Conference and seminar talks


Details of recent and upcoming talks by the Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers project team.

Last revised 2 March 2024.


  • Sophie Coulombeau. "#MeToo in the Georgian Court? Mary Hamilton and George IV". Canadian popular history YouTube channel Heritage Days History Symposium, 19 October 2024.
  • Nuria Yáñez-Bouza. "The art of letter writing in the long eighteenth century: Conventions for subscription formulae". Keynote speaker at the VII Prescriptivism Conference, 26–28 June 2024, Aix-Marseille Université, France.



  • Hannah Barker, Sophie Coulombeau, David Denison, Tino Oudesluijs, Cassandra Ulph, Nuria Yáñez-Bouza, "Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers: Findings so far". Roundtable, British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 52nd Annual Conference: Homecoming, Return and Recovery, 4-6 January 2023, St Hugh's College, Oxford.
    • Sophie Coulombeau & Cassandra Ulph, "Reading Practices in The Mary Hamilton Papers, 1783-1784". In BSECS roundtable.
    • David Denison & Tino Oudesluijs, "A first look at Mary Hamilton’s social networks". In BSECS roundtable.
    • Nuria Yáñez-Bouza, "Forms of address and politeness in Mary Hamilton’s private correspondence, 1776-1814". In BSECS roundtable.
  • David Denison & Tino Oudesluijs. "Social networks and auxiliary BE: new data from The Mary Hamilton Papers (c.1760-c.1820)". 22nd International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL-22), 3-6 July 2023, University of Sheffield.
  • Tino Oudesluijs. "Constructing identities and negotiating relationships in late eighteenth-century private correspondence". Masterclass: The (polite) letter writer in Late Modern English times (online), 8 May 2023, University of Oslo.
  • Tino Oudesluijs & Nuria Yáñez-Bouza. "Constructing identities and negotiating relationships in private correspondence at the court of George III: A look into The Mary Hamilton Papers". 22nd International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL-22), 3-6 July 2023, University of Sheffield.
  • Christine Wallis. "Franks and friendship in The Mary Hamilton Papers". 12th Historical Sociolinguistics Network Conference (HiSoN-2023), 31 May-5 June 2023, Vrije Universiteit, Brussels.
  • Christine Wallis. "Delegated writing in The Mary Hamilton Papers". 22nd International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL-22), 3-6 July 2023, University of Sheffield.
  • Nuria Yáñez-Bouza. "The Mary Hamilton Papers (c.1740–c.1850): a treasure trove for the study of literary and linguistic social networks". Round table "English historical corpora in Spain ten years on", 14th International Conference on Corpus Linguistics (CILC), 10-12 May 2023, University of Oviedo (Spain).
  • Nuria Yáñez-Bouza. "My Astrea, my dearest Miss Goldsworthy, ever dear Lady Wake – Direct forms of address in Mary Hamilton’s private correspondence". ICAME 44, 17-21 May 2023, North-West University (South Africa).
  • Sophie Coulombeau. “Digitizing Eighteenth-Century Letters and Manuscripts: A Conversation”. Roundtable, BSECS 51: Indifference and Engagement. University of Oxford, UK (online). 5-7 January 2022.
  • David Denison & Tino Oudesluijs. "Tracking verb changes in a corpus of non-printed manuscript materials." Grammar & Corpora 2022 Conference, University of Ghent, 30 June – 2 July 2022.
  • Cassie Ulph. "New Thoughts on Romantic-period Digital Editions". Roundtable, BARS/NASSR 2022: New Romanticisms, Edge Hill University, 2-5 August 2022.
  • Cassie Ulph and Anne Anderton (Curator, JRRIL). Reading and Making in the Mary Hamilton Archive. The Rylands Lunchtime Seminar Series (online), University of Manchester, 28 April 2022.
  • Christine Wallis. "Like Father, Like Son? Scottish English and Intra-Writer Variation in The Mary Hamilton Papers." HiSoN Conference, University of Murcia, 1-3 June 2022.
  • Nuria Yáñez Bouza. “I remain, my Dear Lady Wake, Your sincere & obliged Friend Mary Dickenson”. Personal Names as Forms of Address in Mary Hamilton’s Correspondence (c.1740-1830). AEDEAN45 Conference, University of Extremadura, 16–18/11/2022.
  • Nuria Yáñez-Bouza. "From Image to Text to Research. Digital Humanities and the Georgian Period" (Keynote). Fifth Early-Career Scholars' Conference, University of Salamanca and University of Valladolid, 26-27 May 2022.
  • Nuria Yáñez-Bouza & Tino Oudesluijs. “My Dearest friend … Ever Yours, M. Hamilton”. Address formulae in The Mary Hamilton Papers (c.1750–c.1820). HiSoN Conference, University of Murcia, 1-3 June 2022.
  • Sophie Coulombeau & Katie Crowther (Doctoral Candidate, University of York). "Unlocking the digital archive". Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies Research Seminar, University of York, UK. 27 April 2021.
  • David Denison & Nuria Yáñez-Bouza. “Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers: the locksmiths’ view”. Seminar talk the English Linguistics Research Seminar, University of Uppsala. 28 January 2021.
  • David Denison, Nuria Yáñez-Bouza, Tino Oudesluijs, Cassandra Ulph & Christine Wallis. “Transcribing and Editing The Mary Hamilton Papers (c.1750–c.1820)”. ICAME42: Crossing Boundaries through Corpora. University of TU Dortmund, Germany. 18-21 August 2021.
  • Tino Oudesluijs. "Considering the effects of copying behaviour on written language in 18th century English letters". International Conference on English Historical Linguistics 21. Leiden University, Netherlands. 7-11 June 2021.
  • Tino Oudesluijs & Nuria Yáñez-Bouza. “Through the lens of The Mary Hamilton Papers (c.1750–c.1820): Ego-documents, individuals and historical social networks”. HiSoN Conference: Intra-Writer Variation in Historical Sociolinguistics. University of Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. 17-19 March 2021. Programme here: HiSoN 2021
  • Tino Oudesluijs, Nuria Yáñez-Bouza & David Denison. “The Mary Hamilton Papers (c.1750–c.1820): Digitising new data for the study of linguistic and literary networks”. ISLE 6: Evolving English and the Digital Era. University of Joensuu, Finland. 2-5 June 2021.
  • Cassie Ulph. "Intimacy, creativity and networks: reading practices in the Mary Hamilton Papers", GOTH 1st Annual Research Symposium ('Women's Writing and Book History' panel). The Open University, UK. 20-21 May 2021.


  • Sophie Coulombeau. “Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers”. Seminar talk at BARS Digital Events: ‘Digital Editions in Romantic Studies’. 26 November 2020. You can view the roundable on the BARS Digital Events youtube channel, here.
  • Sophie Coulombeau. “Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers”. Seminar talk at Open Digital Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies, 1 April 2020. You can watch Sophie's talk on the ODSECS youtube channel, here.