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Ergebnisanzeige "Performing Knowledge in the Long Eighteenth Century (ISECS-Panel)"
RessourcentypCall for Papers
TitelPerforming Knowledge in the Long Eighteenth Century (ISECS-Panel)
BeschreibungCFP: Performing Knowledge in the Long Eighteenth Century

Panel to be held at the 13th International Congress of the Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Graz, Austria 25-29 July 2011
Languages: English and German

This seminar will address the question of how concepts of performance, performativity and theatricality can contribute to accounts of the circulation and production of knowledge in the long eighteenth century. Our discussion will build on insights made in the field of speech act theory (Austin, Derrida) and performance studies (Butler, Fischer-Lichte) as well as recent work in cultural studies and the history and philosophy of science (e.g. Hans-Jörg Rheinberger's work on the experiment). This dual focus will allow us to ask a number of important questions, for example: How was knowledge 'performed' in the eighteenth century? How are knowledge regimes in the eighteenth century sustained by performance-based (and/or performative) strategies, and can these same strategies be said to undermine or subvert those regimes? In what ways do individual eighteenth-century scientists, scholars and artists style themselves as actors or performers, and how do they position themselves in relation to their 'audience'? How is “academic charisma” (William Clark) related to performance strategies? What is the role of contingency in performances of knowledge (experimental and non-experimental)? Finally, how do acoustic and other non-visual performances of knowledge in the eighteenth century (lectures, acoustic demonstrations etc.) intervene in what David Michael Levin has termed the "hegemony of vision" in the Enlightenment?

Possible topics may include :

• Experimentation as performance; the scientist as virtuoso
• Performances of knowledge between the realm of sociability and the public sphere: public experiments, demonstrations, operating theaters, tableau vivants, lectures, declamatory concerts, “conversational experiments”
• 'Props' and tools of experimentation and scientific demonstration
• Pedagogical performances
• Collaborative and collective performances of knowledge; notions of authorship and authority
• Theater as a site for the dissemination of knowledge, scientific and otherwise ; resonances between popular science and the project of 'theater as a moral institution'
• The oral/acoustic transmission of knowledge in rhetorical and theatrical traditions
• Artistic representations of experiments and scientific demonstrations

The seminar, which has been accepted by the ISECS conference, will include up to six papers. Please send a short abstract of your paper (400 words or less) in German or English to Dr. Mary Helen Dupree, Georgetown University ( by 15 November 2010.

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Mary Helen Dupree 
Funktion: Kontakt 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Mary Helen Dupree, Georgetown University 
Strasse/Postfach: ICC 461, 3700 O St NW 
Postleitzahl: 20057 
Stadt: Washington, DC 
SchlüsselbegriffeHistorische Semantik (Wissensgeschichte, Mentalitätsgeschichte, Ideengeschichte); Literatur 1770 - 1830; Medien- u. Kommunikationsgeschichte (Hand-, Druckschrift, Film, Rundfunk, Computerspiel usw.); Theater (Aufführungspraxis)
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