Past Eighteenth-Century Seminars

Past Seminars

Saturday, April 19, 2014
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Nina Dubin, Love, Trust, Risk: Painting "The Papered Century"
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The eighteenth-century vogue for pictures of women perusing love letters not only marked the age’s affection for epistolarity, it also emblematized the “papered century,” named for the period’s unprecedented proliferation of monetary notes and credit instruments.

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Tobias Menely, History's Atmosphere: The Matter of Air and the Unbounded World in Thomson's Seasons

By the early eighteenth century, decades before the discovery of its constituent gases, air was recognized as mundane matter: heterogeneous and changeable, subject to human manipulation, the “subtle” substance of history rather than spirit.

Saturday, November 16, 2013
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Jonathan Lamb, Scorbutic Nostalgia

Nostalgia at sea, sometimes called calenture, is a desire to return home so powerful that the victim is overwhelmed by hallucinations of pastoral landscapes into which s/he leaps, with fatal results.

Saturday, April 20, 2013
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Andrew Curran : Before Anthropology: Enlightenment "Science" and the Category of the Human

In this talk, Professor Curran will provide a survey of the main “anthropological debates” in French and European thought during the eighteenth century. He will also examine naturalists’ halting attempts at classifying humans, as well as scholars’ inability to figure out just what classification means within the overall history of race.

A reception will follow the seminar.

Saturday, February 23, 2013
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Jesse Molesworth : Time and Cosmos: The Orrery in the Eighteenth-Century Imagination

The first modern orrery, a mechanical device presenting the motion of the solar system, was produced in 1704 by the eminent English clockmakers George Graham and Thomas Tompion.

Saturday, October 13, 2012
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Eighteenth-Century Seminar: Frances Ferguson : Economic and Sentimental Reasons: Financial Instruments and Personal Attachments in Fielding's Jonathan Wild

Economic and Sentimental Reasons: Financial Instruments and Personal Attachments in Fielding’s Jonathan Wild

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Eighteenth-Century Seminar: Catherine A. Molineux
NOTE CHANGE OF DATE

Visual Ethnography: The Travelogue Illustration as a Site of Encounter

Catherine A. Molineux, Vanderbilt University

Saturday, February 4, 2012
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Eighteenth-Century Seminar: Wolfram Schmidgen
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Eighteenth-Century Seminar: Joseph R. Roach

“Mistaking Earth for Heaven”: Eliza Linley’s Voice
Joseph R. Roach, Yale University

Saturday, April 9, 2011
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Eighteenth-Century Seminar: Dena Goodman

Becoming a Man in the Age of Revolutions
Dena Goodman, University of Michigan

Saturday, February 12, 2011
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Eighteenth-Century Seminar: Heather Keenleyside

The Political Animal: Swift, the Beast Fable, and Satirical Personhood
Heather Keenleyside, University of Chicago

Saturday, October 9, 2010
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Eighteenth-Century Seminar: Robert Markley

 “How very wonderful the operations of time”: The Unsustainable Countryside in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park
Robert Markley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Saturday, April 17, 2010
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Eighteenth-Century Seminar: Misty Anderson

Methodistical Sisters and The New Man: Fielding Among the Methodists
Misty Anderson, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Saturday, March 6, 2010
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Eighteenth-Century Seminar: Bernadette Fort

Female Royalty and Women Painters in the Late Ancien Régime
Bernadette Fort, Northwestern University

Saturday, October 24, 2009
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Eighteenth-Century Seminar: Kristina Straub

Performing The London Cuckolds
Kristina Straub, Carnegie-Mellon University