Eighteenth-Century Studies Symposium: Reading Time

The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Duncan Campbell, 1720. Newberry Case B863.221.
The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Duncan Campbell, 1720. Newberry Case B863.221.
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Saturday, June 14, 2014

8:30 am to 2 pm

Please register by 10 am Friday, June 13

Ruggles Hall

Organized by Timothy Campbell, University of Chicago; Lisa A. Freeman, University of Illinois at Chicago; John Shanahan, DePaul University; and Helen Thompson, Northwestern University.

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Eighteenth-Century Seminar, this symposium convenes scholars from a range of fields, disciplines, and institutions both to interrogate the activity of reading as a leisure or a hermeneutic practice that unfolds in time, and to reflect upon the variegated apprehensions of time-physical, metaphorical, psychological, historiographical, political, or imperial-that shaped eighteenth-century world-making and knowledge formation.

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8:30 am: Coffee and continental breakfast

8:45 - 10:15 am: Session 1. Imperial Time and Its Others

“The Piratical Counterfactual”

Manushag (Nush) Powell, Purdue University

“The Haitian Revolution as a Non-Western Event”

Doris L. Garraway, Northwestern University

“Color Prejudice, Anti-slavery, and the British Comic Stage”

Roxann Wheeler, Ohio State University

10:15 - 10:30 am: Coffee

10:30 - 11:45 am: Session 2. Physics, Physiology, Time

“Hunger’s Time”

Barrett Kalter, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

“How Desiderata became Academic: The Future and the Various Pasts of Oeconomia”

Vera Keller, University of Oregon

“Newton and the Golden Bough”

William R. Newman, Indiana University

11:45 am - 12:45 pm: Catered lunch for all registered participants

12:45 - 2 pm: Session 3. Forming Temporality

“Reading ‘Minutes’: The Logics of Time-Space in Eighteenth-Century Museology”

Mita Choudhury, Purdue University Calumet

“News, Plays, Days: Rhythms of Performance and Report, London 1620-1779”

Stuart Sherman, Fordham University

“From Half-Sheet to Bound Volume: Making History in the British Enlightenment Periodical Essay”

Richard Squibbs, DePaul University

Cosponsored with the University of Chicago, DePaul University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northwestern University.

Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.

Cost and registration information: 

This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration in advance is required. Papers will be precirculated electronically to registrants.

Register online here. Registrations will be processed through 10 am Friday, June 13, 2014.