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NEASECS 2006: Salem State
College, Massachusetts, November 9-12, 2006
The 2006 regional meeting
will be held in Salem, Massachusetts, over Veterans' Day weekend. Hosted by Salem State College,
the majority of events will take place at the historic Hawthorne Hotel in
The theme of the conference is "Pursuits of Knowledge," and
the interdisciplinary nature of the event pays tribute to the role of Salem in
a variety of mercantile, scientific, mathematic, and literary endeavors of the
eighteenth century. The conference also seeks to remind participants
of the consilience between the arts and science that existed for much of the
In keeping with that theme, the Saturday night dinner
concludes with a talk by noted biologist, E. O. Wilson. Other highlights of the conference
include an opening recital and reception at Salem State College, a reception
and tour of the House of the Seven Gables, and a book reading and signing by
the author of Benedict Arnold's Navy.
Full details are available at www.neasecs2006.org
Johnson and the Theatre Conference
Following the success of "Celebrating
Johnson's Dictionary" in August 2005, Pembroke College (Oxford) is to hold
a further three-day event, "Johnson and the Theatre", from 21-23 June
The event is aimed at those with a serious, but not
necessarily academic, interest in Johnson and/or eighteenth-century theatre.
There will be a variety of speakers and performers addressing, for instance,
eighteenth-century adaptations of Shakespeare, Johnson's tragedy Irene, his relationships with actors and actresses, and
his appearance in modern dramas such as Samuel Beckett's Human Wishes.
The event coincides with a theatrical exhibition
Behind the Scenes: the Hidden Life of Georgian Theatre 1737-84 at Dr Johnson's House in London. If you would like
to join the list of those interested in attending, and receive further details
in due course, please send E-Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to mark the date in your
diaries. We very much hope to see you at Pembroke in 2007!
"The Long Eighteenth" on Blogspot
Miriam Jones (Humanities and
Languages, University of New Brunswick) calls our attention to The Long
Eighteenth, a new group weblog of scholars
of the eighteenth-century that can be found at
http://long18th.blogspot.com/. Begun by Carrie Shanafelt, the group weblog has
nineteen authors and growing. Contributors post on research, reading, teaching,
or anything else to do with the period. It recently hosted an extended
discussion with Michael McKeon about his newest work, The Secret History of
Domesticity, and more such events are
BSECS 36th Annual Conference, 3-5 January 2007 - St. Hugh's College,
The annual meeting of the British Society for
Eighteenth-Century Studies is Europe's largest and most prestigious conference
dealing with all aspects of the history, literature, and culture of the
long eighteenth century.
We invite proposals for individual papers, for full
panels of three papers, and for
roundtable sessions of five speakers, on any aspect of the long eighteenth
century, not only in Britain, but also throughout Europe and the wider world.
Although proposals on all and any eighteenth-century topics
are welcome, this year the conference theme will be 'Slavery and Abolition',
to mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave
trade. We would thus particularly welcome proposals for papers that address any
aspect of slavery and abolition throughout the long eighteenth century.
The 2007 conference will feature plenary addresses by
Jonathan C.D. Clark (University of
Kansas), Madge Dresser (University of the West of England), and Brean Hammond
(University of Nottingham).
Please submit a 2-300-word abstract of the proposed paper,
panel, or roundtable (including names of speakers and summaries of papers in
the case of comprised panels and roundtables), via the BSECS website at
http://www.bsecs.org.uk. Papers should be 20 minutes long, while roundtable
talks are normally around 10 minutes in length.
The official languages of the conference are English and
Presentations in other languages are acceptable if
transcripts in English or French are available for the audience.
