[7-8 Sept.] Conference ‘TURMOIL / DANS LA TOURMENTE’ [fr]
Are Enlightenment and revolutionary ideals of liberté, égalité, fraternité doomed to remain aspirations, permanently threatened by instability and insecurity? This is what will be exploring the ‘Turmoil / Dans la Tourmente’ conference (UCD Dublin, 7-8th September).
International, interdisciplinary conference at the Humanities Institute, UCD Dublin,
7-8 September 2018
Les hommes sont des insectes se dévorant les uns les autres sur un petit atome de boue.
The global instability and insecurity of the 21st century have many precursors in 18th-century France. This conference seeks to identify and analyse the diverse theories, causes, reflections and expressions of that 18th-century French turmoil as they are represented textually and visually, either contemporaneously or subsequently. Examples of turbulence reflected in literary texts might include John Law’s monetary scheme, the convulsionnaires, the Lisbon earthquake, epidemics, scientific advances, and European conflicts. In the ferment of para-revolutionary years, intimations of literary and artistic unease take numerous forms: in literary, historical, philosophical, visual and musical texts and paratexts.
This conference asks whether there is a progression in the nature of turmoil as treated by earlier philosophes, by revolutionaries and by libertines? The multiple forms of creative expression which depict and critique this disturbance across the century offer broad scope for reassessment of canonical material and for consideration of peripheral authors and lesser-known texts. To what extent is the 18th-century French experience unique? Is it pertinent to draw comparisons between that early modern expression and the depiction of modern-day phenomena in terms of violence, mob rule, or a climate of fear? Are Enlightenment and revolutionary ideals of liberté, égalité, fraternité doomed to remain aspirations, permanently threatened by instability and insecurity?
Date: 7-8th September, 2018
Venue: Humanities Institute, UCD Dublin