Call for Papers | CSECS 2013, Enlightenment Constellations

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on February 22, 2013


Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies: Enlightenment Constellations
London, Ontario, 16-19 October 2013

Proposals due by 1 March 2013

Screen shot 2013-02-21 at 4.35.31 PMThe Enlightenment has resurfaced as a vital site for the study of the long eighteenth century. As the ideological critique of humanism and universalism has subsided, a variety of projects have been undertaken, ranging from the digital mapping of the early modern republic of letters, to the “Re-Enlightenment” of knowledge formation for the twenty-first century, to studies of local, radical, religious, and many other enlightenments. Enlightenment Constellations explores this plurality of possibilities. We seek panels and papers on a range of eighteenth-century ideas, discourses, and practices that speak to the expansion and rejuvenation of enlightenment. In addition to traditional panel formats, we welcome proposals for roundtables, panels with digital or new media components, seminars, etc. Panel topics or paper topics may include:

Animal and Human Nature(s)
Communication Networks
Histories of Science
Enlightenment Fictions: Prose, Poetry or Drama
Aesthetics and Poetics
Secularism and Religion
Ancients and Moderns
Education in Theory and Practice
Knowledge Production
Book History
Postcolonial Enlightenment
Liberty and Slavery
Racial and Stadial Theories
European Enlightenment and Globalism
Digital Humanities
Book History
Manuscript and Print Cultures
Rural and Urban Spaces
Sociability and Solitude
Teaching the Enlightenment and the Eighteenth Century

As is traditional for CSECS, proposals not on the conference theme will also be considered. Please send 200-300 word abstracts by March 1, 2013.


Alison Conway and Mary Helen McMurran
Department of English, UC 173
Western University
1151 Richmond St.
London ON N6A 3K7

*Graduate students who present papers are eligible for travel funding.

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