The Digital Encyclopedia of British Sociability in the Long Eighteenth Century

Explore the wide range of topics related to British sociability from 1650 to 1850 and discover how the circulation of models of sociability shaped European and colonial societies.

The Project

An innovative tool and an interdisciplinary approach

  • An open-access digital encyclopedia with a multi-modal search engine
  • An international and interdisciplinary project led by the GIS Sociabilités / Sociability since 2017
  • An EU-funded project (Horizon 2020-MSCA-RISE) since 2019, promoting staff exchange and intersectoral collaborations
  • A digital humanities project managed by an experienced editorial team
  • Encyclopedia entries written in English or French by eighteenth-century scholars in various fields (history, art history, literature, philosophy, material culture, linguistics ...) and reviewed by a dedicated committee
  • A complementary anthology of texts related to various aspects of sociability and connected to the entries

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Bringing academic research on eighteenth-century sociability to a wider audience

  • Explore the wide range of topics related to British Sociability from 1650 to 1850 and learn about the circulation of models of sociability that shaped European and colonial societies.
  • Discover the collaborative work between academic researchers on primary source material in their respective fields of expertise
  • Browse through 200 entries enriched with illustrations, hyperlinks, footnotes and further reading suggestions
  • Search by keywords, by alphabetical order or by categories (People, Places, Practices, Concepts, Objects) and sub-categories
  • Navigate easily through a dynamic and updatable resource
  • Share content with online media and social networks

Latest entries


Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Richard Brinsley Butler Sheridan (1751 – 1816) was an Irish-born British playwright, poet, politician, 'clubbable' orator and owner of the London Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.


This entry focuses on the more or less institutionalized bodies running parish affairs in the long eighteenth century. With roots stretching back to the Middle Ages, vestries typically elected a range of officials, organized church building / maintenance and dealt with various ad-hoc tasks.
Practices Places

Political Clubs during the French Revolution

WALTON Charles
This entry examines the political clubs of the French Revolution, focusing especially on the Jacobin Club. It explores the reasons why the clubs strayed from their initial ideals of civil debate and succumbed to lethal factionalism.


As part of its H2020 programme (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (MSCA-RISE-2018)), the European Commission has granted significant financial support to DIGITENS, the flagship project of the Scientific Interest Grouping (GIS) “Sociabilités/Sociability”.


Latest News

CFP - Sociability in Politics, Food and Travel in the Early Modern Era

January 31st 2023
'Sociability in Politics, Food and Travel in the Early Modern Era': call for papers for international conference organized by and hosted at the University of Warwik. 8-10 June 2023, in-person.


January 31st 2023
3rd edition of the GIS Sociabilités MA Thesis Prize - Deadline for submission: 31 January 2023

Launch of the DIGIT.EN.S encyclopedia

December 8th 2022
Official launch of the DIGIT.EN.S encyclopedia, with keynote lecture by Prof. Tim Hitchcock Brest, Marina du Château, Thursday 8 December