Eighteenth Century Centre
The Warwick Eighteenth Century Centre is an interdisciplinary research centre based in the Department of History of the University of Warwick. The Centre runs, and is associated with, major research projects as well as providing a forum for academic staff and postgraduate students in the Humanities, including members of the departments of History, English, French and History of Art.
The Centre is closely involved with the Early Modern Forum and is a key element in the History Department's strength in Early Modern History. This Forum aims to give students and staff a place that links them to relevant information and resources which cover a large time period (1450 to 1850). It also aims to encourage the exchange of ideas and aims to promote interaction with others through a variety of different media. The Centre also enjoys close relations with the Global History & Culture Centre and the Centre for the History of Medicine.
The Centre organises regular sessions of the 'Eighteenth Century Seminar' throughout the academic year, and is closely involved with the Department of History’s MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies. Details of occasional workshops can be found on the Eighteenth Century Seminar page.
News and Forthcoming Events
- On 8th February 2013 The Eighteenth Century Centre in partnership with Queen Mary University is hosting the first of two workshops on the theme of "Concepts & Practices of Friendship in the Long Eighteenth Century". For more info see Early Modern Forum pages.
- Click here for details of our regular 'Eighteenth Century Seminar'.
- In 2012/2013 the centre will host a visting Chinese scholar of the media, Yuwen Zhang, from North-West University. She is particularly interested in the C18th press. More details about her research are here .
- The Centre has assisted in coordinating a new collaboratively taught undergraduate History module on The Enlightenment, starting in 2012.
- Click here for details of seminars and news from colleagues at Birmingham University Eighteenth Century Committee.
- Professor Maxine Berg of the University of Warwick has been awarded £1.4 million to explore the impact of the first great global trade shift of luxury goods from Asia to Europe. The prestigious award from the European Research Council (ERC) will fund a group of researchers to use industrial archives, private collections and major museum collections from across the world to investigate trade in the period 1600-1830, a time which stimulated the European Industrial Revolution. The four-year project, entitled "Europe's Asian Centuries, Trading Eurasia 1600-1830", commenced on 1st September 2010.
- Recent publications: 'The Devil in Disguise' (Oxford University Press, April 2011) by Professor Mark Knights; and Conversable Worlds: Literature, Contention, and Community 1762-1830 by Jon Mee (Oxford University Press, Sept. 2011).
In 2009, Waddesdon: The Rothschild Collection, went live. This is an online database of the Waddeson Manor trade card collection. The database has been designed to allow scholars to search by trade or product as well as by decorative motif or iconographic subject.