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QMCECS Seminar: 30 January: J-J. Courtine

January 24, 2018

Tuesday 30 January 2018

Jean-Jacques Courtine

(University of Auckland and l’Université Paris-Sorbonne)

The Theatre of Monsters in eighteenth-century Paris: an Archaeology of Curiosity

Chair: Colin Jones

Jean-Jacques Courtine is a Leverhulme Visiting Professor in the School of History in QMUL during 2017. He trained as a linguist and discourse analyst, but has since ranged widely in interdisciplinary studies and cultural history. He has taught at the University of California Santa Barbara, Paris Sorbonne and the University of Auckland and elsewhere. His books include Histoire du visage (1988), Dechiffrer le corps: penser avec Foucault (2011), and he has been co-editor (with Alain Corbin and Georges Vigareool of three best-selling 3-volumed collective works, Histoire du corps  (2005-6), Histoire de la virilite (2011) and most recently, Histoire des emotions (2016-17).

This is a pre-circulated paper: download here: goo.gl/jMnL3g (available until 31 Jan)

All welcome

Time: 6.00-8.00pm. Please note change of time.

Venue: Seminar Room, Lock-Keeper’s Cottage Graduate Centre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London, E1 4NS.

Convenors: Prof Markman Ellis, English (m.ellis@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Colin Jones, History (c.d.h.jones@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Miles Ogborn, Geography (m.j.ogborn@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Amanda Vickery, History (a.vickery@qmul.ac.uk), Prof Barbara Taylor, English and History (b.g.taylor@qmul.ac.uk); Dr Alice Dolan (alice.dolan@qmul.ac.uk).

[Travel instructions: take the Central Line or District Line to Mile End. Exit the tube station, turn left down Mile End Road, crossing the Burdett Road/Grove Road intersection, passing under the Mile End Green Bridge and over the canal, to the campus entrance at Westfield Way. The Lock-Keeper’s Cottage is the third building on the right].

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Reminder: Seminars in Semester Two 2017-2018

January 8, 2018

Tuesday 23rd Jan 2018: Sarah Easterby-Smith (St Andrews): ‘Seeds of knowledge: colonial science and microhistory at the end of the French old regime’ [Chair: Colin Jones]

Tuesday 30th Jan 2018: Jean-Jacques Courtine (Sorbonne & Auckland NZ): ‘An archaeology of curiosity: the theatre of monsters in eighteenth-century Paris’ [Chair: Colin Jones]

Tuesday 6th Feb 2018: Mark Philp (Warwick): ‘Resisting politics in the 1790s’ [Chair: Barbara Taylor]

Tuesday 20th Feb 2018: Hilary Davidson (Sydney): ‘Dress and dressmaking: Regency ribbons and replicas’ [Chair: Alice Dolan]

Tuesday 6th March 2018: Innes Keighren (RHUL): ‘The forgotten lives of William Macintosh in the Age of Revolution: from Caribbean planter to traveller in India; from spy in France to exile in Germany’ [Chair: Miles Ogborn]

Easter break

Tuesday 24th April 2018: Kathleen S. Murphy (Cal Poly): Title to be announced [chair: Miles Ogborn]

QMCECS Seminar 23 January 2018: Sarah Easterby-Smith

January 8, 2018

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Sarah Easterby-Smith

(School of History, University of St Andrews)

Seeds of knowledge: a microhistory of colonial science at the end of the French old regime

Chair: Colin Jones

This paper examines the extent to which Old Regime France was able to use science to serve its colonial aspirations in the late eighteenth century. Drawing on examples of French activities in the Indian Ocean and Caribbean in the 1770s and 1780s, the paper follows the pathways along which natural data travelled. It examines the factors that conditioned France’s ability to achieve its aspirations for gathering information, and argues for the value of using material culture as a source in the history of colonial science. The approach developed here, best described as ‘global micro history’, ultimately seeks to deepen our understanding of the relationship between science and empire at the end of the old regime – a relationship that was, in sum, capricious, contested and never certain.

All welcome

Time: 5.00-7.00pm.

Venue: Seminar Room, Lock-Keeper’s Cottage Graduate Centre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London, E1 4NS.

Convenors: Prof Markman Ellis, English (m.ellis@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Colin Jones, History (c.d.h.jones@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Miles Ogborn, Geography (m.j.ogborn@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Amanda Vickery, History (a.vickery@qmul.ac.uk), Prof Barbara Taylor, English and History (b.g.taylor@qmul.ac.uk); Dr Alice Dolan (alice.dolan@qmul.ac.uk).

