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ECR Day-Conference on the History of Celebrity

March 28, 2017

ECR Day-Conference on the History of Celebrity

Venue:            Institute of Historical Research, London
Date:               Wednesday 29th March 2017
Time:              10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.


9.30-9.40 – Welcome

9.40-11.10 – Panel 1Thinking Celebrity in the Eighteenth Century

Chair: Anaïs Pedron, QMUL

  1. Ariane Fichtl (University of Augsburg/Université Charles de Gaulle Lille 3),Antique Parallels to Eighteenth-Century Concepts of Celebrity
  2. Gabriel Wick (QMUL), The Mémoires Secrets, Monceau, and the Reinvention of the Duc de Chartres
  3. Blake Smith (Northwestern University/EHESS, Paris), The Scholar As Celebrity: Anquetil Duperron’s Discours Préliminaire

11.10-12.40 – Panel 2Celebrity Bodies

Chair: Clare Siviter, Université Clermont Auvergne

  1.    Chris Haffenden (Uppsala University), Seeing Jeremy Bentham in the Context of Celebrity Culture
  2.    Jessica Hamel-Akré (University of Montreal), Mystical, Medical, and Criminal Celebrity in the Case of Ann Moore, the Fasting Woman of Tutbury
  3. 3.Meagan Mason (University of Southern California), Physiognomy, Phrenology, and Knowing the Virtuoso, Paris 1830–1848

12.40-1.30 – Lunch

1.30-3.00 Keynote – Prof. Antoine Lilti (EHESS), Public Figures and Private Lives: The Invention of Celebrity

Respondents Prof. Colin Jones (QMUL) and Dr Emrys Jones (KCL)

3.00-3.15 – Coffee break

3.15-4.45 – Panel 3Recording celebrity

Chair: Stacie Allan, University of Westminster

  1. Lewis Hughes (Lancaster University), Revealing the Authentic Self: Victorian Celebrity Interviews
  2. Holly Grout (University of Alabama), Between the ‘Miss’ and ‘Mistinguett’: Fashioning Celebrity in Modern Memoir
  3. Thibaut Casagrande (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon and Université Paris Sorbonne), Actresses as Novel Characters: Rewriting Celebrity Narratives

4.45-5.00 – Conclusion

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