Social cohesion and harmony are based largely on sociability, a form of ‘soft’ police referring to the capacity of individuals to interact, communicate, and live together without the ongoing intervention of a coercive power. Sociability therefore pertains to the multiple ways individuals have of coming into contact with friends or strangers, be it in person, through clubs, salons, societies or other associations, or at a distance, through correspondence, publication and debate.
This conference sets out to examine the evolution of sociability in the long eighteenth century and to do so through the prism of the numerous revolutions — political, commercial, industrial, scientific, literary and artistic — which helped to redefine sociability’s forms and to redirect its practices. It will accordingly be possible to consider the full range of topics linked to this subject, notably philosophical debates and literary representations on the theme of human nature and social relations, exploration of social networks and the institutions which sustained them, as well as the examination of forces which tended to transform or disturb the forms and practices of sociability. Authors of the Scottish Enlightenment such as Francis Hutcheson, David Hume, Adam Smith, James Boswell and Robert Burns were key figures in debates on sociability during the eighteenth century, and proposals dedicated to them will be welcome.
The organising committee invites the submission of panels or other presentations both on the conference’s general theme and on all other subjects relating to the eighteenth century. Individual proposals are welcome and the committee will seek to group these into panels on consistent themes. However, participants are also invited to submit proposals for complete panels, including two or (ideally) three speakers together with the names of a chair and a commentator. Proposals for roundatables or all other kinds of contribution will also be positively received.
Proposals for panels or papers might include the following themes, although this is not an exhaustive list :
Spaces of sociability
Police, surveillance and espionnage
Science and the Republic of Letters
Urban space and land use
Writing as a social act
The figure of the hermit
Sociability and political revolutions
Perspectives on the crowd
Sensibility and social distinction
Schooling, education and the transmission of knowledge
Celebrity, notoriety, and public space
Moral and Sociality
The keynote speakers for this conference will be Pierre Serna, professor at the University of Paris–I Panthéon-Sorbonne, director of the Institut d’histoire de la Révolution française, and vice-president of the Commission internationale d’histoire de la Révolution française; and James Moore, emeritus professor at Concordia University.
Proposals (in French or in English) should be submitted in electronic form and sent to the conference organiser, Pascal Bastien, at the following address: email@example.com. They should contain a title, a summary (of no more than one page) for presentations of 20 minutes or for panels of three papers, and a short CV (of no more than one page) for each participant.
Deadline for the submission of proposals: April 1st, 2014.
Brian Cowan (McGill), Susan Dalton (Université de Montréal), Peggy Davis (UQAM), Deidre Dawson (Michigan State University), Nicholas Dew (McGill), Ugo Dionne (Université de Montréal), Jean-François Gauvin (Harvard), Matthew Hunter (McGill), Neven Brady Leddy (Bishop’s University), Ted McCormick (Concordia), Benoît Melançon (Université de Montréal), Dario Perinetti (UQAM), Peter Sabor (McGill), Jonathan Sachs (Concordia), Richard Sher (New Jersey Institute of Technology), Mark Spencer (Brock University), Laurent Turcot (UQTR).
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