New Book | Lessons of Travel in Eighteenth-Century France

Posted in books by Editor on March 26, 2020

From Boydell & Brewer:

Gábor Gelléri, Lessons of Travel in Eighteenth-Century France: From Grand Tour to School Trips (Martlesham, Suffolk: Boydell Press, 2020), 245 pages, ISBN: 978-1783274369, $130.

A study of the literature of the ‘art of travel’ in eighteenth-century France, showing how consideration of who should travel and for what purpose provided an occasion for wider debate about the social status quo.

Early modern educational travel is usually associated with the Grand Tour: a young nobleman’s journey through the established highlights of Europe. Lessons of Travel presents how, in eighteenth-century France, this practice was heavily contested, and the idea of educational travel had far wider implications. Through the study of a huge range of both canonical and little-known sources discussing ‘the art of travel’, from abbé Pluche’s educational best seller, The Spectacle of Nature, through Rousseau’s Émile to practical prospectuses for collective educational travel in the revolutionary period, Gabor Gelleri investigates what it meant to ‘think about travels’ in eighteenth-century France. Consideration of who should travel and for what purpose, he argues, contributed to an international intellectual tradition but also provided a pretext for debate on the social status quo, including such issues as the place of the merchant class, the necessity for professional training, the uses of travel for young women and the education of a new generation of citizens of the Revolution.

Gábor Gelléri is Lecturer in French at Aberystwyth University.


Introduction: On Reading Arts of Travel
Defining the Grand Tour
From Touring to Training: The Case of Diplomacy, 1680–1830
Trading with Men, Dealing with God: Abbé Pluche’s Ideas on Travel
Travelling on a Moebius Strip: Émile’s Travels
The End of an Era? The Prize Contest of the Academy of Lyon, 1785–87
Inventing School Trips? Revolutionary Programmes of Collective Educational Travel


Call for Papers | Manor House Colloquium: Portugal, Brazil, and Goa

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on March 26, 2020

From the Call for Papers:

7th Manor House Colloquium — Portugal, Brasil, and Goa: Cultural Interactions
Fundação Oriente, Goa, 10–13 November 2020

Proposals due by 31 March 2020

The Casa Senhorial Portugal, Brasil & Goa project, hosted at the Instituto de História de Arte, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, in partnership with Fundação Casa Rui Barbosa in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, promotes the 7th Manor House Colloquium at Fundação Oriente in Goa, from 10 to 13 November 2020. The colloquium aims to extend the study of manor houses to Goa and its territory and share the development of this research with the Brazilian and Portuguese team. Following distinct courses, the architectures of Portugal, Brazil, and Goa nonetheless traded experiences and influenced one another, giving birth to new solutions and models that were markedly original. This call for papers invites researchers to participate in the development and broadening of the debate by submitting an original article in the four themes of the ongoing research project:

• Patrons and artists, customs and rituals
• Distributive programs and functional and symbolic nomenclatures of each space
• Study of fixed ornamentation: ceilings, tiles, carvings, plaster, textiles, floors, chimneys, windows and doors, integrated furniture
• Furniture and equipment in its specific functions

Proposals should be submitted in English, as a Word file, with the following information: paper title, author’s institutional affiliation, thematic line abstract of 250 words, 3–5 key words, biography of 150 words. Send to manorhousesGoa2020@gmail.com by 31 March 2020.

Provisional Schedule

November 10 — Official opening
November 11 and 13 — Communications at the colloquium
November 12, 14, and 15 — Technical meetings and study visits to stately homes in Goa, Palácio
Meneses Bragança in Chandor, Casa Figueiredo in Lotulim, Palácio do Deão in Quepém, Palácio Santana da Silva in Margão, Museum of Christian Art at Monicas Convent in Old Goa

Scientific Committee

Ana Pessoa – Fundação Casa Rui Barbosa, Brasil
Ana Lucia Vieira – Universidade Federal Fluminense – RJ, Brasil
Fátima Gracias – Individual Researcher, India
Helder Carita – IHA/Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
José Belmont Pessoa -Universidade Federal Fluminense – RJ, Brasil
João Vieira Caldas – Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Marize Malta – Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Pedro Pombo – Goa University, India

Executive Committee

Ana Pessoa – Fundação Casa Rui Barbosa, Brasil
Helder Carita – IHA/Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Ana Lucia Vieira – Universidade Federal Fulminense – RJ, Brasil
Joaquim Rodrigo dos Santos – ARTIS /Universidade de Lisboa
Tiago Molarinho Antunes – DINÂMIA’CET/ISCTE-Intituto Universitário de Lisboa

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