CFP Jul 26, 2002

Material Culture of Knowledge in C18 (Los Angeles, 3.-10.8.02)

Mimi Hellman

Call for papers for session "The Objects of Enlightenment: The Material
Culture of Knowledge"
International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Quadrennial Congress
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., 3-10 August 2003

This interdisciplinary session explores the role of objects in the
production of knowledge during the long 18th century. How did the design
and usage of material things shape perception, thought, and the
dissemination of ideas? Were objects simply vehicles for the pursuit of
intellectual projects, or did they also embody epistemological concerns and
define the very terms in which knowledge was framed? How can the study of
objects enrich or problematize our understanding of what 'enlightenment'
was? Papers may focus on any cultural context, and might consider such
topics as reading or writing furniture and accessories, optical devices,
scientific instruments, artists' tools, timepieces, the accoutrements of
travel, or the furnishings of spaces such as studies, libraries,
collectors' cabinets, laboratories, or coffeehouses.

Please send inquiries or abstracts for 20-minute papers to:

Mimi Hellman, NEH Fellow
16 Fifth Avenue
Northampton, MA 01060

Deadline: 15 September 2002
Congress website:


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