CfP: ISECS Seminar for Early Career Scholars (deadline 10 januari)

ISECS (International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies) nodigt jonge wetenschappers uit om deel te nemen aan hun Seminar for Early Career Eighteenth-Century Scholars dat zal plaatsvinden op 25-29 Mei 2010 in Lausanne. Het thema van dit jaar is: ‘Memory and (Un)remembrance’.

Uit de Call for Papers:

This year, the International Seminar for Early Career Eighteenth-Century Scholars will explore the practices of collective and individual memory in all aspects of Enlightenment society, such as distortion, distantiation of the contemporary from the past, and even Damnatio memoriae. The past was a source of fierce debate among the Ancients and the Moderns. It served as a constant frame of reference in matters of morality, arts and literature, politics, law and religion, and largely determined social identity, through right of heritage. But the past was not a static entity. It morphed, was contemporized and continuously (re)invented in the various chronicles, personal or prescriptive writings, songs, folklore, sermons, images, as well as in all manner of rituals (such as oathtaking or annual processions).

From writing to nutrition, landscape, architecture, or the decorative arts, what markers
of the past did the men and women of the eighteenth century embrace? What was discarded, consciously or not? How did the partisans of reform, in radically transforming it, articulate their stance toward the past? And in which circumstances did an event, person or group imprint itself on collective memory, while others faded into obscurity?
Memory, and consequently what is forgotten, is constructed out of discourse, representation and practice. It is the fundamental premise on which archeology, the invention of tradition, the processes of prescribed repression of memory, the “loi du silence”, the perpetuation of archaisms and anachronisms, narration, interpretation, and the material means of remembering, are all founded. In this seminar we therefore invite to interrogate and reflect upon such devotion to – or dependence on – the past, both by the individual and the collective.

Proposal submissions
The proposals should be based on original research (e.g. a doctoral dissertation) which
addresses one of the aspects mentioned above. Because this is a seminar rather than a conference, each participant will be given approximately one hour to present their research, followed by a group discussion. The official languages of the Seminar are French and English. Preference will be given to scholars who are at the beginning of their academic career (PhD or equivalent of fewer than six years). The Seminar is limited to 15 participants. Applications should include the following information:
_ a brief curriculum vitae mentioning the date PhD (or equivalent) was obtained;
_ a list of principal publications and scholarly presentations from the last three years;
_ a brief description of the proposed paper (approx. 2 pages, single-spaced);
_ one letter of recommendation.
Scholars who have participated in a previous seminar are not eligible to reapply.

Travel and Accommodations
Hotel accommodation will be fully covered and booked by the organizers.
However, participants must cover their own travel costs.

As it is the case each year, the proceedings of the seminar will be published by
Honoré Champion (Paris) in the “Lumières internationales” series.

Applications must be submitted by January 10, 2020. Please email proposals to
the principal organizers of the Seminar, Pascal Bastien ( and
Danièle Tosato-Rigo (