The Society for Court Studies was founded in London in September 1995 with the aim of stimulating and co-ordinating the study of royal and princely courts and households from antiquity to the present.
It examines courts from a multi-disciplinary and international perspective, bringing together political, cultural, architectural, military, art, environmental and diplomatic history, and gender studies.
The Society organises regular seminars and conferences in London throughout the year. A separate branch of the Society was established in North America in September 1998. Another branch was established in Germany in July 2015. The Society is linked to similar societies in Madrid, Versailles, Turin and Ferrara.
Kent’s Centre for Studies in the Long Eighteenth Century was the first eighteenth-century studies centre to be established in southern England.
Since 2007 the Centre’s members have worked across the period 1640-1830, approaching this historical moment from various and complementary methodological and (inter)disciplinary perspectives. We investigate such questions as: What was the society like that produced Jane Austen as well as Jonathan Swift? How did Britain’s global empire, which eventuated in ‘postcolonial’ resistance, come into being? What characterises the literary, artistic, and intellectual culture of mercantile capitalism? How might we account for discourses of sensibility, Enlightenment, emancipation, and democracy during the century of slavery?
The Centre invites postgraduate research applications in any aspect of this period, but especially print culture, material culture, gender and sexuality, women’s writing, intellectual history, travel and exploration, animal studies, transatlantic and indigenous studies, and East-West relations.
The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house. In 25 galleries are unsurpassed displays of French 18th-century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury.
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