Family of Thomas Bateson Esq., Co. Down (1762). Attributed to Strickland Lowry (c) National Museums Northern Ireland 2007.
The Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies is an interdisciplinary initiative established in 2002 and based in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. It draws together research expertise across the Faculty 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. An interdisciplinary MA module on Culture and National Identity is taught by lecturers from English, History, Languages, Literatures and Performing Arts, and Music.
Although the greatest concentration of members engage in research relating to England or Ireland, the Centre also has scholars working on aspects of East European, French, Indian, Mexican, Spanish and North and South American culture during the long eighteenth century. With an international board of advisers the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies has also developed links in Ireland and the United Kingdom and continues to form further contacts with similar centres worldwide. CECS is a member of the international Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI).