The Besterman Centre organises, supports and hosts events, from lectures and seminars to major conferences. If you have an event relating to the Enlightenment or the Eighteenth Century that you would like us to publicise or collaborate on, please contact us.
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(1) Individual lectures, seminars and conferences
|26 Nov. 2013||Celebrity Research Network opening event, Prof. George Rousseau|
|20-21 March 2014||Isaiah Berlin’s Enlightenment: a two-day conference|
(2) Lecture and seminar series
|Autumn 2013||Graduate Seminar in History 1680-1850|
|Autumn 2013||Long Eighteenth Century Research in Progress Seminar|
|Autumn 2013||Seminar on the History of the Book 1450-1830|
Tuesday 26 November 2013, 5:00 pm, in the Rose Garden Room, Worcester College, Oxford.
George Rousseau (University of Oxford), ‘Some Origins of Celebrity Culture in Mid-Georgian England: a Microhistory’
Professor George Rousseau is a cultural historian whose work encompasses literature, medicine, science, and fame in the Enlightenment. His most recent book, The Notorious Sir John Hill: The Man Destroyed by Ambition in the Era of Celebrity, has been widely praised and shortlisted for the Oscar Kenshur Prize.
The Celebrity Research Network at TORCH seeks to bring together scholars in the Humanities at the University of Oxford who are interested in concepts and histories of celebrity. For more information, get in touch with Ruth Scobie or go to http://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/celebrity.
This event will be followed by a wine reception to launch the Celebrity Research Network’s activities in 2013-2014.
Thursday 20 to Friday 21 March 2014
A two-day interdisciplinary conference will be held at Wolfson College, Oxford, on 20-22 March 2014, to examine Isaiah Berlin’s view of the Enlightenment and the presence of the Enlightenment in his work.
Link to Programme (pdf)
The seminar meets weekly on Wednesdays at 5:00 pm, in the Memorial Room, Worcester College. The convenors are Joanna Innes (Somerville), Bob Harris (Worcester), Faramerz Dahboiwala (Exeter) and Perry Gauci (Lincoln).
Link to Programme (pdf)
The seminar is held at St Anne’s College, 48 Woodstock Road, Seminar Room 3, on Wednesdays of odd weeks at 5:15 pm. Attendees should go to the porter’s lodge for directions and for the code to the door. There will be wine, soft drinks and nibbles at every seminar. The convenors are Grace Egan and Octavia Cox.
The speakers for Michaelmas Term are:
30 October (3rd Week): Deborah Brown (Chichester), ‘Rationalising the Gothic: Genre Experimentation in Women’s Writing of the 1790s’
13 November (5th Week): Dr Julia Lajta-Novak (Wien), ‘Nell Gwyn as a Romantic Heroine in 21st-Century Novels’
27 November (7th Week): Clare Bucknell (All Souls College, Oxford), ‘The Eighteenth-Century Country House Poem and the National Estate’
The Centre for the Study of Book, Bodleian Library, is holding seminars at 2:15 pm on Fridays in the Wharton Room, All Souls College. The convener is Professor I.W.F. Maclean.
The speakers for Michaelmas Term include:
Friday 8 Nov.: Professor Ian Maclean, ‘The Latin trade in Europe before and after the Thirty Years War (1600-1750): the case of law’
Friday 15 Nov.: Professor Dominique Varry (ENSSIB, Lyon), ‘Lyon in the 18th Century: official production, counterfeits and piracies’
Link to full Programme (pdf)