The deadline for submission of papers and panel proposals is
30 September 2006.
All enquiries regarding the academic programme of the
conference should be addressed to the Programme Coordinator, Dr. Brycchan
You will be notified whether your proposal has been accepted
by 23 October 2006. In the case of scholars traveling from outside the U.K., we
shall endeavour to reach decisions earlier in order to facilitate travel
arrangements. The deadline for conference registration will be 20 November
2006. To attend the conference without giving a paper, request an application
form direct from the Venue Organizer, Dr. Chris Mounsey (email@example.com). You
can also download the registration form and find out more about BSECS from our
BSECS is proud to be able to support scholars to attend this
conference. Five bursaries of Z100
each will be available for graduate students whose papers have been accepted
and who are registered for a higher degree at a U.K institution of higher
education. In addition, accommodation costs and the conference fee will be
waived for up to five scholars whose papers have been accepted and who are
based in nations whose scholars cannot normally afford to attend
conferences in Western Europe. Applications for bursaries, including a
curriculum vitae and an indication of other sources of financial support, should
reach Dr. Brycchan Carey by 27 October 2006 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Contact Addresses: In the first instance, please contact
Dr. Brycchan Carey via BSECS:
Academic Organizer: Dr Brycchan Carey, School of Humanities,
Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE:
Venue Organizer: Dr. Chris Mounsey, Faculty of Arts,
University of Winchester, West Hill, Winchester S022 4NR: Cmouns@aol.com
Samuel Johnson Tercentenary 2009
The Samuel Johnson Tercentenary web site has now
gone live and can be found at http://www.johnson2009.org>www.johnson2009.org
This site contains information about the celebrations to
mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of Samuel Johnson, which falls on 18
Natasha McEnroe, Curator, Dr Johnson's House, 17 Gough
Square, London EC4A 3DE, 020 7353 3745.
Carpet Industry Archives, Kidderminster
At the Carpet Archives Centre in Kidderminster we are
nearing the end of a two-year project - funded by the HLF - to arrange and catalogue
the collections assembled by the Carpet Museum Trust. The Trust was established
in 1981 to set up a museum to preserve the memory of the Town's once dominant
industry, the manufacture of carpets having been the mainstay of Kidderminster's
economy since the 1730s. Although carpets are still made here, the industry has
declined in recent years owing to foreign competition and other factors. The
Museum - which is likely to open in 2007/8 - will enable local people and
visitors to explore and experience the fascinating world of carpet manufacture,
its influence on design and technology and its impact on the town.
Further information on the Trust is available on the website
at www.carpetmuseum.co.uk <http://www.carpetmuseum.co.uk/> which now offers online access to the
catalogue and database from the "Archives Centre" page.
The CALM /DServe catalogue
includes comprehensive listings of the printed holdings and museum
collections, and a substantial part (say 80%) of the archival material. In
addition, we have developed a detailed database of information on people, firms
and places associated with the industry across the whole of the UK. This uses
the authority files within CALM and it is, of course, fully word searchable by
subject as well as by names and places.
Having reached this stage, we are
keen to make the existence of this new resource known to all who might have a
potential interest in using our collections - especially people who are
interested in related aspects such as design, technology, business history and
textiles. The database and catalogue should also be of use to people interested
in the history of the localities within the UK where carpets were manufactured.
Kidderminster has long been regarded as the "hub" of the carpet
industry, and its connections with the industry worldwide are reflected in
Our Access policy and Collecting Policy - developed in
consultation with other local repositories - may also be seen on the
"visiting" page of the website.
This work has been largely undertaken by the volunteers
through whose efforts the project got going in the first place. I intend
to write up an account of the Archives Centre project - and on the volunteering
aspects in particular - for the Society of Archivists Newsletter shortly.
