The Networks of Improvement Conference will be held at the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Kings Manor, University of York, on 13-14 March.  Registration is available here.


– Friday 13 March –

10.30-11.15 Registration and Coffee
11.15-11.30 Welcome

11.30-13.00 Panel 1: Metropolitan Societies
Georgina Green (University of York): Translating hemp into a ‘Band of Reciprocal Interest’: The Society of Arts and the construction of a trans-Atlantic actor-network in the 1760s
Matthew Sangster (University of Birmingham): British Institutions, Literary Production and National Glory in the Romantic Period

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 Panel 2: Book Clubs and Reading Societies
Ina Ferris (University of Ottawa): Bordering Literary Culture: The Place of Rural Book Clubs
Christy Ford (University of Oxford): Urban reading associations in Britain: practices and representations

15.30-15.45 Coffee

15.45-17.15 Panel 3: Scotland and Improvement
Alexander Dick (University of British Columbia): Reading, Religion, and the Politics of Improvement in Eighteenth-Century Scotland
Mark Towsey (University of Liverpool): ‘Attended with great improvement as well as entertainment’: Reading for Improvement at the Selkirk Subscription Library, 1772-1814.

17.15-19.30 Convivial conversation at a local hostelry
19.30 Dinner

– Saturday 14 March –

9.00-9.30 Coffee

9.30-11.00 Panel 4: Convivial Societies
Rhona Brown (University of Glasgow): Literary Communities and Commemorations in the Edinburgh Cape Club
Kate Compton (York Army Museum): “Improved by friendship”: York’s Good Humour Club and the founding of the Yorkshire Philosophical Society

11.00-11.15 Coffee

11.15-12.45 Panel 5: Authors and Networks I
David O’Shaughnessy (Trinity College Dublin): Stages of Irish patriotism in 1780s London: Irish Playwrights and the Benevolent Society of St Patrick
Julian Pooley (University of Leicester): ‘A Laborious and Truly Useful Gentleman’. Mapping the Networks of John Nichols (1745-1826), printer, antiquary and Biographer

12.45-13.45 Lunch

13.45-15.15 Panel 6: Authors and Networks II
Mark Philp (University of Warwick): Conversazioni in Prison – Godwin’s networks
Timothy Whelan (Georgia Southern University): Mary Steele, Mary Hays, and the Convergence of Women’s Circles in the 1790s

15.15-3.30 Coffee
15.30-17.00 Panel 7: Transpennine Enlightenment
Cassie Ulph (University of York): ‘Under the existing rules’: Anne Lister and the Halifax Literary and Philosophical Society
Jon Mee (University of York): Transpennine Enlightenment: The Northern Lit Phils


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