The Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies

The Queen Mary Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies provides an umbrella organization for all the researchers and students in eighteenth-century studies at Queen Mary, University of London. 

The centre has members in a wide range of humanities disciplines (including English & Drama, History, Geography, Law, French, German, Politics). The centre provides broad-based but focused intellectual support for colleagues working in the area, through research-related activities. We organise a research seminar, a graduate reading group, and an annual graduate conference, amongst other activities. We sponsor an early-career visiting fellowship in collaboration with the British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies. 

The QMCECS blog is the best place to learn about up-coming events.

Postgraduate study

Members of the centre contribute to the MA in English Studies pathway called Eighteenth-Century Literature and Romanticism, with a range of modules including ‘Sociability’, ‘Metro-Intellectuals’, ‘Polite and Popular Culture’ and ‘Autobiographical Literature and Religious Dissent’. They also offer courses on the MA in History, including ‘Selfhood and Enlightenment in the Long 18th Century’, and ‘Women and Gender in Georgian England’. 

Members of the centre supervise doctoral research in all aspects of the study of the long eighteenth century.


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QMCECS Seminar

The QMCECS Eighteenth-Century Studies Seminar offers a programme of early evening seminars organised by the centre committee. We aim to have six seminars a year, usually three per semester. In recent years we have had seminars by Jonathan Lamb (Vanderbilt), John Barrell (QMUL), Malcolm Baker (U California Riverside), and Naomi Tadmor (Lancaster).

The seminars are open to all. To receive information by email about the seminars subscribe to our email list.  

Graduate Conference

The centre organises an annual conference for graduate students and early career researchers. In recent years these have included ‘New Directions in Eighteenth Century Studies’, ‘Queen Mary v Vanderbilt’ and ‘Text and Trade: Book-History Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century’.

QMCECS/BSECS Visiting Fellowship

The Queen Mary Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies is pleased to offer a short term Visiting Fellowship for early career researchers.

The award consists of two parts: from BSECS £400 towards travel and living expenses, and from QMCECS seven nights accommodation in Queen Mary fellows housing on campus at Mile End (equivalent to £300). It will normally involve the Fellow in research in libraries and archives in London, and also in making contacts with QM researchers.

The Fellowship is open to scholars of the ‘long’ eighteenth century (or any part of it) in any discipline. The award is open to early career researchers: any doctoral student at a British university in their second year of study and above, and any post-doctoral researcher normally resident in Britain, within five years of the award of their PhD.

Deadline for applications: 17 January in any year. The award must be taken up in the period February 1 to June 31 (subject to availability of accommodation).

The application form can be downloaded here as a word document.

QMCECS Management Committee

Director: Prof. Colin Jones (History)
Prof. John Barrell (English)
Prof. Markman Ellis (English)
Prof. Miles Ogborn (Geography)
Prof. Amanda Vickery (History)
Prof. Barbara Taylor (English and History)