Call for Panel Participants: ISECS 2019, Learned Societies and Enlightened Identities

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CfP – Learned Societies and Enlightenment Identities


Learned societies played a major role in the intellectual and cultural life of the Enlightenment. By the end of the 18th century, towns and cities of every size, both in Europe and the American colonies, had their own institutions, be it academies, literary and philosophical societies, scientific and medical societies, or other forms of learned sociability. By creating epistolary networks between savants and men of letters beyond cultural and religious borders, these societies contributed to the circulation of ideas and techniques.


For these reasons, eighteenth-century learned societies are an object of investigation that fits particularly well the theme of the 15th International Congress on the Enlightenment, “Enlightened Identities”. The congress, organised by the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS), will be taking place on 14-19 July 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland (for more details about the congress, please see


Many questions arise from the study of learned societies in the perspective of the theme “Enlightened Identities”. How did savants and men of letters that had an active role in learned societies conceive their own identity? What kind of identity did learned societies best represent? Which questions relating to identity were discussed in learned societies? How did learned societies contribute to the forming of new identities in the 18th century? How did learned societies contribute to the emergence and the forming of the enlightened ideal of cosmopolitism?


We are looking for one or two papers to complete a panel for the aforementioned congress on the relation between learned societies and the theme “Enlightened Identities”. If you are interested, please contact Maria Florutau (UCL/Magdalen College, Oxford, and Damiano Bardelli (Université de Lausanne, before 20th of December 2018. Please note that the proposals can be both in English or French.

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