DNS Conference – Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment: CFP Extended to 1 September 2017.


The Sixteenth David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies /

The Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Griffith University and the University of Queensland

Brisbane, Queensland, 13-15 December 2017

There has been a strong response to the CFP for the sixteenth David Nichol Smith Seminar, or ANZSECS conference, Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment.  It promises to be an exciting event.  To ensure that people do not miss out, we have extended the deadline for the CFP to Friday 1st September.

The conference will be co-hosted by Griffith University and the University of Queensland on the 13th-15th December 2017.  It will feature the following keynote speakers:

Deidre Lynch (Harvard University)

Jan Golinski (University of New Hampshire)

Georgia Cowart (Case Western Reserve University)

Sujit Sivasundaram (University of Cambridge)


The Call for Papers is available to view on the ANZSECS website:


We welcome proposals on any aspect of the long eighteenth century related to the conference theme.

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).


John M. Ward Memorial Lecture. The Female World of Love and Empire: Women, Family and Eighteenth-century East India Company Politics.

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Professor Margot Finn

This paper examines the daily life of an English spinster who lived in late 18th-century Bloomsbury, an area of London now best known for its bohemian literary and sexual cultures.  In contrast to present-day images of radical women and men, it presents an image of Bloomsbury as a hub of British imperialism.  Here wealth extracted from the slave societies of the colonial Caribbean and Britain’s growing empire on the Indian subcontinent were interwoven.  What role did women and children play in the colonial contact zone in London?  A rich archive of letters and diaries written by or to ‘Mrs Chitty’ suggests the key roles played by British family relations—and female family members—in  translating imperial ventures into power, status and wealth, decades before historians conventionally view them as active agents of empire on the Indian subcontinent.

Margot Finn holds the chair in modern British history at University College London and the current President of the Royal Historical Society. Professor Finn is one of the leading historians of Britain since the eighteenth century. She edited the Journal of British Studies for a number of years and is the author of two major books, After Chartism and The Character of Credit. After Chartism is a broad-based study in political history; The Character of Credit is an exceptional and original piece of scholarship combining extensive archival research in probate and tax records with literary interpretation to reconstruct the complex relationship between debt, creditworthiness, and character in Britain across two centuries.

About the J.M. Ward Memorial Lecture
The Ward Lecture honors the late John Manning Ward AO. Professor Ward was a distinguished historian, serving as Challis Professor of History from 1948 to 1979. He steered the History Department through a period of scarce resources into an era of expansion. Professor Ward took office as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney in 1981 and retired from that position on 31 January 1990.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

5:00 p.m. for 6:00 p.m. start

Reception from 5:00 p.m. in the Nicholson Museum followed by the lecture at 6:00 p.m. in the General Lecture Theatre, Quadrangle, University Place, The University of Sydney.


RSVP to sophi.enquiries@sydney.edu. au  and please indicate any dietary or mobility requirements.

PhD Scholarship in Early Modern English History of Law and Emotions at The University of Adelaide

Full details available at:

Applications close: Monday 31 October 2016.

Applications are invited for a scholarship leading to the degree of PhD in the School of Humanities (History), The University of Adelaide.

The scholarship is supported by the Faculty of Arts (Divisional Scholarship), and is part of an Australian Research Council Discovery Project, DP160100265: ‘A New History of Law in Post-Revolutionary England, 1689 1760’ (Chief Investigators: Emeritus Prof. Wilfrid Prest and Prof. David Lemmings, The University of Adelaide, and Dr Mike Macnair, University of Oxford). The appointee will also be affiliated with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

Prof. David Lemmings, who will supervise the successful candidate’s research, is interested in the social and cultural history of law and lawyers, 1690-1760, with a special emphasis on the history of emotions. The student may wish to undertake a comparative study of a group of judges from the period, with the aim of testing, further refining and extending both some of the generalisations advanced in previous research on the early Hanoverian judiciary, and of considering the representation of judges in the emerging print media. Candidates are encouraged to outline (in no more than 250 words) any proposal they may have for a specific thesis topic related to the overall field of study.

Eligibility: Applicants will have a minimum of Honours 2A result or equivalent in History or equivalent discipline, and must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia, or citizens of New Zealand, by the closing date.

Stipend:  The scholarship will be for three years’ full-time study, with a stipend of $26,288 per annum (2016 rate) tax free for up to three years (indexed annually). It is likely to be tax exempt, subject to Taxation Office approval. The successful candidate will be eligible to apply for a top-up scholarship from the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions to the value of $5,000 p.a. stipend and $4,500 p.a. to assist with travel and research expenses.

