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


Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

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A circle of amateur antiquarians established the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 1780 to lay the foundation of a museum displaying Scottish and world cultural heritage. It would rapidly establish a wide network of Fellows, almost exclusively masculine, Honorary Fellows, and donors across Scotland, Britain, and Europe.

Social Network Analysis

Social network analysis is an interdisciplinary digital humanities approach aimed at understanding how people are connected to one another. Digital tools have revolutionized access to archival materials.

The Philadelphia Dancing Assembly (1749–1849)

The upper class of Philadelphia—a political, economic, and cultural center in eighteenth-century British North America—followed English patterns of sociability in order to distinguish themselves in colonial society and to mix in British circles.


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: Consentir, Refuser, Céder : Spectres de la Conquête à la Restauration (1660-1714)

June 14th 2024
Colloque co-organisé IRCL (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3) - LARCA (Université Paris Cité) Sous l'égide de la Société d'Études Anglo-Américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles (SEAA 17-18) Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, salle des colloques 2, Site Saint Charles 1, Montpellier, 14 juin 2024


January 31st 2024
4th edition of the GIS Sociabilités MA Thesis Prize - Deadline for submission: 31 January 2024

One-day conference 'Sociable objects in Britain and Europe (1650-1850)'

November 23rd 2023
One-day conference organized by Vanessa Alayrac-Fielding & Pierre Labrune (Université de Lille), Université de Lille, 23 November 2023