The development of the catalogue and website represents a major step
forward for the Centre, and in the next phase the Trust will be looking to develop
audiences and encourage use of the resources. The Centre is open to visitors
now (by appointment only) and enquiries via the website - or by post –
Please visit our site - and
encourage others to take a look at it too if their research interests touch our
area. Don't be put off by the apparently very specialist nature of the
collection. It IS about carpets, but it's NOT - by any means - JUST about
Chris Pickford (Consultant Archivist), Carpet Museum
Trust - Archives Centre, Unit 28 - MCF Complex, 60 New Road, Kidderminster
DY10 1AQ. Tel: 01562 69001
The Mental World of Restoration England: A Spring Faculty Weekend Seminar
directed by Annabel Patterson (Yale University)
There is evidently a surge of new
interest in the reign of Charles II. Work on Milton and Dryden continues,
but Marvell studies have taken a leap forward. Historians have brought the
Dutch wars into focus, and it is becoming clear that the history of the press
and of Parliament in Restoration England can be studied with access to a wealth
of records not available for earlier periods. Court paintings and painters like
Lely have begun to attract the kind of attention demanded for the art
world of Charles I. John Spurr's England in the 1670s (2000) began the task of relating all the different
aspects of the era: the court, the church, the theater, etc., but there remains
a good deal of disciplinary compartmentalization. This seminar calls scholars
in these and other areas for a weekend of sharing and comparing their work, in
the hope that from this broader contextualization will come a larger
understanding of the period. As many as twelve faculty members with relevant
works-in-progress will be selected. No papers will be read, but the seminar
will consider collectively whether such a thing as a mental world might be
conceptualized, and if so, what its contours might be, mindful of the
model provided for the reign of James I in a Folger conference and a subsequent
volume (edited by Linda Levy Peck, 1991).
Director: Annabel Patterson is Sterling Professor Emeritus of
English at Yale University. Her
publications include Censorship and Interpretation (1980, 1994), Early Modern Liberalism (1997), and Andrew Marvell: The Prose Works (2003).
Schedule: All day, Friday and Saturday, 13 – 14 April 2007.
Application Deadlines: 3 January 2007 for admission (and grants-in-aid for
Folger consortium affiliates). Visit http://www.folger.edu/institute for our
online application form.
Questions? Contact email@example.com
Eighteenth Century Studies Research Fellowships at the Lewis Walpole
Library, Yale University
The Lewis Walpole Library will reopen its doors to readers
in summer 2007 after eighteen months of extensive building renovation. The
new spaces will include a splendid reading room, state-of-the-art collection
storage, and new staff and conservation workspace. The Library's
fellowship programs will resume then as well, and applications are invited for
the 2007-2008 year (July through June).
The Library, a department of the Yale University Library
located in Farmington, Connecticut, forty miles from New Haven, has significant
holdings of eighteenth-century prints, drawings, manuscripts, books, and
paintings. Fellows in residence
also have access to additional materials at Yale, including those at the
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Yale Center for British Art.
The Library offers visiting fellowships, normally for four
weeks, as well as travel grants of lesser duration, to scholars engaged in
post-doctoral or equivalent research and to doctoral candidates at the
dissertation stage. In a typical
year the Library awards up to a dozen fellowships and travel grants.
The visiting fellowships, which include the cost of travel
to and from Farmington, provide a stipend of $1,800 per month in addition to
accommodation in an eighteenth-century house on site. The travel grants, which vary in duration and amount, also
include accommodation. Additional information about the library, its
collections, facilities, and programs, may be found at
To apply for a fellowship or travel grant,
candidates should send a curriculum vitae, including educational
background, professional experience and publications, and a brief outline of the
research proposal (not to exceed three pages) to: The Librarian, The Lewis
Walpole Library, 154 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032, USA. FAX (860) 677-6369. Two confidential letters of recommendation
are also required by the application deadline, which is January 12, 2007. Awards will be announced in March.
Additional information may be obtained by email:
News of Members
Barbara Benedict (English, Trinity College), is the co-editor,
with Deidre Le Faye, of a new edition of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey
(Cambridge University Press, 2006).
Professor Benedict is the author of several forthcoming publications,
including "The Trouble with Things: Objects and the Commodification of
Value," to be published in Blackwell's Companion to Jane Austen, eds. Claudia L. Johnson and Clara Tuite (Blackwell,
2007); and "Encounters with the Object: Advertisements, Time,
and Literary Discourse in the Early Eighteenth-Century Thing-Poem," forthcoming
in Eighteenth-Century Studies
40:2 (Winter, 2006).
