Engraved Portraits on Display in Moscow

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on November 5, 2010

From the State Historical Museum website:

Russian Portrait Engravings of the 18th Century
State Historical Museum, Moscow, 6 October — 21 November 2010

For the first time the richest and little-known Museum’s collection of engraved portraits is exhibited. Two hundred works executed by the best Russian and foreign masters permit visitors to see the whole variety of Russian portraits — equestrian, child’s, full-length, and half-length. At the exhibition there are engraved portraits of the epochs of Peter the Great, Empress Anna, Empress Elizabeth, Catherine the Great, and Paul I. Among the exhibits there are unique prints and copper plates. Engraved portrait is a bright phenomenon of Russia’s artistic culture; at the same time it is an invaluable historical source of images of famous Russians of the 18th century: imperial, statesmen, military leaders, court nobility, men of letters, and scientists.

Call for Papers: The Immaterial Eighteenth Century

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on November 5, 2010

Joint Meeting of CSECS, NEASECS, and the Aphra Behn Society
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, 27–29 October 2011

‘The Immaterial Eighteenth Century’

Proposals due by 31 January 2011

In response to the sustained scholarly focus on the material aspects of eighteenth-century culture, the core concern of this interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and French) conference will be reactions to instability in the material realm, including but not limited to the emergence of an affective public sphere, a revaluation of labour, cosmopolitanism, sensibility, the new spiritualism, political radicalism and rights discourse, supernaturalism and the rise of the gothic, and anti-slavery and anti-imperial movements.  Papers on these and any topics related to the material and the immaterial in the period will be welcomed.  Panels dedicated to new theoretical models are particularly encouraged: looking beyond “thing theory” and “interiority,” enquiries that have dominated the field for the last decade, what approaches can raise the ethical and political stakes in the study of eighteenth-century literature and culture? Session and paper proposals should be emailed directly to Peter Walmsley (walmsley@mcmaster.ca) or Eugenia Zuroski Jenkins (zjenkin@mcmaster.ca).

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