Turin Humanities Program – 1st Call for Applications 2020

“Enlightenment legacy: the rights of man in a global perspective (2021-2023)”

Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura of the Compagnia di San Paolo has since 2013 supported research and advanced training in the field of the humanities. In a wider effort to pursue this goal, Fondazione 1563 is now expanding its fellowship programme to historical research in a global perspective. To this end, it has created the Turin Humanities Programme, a research initiative that will allow junior scholars to work on interrelated research projects under the guidance of especially appointed senior scholars.

For full details, visit http://www.fondazione1563.it/en/thp/call-for-applications-thp/thp-2020/

Plenary Speakers at DNS2020

For those of you attending DNS2020, here’s a taste of what’s to come. We are fortunate to have four fantastic keynote speakers who will explore the theme of ‘Dark Enlightenments’ within an eighteenth-century context. Follow this link to see a summary of their topics.

If you would like to attend DNS2020 and haven’t yet registered, please email dns2020@flinders.edu.au with ‘registration’ in the subject-line and include your name and affiliation. Registration is free and includes access to the plenary presentations, over 40 delegate papers, and more.

Henry Fuseli, The Nightmare. 1781, oil on canvas, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, United States.

The Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand 2020 Conference

Bookings for the BSANZ 2020 conference ‘The History of the Book and the Future of the World’ are now open. Registration is free and you can tune in from anywhere in the world. If you’re lucky enough to live in South Australia you can attend in person – and even if you’re not, depending on the state of the borders at the time, you would be welcome to visit Adelaide for the occasion.

The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0jrF0vXNR-KzwaJBoFrEZA  Please register as soon as possible, and feel free to share the registration link among your colleagues.

If you are presenting at the conference, you should be a BSANZ member. In recognition of the difficulties that everyone is facing in 2020, the Society is offering everyone the concession membership rate regardless of their status.

If you have not already done so, please do let us know if you are willing to include your email address and social media IDs with others who have registered for the conference.

For further information, visit http://www.bsanz.org/.

Registration for attending DNS2020 is now open!

If you would like to attend the DNS2020 conference, register your interest by sending your details (name, affiliation) to DNS2020@flinders.edu.au. Include ‘registration’ in the email subject.

In early November, a conference program will be sent to the email address you register with. The program will include instructions on how to access the series of events within this month-long online conference.

Registration is free.

Please note: if you are a DNS2020 delegate, plenary speaker, or are otherwise involved in a DNS2020 event, you are already registered and do not need to register again.

We hope to see you there!

For details on the conference, visit https://dnsxvii2020.wordpress.com/.

DNS2020 Postgraduate Best Paper Prize

Postgraduate delegates presenting at the upcoming DNS2020 conference have the opportunity to enter the Postgraduate Best Paper Prize. A panel of three judges will judge entrants’ papers and the winner will receive a gift voucher from Cambridge University Press.

If you are a postgraduate delegate at DNS2020 and wish to register for this prize (and haven’t done so already), it’s not too late. You have until the beginning of DNS2020 (13 November) to register for this prize. Please contact the DNS Organising Committee (DNS2020@flinders.edu.au).

DNS2020 is most grateful to Cambridge University Press for their generous sponsorship of the Postgraduate Best Paper Prize.  

Please note: the above image is promotional and is not redeemable with Cambridge University Press.

For more information on DNS2020, visit the conference website.

An update on the XVII David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies

Nicolas-Antoine Taunay, Le triomphe de la guillotine

Nicolas-Antoine Taunay, Le triomphe de la gillotine. 1795, oil on canvas, Musée de l’Ermitage, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

DNS2020: ‘Dark Enlightenments’
13 November – 11 December 2020
Adelaide, Australia

Plans towards this conference are rapidly developing! We hope you can join us.

The conference will present a combination of live and recorded papers showcasing cutting-edge research in eighteenth-century studies, focused on the theme of ‘dark enlightenments’—the dark, shadowy aspects of enlightenment processes of the eighteenth century.

Unanticipated changes following the spread of COVID-19 around the globe have resulted in this conference being held entirely online, as a month-long series of events, to enable maximum participation among our community.

Keynote speakers will present their papers to a live online audience, while delegates have been given the opportunity to present pre-recorded papers, which will be available over the duration of the conference for viewing, questions, and discussion. Additional live events are to be held, including a postgraduate/ECR workshop and the ANZSECS general meeting. The conference will also include a postgraduate best paper prize and a postgraduate mentoring program.

Registrations for attendance are due to open mid-October.

For more information and further updates, keep an eye on the conference website at https://dnsxvii2020.wordpress.com/.


CfP: CREA XVIII, ‘Horror, the Real and the Fantastic’


2019 Conference

“Horror, the Real and the Fantastic”

Sorbonne Nouvelle, 7th December, 2019

This conference builds up on CREA XVIII’s 2017 conference on “Fact and Fiction”. It aims to explore the seldom discussed realism of the Gothic and the realism of ostensibly non-mimetic moments in fiction generally and in historical discourse in the long eighteenth century. Papers will consider how the real figures and is figured, explicitly in the treatment of character, cognitive content, and cause and effect, or as underpinning in the form of narrative technique.

Horace Walpole anchored the Gothic novel in the real at its inauguration in 1764. His preface to The Castle of Otranto told readers: “allow for the possibility of the facts, and all the actors comport themselves as persons would do in their situation”. A second preface reinforced his point, declaring that “he wished to conduct the mortal agents in his drama according to the rules of probability, in short, to make them think, speak and act, as it might be supposed mere men and women would do in extraordinary positions”. Tzvetan Todorov’s definition of the fantastic depends, in turn, upon the reader’s hesitation between the comprehension of the real as uncanny and a surrender to the supernatural marvellous as such.

