Call for Papers: “The Study of Eighteenth-Century European Culture” (Columbia University, 4-5 april 2014)

Op 4 en 5 april 2014 vindt aan de Columbia University het “Columbia University Seminar in Eighteenth-Century European Culture” plaats. De titel van het seminar luidt dit jaar “The Study of Eighteenth-Century European Culture: Past, Present and Future”. De organisatoren verspreiden nu onderstaande Call for Papers (die u ook hier vindt):

Columbia University Seminar in Eighteenth-Century European Culture
50th Anniversary Conference
Columbia University
April 4-5, 2014
The Study of Eighteenth-Century European Culture: Past, Present and Future
Conference Chairs: Al Coppola, Department of English, John Jay College, CUNY &  Nicole Horejsi, Department of English, Columbia University
The 2013-2014 academic year is the 51st year that the Columbia University Seminar in Eighteenth-Century European Culture has been in existence. To mark this achievement, our seminar will host a one-and a-half day conference at Columbia to assess the scholarship that has been produced by the seminar in the past, and to explore new directions in the study of eighteenth-century culture.
This seminar was founded in 1962 by a group of scholars from a range of fields that produced a number of seminal works in the history of ideas, notably Peter Gay’s The Enlightenment. To a significant degree, the interdisciplinary study of culture was an innovation of this seminar.  While in recent years new methodologies have risen to prominence and tend to shape the kind of scholarship our group how hosts, the institutional memory of our seminar recalls a form of interdisciplinarity before it became a buzzword, and a style of studying culture that predates cultural studies. Thus, our group’s semicentenial provides us with a unique opportunity to take stock of where we, as students of the long eighteenth century, have come from, and where the field is going.
The Keynote Address will be presented by John Richetti, A.M. Rosenthal Professor of English (Emeritus), University of Pennsylvania, among whose many distinctions is the fact that he began attending this seminar in 1968.
We would like invite proposals for conference-length papers to be delivered on a set of panels that approach the study of European culture within four distinct rubrics:
“People,” “Places,” “Things” and “Ideas”
Specifically, we are calling for papers that offer innovative approaches to and/or fresh scholarly insights into the culture of the long eighteenth-century as approached from one of these vantage points. We seek to showcase original scholarship that also offers a methodological or theoretical intervention in the way in which we think about the people, places, things and ideas of the long eighteenth century.
We welcome proposals from any and all scholars who are interested in these questions. Current and former seminar members, invited lecturers, and past and present attendees, are all particularly invited to propose papers.
Proposals for 20-minute papers should be sent to both the conference chairs, Al Coppola, acoppola@jjay.cuny.edu, and Nicole Horejsi, njh2115@columbia.edu, by February 1, 2014.
Graduate Student Forum
The conference will also feature a forum for graduate student research (tentatively scheduled for Friday afternoon, April 4.) We seek proposals from advanced graduate students at local and regional institutions, who are asked to present a snapshot of their dissertation projects and to reflect on how they construe and/or engage with the “study of eighteenth-century European culture” in their own work. Senior scholars affiliated with the seminar will serve as formal respondents to each paper. The model for this session is the ASECS Graduate Student Caucus panel format.
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