Citizens of the World Conference: Adapting (in) the Eighteenth Century (Singapore, 22-24 June, 2012)

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Nanyang Technological University and the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
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In a rapidly globalizing and technophilic world adapting to new developments is a daily undertaking—increasingly, we are aliens in our own lives. How quickly and effectively can we adapt to innovations in technology, historical knowledge, cultural relations, and academic and economic practices? In honor of Oliver Goldsmith's fictional Chinese traveler, Lien Chi, and in the spirit of cross-cultural collaboration, the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SCSECS) is partnering with the Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) and the Division of English at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) to host "Citizens of the World," an international, interdisciplinary conference dedicated to exploring the many ways in which new experiences stimulate self-reflection and adaptation as creative acts.

We are delighted to confirm that Kevin Cope (Louisiana State University) will deliver the Keynote Address and David Fairer (University of Leeds) will deliver the Plenary Address. "Citizens of the World" will be held at NTU's beautiful Yunnan Garden campus and will include excursions to Singapore's vibrant, cosmopolitan downtown area, including the historic Colonial District.
We invite abstracts addressing any aspect of adaptation pertaining to eighteenth-century studies. Topics include but are not limited to:

Adapting to novel, traumatic, or alien environments or experiences
Adapting religious belief to scientific innovation or new epistemologies
Adapting to new technologies such as Eighteenth-Century Collections Online (ECCO)
Adapting the Enlightenment
Adapting to new political or economic realities (industrialization, enclosure, urbanization, etc.)
Adapting eighteenth-century texts for a twenty-first century context (whether on film or in the classroom)
Adapting formal techniques or literary conventions
Adapting postcolonial theory to recent developments in historical scholarship regarding the complexity of cultural relations in the "long" eighteenth century
Multimodal adaptation: From Page to Stage and beyond
Eighteenth-century orientations (sexual, cultural, geographic, or otherwise)
Professing the eighteenth century: adapting to political/institutional hostility to the humanities
Imitation/translation as adaptation
Identity and legibility: when does adaptation cease to be recognizable as adaptation?
Cosmopolitanism: Negotiating the self and the other
Madness and alterity: Are there limits to how much we can adapt?

Panels already include:

"Religions of the World in the Long Eighteenth Century" (sponsored by the journal Religion in the Age of Enlightenment). Chair: Brett McInelly (BYU)
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"Accidental Arrivals: Accommodating to the Unexpected and Accommodating the Unexpected." Chair: Baerbel Czennia (McNeese State University)
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"Adapting Samuel Richardson" (sponsored by the International Samuel Richardson Society). Chair: Sam Cahill (NTU)
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Abstracts of 250-500 words should be submitted by 15 January, 2012 to the chairs listed above OR to conference organizers at: For general inquiries regarding the conference or Singapore, please also email