Free access to special issue of Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies

To celebrate the Enlightenment Senses? conference the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies are offering a special issue of the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies for free for the whole of June!

The special issue on The Senses, 35:4, 2012, will be available for free access on the Wiley online library for the whole of June 2014. Also available for free will be an article by one of the conference organisers, William Tullett, on ‘Perfume, Identity and Public Space in Eighteenth-Century England’ which is currently on early view.

To access the special issue and article on perfume just go to the following links:

The Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 35:4, 2012, Special Issue: The Senses. Guest edited by Jonathan Reinarz and Leonard Schwarz.

William. Tullett, ‘The Macaroni’s ‘Ambrosial Essences': Perfume, Identity and Public Space in Eighteenth-Century England’, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, early view online, 2014.

To register for the conference please go to:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/enlightenment-senses-eighteenth-century-sensoriums-theory-experience-tickets-10973715679

Please see below for a link to the programme:

Final Programme

 

‘Enlightenment Senses?’ Registration now open!

We are pleased to announce that registration for ‘Enlightenment senses? Eighteenth-Century Sensoriums Theory and Experience’ is now open. This one day conference on the senses in the eighteenth-century will be held at King’s College London, Guy’s Campus, on June 13th 2014. Please see below for information about the conference and registration.

The senses mattered a great deal in the eighteenth-century. Sensibility, sympathy, and Lockean subject theory were all overwhelming concerned with the senses, and ‘The Enlightenment’ is often seen as a crucial breaking point in how we have historically understood and used our senses. Historical narratives that stress the increased value placed on the rationality of vision and the primacy of touch over the eighteenth-century – gaining prominence over the sense of smell as a method of evaluation – are much contested today. Scholars such as Foucault, Horkheimer and Adorno, and Lucien Febvre have emphasized the manifold changes in the way the senses were thought about and used during the Enlightenment. At a broader level Mark Smith has stated that

‘In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the senses informed the emergence of social classes, race and gender conventions, industrialization, urbanization, colonialism, imperialism, nationalism, ideas concerning selfhood and “other,” to list the most obvious developments typically associated with the “modern” era.’ (Mark Smith, Sensing The Past, Berg, 2007, p.1)

This one-day conference aims to bring together those concerned with the social and cultural history of the senses in the period from 1650-1790 as well as those working on literary or intellectual histories of the senses in an attempt to encourage a more active dialogue between these areas. The conference aims to link ‘sensory histories’, concerned with embodied sensory experience and representation, with ‘histories of the senses’ in which the intellectual and medical understandings of the senses are foregrounded. Panels will include ‘Describing Sensory Experience’, ‘Illness and the Senses’, ‘Race and the Senses’, ‘Music and the Senses’, ‘Inner Senses and Emotions’ and a keynote roundtable on the senses in the eighteenth-century . The detailed program will be announced shortly.

To register please go to  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/enlightenment-senses-eighteenth-century-sensoriums-theory-experience-tickets-10973715679 .

The deadline for registration is the 7th of June 2014.

The conference is being organised by William TullettAlice Marples & Marlee Newman.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Enlightenment Senses? Eighteenth-Century Sensorium(s), Theory and Experience

King’s College London

Centre for Enlightenment Studies at King’s

(June 13th 2014)

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The senses mattered a great deal in the eighteenth-century. Sensibility, sympathy, and Lockean subject theory were all overwhelming concerned with the senses, and ‘The Enlightenment’ is often seen as a crucial breaking point in how we have historically understood and used our senses. Historical narratives that stress the increased value placed on the rationality of vision and the primacy of touch over the eighteenth-century – gaining prominence over the sense of smell as a method of evaluation – are much contested today. Scholars such as Foucault, Horkheimer and Adorno, and Lucien Febvre have emphasized the manifold changes in the way the senses were thought about and used during the Enlightenment. At a broader level Mark Smith has stated that

‘In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the senses informed the emergence of social classes, race and gender conventions, industrialization, urbanization, colonialism, imperialism, nationalism, ideas concerning selfhood and “other,” to list the most obvious developments typically associated with the “modern” era.’ (Mark Smith, Sensing The Past, Berg, 2007, p.1)

This two-day conference aims to bring together those concerned with the social and cultural history of the senses in the period from 1650-1790 as well as those working on literary or intellectual histories of the senses in an attempt to encourage a more active dialogue between these areas. The conference aims to link ‘sensory histories’, concerned with embodied sensory experience and representation, with ‘histories of the senses’ in which the intellectual and medical understandings of the senses are foregrounded. Papers are invited that reflect on the wide variety of issues described above and their connections with notions of ‘Enlightenment’. We particularly welcome papers that seek to critique the utility of the ‘Enlightenment’ for the understanding of the senses in the seventeenth and eighteenth-centuries.

Proposals are invited from across disciplines for papers of 20 minutes in length. Proposals of up to 300 words should be sent to enlightenmentsenses@kcl.ac.uk with a brief biography attached.

The deadline for proposals is 12/03/2014.

The conference is being organised by William Tullett, Alice Marples & Marlee Newman.