Purpose of ECENS

The University of Edinburgh is a major centre for the study of the ‘long’ eighteenth century, from c. 1660 to c. 1830.

The purpose of the Eighteenth-Century and Enlightenment Studies Network (ECENS) at Edinburgh is to serve as a cross-disciplinary forum for scholars working on different aspects of this period.


Members of the ECENS at Edinburgh are from a wide range of disciplines, including history, law, philosophy, literature, divinity, art history, geography, and the social sciences.

Steering Committee

For further information, please contact Thomas Ahnert (Thomas.Ahnert@ed.ac.uk).