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 usually continue the conversation over tea and cakes afterwards.

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.

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

Heather Ellis (Liverpool Hope)

This paper aims to bring Oxford and Cambridge back into the debate about elite masculine socialization in eighteenth-century England. It argues that the ancient universities in this period are too often described by historians as bastions of moral stability and man making. It will offer an alternative view of the universities’ role in shaping the identities of young men in the eighteenth century is offered, one which takes into account the significant effect of rising student ages, generational and class tensions. In particular, it will trace the characteristics and development of foppish masculine styles among Oxbridge undergraduates, highlight their opposition to book-learning and academic regulations, and analyse the increasing suspicion which they incurred from the university authorities against the background of the American and French Revolutions.