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A coaching inn in Augsburg

Choosing a cover image for a book is tricky, especially on an early modern subject. Ideally, the image should relate both to the title and contents of the book and be available on one of the standard image sites. Since my book is entitled The English...
From: The History Woman's Blog on 22 Aug 2020

April – Talk by Prof Nick Roe Cancelled

Due to the coronavirus crisis, the following talk has been cancelled:  20 Apr Prof Nick Roe (St Andrews) ‘Romantic Biography and the Secrets of the Dead’. I hope all friends of CRECS are keeping safe and well in these unusual times. We...
From: CRECS// on 17 Mar 2020

16 March 2020 – Talk by David Duff Cancelled

We are sorry to announce that in view of the developments regarding the coronavirus crisis, the talk by Prof David Duff on Monday 16 March has now been cancelled. We hope to reschedule for later in the year.
From: CRECS// on 13 Mar 2020

16 March – Professor David Duff on Coleridge

The next Cardiff Romanticism and Eighteenth Century Seminar will take place on Monday 16 March at 6pm, in room 2.47. Prof David Duff (Queen Mary) will give a talk entitled ‘Coleridge as Prospectus-Writer’. You can read more about David’s...
From: CRECS// on 6 Mar 2020

9 March – Tim Webb – Event Cancelled

The Cardiff Romanticism and Eighteenth Century Seminar on 9 March 2020, a talk on Leigh Hunt by Prof Tim Webb, has been cancelled due to industrial action. Our next seminar will take place on 16 March with Prof David Duff on ‘Coleridge as Prospectus-Writer’,...
From: CRECS// on 19 Feb 2020

The 1619 Project and the Work of the Historian

Joseph M. Adelman explores how the craft of historical research can help us understand the interpretive debates about the 1619 Project and the American Revolution.
From: The Junto on 23 Jan 2020

A Trip to Bath, December 2019

At Cardiff University, we run a module for taught postgraduates entitled ‘Narrative and Nation: Politics, Gender and History, 1780-1830’. This course invites students to examine the key prose genres that dominated the Romantic period, with...
From: CRECS// on 3 Jan 2020

CRECS 2019-20: Spring

We’ve now finalised the speakers and dates for our 2019-20 spring series of research seminars. All events start at 6pm, room details TBC. We hope you can join us! 18 Feb Dr Lizzy Spencer (University of York) ‘Women, accounting, and...
From: CRECS// on 10 Dec 2019

CRECS events w/c 25 November 2019

The Cardiff Romanticism and Eighteenth Century Seminars taking place w/c 25 November have been cancelled due to industrial action. The cancelled events are: Mon 25 Nov Dr Katherine Fender (Oxford University) ‘“Feast…upon the...
From: CRECS// on 22 Nov 2019

Dr Rhys Kaminski-Jones – 18 November 2019

Join us on 18 November 2019 for a talk by Dr Rhys Kaminski-Jones. Here are Rhys’s research interests: Rhys Kaminski-Jones’s work focuses on connections between Welsh, English, and other Celtic literatures during the eighteenth century and...
From: CRECS// on 17 Nov 2019

Dr Tess Somervell – 29 October 2019

Join us on 29 October for a talk by Dr Tess Somervell from the University of Leeds. Tess’s research interests: My research is in literature of the long eighteenth century, particularly poetry. My doctoral research focused on time in three long poems...
From: CRECS// on 22 Oct 2019

A small workshop shows why I like the EU and Brexit is a bad idea

Our Translating Cultures group in the HAB’s Bibelsaal. I have just returned from our annual workshop on Translating Cultures at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel (HAB, Germany) which is always a great opportunity to catch up with...
From: The History Woman's Blog on 18 Oct 2019

CRECS 2019

Anna Mercer and Josh Powell are delighted to announce the following events for CRECS 2019-20 Autumn Term.   All sessions are held at 6pm in Room 2.47, John Percival Building, Cardiff CF10 3EU. Refreshments provided;...
From: CRECS// on 23 Sep 2019

The 400-Year-Old Rivalry

Liz Covart is the Digital Projects Editor at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the Creator and Host of Ben Franklin’s World, an award-winning podcast about early American history. On June 29 and 30, the oldest rivalry...
From: The Junto on 26 Jun 2019

Historical monographs without footnotes?

Yes, my own monograph also has endnotes. I have long been irritated by the common practice of academic publishers to ban notes from the page they refer to. Many history publishers consolidate notes either at the end of a journal article or a book chapter...
From: The History Woman's Blog on 28 Apr 2019

December 9

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-London Gazette (December 9, 1768).“[B]OSTON Nov. 20. An Advertisement.” The December 9, 1768, edition of the New-London Gazette included an advertisement reprinted...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 9 Dec 2018

5th December 2018: Daisy Hay (Exeter) on Joseph Johnson

Wednesday 5th December 2018, 5:15 (Room 0.36, John Percival Building) Professor Daisy Hay (Exeter) will be talking about life writing in the eighteenth century. Focusing on the influential radical publisher Joseph Johnson, her talk is entitled, ‘Experiments...
From: CRECS// on 30 Nov 2018

Celebrating 200 Years of Frankenstein

When I placed my head on my pillow, I did not sleep, nor could I be said to think. My imagination, unbidden, possessed and guided me, gifting the successive images that arose in my mind with a vividness far beyond the usual bounds of reverie. I saw—with...
From: CRECS// on 10 Oct 2018

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Notes on Post Tags Search

By default, this searches for any categories containing your search term: eg, Tudor will also find Tudors, Tudor History, etc. Check the 'exact' box to restrict searching to categories exactly matching your search. All searches are case-insensitive.

This is a search for tags/categories assigned to blog posts by their authors. The terminology used for post tags varies across different blog platforms, but WordPress tags and categories, Blogspot labels, and Tumblr tags are all included.

This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

2. to facilitate and encourage the proactive use of post categories/tags by groups of bloggers with shared interests. All searches can be bookmarked for reference, making it possible to create useful resources of blogging about specific news, topics, conferences, etc, in a similar fashion to Twitter hashtags. Bloggers could agree on a shared tag for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Caveats and Work in Progress

This does not search post content, and it will not find any informal keywords/hashtags within the body of posts.

If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

If you'd like to use an event tag, it's possible to work out in advance what the URL will be, without needing to visit EMC and run the search manually (though you might be advised to check it works!). But you'll need to use URL encoding as appropriate for any spaces or punctuation in the tag (so it might be a good idea to avoid them).

This is the basic structure:{search term or phrase}

For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.