Text & Image in the Long Eighteenth Century: An Everyday Spectacle

deadline for submissions: 
January 25, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
The Enlightenment Group Symposium Series (6), Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada
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The long Eighteenth Century is the time when ocular-centric thought established itself in Western society. Images and illustrations permeated textual spaces to the point that few books were printed without illustrations. From arts to sciences via fiction and geographic literature, the eighteenth-century citizen was therefore exposed to wide array of visual and textual combinations as part of his/her everyday life.

This one-day symposium will be held at Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada on March 8, 2019.

 For its 6th symposium, the Enlightenment Group welcomes 20-minute paper proposals engaging with:

-          Visual culture

-          Iconography

-          Cartography, geocriticism

-          Ecocriticism, natural history

-          Scientific literature

-          Popular literature

-          Travel and travel writing

-          Book illustrations

-          Spectacles

Papers from students are welcome as well.


Please send a 250-word abstract to Antoine Eche (aeche@mtroyal.ca) before January 25, 2019.


Lunch and coffee breaks will be provided free of charge.

Each participant is responsible for traveling and other associated cost.

Information on accommodation, including on campus residence, can be obtained upon request.