8:30 am to 2 pm
To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Eighteenth-Century Seminar, this symposium convenes scholars from a range of fields, disciplines, and institutions both to interrogate the activity of reading as a leisure or a hermeneutic practice that unfolds in time, and to reflect upon the variegated apprehensions of time—physical, metaphorical, psychological, historiographical, political, or imperial—that shaped eighteenth-century world-making and knowledge formation.
See a post on our blog about this program and the first five years of the Seminar: “The Eighteenth-Century Seminar: A conversation with Lisa Freeman.”
8:30 am: Coffee and continental breakfast
8:45 am: Introductory remarks
Lisa A. Freeman, University of Illinois at Chicago
8:50 - 10:15 am: Session 1. Imperial Time and Its Others
Chair: Timothy Campbell, University of Chicago
“The Piratical Counterfactual”
“The Haitian Revolution as a Non-Western Event”
“Color Prejudice, Anti-Slavery, and the British Comic Stage”
10:15 - 10:30 am: Coffee
10:30 - 11:45 am: Session 2. Physics, Physiology, Time
Chair: Helen Thompson, Northwestern University
“Missing Links: Desiderata and Deep Time”
“Newton and the Golden Bough”
11:45 am - 12:45 pm: Catered lunch for all registered participants
12:45 - 2 pm: Session 3. Forming Temporality
Chair: John Shanahan, DePaul University
“Reading ‘Minutes’: The Logics of Time-Space in Eighteenth-Century Museology”
“Historical Registers, Hodgepodge Sport: Gay and Fielding Do the Daily News”
“From Half-Sheet to Bound Volume: Making History in the British Enlightenment Periodical Essay”
Cosponsored with the University of Chicago, DePaul University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northwestern University.
Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.