Conferences - 2014 Archive

‘Ideas and Enlightenment’ The Long Eighteenth Century

François Boucher

François Boucher, French, 1748, Oil on canvas, 116 x 133 in. 71.PA.37

10-12 December 2014
The University of Sydney

David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies XV

The DNS conference is the leading forum for eighteenth-century studies in Australasia. It brings together scholars from across the region and internationally who work on the long eighteenth century (1688-1815) in a range of disciplines, including history, literature, art and architectural history, philosophy, the history of science, musicology, anthropology, archaeology and studies of material culture.

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Sydney University Postgraduate History Conference

Nelson image

27-28 November 2014
University of Sydney

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Call for Papers (PDF)

The Annual Sydney University Postgraduate History Conference, a conference run by postgraduates, for postgraduates, across all disciplines, with an historical focus.

For 2014, the committee have elected to further develop the wide scope and university affiliation of the conference in order to promote both cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional dialogue. In all, we aim to create a vibrant, collegial atmosphere for intellectual experimentation as we each consider the past, present, and future of historical inquiry.

The Image in Question: Interdisciplinary International Conference

Image in Question

Untitled, Merilyn Fairskye/Cherine Fahd. 2014

1-3 August 2014
Sydney College of the Arts
Balmain Road, Rozelle
New South Wales

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Even the most ordinary image can appear or become enigmatic. Achieving the state and status of an enigma is one (modernist) view of what makes something or is characteristic of something we call a work of art. Images, be they encountered in ordinary or extraordinary contexts, provoke questions about their meaning and veracity, sometimes by putting themselves in question. Scepticism is part of the life of images, internal to any image, and played out in images in myriad ways. We now live in an image-saturated world, image-proliferating world, and further questions arise about whether images generated and disseminated at previously unheard of speeds and volume can still image meaningfully. In so far as images always project some image of the human, they are also linked up with the fate of the human, raising further questions about the future of the human as an image-making, image-projecting being. In this interdisciplinary conference we want to explore these and other questions of the image as it is encountered in various media from film and photography, to television and the internet, to various and varied forms of contemporary art. The conference will be accompanied by a gallery exhibition entitled The Sceptical Image, with works produced by Sydney College of the Arts The University of Sydney artist-researchers. These works, specifically produced for the exhibition, will respond to the theme of scepticism within the conference’s context of critical inquiry.

Nature and Culture in German Romanticism and Idealism


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UNSW Australia and the University of Sydney
12-14 March 2014

The last two decades can be described as witness to a genuine revival of interest in German romantic and idealist philosophy. Philosophers working in a variety of areas have embraced the ideas of the romantics and idealists, disentangling them from false or misunderstood legacies, and reexamining them in light of contemporary debates. This conference aims to advance this significant historical and philosophical research, by investigating the two most central themes in German idealist and romantic philosophy: nature and culture and their interdependence.

Precisely because of the interdisciplinary character of romanticism and idealism, the conference approaches the two movements from a number of related angles. In the first instance, the goal is to consider how various thinkers from the romantic era conceived nature and culture, and sought to harmonize the sphere of the natural sciences (Naturwissenschaften) and the sphere of the humanities (Geisteswissenschaften), which, only some fifty years later, became fully separated. In addition, the conference seeks to investigate the interdisciplinary conception of "Geist" developed during that time, which today can be translated into "mind" as well as its various externalizations as "society", "arts", "institutions", and "culture". In these two ways, the conference will explore the uniqueness of the romantic and idealist views, and consider their potential significance for contemporary debates.

Conference organisers

Heikki Ikäheimo Heikki Ikäheimo (University of New South Wales)
Dalia Nassar (University of Sydney)
Paul Redding (University of Sydney)

Conference sponsored by the Sydney Intellectual History Network (SIHN) at the University of Sydney and the Faculty of Arts and Social Science and the School of Humanities and Languages at UNSW Australia.