Launch of the Centre for Enlightenment Studies at King’s College

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on October 12, 2013

Please forgive the short notice, but news of the event is a useful marker of the launch of the Centre for Enlightenment Studies at King’s College London in partnership with the British Museum (stay-tuned for the Centre’s website). CH

Enlightenment Bodies – from Apollo to Automata
King’s College London, The Strand, London, 15 October 2013

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The Centre for Enlightenment Studies at King’s in partnership with the British Museum, presents Enlightenment Bodies – from Apollo to Automata, on Tuesday, 15 October 2013, 19.30–20.30 at the Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, King’s College London.

Both the aesthetics and the workings of the human body were key themes of the eighteenth-century European Enlightenment. This is, therefore, an ideal topic with which to launch King’s College’s new interdisciplinary research centre, which will bring together our expertise in this area across a wide range of departments, and will build on our close relationship with the Enlightenment Gallery curatorial team at the British Museum. Join us for an exploration of the importance of the human body to Enlightenment life and thought with a panel of experts:

Athena Leoussi, University of Reading, Co-director of European Studies, University of Reading and author of
Nationalism and Classicism: The Classical Body as National Symbol in Nineteenth-Century England and France (1998);
Anna Maerker, Senior Lecturer in History of Medicine, King’s College London, author of Model Experts: Wax Anatomies and Enlightenment in Florence and Vienna, 1775–1815 (2011);
Simon Schaffer, Professor of History of Science, University of Cambridge and TV presenter of Mechanical Marvels and Clockwork Dreams, a recent programme for BBC 4.

The panel discussion will be followed by a drinks reception. The event is free, though booking is required.

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