CFP: Molds as Cultural and Material Mediators

College Art Association Annual Conference, 21 February to 24 February, Los Angeles Convention Center, USA

Molds, used in a variety of artistic and artisanal practices, are understood as a means of creating an exact likeness. Through the use of the mold the maker is able to pull forth an (supposedly) unmediated image of a subject that already exists — the wrinkled face of a deceased person, the scales of a lizard, or the ornament of an ancient monument. But beyond the transmission of the form mediated by the mold, the touch of the mold to the subject it imprints has been seen in different historical moments as having particularly potent social power in not only capturing the subject’s likeness, but also its interior qualities. In the case of death masks, for instance, the mold that imprinted the face was also seen to facilitate the transfer of their essence into the cast positive, thereby making the absent person present. By freezing the fleeting subject, the mold thus creates temporal stasis. It is due to molds that we are able to study plaster casts of ancient monuments that have since been destroyed or worn away by time. Considering molds’ social, and not simply practical, function therefore opens up broader questions about mimesis, temporality, memory, and presence, as well as the influence of likeness and creativity upon them. This session seeks papers that explore the mold as more than a tool, but instead a means of making that is integral to the way in which the objects that result from it functioned and were understood.

Deadling for proposals is 14 August 2017 by email to Hannah Wirta Kinney, University of Oxford (hannah.kinney@history.ox.ac.uk) and Emily Knight, University of Oxford (emily.knight@trinity.ox.ac.uk)

Full instructions on the submission process can be found here: http://www.collegeart.org/pdf/call-for-participation.pdf

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RECSO Poster Session/2017-18 Launch Evening

RECSO are looking for graduate students from all Faculties, working on any aspect of the long eighteenth-century, to produce a research poster and give a five-minute presentation for our RECSO 2017/18 launch event on Thursday of 3rd week (26th October) at 7pm (Venue TBC). If you would like to submit a poster, please contact geraldine.porter@merton.ox.ac.uk by the 19th October.

Please note, that it is not necessary to present anything in order to attend. This will be an ideal event for those new to Oxford – as well as those returning – who are keen to meet others working on the same period in an informal setting.

RECSO warmly invites graduate students and staff of all faculties, working on any aspect of the long eighteenth-century to join us. Wine and cheese will be provided, and throughout the evening, several students representing the faculties of English, History, Music, and Art History.

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Reminder: Submit proposals for RECSO’s Instruments of the Eighteenth Century seminar series

See below for the Call for Papers for RECSO’s Michaelmas 2017 seminar series — send in proposals to alice.little@music.ox.ac.uk by 30 July 2017.

 

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Women’s Study Group (1558-1837) 2017/18: CFP and Meeting Schedule

The Women’s Studies Group 1558-1837 is a small, informal, multidisciplinary group formed to promote women’s studies in the early modern period and the long eighteenth century.  Since it was established in the early 1980s, the group has enabled those interested in women’s and gender studies to keep in touch, to hear about one another’s research and publications, and to meet regularly to discuss relevant topics. We organize regular meetings and an annual workshop (see membership application form) where members can meet and discuss women’s studies topics. We can also offer advice and opportunities to engage in activities that increase opportunities for publication, or enhance professional profiles in other ways. The group meets at the Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ. We will be allowed into the room at 12.30 pm., to give us time to sort out paperwork and technology, but sessions will run from 1.00-4.00 pm. So please arrive a little early if you can. The WSG is open to men, women, and non-binary people, students, faculty, and independent scholars, all of whom are invited to join our group and to give papers.

Topics can be related to any aspect of women’s studies: not only women writers, but any activity of a woman or women in the period of our concern, or anything that affects or is affected by women in this period, such as the law, religion, etc. Male writers writing about women or male historical figures relevant to the condition of women in this period are also a potential topic. Papers tackling aspects of women’s studies within or alongside the wider histories of gender and sexuality are particularly welcome; so are topics from the early part of our period. We would also welcome how-to presentations for discussion: examples of suitable topics would include, but are not limited to, applying for grants, setting up research networks, becoming a curator, co-authorship, and writing about images.

 

Venue: Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ.

Meetings are at weekends: in the 2017-2018 sessions, the dates are as follows:

Saturday 23rd September, 2017

Saturday 18th November, 2017

Sunday 14th  January, 2018

Sunday 11th March, 2018 (work in progress or how-to presentations particularly welcome at this session).

Any questions should be directed to: cdwilliamslyle@aol.com

Find out more about us on https://womensstudiesgroup.org

Posted in Call for Papers, Seminars

Correspondance de Pierre Bayle

The Voltaire Foundation has just published the final volume of the fifteen-volume Correspondance de Pierre Bayle. To celebrate this achievement, Cultures of Knowledge, in association with the Voltaire Foundation, are hosting a talk by the editor, Professor Antony McKenna, followed by a drinks reception. It will take place at the Faculty of History, University of Oxford, on Monday, 19 June 2017, at 4 p.m.

All welcome!

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Tessa Whitehouse, ‘“from benevolent hearts & polish’d able pens what may not be hop’d for?”: the Epistolary Construction of Christian Friendships’

Tessa Whitehouse (Queen Mary University of London) will be giving a talk entitled ‘“from benevolent hearts & polish’d able pens what may not be hop’d for?”: the Epistolary Construction of Christian Friendships’, on Tuesday, 13 June 2017 (Eighth Week), from 12.30-2 p.m. Part of the TORCH Enlightenment Correspondences Network seminar series, the session will take place at Ertegun House (37A St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LD) over a free sandwich lunch. A brief abstract of the talk is as follows:

 

Anglophone women letter-writers who were excluded from the mainstream socio-political British establishment due to their gender, religious affiliation or nationality showed themselves to be adept at deploying the linguistic and material practices of epistolary literacy to secure their place as social brokers. This paper will examine the ‘structure of feeling’ that found expression within, and helped to constitute, what Konstantin Dierks has called the ‘emerging new standard for social interaction’ of conducting friendly relationships by letters. It will consider how women used their epistolary literacy and the bonds of friendship to shape inclusive imagined worlds of faith and feeling.

 

Please RSVP to enlightenmentcorr@gmail.com by 6 June if you plan to attend, and please include any special dietary requirements you may have for the lunch.

 

All welcome!

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RECSO ANNUAL CONFERENCE – still time to register!

Women, Authorship, and Identity in the Long Eighteenth Century: New Methodologies

Registration is now open for the one-day conference ‘Women, Authorship, and Identity in the Long Eighteenth Century: New Methodologies’ on Saturday 17th June. Please email joanna.raisbeck@some.ox.ac.uk and kelsey.rubin-detlev@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk by Saturday 3 June. Please provide details of any dietary requirements. Attendance is free, but registration is required. A sandwich lunch will be provided.

See further details in the poster below or visit the conference website at https://c18womenauthorshipidentity.wordpress.com/.

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CFP: Instruments of the Eighteenth Century (forthcoming RECSO/BSECS Seminar Series)

 

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Graduate Seminar in History 1680-1850

Trinity Term 2017

The seminar will meet weekly, on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the Turl Yard Lecture Room, Lincoln College (ask at the college lodge for directions), except in 1st week, when the session will start at 4.30pm. In weeks 2-8, tea and coffee will be available from 4.45pm. Asterisked speakers are graduates, whose papers may be shorter than usual. All research students working in this period are encouraged to attend; anyone else interested is also very welcome.

Wed. 26th April 4.30pm (with tea and coffee from 4.15pm)
(1st week) Joint-Session with the Global History Seminar

William Pettigrew and the PEIC group (Kent)
Transoceanic Constitutions: The Corporation
as a Protagonist in Global History, c.
1550-1750

Wed. 3rd May **Geraldine Porter (Merton)
(2nd week) ‘All the reserve of his family, and all the dignity
of his ancestors’: Elite Political Families in the
Eighteenth-Century Houses of Parliament

Wed. 10th May **Hamish Roberts (St Antony’s)
(3rd week) Politicised Millennialism in the Late Eighteenth-
Century British Empire

Wed. 17th May Steve Pincus (Yale)
(4th week) Patriot Fever: Imperial Political Economy and
the Causes of the War of Jenkins Ear

Wed. 24th May Eric Schnakenbourg (Nantes)
(5th week) Shipping and Trade in Wartime under Neutral
Flags in Eighteenth-Century Europe

Wed. 31st May Shunsuke Katsuta (Tokyo)
(6th week) The Bottle Riot reconsidered: Dublin politics of
the early 1820s

Wed. 7th June Undergraduate Thesis Session
(7th week) Two current undergraduates will discuss the
experience and findings of their recently-
completed theses.

Wed. 14th June Ryan Hanley (New)
(8th week) Olaudah Equiano: Celebrity Abolitionist

For information about the seminar, and news of forthcoming events, visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oxford-seminar-in-mainly-British-History-1680-1850/123050627891042 We would be happy to post notices of interest to our group – contact perry.gauci@lincoln.ox.ac.uk

J. Innes (Somerville), S. Skinner (Balliol); O. Cox (TORCH); B. Harris (Worcester); P. Gauci (Lincoln)

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RECSO ANNUAL CONFERENCE: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Women, Authorship, and Identity in the Long Eighteenth Century: New Methodologies

Registration is now open for the one-day conference ‘Women, Authorship, and Identity in the Long Eighteenth Century: New Methodologies’ on Saturday 17th June. Please email joanna.raisbeck@some.ox.ac.uk and kelsey.rubin-detlev@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk by Saturday 3 June. Please provide details of any dietary requirements. Attendance is free, but registration is required. A sandwich lunch will be provided.

See further details in the poster below or visit the conference website at https://c18womenauthorshipidentity.wordpress.com/.

RECSO poster.jpg

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