Enquiries: Prof. David Lemmings, School of Humanities, Discipline of History, The University of Adelaide. Tel +61 (8) 8313 5614; Fax (08) 8313 3443 or Email: david.lemmings@adelaide.edu.au

Applying: Application for Admission must be submitted using the Online Application Form available at: https://hdrapp.adelaide.edu.au/auth/login

Please email a summary of your application for admission to Dr Helen Payne (helen.payne@adelaide.edu.au) with ‘Application for Judges and English Law. PhD Scholarship’ in the subject heading.

You can request a copy of your application summary by emailing scholarships@adelaide.edu.au with the subject heading ‘Request for application summary’.

Closing date: 31 October 2016.

Conference Enchanted isles, fatal shores: Living Versailles

Venue: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, with additional events at the Australian National University and the University of Sydney

Full details available at: http://nga.gov.au/Symposia/Versailles/

Friday 17 – Saturday 18 March 2017

On the occasion of the Versailles: Treasures from the Palace exhibition at the NGA, which brings major works of art from the Palace of Versailles to Canberra, this conference showcases the latest ideas about the lives of past people and objects, as well as the living culture of Versailles today.

Staged in Canberra, which like Versailles is a planned capital city, centre of government and culture, this is a unique opportunity to explore the enduring influence and resonance of Versailles, its desires and self-perceptions of modernity, from film to fashion to architecture. Gathering a generation of scholars whose work is shifting our perceptions of the art, culture and life of ancien-régimeVersailles and its reception, this is the occasion for fresh and challenging research, and new perspectives on canon-defining works.

1664 is formative in the history of Versailles—the year a modest hunting lodge began to be transformed, to become a centre of art, fashion and power in Europe for more than a century. The dream of Versailles as an enchanted isle for the French aristocracy came to a grisly end with the 1789 revolution. Only two years later, the first fleet of British colonists came to settle on the east coast of Australia, on what Robert Hughes famously dubbed ‘the fatal shore’. Life at Versailles changed irreparably just as it would for those who lived in, and migrated to, Australia at the close of the eighteenth century.

Versailles was not the static creation of one man but a hugely complex cultural space, a centre of power, of life, love, anxiety and creation, as well as an enduring palimpsest of aspirations, desires and ruptures. The splendour of the castle, and the masterpieces of art and design it contains, masks a more sordid history. The conference’s theme, Enchanted isles, fatal shores, encourages examination of the tensions between splendour and misery, insiders and outsiders, display and privacy that framed life at Versailles.

Conveners: Mark Ledbury, Power Professor of Art and Visual Culture, University of Sydney; Robert Wellington, Lecturer, ANU School of Art Centre for Art History and Art Theory; and Lucina Ward, Senior Curator and coordinating curator for the exhibition, National Gallery of Australia

Bookings available soon

For conference enquiries email or phone +61 2 6240 6432

Call for papers

Conference conveners seek proposals to deliver 20-minute papers addressing the subject of the conference; those that address the key themes below are especially welcome.

Key themes:

  • The ‘lives’ of Versailles
  • Virtual Versailles
  • Adaptations and destructions
  • Challenging period terms
  • The private and the public
  • ‘Le sale et le propre’
  • Versailles and Paris
  • Being there
  • Resonances of Versailles
  • Versailles on film
  • Learn more

Please send an abstract of 300 words and a short CV to the conveners at Versaillesconference@nga.gov.au by 30 October 2016.


2017 ISECS Seminar for Early Career Scholars: Cities and Citizenship

From H-ArtHist:

2017 ISECS Seminar for Early Career Scholars
Cities and Citizenship in the Enlightenment / Cité et citoyenneté des Lumières
Université du Québec, Montreal, 11–15 September 2017

Proposals due by 30 January 2017

The International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS) is pleased to announce the 2017 International Seminar for Early-Career Eighteenth-Century Scholars. Colleagues from all fields of eighteenth-century studies are invited to submit abstracts for this one-week event. Formerly called the East-West Seminar, the International Seminar for Early-Career Eighteenth-Century Scholars brings together young researchers from a number of countries each year. The 2017 meeting will take place in Montreal, Canada and will be organized by the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) and the Research Group on the History of Sociabilities (RGHS).

The seminar will be held from Monday, September 11 to Friday, September 15, 2017 in Montreal, under the direction of Pascal Bastien (History, UQAM), Marc André Bernier (Literature, UQTR), Sébastien Charles (Philosophy, UQTR), Peggy Davis (Art History, UQAM), Benjamin Deruelle (History,UQAM), Geneviève Lafrance (Literature, UQAM), Laurent Turcot (History, UQTR).

The seminar will also be an opportunity to pay tribute to Professor Robert Darnton (Harvard University), former president of ISECS as well as co-founder, with Jochen Schlobach (1938–2003), of the East-West Seminar.

