The Enlightenment Creation of World Religion: Bernard and Picart's "Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses" | Newberry

The Enlightenment Creation of World Religion: Bernard and Picart's "Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses"

Bernard and Picart, Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde.

Bernard and Picart, Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde. Call number: Ayer 301 .C41 1723

Symposium and Research Methods Workshop for Graduate Students
Thursday, March 15, 2018Saturday, March 17, 2018
Organized and led by Lia Markey, Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies, and JB Shank, University of Minnesota
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
History of the Book Program
Renaissance Graduate Programs

The Center for Renaissance Studies is developing a multi-year, international research collaborative together with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World at the University of Minnesota devoted to a highly influential yet surprisingly understudied book: Bernard and Picart’s Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde. The book, published in nine volumes between 1723 and 1743 and then re-issued in multiple translations and editions over the next hundred years, was a blockbuster bestseller. Based around a lavish set of illustrations made by Bernard Picart, a leading European engraver, the book describes the world’s religions as understood by Europeans at the time, contributing through its text and images to the emerging Enlightenment understanding of universal civilization and history and the place of religion within it.

The research group aims to build upon UCLA’s digital resource devoted to the book by assembling a team of scholars, including graduate students, who will advance research about the book and contribute to the construction of a new state-of-the-art digital research site devoted to the book and its images. The symposium, which will also serve as the launch of the research group, will present new research on Bernard and Picart and their book, explore the development of the web resource and examine editions of the volume at the Newberry first-hand. The graduate symposium aims to focus in more depth on the role of digital humanities to disseminate and present new methods to study this significant Enlightenment book.

Graduate students are required to apply for participation in the research collaborative and graduate student workshop.

Schedule

Thursday, March 15

6 pm Keynote
“Idol to Art: Conceptualizing Artifacts and Images of the World in Europe before Picart”

Ulrich Pfisterer, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich

Beane Hall, Lewis Towers, Loyola University (Water Tower Campus)
111 East Pearson Street, Chicago, IL

Co-sponsored by Northwestern University’s Department of Art History and Loyola University Chicago

Friday, March 16

9 am “The Strange Path to the Rediscovery of Bernard Picart”
Margaret Jacob, University of California, Los Angeles

9:30 am Introduction to Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses
JB Shank, University of Minnesota

10 am Coffee break

10:15 am Roundtable discussion
Tomoko Masuzawa, University of Michigan
Ellen McClure, University of Illinois at Chicago
Benjamin Schmidt, University of Washington

11 am Rare books session

12 pm Lunch on your own

1:30 pm Session of 20-minute papers

“Copies and Edition of Picart and Bernard in European Libraries: Towards the Creation of a Corpus for Study”
Luke Freeman, University of Minnesota

“Translating Matter from India to Amsterdam in the Eighteenth Century”
Caroline Fowler, Yale University

“Dancing in Circles: Ethnography and Animation in the Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses
Michael Gaudio, University of Minnesota

2:45 pm Coffee break

3 pm Digital humanities session

Saturday, March 17

Graduate workshop with collaborators

Research project collaborators

Sunil Agnani, University of Illinois at Chicago
Justin Biel, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Dawn Childress, University of California, Los Angeles
Caroline Fowler, Yale University
Luke Freeman, University of Minnesota
Michael Gaudio, University of Minnesota
Lynn Hunt, University of California, Los Angeles
Margaret Jacob, University of California, Los Angeles
Jeanne Kilde, University of Minnesota
Howard Louthan, University of Minnesota
Lia Markey, Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies
Tomoko Masuzawa, University of Michigan
Anton Matytsin, Kenyon College
Ellen McClure, University of Illinois at Chicago
Mary Helen McMurran, University of Western Ontario
Wijnand Mijnhardt, Utrecht University
Michelle Molina, Northwestern University
Andreas Motsch, University of Toronto
Martin Muslow, Universität Erfurt
Ulrich Pfisterer, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich
Marguerite Ragnow, University of Minnesota
Benjamin Schmidt, University of Washington
JB Shank, University of Minnesota
Mark Valeri, Washington University in St. Louis
Benjamin Wiggins, University of Minnesota

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.

This program is part of Religious Change, 1450 - 1700, a yearlong multidisciplinary project

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Cost and Registration Information 

The application deadline is November 1, 2017. Enrollment is limited, by competitive application, with priority given to students from Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions. Fees are waived for consortium students.

Complete the online application form.