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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Eighteenth-Century Research Group: Public and Private Identities in the Eighteenth Century

18th October 2018, 17:00 to 18:30, Barker Research Library, Palace Green

This is the inaugural session of the recently-formed Eighteenth-Century Research Group. Welcoming all disciplines and intended to be informal and conversational, the group is first and foremost a way of bringing together those with research interests in the long eighteenth century, across the university. Our first meeting involves not formal papers but brief presentations of areas of research interest, followed by discussion and exchange of ideas on the broad theme of public and private identities in the long eighteenth century.


Alex Harrington (School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Russian), ‘Literary Celebrity and Eighteenth-Century Russia’

Daniel Norman and Jake Phipps (Department of English Studies), 'Kilmarnock and Porlock: humour, evasion, and identity'

Danielle Westerhof (Palace Green Library), 'Public and private identity and the display of taste in personal libraries'

Tom Wynn (School of Modern Languages and Cultures: French), 'Impostors in Eighteenth-Century Paris'

All welcome! For further information, please contact Gillian Skinner ( or Fiona Robertson (