Call for Papers
Ninth Bloomington Eighteenth-Century Workshop

The Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Indiana University is
pleased to announce its call for papers for the ninth Bloomington
Eighteenth-Century Workshop, to be held on May 12-14, 2010. The workshop
is part of a series of annual interdisciplinary events that has been
running since 2002, with 12-15 scholars presenting and discussing papers
on a broad topic in a congenial setting.

Our topic for 2010 is "The Forms of Life."  We'd like to consider the
implications of the 18th-century debate about the nature of life and the
turn to vitalist proposals of an animating force, broadening beyond the
discourses of physiology and the natural sciences, where many of these
ideas originate, to consider their connections elsewhere in the period.
  Why does the idea of a life force emerge (or re-emerge) at this
moment?  How are living forms distinguished from each other?  What sorts
of decisions create the hierarchies of animate forms (and, for instance,
what gets called "animal")?  Which lives matter and which don't?  How
might we reconsider eighteenth-century answers to these questions in
light of twenty-first-century rethinking of life and animality?  How is
the line drawn distinguishing the living and the non-living, animate
being and thing?  Participants might also consider the implications of
contemporary thinking about life for the discourse of political economy,
in its treatment of populations, masses, collective life and the role of
hunger in history and also for developments in the religious sphere.
One might also turn to the numerous Pygmalionic fantasies of animation
in art and criticism, from "tableaux vivants," illuminated statuary,
life-like automata and still lives to critical pronouncements on the
living body as the highest achievement of true art.

Papers might address topics such as:

             --organisms and organization, self-organization
             --animals and animation
             --the life sciences and the social sciences
             --the culture of sensibility and irritative physiology
             --aesthetic and living form
             --the "life" of the imagination
             --competing notions of life

The workshop format will consist of focused discussion of four to six
papers a day, amid socializing and refreshment. The workshop will draw
both on the wide community of eighteenth-century scholars and on those
working in this field at Indiana University-Bloomington. The workshop
will cover most expenses of those scholars chosen to present their work:
accommodations, travel (up to a certain limit), and most meals.

We are asking for applications to be sent to us by Friday, January 8,
2010. The application consists of a two-page description of the proposed
paper as well as a current brief CV (no longer than three pages). Please
email or send your application to Dr. Barbara Truesdell, Weatherly Hall
North, Room 122, Bloomington, IN 47405, 812/855-2856,
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selected by an interdisciplinary committee. All submissions will be
acknowledged by e-mail within a fortnight: if you have not received an
acknowledgment by Jan. 22, 2010, please contact Barbara Truesdell or
Dror Wahrman.

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