The Taste of 1759

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Canadian and North East American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies
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"The Taste of 1759"

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 on November 5-8, 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. In addtion, some of the most important texts on aesthetics were published this year, including Edmund Burke's "Introduction on Taste", Alexander Gerard's _Essay on Taste_, Edward Young's _Conjectures on Original Composition_, and Adam Smith's _Theory of Moral Sentiments_.

I am looking for three or four participants to fill a panel on philosophical texts of the 1750s, especially those on taste and aesthetics. Papers may deal with the aforementioned texts, but need not be limited to them.

Please send abstracts (150 words) to A.T. Siraki (asira037[at] by May 31st, 2009.