Call for Papers | Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on May 26, 2017

Johan Zoffany, Colonel Blair with His Family and an Indian Ayah, 1786
(London: Tate)

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Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment
Griffith University and the University of Queensland, Brisbane, 13–15 December 2017

Proposals due by 1 August 2017

The Australian and New Zealand Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ANZSECS) is pleased to announce that the sixteenth David Nichol Smith Seminar, Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment, will be held in Brisbane, Australia, at Griffith University and the University of Queensland on the 13th to 15th December 2017. We welcome proposals for papers or panels on the theme ‘Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment’, broadly conceived as referring to the plurality of Enlightenments as well as the ideas and uses of nature which they endorsed, and the spaces in which they developed.

In the inclusive spirit of the David Nichol Smith Seminar, proposals may address any aspect of the long eighteenth century. Especially relevant topics include
• Enlightenment and religion, science, empire, or gender
• Popular, moderate, and radical enlightenments
• Regional, national, and global enlightenments
• Climate, the environment, and the Anthropocene
• Emotion, sentimentalism, and the language of feeling
• Theories of human nature and civil society
• Improvement and social utility
• Travel, exploration, and discovery
• Trade and commerce
• Philanthropy and the culture of moral/social reform
• Spaces of sociability such as clubs, salons, coffeehouses, and taverns
• Urban and rural spaces
• Ideas of landscape and forms of land use
• Nature in art, literature, and music
• Natural history, natural philosophy, natural law, and natural theology
• Nature in economic and political writing
• Nature, medicine, sexuality, and the body
• Botany, geology, and geography
• Representations and uses of animals
• Work, leisure, technology, and industrialisation

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers and panels comprising 3 x papers. Please submit an abstract of 250 words (maximum) and a 2-page CV, as PDF documents, to the following email address by 1 August  2017: dnsconferenceqld@gmail.com. Participants must be current members of ANZSECS. If you have any questions about the conference, please contact one of the organisers: Peter Denney (p.denney@griffith.edu.au) or Lisa O’Connell (l.oconnell@uq.edu.au).

Keynote Speakers
• Deidre Lynch (Harvard University)
• Jan Golinski (University of New Hampshire)
• Georgia Cowart (Case Western Reserve University)
• Sujit Sivasundaram (University of Cambridge)


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