Prof Matthew McCormack from History at the University of Northampton has been elected Vice President of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS). He takes up the position at the end of January and will serve until 2023/24, at which point the VP usually succeeds as President of the society.
BSECS represents all the subjects that work on the global eighteenth century, including History, Literature, Art History, Drama and Music, among others. It has strong links with other national eighteenth-century studies societies throughout the world.
Matthew has been a member of BSECS and a regular attender of its annual conference since he was a PhD student. He has long served on the society’s committee, having set up the society’s online reviews website as Reviews Editor, and edited the society’s journal, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, from 2015 to 2020.
Matthew is a historian of Britain’s long eighteenth century, and teaches the topic at Northampton in modules such as ‘Power and Protest: English Society, 1680-1820’ and ‘Citizenship and Gender in Britain, 1760-1918’.