CFP: Sex, Secularism & Enlightenment (9/15/05; ASECS, 3/30/06-4/2/06)

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Lori Branch
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American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
37th Annual Meeting
Montreal, Quebec, March 30-April 2, 2006

Session Title: "Sex, Secularism and Enlightenment"

In <Formations of the Secular>, Talal Asad has described secularism as a
political ideology that took shape in the nineteenth century, based on the
concept of "the secular" that coalesced in early modernity and the
eighteenth century. What role did sex and gender play in this
conceptualization of the secular, in religious and non-religious texts and
identities? What are the sexualized components of a secular identity or
subjectivity? How do they impact the transformation of religious
identities in the period?

Obvious canonical figures for consideration might include Shaftesbury,
Richardson, Hume, Sade and Byron, but papers from more unexpected sources
and from all disciplines and approaches in the long eighteenth century are
welcome: literature, art history, moral philosophy, opera, state and
radical religion, etc. Please send your 350-word proposal by Sept. 15 in
the body of an e-mail to

or by post to:

Professor Lori Branch
The University of Iowa
Department of English
308 English-Philosophy Bldg.
Iowa City, IA 52242 USA

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