[Travel instructions: take the Central Line or District Line to Mile End. Exit the tube station, turn left down Mile End Road, crossing the Burdett Road/Grove Road intersection, passing under the Mile End Green Bridge and over the canal, to the campus entrance at Westfield Way. The Lock-Keeper’s Cottage is the third building on the right].

Call for papers – Pedagogic innovation in the Enlightenment: approaches, representations, heritages

January 4, 2018
Mathilde Lerenard and Pauline Pujo are coordinating a theme issue of the review Lumières entitled “Pedagogic innovation in the Enlightenment: approaches, representations, heritage (18th-21th)” (L’innovation pédagogique des Lumières : démarches, representations, héritages. XVIIIe-XXIe siècles).

 

There will be a one-day seminar at the University of Bordeaux on this topic on 26th June 2018. The call for papers is below. Please contact Mathilde Lerenard  if you are interested at  pinta.lerenard@orange.fr

 

L’innovation pédagogique des Lumières : démarches, représentations, héritages.

Par l’ouverture à un nouvel horizon d’attente tourné vers l’avenir, l’affirmation des droits naturels face aux dominations héritées du passé, de la primauté de l’acquis sur l’inné, et enfin du pouvoir presque illimité de l’éducation, les Lumières apparaissent aujourd’hui comme le moment fondateur d’une nouvelle pédagogie émancipatrice : nouvelle par ses finalités, ses acteurs et ses méthodes, nouvelle également parce qu’elle prépare l’avènement d’un monde nouveau. C’est pourquoi ce numéro de la revue Lumières interroge la notion d’innovation en pédagogie à la fois comme créativité théorique et comme démarche concrète s’inscrivant dans des contextes pédagogiques, politiques, nationaux ou encore sociaux bien précis. Présenter des méthodes comme novatrices ou traditionnelles ne touche pas seulement au cœur de ces pédagogies, mais traduit des positionnements, voire des postures et des stratégies particulières dans le contexte de nouvelles politiques éducatives et d’une professionnalisation croissante de l’enseignement. La figure de l’éducateur (père fondateur de nouvelles écoles, pédagogue révolutionnaire…) semble notamment émerger des tensions entre théorie et pratique, utopie et réalité qui se jouent au tournant des Lumières. Le marché du livre en pleine expansion au XVIIIe siècle est enfin marqué par les phénomènes de compilation, de réécriture et polygraphie, procédés multiples consistant à faire du nouveau à partir de l’ancien et omniprésents dans la pédagogie à travers les manuels scolaires et la littérature de jeunesse. Ce numéro s’articule autour de plusieurs axes de réflexion :

 

  • Les positionnements et postures des pédagogues face à la tradition et à l’innovation : leur choix de s’inscrire dans une tradition ou de s’y opposer, de proposer quelque chose de nouveau ;
  • Comment les pédagogues des Lumières définissent-ils l’innovation ? Qu’est-ce qu’innover dans le sens d’une pédagogie éclairée ?
  • Quels motifs déterminent les choix de la rupture avec la tradition ou de rupture avec la nouveauté ?
  • Quelles nouveautés réelles en matière d’éducation et de pédagogie au siècle des Lumières ?
  • Quelles furent les représentations du pédagogue novateur, héritier des Lumières, et celles du défenseur de la tradition au théâtre, dans l’art, le roman, les périodiques ou encore les dictionnaires ? Hommage, apologie, satire, parodie…
  • Comment ont été accueillies les stratégies d’innovation ou de conservation par les élèves, le personnel politique, les historiens de l’éducation ?
  • Dans une perspective d’histoire croisée : Quelles furent les tentatives pour importer des innovations pédagogiques de l’étranger et quel fut le sens de ces démarches ? Reprendre une pratique déjà existante et la changer de contexte (national, scolaire, politique, social…), est-ce innover ?
  • Nous aimerions enfin proposer un retour critique sur l’histoire de l’éducation : retour sur une historiographie des grands hommes de la pédagogie des Lumières ou encore sur les Lumières comme point de départ et moteur d’une pédagogie nouvelle.

