1759-Adam Smith's First Annus Mirabilis: Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Theory of Moral Sentiments

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The Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CSECS) and the North East American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (NEASECS) will be jointly hosting their annual conference in Canada's scenic capital city, November 2009. The theme of the conference is "1759".

1759 was a year of great significance politically, intellectually, and culturally. The year saw Canada won by the British, the unveiling of the British Museum, and the births of Robert Burns, Mary Wollestonecraft, and William Pitt the Younger.

Some of the most important European texts were published this year, including Edmund Burke's "Introduction on Taste", Alexander Gerard's Essay on Taste, Samuel Johnson's Rasselas, Voltaire's Candide, Edward Young's Conjectures on Original Composition, and, of course, Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments. This was Smith's first major publication, and the one that established his fame during his own lifetime.

I am looking for three or four participants to fill a panel on Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments. Any approach to any aspect of this text (literary, philosophical, reception, etc) is welcome.

Please send abstracts to A.T. Siraki (asira037[at]uottawa.ca) by May 1st, 2009.