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Midlands Eighteenth Century Research Network June 2023

This year, Warwick will host the annual workshop of the Midlands Eighteenth Century Research Network, on campus at the University of Warwick, on Thursday 8 June between around 9am - 1pm (including lunch). The event will be held the morning of the first day of 'Sociability in Politics, Food and Travel in the Early Modern Era' (8-10 June) hosted by the Early Modern and Eighteenth-Century, which will involve many of our members, and will form part of a series of events organised around the Visiting Professorship of Dena Goodman (University of Michigan).

This smaller workshop will be an opportunity for those whose work doesn't directly intersect with the themes of sociability to meet and catch up with fellow scholars working in early modern and eighteenth century studies, to share problems and ideas from current work in progress, celebrate recent publications. Those presenting at the conference are also more than welcome to join us.

The session will consist of two panels:

Location: FAB 2.43 Faculty of Arts Building (2nd floor), University of Warwick central campus

Panel 1: 9-00.10.30

Chair: Tom Cutterham (University of Birmingham)

David Fletcher (University of Warwick) – Religion and Restoration Drama – The New Plays of 1660–1720

Naomi Pullin (University of Warwick) – A Social History of Solitude in Early Modern Britain

Imogen Peck (University of Birmingham) – Family Archives and their Afterlives in England, 1650-1830

Emily Cotton (University of Leicester) – Women’s Agency and Marital Negotiations, 1700–1790

Natalie-Hanley Smith (University of Warwick) – Controversial Intimacies: Marriage, Gossip, and Scandal in British Society, 1780-1840

Break 10.30-10.45 [tea and coffee]


Panel 2: 10.45-12.00

Chair: Charles Walton (University of Warwick)

Karen Harvey, Emily Vine, and Sarah Fox (University of Birmingham) – Material Identities, Social Bodies: Embodiment in British Letters c.1680–1820

Richard Ansell (University of Leicester) – War, Travel and Cultural Exchange: William Gell and the British in Iberia, 1750–1830

Tom Cutterham (University of Birmingham) – Angelica Schuyler Church: A Biography

Matthew McCormack (University of Northampton) – Shoes and the Georgian Man

Michael Bycroft (University of Warwick) – The Eighteenth-Century Problem, 40 Years On

Lunch 12.00-13.00 in FAB 3.36 (Faculty of Arts Building, 3rd Floor)

13.00 onwards Sociability in Politics, Food and Travel' conference

All participants are welcome to stay for this and join us for drinks and a canapé reception in the evening (though separate registration will be required by emailing and indicating the days you wish to attend).

Support is available for the travel costs of PhD students and the precariously-employed. If you have any questions or thoughts about the event, please get in touch with us: Naomi Pullin ( and Charles Walton (