The theme this year’s seminar will be Cities and Citizenship in the Enlightenment. The ISECS International Seminar for Early Career Scholars will engage discussions on the forms, representations and modalities of political action and social and political identities in the eighteenth century. ‘Citizenship’ in the eighteenth century did not yet encompass the notions of property rights, equality before the courts, or even the electoral system of political representation. The result of a process rather than a status, urban citizenship can be understood as an appropriation of the urban space, the sociabilities found therein, and, fundamentally, civic culture within a civil society. The study of citizenship should not, therefore, be restricted to nationality and naturalization. Is the public space strictly an urban space? How should we understand political dynamics, collective emotions and urban citizenship in eighteenth-century cities?

If the Marxist undertones of the Habermas model have been questioned over the years, the notion of ‘public space’ still retains its significance and relevance. The questions surrounding language, verbal exchanges, and discourse in general remain at the center of the reflections by historians of society and class consciousness. At the crossroad of texts, discourses and practices, sociability is the field of enquiry for those who wish to grasp the different forms of public opinion and citizen commitment, especially within eighteenth-century urbanization. A detailed description of this theme is available online.

The seminar is limited to 15 participants. The proposals (approx. 2 pages, single spaced) should be based on an original research project (e.g. a doctoral dissertation) which addresses one of the aspects mentioned above. Because this is a seminar rather than a conference, each participant will be given approximately one hour to present the texts and questions that will then form the basis of a group discussion. Preference will be given to scholars who are at the beginning of their academic career (PhD or equivalent for less than six years). The official languages are French and English.

Accommodation costs will be covered in full by the organizers, who will be responsible for reserving hotel rooms. Other travel costs are currently under evaluation for a grant from the Government of Canada. If the seminar should benefit from such funding, airline tickets and other living expenses (lunches and dinner) may also be covered.

As it is the case each year, the proceedings of the seminar will be published by Honoré Champion (Paris) in the Lumières internationales series.

Applications should include the following information: a brief curriculum vitae with date of PhD (or equivalent); a list of principal publications and scholarly presentations; a brief description of the proposed paper (approx. 2 pages, single-spaced); and one letter of recommendation. Colleagues are invited to submit proposals by January 30, 2017. Please send abstracts by e-mail to Pascal Bastien: bastien.pascal@uqam.ca.

Digitizing Enlightenment Symposium, 12–13 July, Western Sydney U

Digitizing Enlightenment Symposium

EA.G.38, Parramatta South Campus, Western Sydney University

12-13 July 2016

A pre-conference Symposium attached to the George Rudé seminar, and sponsored by the WSU Digital Humanities Research Group; ANU Centre for Digital Humanities Research; and the Australian Research Council

Convenors: Simon Burrows (WSU) and Glenn Roe (ANU)

 Symposium abstract

Scholars of the enlightenment are extremely well-served for digital resources; they have also produced some of the most celebrated, innovative and transformative digital humanities projects internationally. These have included Electronic Enlightenment (EE); Mapping the Republic of Letters (MRoL); the French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe (FBTEE); the ARTFL Encyclopédie project; and the Comédie Française Registers Project (CFRP).

The symposium will provide an opportunity for leaders and key participants on all of these projects and some more recent digital humanities initiatives to continue a dialogue with each other and the academic community about the ways in which their projects have transformed, and will continue to transform research practice, pedagogy and academic understandings in eighteenth-century studies and more broadly.

Confirmed speakers for the Digitizing Enlightenment symposium include:

  • Dan Edelstein, Nicole Coleman (MRoL project, Stanford)
  • Glenn Roe (ARTFL and EE projects, ANU)
  • Simon Burrows, Jason Ensor and Katie McDonough (FBTEE project, Western Sydney)
  • Gregory S Brown (University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Voltaire Foundation, Oxford)
  • Alicia Montoya and Matje van der Camp (MEDIATE project, Radboud University)
  • Jeffrey Ravel (CFRP, MIT) – presenting remotely – and Christopher York (CFRP and Yale).
  • Robert McNamee (EE, Oxford) – who will present remotely.
  • Craig Pett (Gale-Cengage Learning)
  • And others listed in the program linked below

It is envisaged that papers from the symposium will be published as part of a book to be edited by the convenors under the title Digitizing Enlightenment.

To book a place at the symposium, follow the links to the university i-Pay from the Digitizing Enlightenment Symposium website at: http://www.westernsydney.edu.au/humanities_communication_arts/hca/blog_and_news/george_rude_seminar_2016/digitizing_enlightenment_symposium. The fee of $95 ($65 unwaged) will include two days coffees and lunches. Deadline for payments 30 June.

Full symposium details, including the program are available here: Digitzing Enlightenment Symposium Flier June 2016