Edmund Burke and Mary Wollstonecraft, among others, played on those epistemological modes, in particular in their accounts of the French Revolution; so did Catharine Macaulay in her description of the execution of Charles I. 

Papers may explore the issues outlined above in various forms of expository prose as well as in fiction, drama, poetry and art. Please submit proposal for 25-minute papers before 30 September 2019 to isabelle.bour@sorbonne-nouvelle.fr

ASECS Call for Executive Board Nominations

An announcement from ASECS:

Dear ASECS Members

The ASECS Nominating Committee solicits nominations for the positions of Second Vice-President and Member-at-Large of the ASECS Executive Board. ASECS exists entirely for and through its members, so we call on you to suggest names of ASECS members of diverse career paths who would be good leaders and responsible stewards of the Society. In considering candidates for the Board, the Nominating Committee seeks diversity, gender balance, and the inclusion of constituencies that are currently underrepresented both within and outside ASECS.

The Second Vice President is a member of the Executive Board and the Steering Committee of the Society and may take on other duties for the Executive Board, such as chairing or serving on ad hoc committees. The Second Vice-President will remain on the Board for four years, as Second Vice-President, First Vice-President, President, and Past President successively. As First Vice-President, she or he will serve on the Executive Board, the Steering Committee and the Finance Committee, and may take on other duties such as chairing ad hoc committees. As President, she or he presides at meetings of the Executive Board, convenes the Steering Committee, presides at the Society’s Annual Business Meeting, formulates policies and projects for presentation to the Executive Board, and normally serves as one of the society’s delegates to the ISECS Executive Committee.

Two Members-at-Large are elected each year to serve three-year terms on the Executive Board. They are expected to attend meetings of the Executive Board (held just prior to the annual meeting) and may be asked to serve on the Steering Committee, the Program Committee for the Annual Meeting, the Media and Publications Advisory Committee, the Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Accessibility, or an ad hoc committee.

Between scheduled meetings, the business of the Executive Board and the Steering Committee is conducted as necessary via email or conference call. Reasonable travel expenses to the Steering Committee and Executive Board meetings are covered by ASECS.

If you wish to nominate any ASECS members for these important positions, please forward a nominating statement to the committee chair, Sue Lanser (lanser@brandeis.edu). Please include the candidate’s name, institutional affiliation, discipline, previous contributions to the Society, and a brief description of the strengths you believe the nominee could bring to the Executive Board. Self nominations are welcome. All nominations must be received by Tuesday, September 10, 2019. If you have any questions, please be in touch.

Sue Lanser, Chair
2019-20 Nominating Committee

CFP: XVII David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies


Call for Papers

David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies XVII
‘Dark Enlightenments’
2-4 December 2020
Adelaide, Australia

Associate Professor Kate Fullager (Macquarie)
Professor Sasha Handley (Manchester)
Associate Professor Eugenia Zuroski (McMaster)

The Australian and New Zealand Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ANZSECS), Flinders University, and the University of Adelaide invite you to the 17th David Nichol Smith (DNS) Seminar for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Inaugurated in 1966 by the National Library of Australia, the DNS is the leading forum for eighteenth-century studies in Australasia. It brings together scholars from across the region and internationally who work on the long eighteenth century in a range of disciplines, including history, literature, art and architectural history, philosophy, theology, the history of science, musicology, anthropology, archaeology and studies of material culture.

The theme for this conference is ‘Dark Enlightenments.’ We ask delegates to consider the dark, shadowy aspects of enlightenment processes of the eighteenth century. When broadly conceived, the theme is open to numerous up-to-the-minute, interdisciplinary possibilities, including (for example):

  • the dark side of the public sphere, such as expressed in satire and polemic;
  • Empire and enlightenment;
  • critiques of empathy and humanitarianism;
  • negative emotions;
  • crime, conflict and violence;
  • the use and abuse of the past;
  • progress and ethics (political, social, scientific);
  • war;
  • romanticising death;
  • the Gothic;
  • the numinous eighteenth century;
  • the transformation of night-time;
  • developments in notions of privacy, secrecy and the hidden self;
  • the “shady” moralities of libertinism;
  • the aesthetics of darkness and light.

This, we believe, is a particularly timely theme, partly owing to the nationalist turn in global politics, and the recent controversy stirred in Australia by the proposed Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation. It offers both sides of the political spectrum the opportunity to interrogate and fully understand the costs, benefits, and legacies of eighteenth-century “progress.” It is also a theme designed to emphasise the Enlightenment in its moral complexity and richness, and the wide range of domains (from the everyday to philosophical thought) that contributed to its production.

We also welcome papers for subjects that fall outside the main conference theme.

Proposals for 20-minute papers should consist of a title, 250-word abstract, and short bio sent via email as a pdf attachment to DNS2020@flinders.edu.au.

We also accept proposal for panels of three papers, which should include all the above for each presenter, a panel title, and if possible, the name and short bio of the panel chair.

Deadlines for submissions:

For early deliberation: 1 November 2019. A first round of acceptances will be made shortly after this date to facilitate international attendance.

Final deadline: 1 March 2020

For further details, please consult the conference website: https://dnsxvii2020.wordpress.com/

Image: Joseph Wright of Derby, An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (1768). National Gallery, London.