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GERMAN-CFP-L  October 2009

GERMAN-CFP-L October 2009

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CFP: Conference 'Thinking the Human in the Era of Enlightenment' (Canberra, Australia, 7-9 July 2010)

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THINKING THE HUMAN IN THE ERA OF ENLIGHTENMENT

  7-9 July 2010
  The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Keynote speakers:

  Associate Professor Sankar Muthu, University of Chicago
  Associate Professor Vanessa Agnew, University of Michigan

Confirmed speakers include: Professor Peter Cryle (University of
Queensland), Professor Ian Hunter (University of Queensland), Professor
Jonathan Lamb (Vanderbilt University), Professor Iain McCalman
(University of Sydney), Professor Gillian Russell (ANU)

  The eighteenth century was a formative era for European conceptions of
human beings and human nature. This period saw a burgeoning quest for a
science of man, and a philosophy of the human, which would incorporate
developments in history, ethnography, linguistics and the natural and
life sciences. It has been suggested that  the eighteenth century
witnessed a distinctive epistemic shift towards the articulation of the
subject 'Man'. Yet is the Enlightenment concept of Man best understood
as a shared intellectual supposition or as a terrain of conflict in
which competing visions of human life and contemporary political order
were mobilised?

The three day conference 'Thinking the human in the era of
Enlightenment' is an attempt to think through the enabling possibilities
and discursive functions of the concept 'humanity' and its associated
terms (L'Homme, Menschlichkeit, Humanitšt) during the long eighteenth
century.  It seeks to illuminate both the role that conceptions of the
human played in the politics and culture of the period and the legacy
those conceptions bequeathed to subsequent generations.

We invite papers that historicise Enlightenment conceptions of humanity
from diverse perspectives, including but by no means restricted to the
philosophy of history, anthropology, cosmopolitanism and its critics,
natural and international law, theories of human difference and the
'contact zones' of travel and colonialism.  We also invite papers which
address the manner in which those conceptions were manifested, and
contested, within a range of social and cultural spaces - from
philosophy, to state policy, to the creative arts, and from Europe to
the wider world.

Themes for 20 minute papers might include, but are not limited to:

  *     nature and culture
  *     theories of historical progress or decline in the long eighteenth century
  *     language theory in the long eighteenth century
  *     theories of sexual difference and gender roles in the long eighteenth century
  *     nationalism and cosmopolitanism
  *     conceptions of human rights
  *     the representation of human identity and difference
  *     the impact of cross-cultural contact on theories of humanity and vice versa
  *     the natural and the supernatural
  *     legacies of the Enlightenment.

Convenors:                 Dr Alexander Cook, School of Social Sciences ANU
                                 Dr Ned Curthoys, Research School of Humanities, ANU
                                 Dr Shino Konishi, Australian Centre for Indigenous History, ANU

  We will be looking to publish selected papers from this conference and
we welcome proposals from post-graduate students.

  Please send a title, 300 word abstract and short biography to
[log in to unmask] by Friday 27 November 2009.

  For more details see http://rsh.anu.edu.au/events/2010/THEE/index.php

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