Urban Culture under the spotlight in lecture series

Urban Culture under the spotlight in lecture series

Event Organiser Dr Shaun Regan from the School of English, speaker Professor Colin Jones and Director of CECS Dr Gabriel Sanchez Espinosa from the School of Modern Languages

The second annual lecture in the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies’ (CECS) lecture series on urban culture has taken place.

Launched in 2011, The Belfast Lectures on Urban Culture series draws together the interests and expertise of staff from across the humanities with research specialisms in the eighteenth century.

This year's speaker was the internationally renowned historian of eighteenth-century France, Professor Colin Jones F.B.A. (Queen Mary, University of London). Professor Jones is the co-director of the Eighteenth-Century Studies Centre at QMC and the President of the Royal Historical Society. Arising from his prize-winning monograph on Paris, Professor Jones delivered an engaging talk on a little-known collection of drawings from eighteenth-century Paris. His lecture was entitled The Parisian world of an eighteenth-century luxury artisan: Charles-Germain de Saint-Aubin and his Livre de caricatures.

Saint-Aubin belonged to a well-known family in the art world although he made his living as an embroiderer. The drawings are contained in a unique copy held in Waddesdon Manor. Their value as a cultural document is exceptional, a value recognised by the AHRC in the award of a substantial grant to bring their contents to a wider public.

The AHRC funding will see the publication of a major volume of essays on Saint-Aubin from international scholars by the Voltaire Foundation (Oxford).  In the near future, a free-access website containing the drawings with commentaries will be available (details will be posted on the CECS website).

Lively questions from a cross-disciplinary audience highlighted once again the importance of CECS's role as a forum for interdisciplinary exchange in fostering research excellence at Queen's.

CECS plans to organise an event in 2013 on Belfast to mark the four-hundredth anniversary of the city's charter. For further information about the Centre and its activities, please contact the Director, Dr Gabriel Sanchez Espinosa,, or the seminar organiser, Dr Sarah McCleave,

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