Southampton Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies

SCECS brings together specialists from a broad range of disciplines (English, History, Music, and Philosophy) and draws on a rich research culture at Southampton in eighteenth-century studies.


Lady Morgan

SCECS has particular strengths in eighteenth-century social and cultural studies. Publications from staff in eighteenth-century studies can be found on the Publications page.

Eighteenth Century MA

William Wilberforce

The MA in Eighteenth Century Studies encourages students to work across disciplines, and has an increasing number of MPhil and PhD students.


SCECS organises a wide range of conferences and events at Chawton House Library and the University of Southampton.

Chawton Fellowships

The aim of these fellowships, based at Chawton House Library, is to enable individuals to undertake significant research in the long eighteenth century.

“From voices of the slave trade to lost music of the English country house—and of course the world of women's writing, including our local heroine Jane Austen—researchers and students at the Southampton Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies explore the global eighteenth century in all of its facets. I hope you will enjoy our new web site, and to hear from you soon, whether you are a prospective student for our MA in Eighteenth Century Studies, a fellow researcher or a member of the general public.”

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