s Cultivation of Shakespeare

26 November

Tilman Schreiber, Friedrich Schiller University: Classical avant-garde. Gavin Hamilton and the aesthetics of dilettantism

Keiko Kawano, Kobe University: Oppositions in the viewpoints of Dubos and Cahusac regarding ancient dance