The Tribuna of the Uffizi, 1772-7, Johann Zoffany The Royal Collection © 2010, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II RCIN 40698

La Trobe University, School of Historicaland European Studies. History Program.

14th Australasian David Nicol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies

Melbourne 4 – 8 July 2011

In the heart of the city @ State Library of Victoria and National Gallery of Victoria

The conference convenors seek papers, please visit the conference website for further details –

The Occasion

The David Nicol Smith seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies is a long-running quadrennial conference. Over the years, it has spawned many influential publications. We hope our 14th seminar will be the same. Inaugurated and supported by the National Library of Australia, the Nicol Smith is the major Australasian showcase for inter-disciplinary professional and academic discussion on eighteenth-century studies. The conference attracts scholars across all the Humanities’ disciplines of history, literature, art history, and musicology, studies of material culture and anthropology and archaeology. The conference embraces every aspect of life, politics and culture during the ‘Long Eighteenth Century’, circa 1688 to 1815.


The 14th quadrennial David Nicol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-century Studies, to be held in Melbourne city centre on 4 to 8 July 2011, will focus on realms of power, privilege and ideas, and on themes of leisure, material culture and sociability in Europe’s long eighteenth century. We are interested in Europe’s Easts and Wests, Norths and Souths, and in effects on places far beyond. We welcome papers exploring any site of interaction in and between Europe’s private and public spheres: those outside in villas or villages, on estates, or thronging the streets of cities, or those inside in the new spaces of sociability like the lobby, salon, studio, boudoir, club, coffee house and promenade-pleasure garden. This long-established interdisciplinary seminar based in Australasia has a distinguished history, producing select publications: books of essays and special issues of international journals. Your convenors intend to continue this tradition.

* Town and Country: Villa, Palace and Town House

* Environment, Land Management and Ecology

* Antiquaries: The Discovery of the Past

* Coffee, Coffee Houses: New Tastes and Social Spaces

* Sensibilities and Sociabilitiés: Lived and Literary

* Spectacles: Art, Music, Theatre — Performed and

* Ephemeral

* Display: at Court or in a public sphere

* Europe and Asia

* Representation and Self-Representation: Portraiture, Dress and Toilette

* Reason, Un-Reason and Romanticism

* Domination, Slavery and Empire: Global & European Impacts

* The Rise of the Individual: Monarchies under Stress

* The Marginalised: Itinerants, Roma and Prostitutes

* Cosmopolitanisms and Nationalisms

* The Enlightenment and the Pacific