[Hum_Calendar_Events] Conference Announcement: "Spaces of the Self in Early Modern Culture, Part 2: Sites of Exteriority , " Fri, Nov 30 - Sat, Dec 1
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Spaces of the Self in Early Modern Culture, Part 2: Sites of Exteriority
Friday, November 30 - Saturday, December 1
In William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
A conference at the Clark Library organized by David Sabean and Malina Stefanovska, Center and Clark Professors, 2007-08
Subjectivity is embedded in space, which serves to define, shape, and represent it. Every culture has its own articulation between natural and social places or between material and representational ones, as well as its way of constructing identity and selfhood in relation to space. In the early modern period, sites as diverse as the court, the cabinet of curiosities, or the prayer room were crucial for forming and representing individual identities. This year-long series of conferences, dedicated to five such key places, will explore constructions of selfhood and identity, while reflecting on the cultural differences and historical evolution of space, both as material foundation and as representation of human relationships, hierarchies and values.
In part 2 of this year-long series, we examine Sites of Exteriority such as gardens, mountains, landscape painting, travels or maps participate in the construction of the self by articulating its relationship to otherness (the sublime, the infinite, imaginary or exotic lands, cosmological representations), as well as a novel way of situating oneself in the world (personal perspective, point of view, exploration, limits).
Forthcoming Programs in the Core Program:
Part 3 - The "Inner Self" - February 22-23, 2008
Part 4 - Spaces of Sacrality - March 14-15, 2008
Part 5 - Family and Work Space - April 25-26, 2008
Registration Deadline: November 21, 2007
Registration Fees: $25 per person; UC faculty & staff, students with ID: no charge*
*Students should enclose a photocopy of their current ID with the registration form.
Fees are not refundable and apply to full or partial attendance.
To register, please visit:
Please be aware that space at the Clark is limited and that registration closes when capacity is reached. No confirmation will be sent, but we will contact you if we receive your registration after we reach capacity.
Lunch and other refreshments are provided to all registrants.
Please call a week ahead to arrange for wheelchair access.
Friday, November 30
9:30 A.M. Morning Coffee
10:00 A.M. Peter H. Reill, UCLA
David Sabean, UCLA
Session 1: The Self in the Sovereign's Palace
Jean-Vincent Blanchard, Swarthmore College
Louis XIV's Royal Houses, Wondrous Epics, and the Somatics of Sovereignty
Tom Conley, Harvard University
« Ingénieurs du roy, ingénieurs du moi »: Spatial Design of the "Self" after the Age of Henry IV
Michel Jeanneret, Johns Hopkins University and Université de Genève
The Grotesque in Versailles: The Return of the Repressed
1:00 P.M. Lunch
2:30 P.M. Session 2: A Natural Self?
William T. Hendel, University of Memphis
The Theatrical Garden in Watelet's Essai sur les jardins (1774): The Natural Self as Actor and Spectator
Michael Taormina, Hunter College, CUNY
Saint-Amant's Nature Poetry and the Extravagant Self
4:30 P.M. Reception
Saturday, December 1
9:30 A.M. Morning Coffee
10:00 A.M. Session 3: Broader Reaches
Robert Batchelor, Georgia Southern University
Fashions for the Interstitial: Garden Stories from Beijing and Nagasaki in 1720's London
Susan Johnson-Roehr, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
John Flamsteed's Atlas Coelestis: The Mapping of Imperial Subjectivity at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, 1675-1729
Stacey Sloboda, Southern Illinois University
Fashioning Bluestocking Conversation: Elizabeth Montagu's Chinese Room
1:00 P.M. Lunch
2:00 P.M. Session 4: Limits Within and Without
Christopher Wild, UCLA
Melancholy and the Cartographic Self
Hans Medick, Formerly Max-Planck-Institut für Geschichte, Göttingen and Universität Erfurt
The Home Town as Torture Chamber: Spatializations of Self and Perceptions of Violence in Volckmar Happe's Chronicle of the Thirty Years War
Michael J. Sauter, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, A.C.
Germans in Space: Astronomy and 'Anthropologie' in the Eighteenth Century
Malina Stefanovska, UCLA
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