Jean-Jacques Rousseau considered his Emile, or On Education to be “the best and most important” of all of his writings. Especially since 2012 marks the 250th anniversary of the publication of the work, it seems appropriate to devote attention to Emile.
We invite papers examining various facets of Rousseau’s multi-faceted work. In addition to being an educational treatise, Emile contains some of Rousseau’s most important reflections on human nature, psychology and morality. Any of these topics are worthy of exploration. The hybrid character of Emile as part treatise, part novel invites exploration of questions regarding genre, composition, and audience.
Proposals (title and short summary), in English or French, for papers of 20 minutes duration should be sent to the Program Director, Prof. Byron Wells, by electronic mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for proposals is January 7, 2013.
Proposals will be reviewed by a Selection Committee chaired by Byron Wells and a decision will be communicated by February 4, 2013. A preliminary program will be available in March.
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