Call for Papers | ‘Dark Enlightenments’

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on October 12, 2019

From the conference website:

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

Early proposals due by 1 November 2019; regular proposals due by 1 March 2020

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

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

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Attention Early Career Researchers!

Aspiring to deliver a keynote lecture at a major international conference? Here’s your chance! We’d like to invite early career researchers to propose a keynote lecture addressing the conference theme. This scheme is open to all topics and areas of expertise in literary/humanities studies broadly defined, and to researchers who are in regular university employment as well as those who are not. Applicants must:
• have an outstanding research track record relative to opportunity;
• be within 5 years after award of the PhD (extended to 7 if not in stable university employment or with a significant career interruption).

To apply, please submit a proposed title, 300–400 word abstract, a bio, and a CV (3 pages max) to DNS2020@flinders.edu.au.

In making a selection diversity and the presence of under-represented groups will be recognised, as well as the spectrum of existing keynotes at the conference. We also reserve the right to seek third-party testimony as to the researcher’s capacity to speak and deliver scholarly presentations. The winner will deliver the proposed keynote lecture, with flights, accommodation, and registration covered. The deadline for early career researcher keynote proposals is 1 November 2019.

Visiting Fellowship | University of Glasgow Library

Posted in fellowships by Editor on October 12, 2019

From the University of Glasgow Library:

University of Glasgow Library Visiting Research Fellowships, 2020
Applications due by 15 November 2019

The University of Glasgow Library is pleased to announce that its Visiting Research Fellowships scheme for 2020 is now open. This scheme seeks to support scholars from across academic disciplines to come to Glasgow to work on our unique research collections.

Glasgow is proud to have an outstanding library of old, rare and unique material, including many illuminated medieval and renaissance manuscripts of international importance, and more than 10,000 books printed before 1601. It also houses extensive collections relating to art, literature and the performing arts, as well as the University’s own institutional archive which dates back to the 13th century. It is also home to the Scottish Business Archive, with over 400 collections dating from the 18th century to the modern-day.

The Fellowships are competitive peer-assessed awards. They are designed to provide financial support towards the costs of travel and accommodation to enable researchers to work on the unique collections held in the University Library. The successful recipients should spend between two and four weeks over the course of a year working with the collections in Glasgow. Two Fellowships are offered by the William Lind Foundation to support research into Scottish business history, otherwise, the scope of proposals is open to applicants to define.

Applicants are asked to complete the application form (available here) and to submit along with a short CV to information-services-businessteam@glasgow.ac.uk. The deadline for receipt of applications is 12pm on 15th November 2019.

• The value of the award is up to £2000.
• The award will be made for a project relating to the University of Glasgow Library collections. Applicants will be at any stage of their academic career but must be the holder of a completed PhD. Independent and emeritus scholars may also apply.
• The award will cover a period of at least two and no more than four weeks in the calendar year 2020.
• Scholars will make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation. Travel, subsistence, and other reasonable research expenses will be eligible to be claimed to a value of £2000.
• Applications will be peer-reviewed by a panel of University of Glasgow academics. Applicants will be notified of decisions by 19th December 2019.
• Acknowledgment of the award should be made in any future publications resulting from research undertaken during this award.
• Visiting Scholars are expected to submit a short report of their research findings for inclusion on the Library website and/or the Friends of Glasgow University Library newsletter.