Our friends at the IZEA (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany) are organising a fascinating conference in September 2020 on the topic:
Pictures of Enlightenment / Die Bilder der Aufklärung / Les Images des Lumières
From the Call for Papers:
"The intensive discussions of the relations of, or interferences between, text and image that the cultural studies have recently engaged in, have as yet evaded the semantic and pictorial field of the Enlightenment. The thematic focus of the DGEJ annual conference 2020 responds to this scholarly desideratum. The key question concerns the correlation of the Enlightenment and the picture. We understand pictures as material, non-linguistic visual representations. The conference does not aim at conceptualising an art history of the Enlightenment – this would be a far more general topic that would simultaneously entail a limitation, as our approach does not only consider artistic works, but also technical drawings, depictions of everyday objects, tables and diagrams or artisanal book illustrations. It is, hence, the contribution of pictorial media to the representation of the Enlightenment, whether intended or effectual, that we would like to move centre stage."
The deadline is 15 August, for more details please see the full, trilingual Call for Papers in pdf here.