(English, Buffalo State University) has published "Teaching Book History
on the Road," in Teaching Book History, Textual Criticism and Bibliography.
Ed. Ann Hawkins. ( Pickering & Chatto, 2006).
(Foreign Languages, Salem State College), is the co-author, with Yasmina
Mobarek, of the intermediate French textbook Intrigue: langue, culture et
mystere dans le monde francophone, which has recently been released
in a second edition (Prentice-Hall, 2007).
Carmen Depasquale (French,
University of Malta) has published an edition and translation (with
introduction and notes) of Joseph de Fassion de Sainte-Jay's Le Commandeur
dans sa famille, (Malta: Agenda, 2005). Dr. Depasquale has also published several articles recently,
including "Voyageurs, corsaires, caravanistes: aventures en mer, spectacle dans
les ports," in The Northern Mariner/ Le marin du Nord (April 2005), the Journal of the Canadian Nautical
Research Society; "Le theatre a Malte au XVIIIe siecle," in Mediterana (2006); "Books and Libraries in Eighteenth-century
Malta," in Celebratio amicitiae, Essays in honour of Giovanni Bonello, ed. Maroma Camilleri-Theresa Valla, Fondazzjoni
Patrimonju Malti (Malta: Midsea Books Limited, 2006).
(Salem State College), the organizer of our 2006 Annual Meeting, has been promoted to Associate Dean of
the School of Arts and Sciences and serves on the board of the the New England
Educational Assessment Network. In
Spring 2007, Cross Cultural Communications will publish Dean Fauske's
translation from the Norwegian of Alexander Kielland's Skipper Worse.
A commemorative issue of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation in memory of the late J. Douglas Canfield
(1941-2003) has just been released.
Sharon Harrow (English: Shippensburg University) edited the collection and wrote the
Ann A. Huse (English, John Jay College, CUNY) has published "Pox
Britannica: The French Disease in
the Age of Rochester" in Textual
Healing: Essays on Medieval and
Early Modern Medicine, edited by Elizabeth
Lane Furdell (Brill, 2005).
"The Nature of Fallen Things: Another Look at Lucretius and A Tale of a Tub," presented by Christopher Johnson
(English, Francis Marion University) at the 2004 Annual Meeting of NEASECS in
Burlington, will be published this year in Swift Studies.
Professor Johnson will present another paper, "Well,
Bless his Heart: Teaching Fielding
in the American South" at Henry Fielding in Our Time: A Tercentenary Conference of His Birth, University of
London, April, 2007.
Guillemette Johnston (Modern Languages, DePaul University) presented her paper
"Rousseau's Dialogues and Individuation: A Jungian Analysis" to the Jungian
Society for Scholarly Studies in Toronto, Ontario in June 2006.
Seeing High and Low:
Representing Social Conflict in American Visual Culture, edited by Patricia Johnston (Art, Salem State College), has been published by the
University of California Press.
The book includes 15 original essays by well known scholars of American
art; each essay looks at the representation of a crucial issue in American
history and its representation in a variety of popular and elite arts.
Beverly Lemire (History, University of Alberta) is the author
of The Business of Everyday Life: Gender, Practice & Social
Politics in England, 1600-1900
(Manchester University Press, 2005).
Mira Morgenstern (Political Science, CUNY) is the author of "Crossing
Lines: Rousseau and the Creation
of Community" forthcoming in
Historical Reflections/Reflexions historiques.
Janet E. Mullin (PhD
Candidate in History, University
of New Brunswick) will be a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Center for British
Art in January 2007.
