City Scenes, Urban Spaces, and the Civic Mind

deadline for submissions: 
December 14, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference
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The 44th Annual Meeting of the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies theme is "The Eighteenth Century in Perspective." The meeting will take place February 21-23, 2019, in Dallas, Texas. The full conference announcement is available at

This panel, "City Scenes, Urban Spaces, and the Civic Mind," invites perspectives on challenges to civil public debate in the eighteenth century. Satire was often used by poets, painters and playwrights seeking to participate in public life.  Important in their day, such writers and artists may offer still-relevant perspectives, such as, for example, the debate on the value and place of ethnic and religious immigrants pouring into cities. The prejudice and the goals sought by those promoting divisions and oppostions between Country and City or rural landowners and capital government policymakers has been extensively studied since the eighteenth century. Yet such a focus of study is increasingly not given dedicated course time at universities today. Therefore papers about how eighteenth-century civic contributors who advocated for extensive airing of different views through conscientious public discussion would be still relevant to teach today are of special interest to this panel.

Please send 250-300 word abstracts to by December 14, 2018.