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.

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

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



Conference poster (PDF, 2.25 MB)

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Please note all participants and speakers are required to register.

Registration fees have been 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.

Registration (prior to 1 December 2014) - Academics and Employed $180.00

Registration (prior to 1 December 2014) - Student and/or Unwaged $90.00

Registration includes all sessions, keynotes, opening reception, morning/afternoon tea and lunch daily for the three days of the conference.

Please note, those who register and cancel will be charged a $40 administration cost if they cancel prior to December 1st 2014. After December 1st 2014 we are unable to refund paid registrations fees. Online registration closes on 1 December 2014. If you wish to register for the conference after 1 December 2014 you will be required to register onsite at the conference via credit card or cash. Onsite registration is $300 for academics and employed and $150 for students and/or unwaged.

Conference Dinner

Conference Dinner will be held Friday 12 December at Rubyos, 18-20 King St, Newtown (a short walk from the University of Sydney.

The dinner includes a banquet menu, includes a seasonal selection of Rubyos' signature 'grazing' dishes, dessert, tea or coffee and a selection of wines.

Tickets are $95 and places are limited.

Keynote Speakers

John Dixon Hunt (University of Pennsylvania)
Fruit from the 'Inlightened' Tree: The Royal Society, History & 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)
Paradise Lost, Poem of the Restoration Period
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Erika Naginski (Harvard University)

Jeffrey Collins (Bard Graduate Center, New York)

Stephen Bending (University of Southampton)
Pleasure Gardens and the Problems of Pleasure
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The National Library of Australia

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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney


The Power Institute


The Ian Potter Foundation


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


Australian Garden History Society (AGHS)