>International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
>Quadrennial Congress, Los Angeles, August 3-10 2003
>Call for papers for session "The Objects of Enlightenment: The Material
>Culture of Knowledge"
>This interdisciplinary session explores the role of objects in the
>production of knowledge during the 18th century. How did the design and
>usage of material things shape perception, thought, and the dissemination
>of ideas? Were objects simply vehicles for the pursuit of intellectual
>projects, or did they also embody epistemological concerns and define the
>very terms in which knowledge was framed? How can the study of objects
>enrich or problematize our understanding of what 'enlightenment' was?
>Papers may focus on any cultural context, and might consider such topics as
>reading or writing furniture and accessories, optical devices, scientific
>instruments, artists' tools, timepieces, the accoutrements of travel, or
>the furnishings of spaces such as studies, libraries, collectors' cabinets,
>laboratories, or coffeehouses.
>Please send inquiries or abstracts for 20-minute papers to:
>Mimi Hellman, NEH Fellow
>16 Fifth Avenue
>Northampton, MA 01060
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>Deadline: September 15, 2002