Science, Gender and Sociability in a Northern City c. 1790-1820

Registration is now open for our upcoming conference: ‘Science, Gender and Sociability in a Northern City c. 1775-1820’.  See for details

Conference Details
Jane Ewbank (1778‒1824) the twenty-five year old daughter of a York druggist kept a 34,000-word diary from 1803-1805, which details a conscious and informed project of self-education via reading, sociability and her involvement in the intellectual and social landscape of a northern English city, including the theatre, concerts, science lectures, the natural world and its materiality.

This interdisciplinary event brings together scholars in the fields of women’s history, the history of science, literature and theatrical performance, history of music and historical archaeology from across the UK and the USA, to contextualise and analyse this unique record.

Speakers include: Michael Brown (University of Lancaster); John Christie (University of Oxford); Rachel Cowgill (CECS University of York); Matthew Daniel Eddy (University of Durham);Mary Fairclough (CECS University of York); Rachel Feldberg (CECS University of York); Joanna de Groot  (CECS University of York); Matthew Jenkins (CECS University of York);Corinne Fowler (University of Leicester); Jon Klancher (Carnegie Mellon University); Karen Lipsedge (University of Kingston); Jon Mee (CECS University of York); Amy Prendergast  (Trinity College, Dublin); Jane Rendall (CECS University of York); Anna Marie Roos (University of Lincoln); Gillian Russell (CECS University of York); Joanna Wharton (University of York).

Location: University of York’s historic King’s Manor campus two minutes from York Minster. King’s Manor, Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EP, and online.

Price: £45/£21 concessions
Online: £20/£10 concessions
Free to University of York students and staff, but you must register for a place.

Conference organisers
Matthew Daniel Eddy (University of Durham), Rachel Feldberg and Jane Rendall (University of York).


Supported by the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, Departments of History and English, University of York; Modern Humanities Research Association, Yorkshire Philosophical Society and York Georgian Society.