XVII-XVIII is a seminar on the 17th and 18th centuries of the Research Centre on the Anglophone World at Aix-Marseille University

Since 2010, it is co-convened by Anne Dunan-Page, Laurence Lux-Sterritt and Jean Viviès and comprises a dozen research and teaching staff from the Centre, working on Britain and America, as well as doctoral students. Each year, the Seminar  welcomes students enrolled in the M.Phil in English Studies.

From 2018 onward, the seminar will become a full research programme of the Centre, entitled “Experience of Modernity”, divided into three main themes reflecting the research interests of its member: Jonathan Swift, lived religion, and the editions, translations and adaptations of early-modern texts. 

The seminar’s aims are threefold:

– training in research by means of research, systematically bringing together M.Phil and doctoral students, young researchers and more experience academics;

– internationalising research by inviting researchers from overseas and creating international projects, particularly through the organising of research events;

– valorising and promoting awareness of research in modern languages by posting the findings of our research on line, available freely to all, and depositing our own research in the French repository HAL-SHS.


The seminar is not merely a locus for presenting the outcome of our research but also aims to propose new, jointly-elaborated ideas about access to knowledge and to promote pluridisciplinary exchange within the field of English Studies, by comparing and combining methods used in literature, history, cultural studies, musicology, art history and theatre studies.

Occasional free sessions, with no guiding theme, may be organised in order to reflect the research carried out by members and to allow guest speakers from other institutions to present their findings.

Our approach has been inspired by a desire to reinforce, valorise and promote research in modern languages, increasing its visibility and encouraging the exchange, sharing and accessibility of the seminar’s work and output online.

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