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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.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

8:30 am to 2 pm

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.
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Eighteenth-Century Seminar

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.

See a post on our blog about this program and the first five years of the Seminar: “The Eighteenth-Century Seminar: A conversation with Lisa Freeman.”

Download a PDF poster.


8:30 am: Coffee and continental breakfast

8:45 am: Introductory remarks

Lisa A. Freeman, University of Illinois at Chicago

8:50 - 10:15 am: Session 1. Imperial Time and Its Others

Chair: Timothy Campbell, University of Chicago

“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

Chair: Helen Thompson, Northwestern University

“Hunger’s Time”

Barrett Kalter, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

“Missing Links: Desiderata and Deep Time

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

Chair: John Shanahan, DePaul University

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

Mita Choudhury, Purdue University Calumet

“Historical Registers, Hodgepodge Sport: Gay and Fielding Do the Daily News”

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 

Registration for this event is now closed.