 

Seminars in Semester Two 2017-2018

December 4, 2017

Tuesday 23rd Jan 2018: Sarah Easterby-Smith (St Andrews): ‘Seeds of knowledge: colonial science and microhistory at the end of the French old regime’ [Chair: Colin Jones]

Tuesday 30th Jan 2018: Jean-Jacques Courtine (Sorbonne & Auckland NZ): ‘An archaeology of curiosity: the theatre of monsters in eighteenth-century Paris’ [Chair: Colin Jones]

Tuesday 6th Feb 2018: Mark Philp (Warwick): ‘Resisting politics in the 1790s’ [Chair: Barbara Taylor]

Tuesday 20th Feb 2018: Hilary Davidson (Sydney): ‘Dress and dressmaking: Regency ribbons and replicas’ [Chair: Alice Dolan]

Tuesday 6th March 2018: Innes Keighren (RHUL): ‘The forgotten lives of William Macintosh in the Age of Revolution: from Caribbean planter to traveller in India; from spy in France to exile in Germany’ [Chair: Miles Ogborn]

Easter break

Tuesday 24th April 2018: Kathleen S. Murphy (Cal Poly): Title to be announced [chair: Miles Ogborn]

QMCECS Seminar 12 Dec 2017: Peter de Bolla (Cambridge)

December 1, 2017

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Peter de Bolla

(Faculty of English, University of Cambridge)

Distributional Concept Analysis

Joint meeting with the QMUL Digital Initiatives Network

Chair: Markman Ellis and Jaclyn Rajsic

This presentation of the Concept Lab’s work and methodology will be of interest to Digital Humanities scholars and those working on eighteenth-century topics.

The Concept Lab studies the architectures of conceptual forms. It is committed to the view that concepts are not equivalent to the meanings of the words which express them. The Lab considers conceptual architectures as generating structured environments for sensing that one has arrived at understanding. Through computational methodologies it seeks to describe and analyse these structured environments which have both internal and external manifestations. With respect to the internal structure of concepts we aim to characterise not only form and function but also modalities and other attributes of conceptual entities. In the case of external features we seek to uncover the conceptual networks within which concepts circulate. In both cases the Lab develops data driven accounts of these structures and networks derived from large scale corpora.

Peter de Bolla is Professor of Cultural History and Aesthetics at the University of Cambridge. He is currently Chairman of the Faculty Board of English and Director of the Cambridge Concept Lab which is housed in the Cambridge Centre for Digital Knowledge at CRASSH.

All welcome

Time: 5.00-7.00pm.

Venue: Seminar Room, Lock-Keeper’s Cottage Graduate Centre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London, E1 4NS.

Convenors: Prof Markman Ellis, English (m.ellis@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Colin Jones, History (c.d.h.jones@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Miles Ogborn, Geography (m.j.ogborn@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Amanda Vickery, History (a.vickery@qmul.ac.uk), Prof Barbara Taylor, English and History (b.g.taylor@qmul.ac.uk); Dr Alice Dolan (alice.dolan@qmul.ac.uk).

[Travel instructions: take the Central Line or District Line to Mile End. Exit the tube station, turn left down Mile End Road, crossing the Burdett Road/Grove Road intersection, passing under the Mile End Green Bridge and over the canal, to the campus entrance at Westfield Way. The Lock-Keeper’s Cottage is the third building on the right].

Digitising William Godwin’s Manuscripts

November 27, 2017

For the first time, the sole surviving manuscripts of Political Justice and Caleb Williams, by the anarchist philosopher William Godwin (1756-1836), will be digitised and made freely available on the Shelley-Godwin Archive.

This is part of a collaborative project announced in April 2017 by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), and Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).

A public event to celebrate the project will be held at the V&A on Monday 11 December 2017, 5.30 pm-7.30 pm. There will be three short talks by representatives of each of the collaborating institutions, followed by drinks. The original manuscripts will be on display.

Chair: Tristram Hunt, Historian, and Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum

Speakers:

  • Pamela Clemit, Professor of English, Queen Mary University of London
  • Douglas Dodds, Senior Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • Elizabeth C. Denlinger, Co-General Editor of The Shelley-Godwin Archive and Curator, The Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle

Tickets are free, and available on Eventbrite here.

This event is open to the public and all are welcome. Guests should enter via the Secretariat Gate, which is immediately to the left of the London Oratory, on Cromwell Road.

The project is supported by the QMUL HSS Collaboration Fund, the Queen Mary Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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