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The Eighteenth Century Studies Seminar

The Eighteenth Century Studies Seminar at the University of Leeds is an interdisciplinary seminar originally set up in the late 1980s by Professor Bill Speck from the Department of History and by Diana Douglas from the Department of Fine Art. Revived in the 1990s by Adrian Wilson of the Philosophy Department (now the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science), and then taken forward by Professor John Chartres and then Professor Malcolm Chase from the School of History, it ran most successfully for several years meeting, with the help of Chris Sheppard, the Head of Special Collections, in the Special Collections Room of the Brotherton Library. It has been supported by the Schools of English; Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies; History, Languages, Cultures and Societies; and Philosophy, Religion and History of Science.

In the past year, we have had presentations from Professor Katie Scott of the Courtauld Institute on The Philosopher’s Room: Diderot’s regrets over the loss of his old dressing gown, from Dr Richard Johns of the University of York on A thin red line: the painted interior in early modern England and from Dr James Taylor on Sir Joseph Banks and the visualisation of Terra Australis (1768-1803): an examination of why artists were selected for these British voyages of exploration.

We have scheduled six meetings for the academic session 2016-17 to take place in the Leeds Humanities Research Institute starting at 6pm. The full schedule can be downloaded here.

The members of our Committee are drawn from across the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures:

Gregorio Alonso G.Alonso@leeds.ac.uk (School of Languages, Cultures and Societies);
Richard Bellis
ph10rtb@leeds.ac.uk (School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science)
Kerry Bristol
K.A.C.Bristol@leeds.ac.uk (School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies)
Valerie Mainz
v.s.mainz@leeds.ac.uk (School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies)
Peter Maw P.Maw@leeds.ac.uk (School of History)

 

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