Enlightenment Cosmopolitanisms and Sensibilities and Cosmopolitan Moments Workshops

Enlightenment Cosmopolitanisms and Sensibilities

Salon de madame geoffrin

Anicet Charles Gabriel Lemonnier, French, 1812, Salon de Madame Geoffrin, Oil on canvas, 51 x 77.2 in. MM 59.3.1

Wednesday 11-Thursday 12 June 2014
Lower Common Room
Sancta Sophia College

8 Missenden Road
Camperdown NSW 2050


The character of practiced cosmopolitanism during the Enlightenment often appears to amount to little more than an extension of early modern courtly internationalism infused with a new language of ideas. Further investigation reveals the desire on the part of Enlightenment cosmopolites to open borders in the name of economic, political, intellectual and artistic progress. This workshop explores cosmopolitanism in practice during the long eighteenth century in Europe and, through circulation, beyond its borders. It seeks out lived experiences of cosmopolitanism in the evidence of visual, social and textual expressions, and then asks how to interrogate this evidence. What were the opportunities through which border crossings became fixed in the minds of participants and observers? How was Enlightenment cosmopolitanism in practice inflected with different forms of sensibility?

Participants include:

Cosmopolitan Moments: Instances of Exchange in the Long Eighteenth Century
Emerging Scholar Workshop

Thursday 12 June 2014
1:30pm-5pm

Lower Common Room
Sancta Sophia College

8 Missenden Road
Camperdown NSW 2050


In these sessions, emerging scholars explore discrete instances of cultural interaction in the long eighteenth century (visual, textual, political, philosophical, social). How do we define the nature of the exchange? Is it cosmopolitan? Areas of analysis include roles of actors and agents, bi-lateral or unilateral action, acceptance, rejection and the medium of transmission.

Program (PDF)

Poster (PDF)

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There is no charge for attendance at the workshops, but advance registration is required for catering purposes.
Registration requests must be received by 4 June 2014. Places are limited and we may not be able to accommodate all requests.
Registrations will be confirmed on 6 June 2014.

For further information about the workshop, contact Jennifer Milam.