The DIGITENS project – the acronym stands for "Digital Encyclopaedia of British Enlightenment Sociability" – brings together international scholars from different disciplines to create an online encyclopaedia of eighteenth-century sociability in Britain.

This open-access encyclopaedia is meant to reflect current scholarship on and interdisciplinary approaches to the topic, besides exploring how networks between researchers and a broad intersectional communication may influence our perception of and research on sociability. Both the conceptualisation and the practice of sociability during the long eighteenth century (1660-1832) – the people, places, objects and concepts involved – will be discussed in a large range of entries. An accompanying digital anthology will provide a valuable research tool for all students and scholars interested in this particular field of the humanities, and provide them with a large range of source material.

Researchers from the University of Greifswald (Prof. Sebastian Domsch, Dr. Mascha Hansen, and Prof. Michael North) work together with a range of international scholars on the project, now funded by an EU H2020-MSCA-RISE agreement.

The full programme of DIGITENS activities in 2019 is available here.

"Sociable Encounters: British Sociability in Enlightenment Europe"

"Society is held together by communication and information" (Samuel Johnson)

From clubs and coffee houses, arguably not only philosophy but also a British culture of sociability spread throughout Europe via travel and treatises, consumption and commerce, debate and dissent. Yet how much, where, and in which ways, did British sociability actually influence sociable practices in the rest of Europe? How did it affect cultural practices throughout Europe, sociable rituals or even local customs? How did sociable meetings between individual travelers or groups of travelers with their sociable hosts actually proceed, and which encounters proved to be meaningful or influential in the long run? The papers held at this conference (Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald, 31 May to 1 June 2018) will be published in 2020. For further information, please contact Mascha Hansen.



"The DIGITENS project aims to produce an authoritative digital encyclopaedia of enlightenment sociability in Britain, which brings together international scholars from different disciplines to create an online encyclopaedia of eighteenth-century sociability in Britain" (Valérie Capdeville). For more information, find us on Youtube or go to the DIGITENS homepage: DIGITENS

Research Group


We are members of a Research Group founded in 2017 called "GIS SOCIABILITÉS" that currently includes six international universities and the Musée Cognacq-Jay. Together, we aim to study European and North American varities and the cultural transfers of models of sociability throughout the long eighteenth century.  DIGITENS is one of our projects, as are conferences and talks in various locations. The directors of the GIS are Prof. Dr. Annick Cossic (UBO Brest) and Dr Valérie Capdeville (Paris XIII).

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Coming soon...

British Sociability and the European Enlightenment: Cultural Practices and Personal Encounters, eds

Sebastian Domsch and Mascha Hansen. Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming [2020]

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Lehrstuhl für anglophone Literatur und Kultur

Partners in the DIGITENS project:

Université Paris 13

Sorbonne Université

Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Musée Cognacq-Jay/Paris Musées

The National Archives, London

The University of Warwick

Uniwersytet Kazimierza Wielkiego

McGill University

Université du Québec à Montréal