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Research Centres

Chawton House Library
Chawton House Library holds a unique collection of books focusing on early English women's writing from 1600 to 1830. This specialist collection, set in the home and working estate of Jane Austen's brother, provides the opportunity to study and savour the texts in their original setting.

Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Queen's University Belfast
An interdisciplinary initiative, established in 2002, drawing together research expertise in the long eighteenth century in the Schools of English, History, Languages, Literatures and Performing Arts, and Music. It holds regular seminars (with a mixture of staff, postgraduate and postdoctoral students and guest speakers) and is actively involved in formulating interdisciplinary activities, workshops and conferences within the Faculty.

Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of Southampton
Launched in 2008, 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. Scholars at Southampton and Chawton have initiated a number of publication projects, among them the Chawton House Library Series, published by Pickering & Chatto. Members of the group have expertise in areas including Jane Austen, gender theory, women’s writing, Gothic literature, eighteenth-century fiction, political economy, eighteenth-century philosophical aesthetics, Anglo-French female literary networks, slavery and abolition in the Atlantic world, gardens, landscape and aesthetics, education, crime and criminality, and writing for children.

Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, York University
The Centre was founded in 1996 at the University of York, and is now an internationally renowned centre for the study of the 'long' eighteenth century, 1650-1850. It is based at the historic King's Manor in the middle of the city, and has staff members from the departments of Archaeology, English, History, History of Art and Philosophy. The Centre has a lively research community within which students can individually and collaboratively pursue their interests in the history, culture, politics, literature, art, and society of the period.

Centre for The Novel, University of Aberdeen
Since its inception in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the novel in English has become the dominant literary form in our culture. Critical analysis of the novel lies at the heart of modern literary scholarship and theory. The Centre for The Novel at the University of Aberdeen has been created to promote the study of novels, novelists, and novelistic traditions, and the investigation of narrative theory and practice. Through symposia, conferences, visiting fellowships and postgraduate teaching and research, the Centre explores the regional, national and international significance of the novel as an art form, and address such general topics as subjectivity and identity, medical theory and fiction, aesthetics, print culture, the sociology of reading, mass and elite fiction, and issues of nation, class, race and gender.

Eighteenth-Century Centre, University of Warwick
The Warwick Eighteenth Century Centre is an interdisciplinary research centre based in the Department of History of the University of Warwick. The Centre runs major research projects and provides a forum for academic staff and postgraduate students in the Humanities, including members of the departments of History, English, French and History of Art.

UCLA Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies
The Center provides a forum for the discussion of central issues in the field of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century studies. It organizes academic programs, bringing together scholars from the area, the nation, and the world, with the goal of encouraging research in the period from 1600 to 1800. The Center's publications program is dedicated to making the results of its conferences known to the larger scholarly public. It provides resident fellowships and scholarships to support research in early modern studies and other areas central to the Clark's collections.



Scholarly Societies

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)
The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies is an interdisciplinary group dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in all aspects of the period, from the later seventeenth through the early nineteenth century. Established in 1969, ASECS advances study and research in the history of a time that has profoundly influenced our world. ASECS is a pioneer in interdisciplinary investigation, and it therefore welcomes as members those working in all areas of scholarly inquiry pertinent to eighteenth-century studies.

British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS)
The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies promotes the study of all aspects of the global eighteenth century. BSECS is open to anyone interested in the ‘long’ eighteenth century. Its members are scholars, students and members of the general public from all over the world with a diverse range of interests in the history, literature, science, society and culture of the eighteenth century. The Society publishes the Journal for Eighteenth Century Studies four times each year, and organises a major conference every January.

Burney Society
The Burney Society honours Frances Burney d'Arblay (1752-1840), a woman who recorded everything from Johnsonian wit to George III's fits, from Evelina's entrance into the world to Napoleon's last stand. Her acute observations about her family, friends, and 18th-century society show us how much, and how little, life and literature have changed in two centuries. The purpose of the society is to promote the study and appreciation of Burney's works and of the life and times of her and her family.

Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CSECS)
Founded in 1971, the bilingual Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies publishes an academic journal, Lumen and organizes an anuual conference which draws international scholars from a variety of disciplines.

The Captain Cook Society (CCS)
The Society was formed in 1975 as the Captain Cook Study Unit and changed its name to the Captain Cook Society in 2001. Membership is open to anyone interested in Captain James Cook, whether professionally or as a hobby. It has an international membership from countries including Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States. Members receive a free quarterly publication called Cook's Log, containing articles on aspects of James Cook's life and those associated with him.

International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS)
The International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, founded with the initiative of Theodore Besterman, promotes the growth, development and coordination of studies and research relating to the eighteenth century in all aspects of its cultural heritage (historical, philosophical, ideological, religious, linguistic, literary, scientific, artistic, juridical) in all countries, without exception; the Society is non-profit-making and non-political.

Jane Austen Society (JAS)
The Jane Austen Society of the United Kingdom aims to foster the appreciation and study of the life, work and times of Jane Austen and the Austen family; to secure the preservation of the manuscripts, letters and memorabilia of Jane Austen and the Austen family; to continue a programme of scholarly publications concerning Jane Austen and the Austen family; and to support the work of the Jane Austen Memorial Trust in maintaining the Museum at Jane Austen's House, Chawton.

Jane Austen Society of Australia (JASA)
The Jane Austen Society of Australia was founded in July 1989 to bring together admirers of Jane Austen in this part of the world. We are scholars, enthusiasts, amateurs and professionals, gathering on equal terms to study and celebrate the genius of Jane Austen. We are interested in Jane's life, her writings and the era that gave shape to them both.

Jane Austen Society of North America
The Jane Austen Society of North America is dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of Jane Austen and her writing. JASNA is a nonprofit organization staffed by volunteers, with approximately 4,000 members and over 60 regional groups in the United States and Canada. Its members, who are of all ages and from diverse walks of life, share an enjoyment of Austen's fiction and the company of like-minded readers.



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