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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 ($50 faculty; $30 students). All sessions will take place in the Distinguished Alumni Room (IMU).

Thurs, May 10 Pre-Workshop at College Arts & Humanities Institute (CAHI) from 10-12 a.m.
"Material Cultures of Eighteenth-Century Privilege: Wigs, their Parts and Purposes," led by Rachel Seiler-Smith and Mary Elizabeth Borgo. Join us for a lively conversation about wig culture, thinking routines, and the relation between mental and manual labor. Please come ready to do two things: 1) discuss Michael Kwass, "Big Hair: A Wig History of Consumption in Eighteenth-Century France,” American Historical Review 111 (June 2006), 631-659 and 2) design and craft a paper wig of your own. The Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities will supply all necessary materials (as well as snacks and coffee!), but if there is something you would especially like to include in your own wig (sheet music? a paper elephant? sequins?), you're welcome to bring additional supplies. Please sign up here, so we know how many scones and how much posterboard to bring!

Thurs, May 10; 2:00-2:30 Welcome and introductions

Thurs., May 10; 2:30-4:00 

  • Katlyn Carter (Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, University of Michigan), “’Pulling Back the Curtain: Contesting the Privilege of Secrecy in the Eighteenth Century"
  • Paul Downes (English, Univrsity of Toronto), "Protocols of Secrecy: Charles Brockden Brown's Lessons on Concealment"

  • Comment: Sarah Knott (History, Indiana University).

Thurs., May 10; 4:15-5:45

  • Norbert Elias, The Court Society (1969), pp. 78-104.
  • William Warner, Protocols of Liberty (2013), pp, 17-30. [accompanying website]

  • Chair: Rob Schneider (History, Indiana University).

Thurs., May 10; 7:30-9:30. Potluck Dinner at the home of Professors Kenshur and Gray.

Friday, May 11--coffee and light breakfast available at 8:45

Fri., May 11; 9:15-10:45

  • Mark Boonshoft (History, Norwich University), “Laundering Privilege: Academies and the Myth of Meritocracy in the Early American Republic”
  • Clare Crowston (History, University of Illinois), “Human Capital Formation or Abusive Servitude? Corporate Privilege and Apprenticeship in Old Regime France”

  • Comment: Johannes Türk (Germanic Studies, Indiana University)

Fri., May 11; 11:00-12:30

  • Mariana Dantas (History, Ohio University), “Family, Inheritance, Race, and the Limits of Social Mobility in Eighteenth-Century Minas Gerais, Brazil"
  • Jolene Zigarovich (English, University of Northern Iowa), ““Patrilineal Privilege, Inheritance, and the Problem of Female Birthright in Chancery and the Novel”

  • Comment: Rebecca Spang (History, Indiana University)

Fri., May 11, 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)

Fri., May 11, 2:00-3:30

  • Andrew Bricker (Literary Studies, Universiteit Gent), "“The Rules of Defamation: The Protocols and Privileges of Eighteenth-Century Law and Satire”
  • Miranda Spieler (History, American University of Paris), "Between Slavery and Freedom in Eighteenth-Century France: A Tale of Two Cities"

  • Comment: Fritz Breithaupt (Germanic Studies, Indiana University)

Fri., May 11, 4:00-5:30

  • Rafe Blaufarb (Director, Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution and Professor of History, Florida State University), "Protocols of Possession: Turning the Royal Domain into Private Property."“

  • Chair: Robert W. Wells (History, Indiana University).

Fri., May 11; 7:00 for 7:30
Banquet, Le Petit Café (308 W. Sixth Street)

Sat. May 12, coffee and light breakfast available at 8:30

Sat., May 12, 9:00-10:30

  • Tita Chico (English, University of Maryland), ""Scientific Protocols: The Royal Society and Civil Government"
  • Tracey Hutchings-Goetz (English, Indiana University) “Tactile Protocols: Hypochondria and the Fear of Touching in Eighteenth-Century Britain”
  • Comment: Richard Nash (English, Indiana University).

Sat, May 12, 10:30-12:00

  • Brendan Gillis (History, Lamar University), "Of Legal Forms and Social Protocols: Playing Magistrate in the Age of Revolutions"
  • Sarah Raff (English, Pomona College),Mansfield Park and the Privileges of Guardianship”

  • Comment: Jesse Molesworth, (English, Indiana University).

Sat, May 12, 12:00-1:00

  • Danny O'Quinn (English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph), Final Comment
  • Chair: Jonathan Elmer (English and College Arts & Humanities Institute, Indiana University).




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