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Centre for Enlightenment Studies

About us

The Centre for Enlightenment Studies at King’s was created to consolidate and give a higher profile to the existing 18th century research strengths across the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, drawing on a range of expertise in the fields of literature, cultural and intellectual history, music, languages and philosophy. 

We welcome collaboration with all who share an interest in the concept of ‘Enlightenment’, including those who are critical of it and those who work outside the 18th century. 

The Centre aims to build upon existing links with the capital’s major cultural institutions in developing new areas of research and to place a new focus on inter-departmental initiatives and collaborations at research level. This process has strong foundations in various existing (and previous) projects, including:

  • the MA in 18th Century Studies, taught in partnership with the British Museum and other cultural institutions.
  • Enlightenment Swap Shop
  • A Study Day at the Foundling Museum
  • the AHRC-funded ‘Reconnecting Sloane Project’ – three interlinked CDAS involving five institutions (King's College London, the British Museum, British Library, Natural History Museum and QMUL).
Forthcoming projects 
  • Applications for visiting research Professorships. One format might be high-profile, intensive week-long visiting fellowships involving a number of seminars and workshops aimed at different audiences.
  • The development of thematic areas of intellectual enquiry, including global history and the history of science and the history of the senses
  • The development and enrichment of our collaborative work with London’s cultural institutions (the Foundling, Dr Johnson’s House, The Royal Society have already expressed a desire to be more closely involved with 18th century research at King’s College London).
  • Impact-related activities in the field of 18th century studies (exhibitions, work with schools, local community work and cultural institutions), making the most of Somerset House, arguably the most prominent 18th century building in London.
  • The pursuit of international links with relevant research projects around the world, for example, the Re-Enlightenment Project, based at New York University.
  • The development of an enhanced and interactive web site, using the expertise of King’s College London’s digital humanities, to create an information hub for all 18th century research and cultural activity across London and beyond. 
  • The Centre aims to build upon existing links with the capital’s major cultural institutions in developing new areas of research and to place a new focus on inter-departmental initiatives and collaborations at research level. This process has strong foundations in various existing (and previous) projects, including:
  • the MA in 18th Century Studies, taught in partnership with the British Museum and other cultural institutions.
  • Enlightenment Swap Shop
  • A Study Day at the Foundling Museum
  • the AHRC-funded ‘Reconnecting Sloane Project’ – three interlinked CDAS involving five institutions (King's College London, the British Museum, British Library, Natural History Museum and QMUL).
  • Potential new projects might include:
  • Applications for visiting research Professorships. One format might be high-profile, intensive week-long visiting fellowships involving a number of seminars and workshops aimed at different audiences.
  • The development of thematic areas of intellectual enquiry, including global history and the history of science and the history of the senses
  • The development and enrichment of our collaborative work with London’s cultural institutions (the Foundling, Dr Johnson’s House, The Royal Society have already expressed a desire to be more closely involved with 18th century research at King’s College London).
  • Impact-related activities in the field of 18th century studies (exhibitions, work with schools, local community work and cultural institutions), making the most of Somerset House, arguably the most prominent 18th century building in London.
  • The pursuit of international links with relevant research projects around the world, for example, the Re-Enlightenment Project, based at New York University.
  • The development of an enhanced and interactive website, using the expertise of King’s College London’s digital humanities, to create an information hub for all 18th century research and cultural activity across London and beyond. 


The Centre is directed by Dr Elizabeth Eger

Contact enlightenment@kcl.ac.uk for further information.

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