History seminars at the IHR

Education in the Long 18th Century

Convenors: Michèle Cohen (RAIUL and IOE), Mary Clare Martin (Greenwich), Mark Burden (Oxford)  

Venue: John S Cohen Room 203, 2nd floor, IHR, North block, Senate House

Time: Saturday 2.00-4.00pm

We aim to provide a relaxed forum for conversation and debate on all aspects of research into education during the long eighteenth century. To this end, we will explore a variety of modes of presentation as starting point for discussion and debate, from reading group led by an invited speaker, to papers and panels.

We expect contributions to be last between 25 to 40 minutes maximum, to allow for discussion, and we welcome papers-in-progress from all, especially graduate students who would like to air and share ideas. Most of all, we aim to provide a space for friendly and supportive discussion where everyone feels they can participate, and bring together researchers on eighteenth-century education dispersed throughout the British Isles and beyond.

Autumn Term 2014
DateSeminar details
11 October Boy Actors at the English College of St Omer

Alison Shell (UCL)


15 November Instructions in virtue: Restoration imposture and the early writings of Joseph Addison

Katarina Stenke (Cambridge)


29 November Speeches suitable for tribes of females: gender and authority in Scottish intellectual culture

Rosalind Carr (University of East London)


13 December 'The whole system of learning, as it were in miniature': Scientific education and the Liberal Arts curriculum

Jo Elcoat


Spring Term 2015
DateSeminar details
31 January Old Boys on Tour: The social and political networks of the eighteenth-century Grand Tour and Harrow

Sarah Goldsmith (York)


21 February TBA

Elodie Duché(Warwick)


Summer Term 2015
DateSeminar details
6 June Foppish Masculinity and Generational Identity in Eighteenth-Century Oxbridge

Heather Ellis (Liverpool Hope)