Eighteenth-Century European Culture

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This interdisciplinary seminar hosts leading national and regional scholars who present works-in-progress that explore aspects of eighteenth-century European culture of vital interest and concern to the wider field of eighteenth-century studies.  Like our guest speakers, our membership is drawn from a wide variety of institutions and disciplines: history, literature, philosophy, political science, music, history of science, and art, as well as national traditions. The Seminar’s offerings are eclectic, but from time to time our Seminar has hosted special events such as symposia on the 18th-century reception of Classical, Hellenistic, and Late Antique texts (2003) and the intellectual origins of freedom of speech (2007, ­2008).  Proceedings from the latter recently appeared as a collection of essays edited by former Chair Elizabeth Powers, Freedom of Speech: The History of an Idea (Bucknell University Press, 2011). Most recently, our Seminar has co-sponsored, with the Seminar on Early Modern France, a series of roundtables on new directions in eighteenth-century studies under the rubric of “Literature and History in Dialogue.” Past roundtables have been devoted to concepts of authorship (Fall 2010), eighteenth-century science studies (Spring 2011), and comparative colonialisms and orientalisms (Fall 2011). Our 2012-2013 program marks the Seminar’s 50th year in operation.

Past Meetings

Professor Kathleen Lubey

Katherine Bergevin

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



09/15/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
After Sexlessness
Dustin Stewart, Assistant Professor of English, Columbia University
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10/20/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Resisting Fictions: The Rise of the Novel and the Willful Suspension of Disbelief
Susan Lanser, Professor of English, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Comparative Literature, Brandeis University

11/10/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Without Circulation: The Translocal Poetics of Eyles Irwin, East India Company Employee
James Mulholland, Associate Professor of English, North Carolina State University

12/08/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Atlantic Rogues
Sal Nicolazzo, Assistant Professor of English, University of California San Diego

01/19/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
On Beauty and Being Home
Jonathan Kramnick, Yale University

02/16/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Orchestral Subtexts
Emily Dolan, Harvard University

03/23/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Le Danger des Liaisons: Censoring Laclos's Liaisons dangereuses
Amy Wyngaard, Syracuse University

04/20/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Panel on Rediscovering Race in Eighteenth-Century Studies
Ashley Cohen, Georgetown University

Gretchen Gerzina, University of Massachusetts

Julie Kim, Fordham University