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TitelAlternative Enlightenments: an interdisciplinary conference
BeschreibungAlternative Enlightenments: an interdisciplinary conference in the humanities

26-28 April 2013, Ankara (Turkey)

Keynote Speakers: Professor Wijnand Mijnhardt, Professor of History and Director of the Descartes Centre, University of Utrecht,
Professor Felicity Nussbaum, Professor of English, UCLA

From Kant’s seminal essay “What is Enlightenment?” through the manifold critical responses of the twentieth century, the ambiguity of a term designating both a paradigmatic approach to human thought or autonomy, and a specific historical period, remains. How distinct is the concept of Enlightenment from the era of European history long taken to have discovered or invented it? This symposium proposes an examination of Enlightenments in the plural, welcoming both revisionary accounts of the Age of Enlightenment and explorations of Enlightenment in other times and places.

We are interested in the way the term has been borrowed and translated, creating a constellation of “Enlightenments” bound together by family resemblances. Is there still a singular project of Enlightenment (i.e. the critique of received ideas and inherited values, in particular religious ones; the promotion of rational or empirical methods; the creation of cosmopolitan and secular spaces), or has the term broken out of its historical mold to designate a more fluid set of cultural projects and practices?

Where do we stand today with regard to the Enlightenment? After all, the continuation of a politics and practice of Enlightenment may depend on the spatial and temporal translations we propose to explore. Such displacements give new life to the idea of Enlightenment, even as the term is contested, criticized and transformed.

Topics of interest include:

Ionian / Athenian Enlightenment
Secularism, materialism, the immanent frame
Literatures of Worldliness in East and West: Renaissance, Tanzimat, Arab and
Near Eastern Enlightenments
Orientalism and Occidentalism
Diplomacy, correspondence, the figure of the court philosopher
What is Enlightenment: Kant, Foucault and beyond
(The) Enlightenment in the Americas
The public and the private: cross-cultural studies of an Enlightenment distinction
Travel literature, satire, and utopian fiction
Nineteenth century national Enlightenments, nationalism vs. internationalism
Enlightenment and Empire
The rhetoric of Enlightenment in geopolitics, the claims of the West
Material culture, exchange, circulation, accumulation, dispersal
Enlightenment and its others: mysticism, hermeticism and the arcane
The metaphorics of Enlightenment: illumination, dawn, twilight and dusk

Submission of Abstracts

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to by December 1, 2012.

About us

The Program in Cultures, Civilizations and Ideas at Bilkent University is an interdisciplinary humanities program focusing on Comparative Literature, Classics and Philosophy. We teach the university’s core courses in the humanities as well as the bi-yearly Bilkent undergraduate “honors seminars” and other elective courses in our respective fields of specialization. Our program began in 1999 as part of an initiative on the part of the university administration to craft a more global curriculum and to foster greater dialogue between cultures and disciplines. We are proud to host the Alternative Enlightenments Conference, 26-28 April 2013 in Ankara.

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PersonName: William Coker 
Funktion: Ansprechpartner 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Program in Cultures, Civilizations and Ideas 
Strasse/Postfach: Bilkent University G 228 
Postleitzahl: 06800 
Stadt: Ankara 
Telefon: +90 312 290 3392 
Fax: +90 312 266 4606 
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteraturwissenschaft; Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Literatur 1700 - 1770; Literatur 1770 - 1830; Literatur 1830 - 1880; Literatur 1880 - 1945; Literatur nach 1945; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte
Klassifikation03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.07.00 Ästhetik; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.08.00 Poetik; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.12.00 Interpretation. Hermeneutik; 04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte > 04.04.00 Weltliteratur; 12.00.00 18. Jahrhundert; 12.00.00 18. Jahrhundert > 12.08.00 Aufklärung; 13.00.00 Goethezeit; 14.00.00 Romantik
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