Ideas and Enlightenment: The Long Eighteenth Century

David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies XV

François Boucher

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

10-12 December 2014
The University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia

The Sydney Intellectual History Network and ‘Putting Periodisation to Use’ Research Group at the University of Sydney invite you to the Fifteenth David Nichol Smith Seminar (DNS), with the theme ‘Ideas and Enlightenment’. Inaugurated and supported by the National Library of Australia, 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 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.

Keynote Speakers
John Dixon Hunt (University of Pennsylvania)
History, The Royal Society & the Picturesque
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Sophia Rosenfeld (University of Virginia)
The History of Choice: An 18th-Century Subject
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Michael McKeon (Rutgers University)

Erika Naginski (Harvard University)

If you have questions about the conference, please contact the organizing committee at

DNS XV Organizing Committee: Dr Jennifer Ferng, Prof Mark Ledbury, Prof Jennifer Milam and Dr Nicola Parsons.


Registration fees will be kept as low as possible through the sponsorship of DNS XV by the Sydney Intellectual History Network and the Putting Periodisation to Use group at the University of Sydney. We are grateful to the generosity of our funding partners who have provided additional funds to support keynotes and the postgraduate program. We anticipate the registration fee for the conference to be AUD150 full rate/AUD75 student rate if paid by 15 November (AUD200/AUD100 thereafter). The fee includes lunch, morning and afternoon teas, and attendance at all sessions. Registration and payment details will be posted here by 1 July.



The National Library of Australia

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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney


The Power Institute


School of Letters, Art and Media Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney


Australian Garden History Society (AGHS)