Contested Inheritances, 1700-1830

We will run a one-day conference at the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies at York. ‘Contested Inheritances,’ refers to the conference’s theme of ‘multiple versions of history.’ The conference will be tied in with the Sheffield University Gothic Reading Group who will run a session based on the themes of the conference.
The main objective of this conference will be to explore the plurality of historical representations and the contestation surrounding interpretations of national pasts. Focusing on Britain in the long eighteenth century, the topics we hope to cover at the conference will include:


  • Antiquarianism and related modes of interpreting the past
  • Allegorical representations of British history to critique and transform the eighteenth century present and its national institutions
  • Ways in which the past was made accessible and entertaining to 18th c. audiences

We are interested in exploring how contested interpretations of the past were deployed by creative thinkers experimenting with constitutive elements of national identity.
The primary aim of the conference will be to showcase the excellent research which the White Rose Universities of Sheffield and York undertake in this area. 2 White Rose PhD students will present their work, along with 3 members of staff from York and Sheffield. We deliberately wanted to showcase the quality and diversity of White Rose research in this particular subject area.

This event will strengthen ties between CECS, Sheffield’s Centre for the History of the Gothic and Sheffield Gothic Reading Group. By working together this event will impact upon a large number of researchers from both universities by benefitting their research, appealing to the interests of student organisations and promoting the successes of the White Rose universities.


£ 1406

Lead Student

David Barrow

Other student organisers

Elizabeth Bobbitt (University of York) Lauren Nixon (University of Sheffield) Rachel Sulich (University of Leeds)

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