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Faculty of Arts Building, University of Warwick central campus

Room: FAB 2.43 (Faculty of Arts Building, 2nd Floor)

Thursday 8 June 2023

13.00 Welcome and Introduction


Panel 1: Women and International Diplomacy in Eighteenth-Century Europe and the Atlantic World

Chair: Naomi Pullin (University of Warwick)

Kristine Dyrmann (University of Oxford) – ‘The Salon as an Informal Diplomatic Space’.

Natalie Hanley-Smith (University of Warwick) – ‘“Gallantry Filled Up The Evenings and Mornings”: Flirtatious Sociability on the Late Eighteenth-Century Grand Tour.’

Tom Cutterham (University of Birmingham) – ‘The Sackville Street Plot: Revolution Behind Closed Doors’. 

14.30-14.45 – Break 


Panel 2: Public Opinion, Drink and Popular Politics in Early Modern Britain

Chair: Valérie Capdeville (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord)

Brian Cowan (McGill University) – ‘The Public Sphere in Early Modern Britain’

Hannah Straw (University of Warwick) – ‘“Blame Him That Debauched Him”: Homosocial Drinking and Moral Panic in Restoration London’.

Angela McShane (University of Warwick) – ‘Drink and Political Song in Early Modern England’.

Dave Steele (University of Warwick) – ‘The Belly of the Crowd in Nineteenth Century England’.

16.15-16.30 – Break

16.30-18.00 – Keynote Lecture

Rebecca Earle (University of Warwick) – ‘Food and the Colonial Experience’

18.00-19.00 – Drinks Reception and Canapés

Friday 9 June 2023


Panel 3: Contentious Political Sociabilities in Long Eighteenth-Century Britain

Chair: Kimberly Page-Jones (Université de Bretagne Occidentale)

Maria Tauber (University of Warwick) - “Allow Yourself Some Time to Be Easy and Cheerful Among Your Friends and Enemies” – Local Political Sociability in National Politics.

Anna Pravdica (University of Warwick) – ‘Oaths of the Many Great and Worthy Persons By Whom They Were Regarded’: Politically Potent Sociability in the Douglas Cause.

Brendan Tam (University of Warwick) - “Bringing Pitt Forward Again, in Spite of Himself” – The Political Instrumentality of Sociability.

10.15-10.30 – Break


Panel 4: The Sociability of Global Travel in the Long Eighteenth Century

Chair: Tom Cutterham (University of Birmingham)

Margaret Small (University of Birmingham) – ‘Sociability and the Solitary Traveller’.

Anna Harrington (PhD University of Birmingham) - ‘The Bottle We Passed Three Times Round’: Shipboard Sociability for Middling and Elite Passengers Travelling on East Indiamen, c. 1757-1835’.

Eleonora Sasso (University of Chieti-Pescara) – ‘Byron and the Sociability of Travel: The Romantic Struggle for Freedom Between East and West’.

Elvira Diana (University of Chieti-Pescara) – ‘Westerners Habits Seen as Strange by Muslim Travellers in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries’.

12.00-13.00 – Lunch


Panel 5: Credit, Trust and Public Opinion in Revolutionary France

Chair: Charles Walton (University of Warwick)

Ronan Love (University of Warwick) – ‘The Rise and Fall of Jacques Necker: Public Credit and Public Opinion from the Old Regime to the French Revolution’.

David Andress (University of Portsmouth) - “He is a False Man. I Shall Dine at His Paris Home Tomorrow”: Trust, Sociability and Personal Relations in French Revolutionary Politics.’

Marisa Linton (Kingston University, London) – ‘When Dining was Dangerous: Political Sociability Amongst the Jacobins of the Year II’.

Denise Davidson (Georgia State University) – ‘Food and Bourgeois Sociability: Rebuilding Society after the French Revolution’.

14.30-14.45 – Break


Panel 6: Drinking Sociability in Early Modern Europe

Chair: Rebecca Earle

Beat Kümin (University of Warwick) – ‘Spaces of Wine Consumption in Early Modern Europe’.

Persida Lazarević (University of Chieti-Pescara) – ‘Balkan Eighteenth-Century Drinking Sociabilities’.

Jan Blonski (European University Institute) – ‘Taverns and Drinking Culture in the Early Modern Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth’.

16.00–16.15 – Break

16.15-17.45 – Keynote Lecture

Dena Goodman (University of Michigan) – ‘The Convergence of Family and Friendship: Intellectual Sociability in the Wake of the French Revolution’.

19.00 – Dinner Scarman Conference Centre, University of Warwick

Saturday 10 June 2023

Faculty of Arts Building, University of Warwick central campus

Room: FAB 5.03 (Faculty of Arts Building, 5th Floor)


Panel 7: The Food and Drink Experiences of Travellers in 18th-century Scotland

Chair: Beat Kümin

Sabrina Juillet Garzon (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord) – ‘The Scots and Their Food in the Testimonies of British and French Travellers in the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Highlands and Islands.’

Marion Amblard (Université Grenoble Alpes) – ‘The Scots and Drinking in the Testimonies of British and French Travellers in the Eighteenth Century in the Scottish Highlands and Islands.’

Tri Tran (Université de Tours) – ‘Eating on the Road: Food and Social Practices of Transatlantic Highland Migrants During the Long 18th Century’.

10.15-10.30 – Break


Panel 8: The Culture of Political Sociability in Early Modern Europe

Chair: Mark Philp (University of Warwick)

Miriam Sette (University of Chieti-Pescara) – ‘William Godwin and the Romantics: Celebrity Culture and Politics’.

Rowena Willard-Wright (National Trust) – ‘Art and Diplomacy – The 3rd Duke of Dorset’.

Isabelle Le Pape and Isabelle Degrange (Bibliothèque Nationale de France) – ‘Food in the Art Discourse and Food Practices in the Collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France’.

Ben Jackson (University of Birmingham) – ‘Gendered Mobility in Eighteenth-Century England: Men, Women, and Private Carriages’.