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Enlightenment and Long Eighteenth Century History Workshop

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This interdisciplinary workshop provides a friendly and dynamic space for graduate students to present research that engages, however broadly, with eighteenth-century enlightenment. It is global in scope, and open to any methodological approach. The aim of the workshop is to extend the discussion of the Enlightenment across borders as well as subject groups, and create a lively atmosphere for discussion.

We encourage submissions from the fields of History, English, Modern Languages, History and Philosophy of Science, and Art History. Students from all faculties are most welcome to attend.


7 November — Jana Hunter (Cambridge)

Mapping representations of Prague: travel literature from Restitution to Revolution

14 November — Owen Sparkes (Cambridge)

Polite behaviour and natural law in eighteenth century Britain

21 NovemberGuido Beduschi (Cambrige)

Writing modern history in the early eighteenth century: Voltaire’s use of primary and secondary sources in the “Siècle de Louis XIV”

28 November — Open discussion

Studying the Enlightenment in the 2020s: methods, objectives, challenges


We will meet on Thursdays, 1:30-3:00pm at King's College, Keynes Seminar Room 1. 

If you would like to present a paper in Lent 2020, please send a title, an abstract (between 200 and 300 words), and a very brief biography by 7 January 2020.

To submit a paper, join the mailing list or find out more, please email or the convenors Madeleine Armstrong ( and Emma Prevignano (



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