Genealogy and Social Status in the Enlightenment/Rationalité généalogique et statut social au temps des Lumières

Thursday, 12 January, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Friday, 13 January, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Maison Française d’Oxford, 2-10 Norham Road, Oxford OX2 6SE

 

THURSDAY 12TH JANUARY

Introduction and welcoming remarks by the convenors.

Genealogical culture and social practices
Mathieu Marraud (CNRS, CRH) avec Nicolas Lyon-Caen (CNRS, IHMC) : Généalogies bourgeoises à Paris au XVIIIe siècle : parents ou descendants

Benedetta Borello (Columbia – NY): Genealogy, Sociability and Genius of Nations Young Nobles Travelling to European Salons

Julian Pooley (Leicester): Minutely attentive to every circumstance. John Nichols and the culture of genealogy in the late Eighteenth-Century

Iain Riddell (Leicester): Anglican Zadokism. The usage of kin and kinship by latter Hanoverian church leadership

 

Creative and historical writing: staging the family destiny
Henry French (Exeter): Sighing for Past Greatness: Gibbon’s Digression and the Visualisation of the Courtenay Lineage, c. 1400-1800

Audrey Faulot (Paris-Quest) : Qualités des « hommes de qualité » : l’essence et l’accident dans quelques romans – mémoires de l’abbé Prévost (1728 – 1745)

 

Law, power and genealogy
Volker Bauer (Wolfenbüttel): From dynastic to administrative directories: The changing scope of genealogical writings in eighteenth-century Germany

Christoph Bezemek, (Graz): Leviathan’s Heir. Lineage and the Social Contract

Andreea Roxana Iancu (Bucarest) : Reconfigurations du patrimoine : pratiques juridiques, enjeux politiques et conscience généalogique (Valachie, à la fin du XVIIIe et au début du XIXe siècle)

Naveen Kanalu Ramamurthy (UCLA) : Genealogies of Despotic Sovereignty, Nobility, and Law: French Enlightenment Debates on “Oriental” Methods of Governance.

 

FRIDAY 13TH JANUARY

Hereditary virtues vs personal merits
Arnaud Exbalin (Paris Quest) : Police métisse. Raison administrative contre sang espagnol (ville de Mexico, fin XVIIIe siècle)

Valérie Piétri (Nice) : Communication : « Noblesse et généalogie : circulation et appropriations des débats sur la noblesse dans les histoires généalogiques en France à l’époque moderne

William Doyle (Bristol): Genealogy and the French Revolution

 

Genealogies, natural sciences and race

Claude-Olivier Doron (Paris Diderot) : Genealogical style of reasoning in natural history and the emergence of the concept of “race”

Tim MC Inerney (Paris 8-Saint-Denis) : Race and the ‘Noble paradigm’ in Eighteenth-century Britain

 

CONVENORS: Stéphane Jettot (MFO, Paris-Sorbonne) and Jean-Paul Zuniga (EHESS-CRH Paris)

For further information, please contact stephane.jettot@history.ox.ac.uk

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