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GERMANIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES - Conference: "How Radical was the Enlightenment?"

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School of Literatures Cultures and Linguistics (SLCL); Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures; European Union Center; The Department of French; Department of Gender and Women’s Studies; Program in Jewish Studies; Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory; Program in Comparative and World Literature; Department of History; German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), New York
2nd Floor, Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana
Nov 7, 2013 - Nov 9, 2013  
KEYNOTE: John A. McCarthy, Vanderbilt University:  “Enlightenment as Process: How Radical is That?”
Professor Carl Niekerk
Originating Calendar
School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics Calendar

All sessions will be held on the 2nd Floor of Levis Center.

The keynote lecture, by John A. McCarthy of Vanderbilt University, "Enlightenment as Process: How Radical is That?" will take place on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 4:30 p.m. 


Friday, November 8

9:00 AM

Session 1: International Contexts and Radical Enlightenment

9:10–9:45: Andrew Weeks (Illinois State University):  “Radical Reformation and Mystical Enlightenment: Precursors of Jonathan Israel's Radical Enlightenment”

9:45–10:20: Paul S. Spalding (Illinois College, Jacksonville): “Clandestine Political Activity of the Enlightenment: Hamburg Supporters of Lafayette in Austrian and Prussian Prisons, 1792 – 1797”

10:20–10:55: Monika Nenon (University of Memphis, TN): “Misanthrop or Prophet? German Rousseau Reception Revisited”


Session 2: Gender and Radical Thinking

11:10–11:45: Gabriela Stoicea (Clemson University, SC): “Form, Content, and Perspective:

On the Emancipation of a Literary Genre (Sophie von la Roche, Geschichte des Fräuleins von Sternheim)”

11:45–12:20: Ann C. Schmiesing (University of Colorado, Boulder): “Theodor Gottlieb von Hippel’s Über die Ehe and Über die bürgerliche Verbesserung der Weiber: Moderate and Radical Contexts”

Session 3: Radical Views of Other Cultures

1:30–2:05:   Chunjie Zhang (UC Davis): “Kant’s Physical Geography: Geo-diversity versus Uni-versality”

2:05–2:40: Daniel Purdy (Penn State): “Chinese Missionaries to Europe: Practical Philosophy from Asia”

2:40–3:15: Birgit Tautz (Bowdoin College): “Translating the World for a German Public or Mediating the Radical in Small Genres”


Session 4: Media and Genres of the Radical Enlightenment  

3:30–4:05: Peter Höyng (Emory University): “’Drum muthig, Brueder! Noch ist der Arbeit viel, / Und viel des Kaempfens’: Eulogius Schneider as an Enlightening Case Study on Rhetorical Empowerment”

4:05–4:40: Mary Helen Dupree (Georgetown University): “Radical Intermediality: Goethe’s Schillers Todtenfeyer (1805) as Experimental Theatre”

4:40–5:15: Sean B. Franzel (University of Missouri, Columbia): “How Radical are Enlightenment Media? The Case of the Journal”

Saturday, November 9

9:00 AM

Session 5: The Politics of the Radical Enlightenment  

9:10–9:45: William Rasch (Indiana University, Bloomington, IN): “Against Perpetual Peace”

9:45–10:20: Adam Chambers (University of Illinois, UC): “Radical versus Moderate Enlightenment in Schiller's Die Räuber

10:20–10:55:   Hans Adler (University of Wisconsin, Madison): “Remarks on Some Inconspicuously Radical Enlightenment Thinkers”

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