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The Transatlantic Enlightenment

The aim of this seminar is to bring together faculty and advanced graduate students who share an interest in the "long eighteenth century" (1688 to 1815), a period framed by the Glorious Revolution in England that marks its beginning and the American, French, and Haitian Revolutions that signal its end. The core faculty group consists of five specialists from the Modern Foreign Languages Department (French and German), the English Department (British and American), and the History Department (German), but in the spirit of the rich interdisciplinarity inherent in Enlightenment studies, the goal of this group is to organize events of interest to a wide-range of additional faculty and students.


Fall 2017

  • September 6, 2017
    Works In Progress Seminar: Mary McAlpin, Kristen Block, Sarah Eldridge
    2:00-3:30 p.m.
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall
  • October 2, 2017
    Dena Goodman UT Humanities Center Distinguished Lecture
    3:30-5:00 p.m.
    Hodges Library Auditorium
  • Late October 2017
    Christina Sharpe’s In the Wake, possible discussion with the Critical Race Collective
  • November 2, 2017
    Christina Sharpe’s lecture
    3:30 p.m.
  • November 3, 2017
    Lunch with Christina Sharpe
    12:00 p.m.

Spring 2018

  • January 25, 2018
    Kelly Wisecup (Northwestern University, English)—Works in Progress Seminar on “How to Read an Eighteenth-Century Mohegan Herbal: Samson Occom, Colony Botany, and Networks of Relation”
    12:00-2:00 P.M.
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall
  • February 26, 2018
    Matthew Birkhold (Ohio State, German)— Seminar on The Rules of Eighteenth-Century Fan Fiction
    3:30 p.m.
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall
  • April 9, 2018
    Book discussion with Marissa Fuentes, Rutgers University, on her award-winning Dispossessed Lives:  Enslaved Women, Violence and the Archive 
    12:00 -1:30 p.m.
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Room E308 Melrose Hall (3rd floor)
  • April 12, 2018
    Seminar with Ashley Marshall, University of Nevada, Reno
    “Radical Richard Steele: Popular Politics and the Limits of Obedience”
    3:30-5:00 p.m.
    1210 McClung Tower

Spring 2017

  • January 25, 2017
    Katy Chiles, “Raced Collaboration in Antebellum America”
    3:30-5:00 p.m.
    Humanities Center Seminar Room F203 Melrose Hall (second floor)
  • March 1, 2017
    Denise Phillips, "Agriculture and Experiment in the Enlightenment"
    12:00 p.m.
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall
  • March 2, 2017
    Busy Body opening night with reception to follow—seminar outing
    7:30 p.m.
  • March 20, 2017
    Susan Lanser, The Sexuality of History, Book Group study
    3:30-5:00 p.m.
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E308 Melrose Hall (third floor)
  • March 21, 2017
    Susan Lanser,  Brandeis University
    Graduate Lunch, 12:00
    Lecture, 4:00
    McClung Tower 1210
  • April 5-8, 2017
    Jane Austen AuthorFest
    • April 5: Evening screening of Emma with Knox County Public Schools
    • April 6:  Peter Sabor, 3:30-5:00, Hodges Library Auditorium, with public tea to follow
    • April 7: Devoney Looser, 4:00-5:00 p.m., McClung 1210
    • April 7: 7:30-10 PM, Regency Ball, Southern Railway Station
  • April 12, 2017
    Hilary Havens, Book introduction reading group
    1:00-2:00 p.m.
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E308 Melrose Hall (third floor)
  • April 25, 2017
    Susanne Pucci, University of Kentucky
    3:30-5:00 p.m.
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E308 Melrose Hall (third floor)

Fall 2016

  • August 31, 2016
    Workshop:  Sarah Eldridge, book chapter, “Triumphs and Dangers of Empfindsamkeit – Psychology, Physiology, and Gender in Goethe and Wezel”
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall
  • September 23, 2016
    Workshop:  Misty Anderson’s article, “Zombie Sovereignty”
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall
  • October 25, 2016
    Lecture:  Sandra MacPherson, Ohio State University
    3:30-5:00 p.m. (plus dinner that night)
  • November 16, 2016
    Workshop presentation:  Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud

Spring 2016

  • January 15, 2016
    Organizing Enlightenment--shared book group project.
    Tennessee Humanities Center Seminar room, E102 Melrose

    February 11, 2016
    Suzanne Pucci, University of Kentucky, "At Home: Sibling Incest and the Orphaned "I" in French 18th-c. Representation." Dinner to follow.
    Tennessee Humanities Center Seminar room, E102 Melrose
  • February 21-22, 2016
    Danny O'Quinn,  (Islam and later eighteenth-century culture, THC speaker, talk in Lindsay Young Auditorium)
  • March 25, 2016
    Lunch works in progress seminar, THC (Chiles, McAlpin, or other)

  • April 20, 2016
    Devoney Looser, (late 18th/early 19thC women writers, on the 19thC group)
  • April 28-30, 2016
    Restoration conference at Maryland

Note: Conference Season for 18thC Folks:

  • SEASECS - Feb. 25-27
  • UT Spring Break - March 14-18
  • ASECS - March 30-April 2

Fall 2015

  • September 11, 2015
    Sarah Eldridge, chapter working group
  • October 21, 2015
    Chad Black, "Usual Suspects: Content and Form in the 18th Century Visita de Cárcel."
    THC ground floor meeting area (in conjunction with the Manuscripts Cultures Research Seminar)
  • November 5, 2015
    Nicole Eustace, NYU
    Seminar at Tennessee Humanities Center Seminar room, E102 Melrose, followed by dinner (TBD)
  • November 12, 2015
    • 12:30p – Seminar lunch with Lisa Freeman
      Tennessee Humanities Center, F203 Melrose Hall
    • 3:30p – Lisa Freeman, (censorship in the theatres, English dept. speaker) followed by dinner party at Misty's house, 408 Arrowhead Trail, Knoxville, TN 37919 (all are welcome)
  • November 12, 2015
    Goethe Festival
    • 5pm – Opening reception
      I-House Great Room
    • 6pm – Film screening – "Fack ju, Göhte!"
      I-House Great Room
  • November 13, 2015
    Goethe Festival Continues
    • 9:00 – Gathering, welcome
      I-House Great Room
    • 9:30-11:30 – Poetry contests (divided up between levels according to number of
      I-House Great Room
    • 11:30-12:45 – Lunch & presentation of prizes for poetry contests
      I-House Great Room
    • 1-2:30pm – Panel discussion "Goethe in my Field/Period" with interdisciplinary faculty
      Hodges Library Room 605
      [Possible parallel activity/class visits for high schoolers]
    • 2:30-3:30pm – Performance panel - readings/stagings/screenings from dramas, poems,
      musical settings
      Hodges Library Room 605
    • 3:45pm – Keynote: Heather Sullivan, Trinity University, "Goethe and the Anthropocene"
      Response: Adrian del Caro
      McClung Museum Auditorium   
    • 5:15pm – Reception
      McClung Museum Lobby
  • December 4, 2015
    Digital Humanities group
  • December 4, 2015
    Hilary Havens, "Innovation Interrupted, or: Everything But Cecilia" (Alan Rutenburg joins us for a brief overview of fellowships).
    Tennessee Humanities Center Seminar room, F203 Melrose Hall

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