Maureen E. Mulvihill (Princeton Research Forum) is Advisory Editor,
Encyclopedia of Irish-American Relations,
3 vols (ABC-Clio, early 07), to which she also contributed articles on Sir Michael Smurfit, Mary Robinson,
and Donald Keough. Dr. Mulvihill will speak on this project at
the upcoming American Conference for Irish Studies in New York
City in 2007. Her publications have appeared in recent issues of
Restoration, Seventeenth-Century News, and In Restoration & l8thC Theatre Research. Reading
Early Modern Women, eds Ostovich &
Sauer (Routledge 04) she has published chapters on Mary Villiers ['Ephelia']
and on Mary Beale's portrait of Behn. She was the introductory speaker at Dr Beverly
Schneller's Anna Parnell lecture (American Irish Historical
Society, NYC 2005) and also read from the letters of A.E. at Declan Foley's A.E.
Forum (NY Yeats Soc., NYC 2005). Dr Mulvihill was a visiting
professor at St John's University since Fall, 2005. She is at work on a new book, on Irishwomen's
political texts, pre-1801, the subject of her recent papers, with
exhibits, at the American Conference for Irish Studies and at
the Society for Textual Scholarship conference.
Ruth Perry (English
and Women's Studies, MIT) has received a NEH
fellowship 2006-2007 for a work in progress, a biography of Anna Gordon Brown: The Finest Ballads: A Biography of Anna
Gordon Brown. Professor Perry will be a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced
Study in the Humanities, Edinburgh, summer 2007; a plenary speaker at David Nichol Smith symposium, Dunedin,
Otago, N.Z. April, 2007; and the Henrietta Harvey Distinguished Lecturer,
Memorial University Newfoundland, October 2007. Among her recent publications are "Kinship in Clarissa," in Approaches
to Teaching the Novels of Samuel
Richardson, ed. Lisa Zunshine and Jocelyn
Harris, MLA, 2006, pp. 156-61; and "Deserted Villages, Kindly Landlords, and
Overdetermined Marriages in Eighteenth-Century England," in New Windows on a
Woman's World: Festschrift for Jocelyn Harris, English Department, University of Otago, N.Z., 2006.
Adam Potkay (English, William and Mary ) has published "Joy and
Happiness" in Companion to the Eighteenth-Century Novel and Culture, ed. Paula Backsheider and Catherine Ingrassia (Blackwell,
Katherine Quinsey (English, University of Windsor) has a number of publications
forthcoming, including "No Christians Thirst for Gold! Religion and
Colonialism in Pope," shortly to appear in Historical Reflections /
Reflections Historiques, and "Satire, and
Providence, and Pope," in "Sublimer Aspects": Interfaces between Literature,
Aesthetics, and Theology, forthcoming from
Cambridge Scholars Press. Dr Quinsey has been awarded a University of
Windsor Humanities Research Fellowship for 2007, to aid in completion of
her major project, Tempting Grace: The Religious Imagination of
Steven Scherwatzky (English, Merrimack College) is the author of "Samuel
Johnson's Augustinianism Revisited" in The Age of Johnson (2006).
Norbert Schurer (English, California State University at Long Beach)
was featured as a "New Scholar" at the annual meeting of the Bibliographical
Society of America with the paper "Four Catalogues of the Lowndes Circulating
Library, 1755-1766" in January 2006 (in the Woods Room at Christie's at Rockefeller
Center in New York). A revised
version of that talk will be appearing in the Papers of the Bibliographical
Society of America next year.
Gina Walker (Social Sciences, The New School) is the author of Mary
Hays (1759-1843): The Growth of a Woman's Mind, to be published by Ashgate (2006). Professor Walker is also the editor of The
Idea of Being Free: A Mary Hays Reader
Jack Russell Weinstein (Philosophy, University of North Dakota) has
published "Sympathy, Difference, and Education: Social Unity in the Work
of Adam Smith," in Economics and Philosophy (2006). In
2005, Professor Weinstein received tenure and promotion and became the
father of a daughter.
(English, University of Maryland) has published four entries in the new Oxford
Dictionary of National Biography (2005): on Richard Steele, Joseph Mitchell, and the two
printers Samuel Keimer and William Bradford.
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