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banquet, 2013 Workshop





May 11-May 13, 2016. Participation is limited to those on the program and others who have registered in advance. To register, please go to this website maintained by the University. (Cost: $50 for faculty; $30 for grad students. Credit/Debit card or internal billing only; no cash or checks.)

Weds., May 11; 2:00-2:30 (Maple Room, IMU) Welcome and introductions

Weds., May 11; 2:30-4:00 (Maple Room, IMU)

  • Daniel Fulda (Center for Enlightenment Studies, University of Halle), “The 'open future': Product or Precondition of Enlightenment?"
  • Jonathan Sachs (English, Concordia University) "Slow Time and Eighteenth-Century Futures"
  • Comment: Fritz Breithaupt (Germanic Studies, Indiana University)

Weds., May 11; 4:30-6:00 (Maple Room, IMU)

  • Michael Cooperson (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA), “Mercier's Carriages: Time Travel's Primal Scene Replayed in English, Arabic, Spanish, Persian, and Turkish"
  • Louis Sébastien Mercier (Grub Street, Paris), The Year 2440 (selections).
  • Comment: Joanna Stalnaker (French, Columbia University)
  • Chair: Alex Tipei (History, Indiana University)

Weds., May 11; 7:30-9:30.
Festive Hospitality at the home of Professors Oz Kenshur and Margot Gray.

Thursday, May 12

Thurs., May 12; 9:15-10:45 (Distinguished Alumni Room, IMU)

  • Reinhert Koselleck, Futures Past (Preface and Chapter One).
  • "Revolution and the Crisis of Temporality" (Yves Citton and Myriam Revault, interviewed for BooksandIdeas by Guillaume Mazeau and Jeanne Moisand).

  • Comment: Rebecca Spang (History, Indiana University)

Thurs., May 12; 11:00-12:30 (Distinguished Alumni Room, IMU)

  • Samuel Baker (English, University of Texas), “Enlightenment, Romanticism, Georgic, Gothic: Remembering the Eighteenth-Century Futures of Robert Burns and William Wordsworth"
  • John Han (English, Indiana University), “Resisting the Garden State: Uprooting the Legacy of the Past in Pope's Windsor Forest and Looking Towards the Future in Barbauld's England in 1811"
  • Comment: Nick Williams (English, Indiana University)

Thurs., May 12, 12:30-2:00
Lunch—various commercial options ("It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest." The Wealth of Nations)

Thurs., May 12; 2:15-3:45, Lilly Library
NOTE: We will have eighteenth-century atlases and other relevant materials available for participants to handle in one of the Library reading rooms from 1:30. If you finish lunch early, please do consult the works before the lecture.

  • Helge Jordheim (Cultural History, University of Oslo and English, NYU) “The Spatial Structure of Time in the Eighteenth Century" (lecture)

  • Chair: Hall Bjornstad (French and Italian, Indiana University)

Thurs., May 12, 4:00-5:30 (Distinguished Alumni Room, IMU)

  • Manushag Powell (English, Purdue University), “The Piratical Counterfactual: From Mission to Melodrama"
  • David Alff (English, SUNY-Buffalo), “The Idea of Projects in Eighteenth-Century Britain"

  • Comment: Rachel Seiler-Smith (English, Indiana University)

Thurs., May 12; 7:00 for 7:30
Banquet, Le Petit Café (308 W. Sixth Street)

Fri., May 13, 9:15-10:45 (Distinguished Alumni Room, IMU)

  • Jesse Molesworth (English, Indiana University), “Time's Arrow: The Theory of the Earth in Eighteenth-Century Britain"
  • Christine Zabel (Center for European Studies, Harvard University) "Present Future and Future Presents: the Science of Speculating Contingencies"
  • Comment: Sarah Knott (History, Indiana University).

Fri., May 13, 11:00-12:30 (Distinguished Alumni Room)

  • Richard Nash (English, Indiana University), “Anthropocene, not Anthropocentric: Towards an Ecological Re-reading of Eighteenth-Century Poetry"
  • Christina Lupton (English, University of Warwick), "Reading and the Materiality of the Future"

    Comment: Johannes Türk (Germanic Studies, Indiana University)



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