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
- Please see our 2014-2015 seminar programme!
- Congratulations to Giorgio Riello for receiving the 2014 World History Association Book Prize for Cotton: The Fabric that Made the Modern World (Cambridge, 2013)
- Recent publications (2013-2014)
- Maxine Berg, Writing the History of the Global: Challenges for the 21st Century (British Academy, 2013)
- Mark Philp, Reforming Ideas in Britian: Politics and Language in the Shadow of the French Revolution (Cambridge, 2013)
- Mark Philp and Joanna Innes (eds.), Re-imagining Democracy in the Age of Revolutions (Oxford, 2013)
- Giorgio Riello, Cotton: The Fabric That Made the Modern World (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
- David Taylor and Julia Swindells (eds.), The Oxford of the Georgian Theatre, 1737-1832 (Oxford, 2014)
- Charles Walton, La liberté d'expression en Révolution: les moeurs, l'honneur, la calomnie (Rennes, 2014)
- Please join us on 14 May 14 2014 for the joint Birmingham/Warwick Workshop on 'Humanity', between 1 pm and 6:30 pm in the Ramphal Building 0.03/4.
- 21 January 2014, 12-3 pm: A Workshop with Professor Deirdre Coleman (University of Melbourne) who is Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Warwick, on 'Digital humanities, crowd sourcing, and travel writing: Anna Maria Falconbridge's diary', at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Milburn House.
- The Centre has assisted in coordinating a new collaboratively taught undergraduate History module on The Enlightenment.
- 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 (2011-2012): 'The Devil in Disguise' (Oxford University Press, 2011) by Mark Knights; 'Into Print: Limits and Legacies of the Enlightenment. Essays in Honor of Robert Darnton' (Penn State University Press, 2011), edited by Charles Walton; and Narrative Responses to the Trauma of the French Revolution (Legenda, 2012) by Katherine Astbury; Theatres of Opposition: Empire, Revolution, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan (Oxford, 2012) by David Taylor.
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.