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Scholars join in 17th & 18th Century Studies research partnership between Warwick and UCLA

A new research partnership spanning two centuries and involving significant numbers of academic staff has been established between the University of Warwick  and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Both universities have just signed a memorandum of  understanding establishing a new research  collaboration in 17th and 18th Century Studies.  Researchers from the two universities will share  facilities including Warwick’s  research base in Venice,  and UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library which has a significant collection of  rare books and manuscripts specialising in 17th and 18th century English literature and history.

Around 100 researchers and research students work in 17th and 18th centuries across the two partner institutions and a series of events is being planned to facilitate several research exchanges. The first of these will be a joint research symposium in Warwick’s Venice research base bringing together a dozen Warwick and UCLA staff to examine the theme of “The Lure of Italy ”during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Professor Jacqueline Labbe, a specialist in the poetry and prose of the Romantic period, negotiated the MOU on behalf of  the University of Warwick. She said:

“This partnership will allow a critical mass of 17th and 18th century scholars to debate and explore key issues of the period.  The Clark has fantastic resources, and we plan to make active use of its collections as well as of Warwick’s research base in Venice, a key cultural centre in the 17th and 18th centuries.  We look forward to our first cooperative conference and to developing research exchanges for academic staff and postgraduate students.”

For further information please contact:

Professor Jacqueline Labbe
University of Warwick
Tel: 024 76573092

Peter Dunn, Press and Media Relations Manager
Communications Office, University House,
University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 8UW, United Kingdom
Tel: 024 76 523708 Mobile 07767 655860