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Southampton Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies

Postgraduate C18 Society

SPECS is the name for the Southampton Postgraduate Eighteenth Century Society

Founded in 2009, we are a group of postgraduates who regularly meet to discuss stimulating aspects of the long eighteenth century in a relaxed and friendly forum. Sessions are interdisciplinary and provide an opportunity for members to present their research on any aspect of the eighteenth century. Each meeting promotes lively discussion and the exchange of ideas, contributing to a vibrant postgraduate network in the field of eighteenth-century studies.  Sessions are two-hours duration - one hour dedicated to the speaker/s and feedback, the other for informal discussion (light refreshments provided). New members to the group are welcome. 


Meetings are usually held from: 12.00 - 2.00 pm at Avenue campus.  Details of forthcoming meetings will be advertised here as they become available.

Previous meetings:

Tuesday 14 January 2014 - Speaker: Tim Worth, ‘The Ossian poems and the image of Scotland'

Tuesday 11 February 2014 - Speaker: Isobel Stark

‘"In the way to do some good": The Charitable Donations of Mary Mee, Viscountess Palmerston'

Tuesday 11 March 2014 - Speaker: Sue Rollo

‘Airbrushing or Neglect? The manipulation of women's stories to make the picture fit the frame'

Tuesday 13 May 2014 - Speaker Janet Carter

‘"We have a right to be sanguine": The Letters of Anne Sturges Bourne (1829 to 1834) and the early nineteenth-century "Happiness Debate"'


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