The Future World of Eighteenth-Century Studies

Alastair Thorne's picture
November 6, 2015 to November 7, 2015
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
Early Modern History and Period Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Humanities

—a conference organized by Wendy Laura Belcher, Princeton University, and Helen Deutsch, University of California, Los Angeles

In Honor of Felicity Nussbaum

The field of eighteenth-century British literature has undergone enormous transformations over the past few decades, and no scholar has been more responsible for these transformations than Felicity Nussbaum. Not only has she written influentially in such traditional areas of research as literary genres, she has also made groundbreaking contributions to virtually every newer sub-field of the period: feminist and gender studies, maternity and sexuality, ideology and empire, disability studies, critical race theory, and colonial and postcolonial studies. In some cases she has not merely contributed to these areas through her pioneering studies but actually helped create them, giving them the shape and direction they later assumed.

As Felicity Nussbaum nears the end of her teaching career, this conference brings together a group of leading scholars to reflect on the new ways forward in eighteenth-century studies. It is only fitting to organize a conference on new work in honor of the person who has been so influential in bringing about so many of the major transformations in the field over the past several decades. The conference features presentations of work theorizing ways forward, including the paths in eighteenth-century autobiography, disability studies, gender studies, performance studies, and postcolonial studies. Presenters address how the field of eighteenth-century studies may be shaped by the ever more globalized world, by concerns about social justice for all, by the call to interdisciplinarity, and by the many new fields emerging. When the humanities continue to be under fire, what is the future of historically based work? Since many theoretical innovations have occurred in the past ten years, this conference offers the opportunity for early modern scholars to discuss these theories, speculate about how they might synthesize them in new work, and thus make a significant contribution to the continued vibrancy of the field of eighteenth-century studies.

Regulus Lynn Allen, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Srinivas Aravamudan, Duke University
Laura Brown, Cornell University
Margaret Anne Doody, University of Notre Dame
Carole Fabricant, University of California, Riverside
Jenna M. Gibbs, Florida International University
Harriet Guest, University of York
Nicole Horejsi, Columbia University
Betty Joseph, Rice University
Ian Newman, University of Notre Dame
Bridget Orr, Vanderbilt University
Manushag N. Powell, Purdue University
Joseph Roach, Yale University
Melissa Sodeman, Coe College

Contact Info: 

UCLA The Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies
310 Royce Hall | Los Angeles, CA 90095-1404 |

P: 310-206-8552 | F: 310-206-8577

Contact Email: