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Experiencing Modernity; Modernity of experimentation

Joint congress:
Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society
Northeast American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

October 26-29, 2022, Ottawa


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Nicholas Cronk

Director of the Voltaire Foundation and Professor of European Enlightenment Studies at the University of Oxford.
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Leith Davis

Professor of English at Simon Fraser University, author of "Acts of Union: Scotland and the Negotiation of the British Nation", "Music, Postcolonialism and Gender: The Construction of Irish Identity, 1724-1874", and, just released, "Mediating Cultural Memory in Britain and Ireland: From the 1688 Revolution to the 1745 Jacobite Rising".
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Lynn Festa

Professor of English at Rutgers University, author of "Fiction Without Humanity: Person, Animal, Thing in Early Enlightenment Literature and Culture".

Anders Muskens is a Canadian early keyboard specialist and ensemble director, active as an international artist in North America and Europe. He is currently completing a doctorate in musicology at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen.

This event is open to everyone.

October 28th, 2022, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Perez Hall

Guided tours description

  • The 18th-Century book exhibition at Archives and Special Collections: University of Ottawa's Archives and Special Collections service invites you to come and look at its 18th-century books. There will be a brief presentation of the collection by one of its archivist, followed by a short tour of the storage rooms. A sample of original published books and manuscripts will be available for consultation on site during the event. October 27th, 12:30pm - 1:15pm, Morrisset Hall, Concourse level
  • The "Indigenous Perspectives" guided tour at National Gallery of Canada: First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists from Turtle Island/North America have been creating since time immemorial. Your group will be introduced to themes of Indigenous artwork to appreciate the worldviews of First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists, past and present. October 27th, 2022, 1:30pm - 2:45pm
  • The Guided tour at Canadian Museum of History: Guided tour of the permanent collection of the Canadian Museum of History, focused on the long eighteenth century. October 28th, 2022, 1:30pm - 2:45pm

The Delta Hotel is a first-class venue, newly renovated, light, and airy, with wonderful public spaces for meeting, catching up, and networking. It is situated close to Parliament Hill, the National Gallery, the National Arts Centre, the National Library and Archives, and other national museums and monuments. An LRT rapid transit line links many of these sites, but most of them are also within easy walking distance. The University of Ottawa is also nearby. Given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we will be reviewing our venue plans in the spring of 2022, should it become necessary or advisable to switch to an online conference format. Such a decision would be taken in consultation with conference participants.


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Organizing Committee

Frans De Bruyn (uOttawa, English)
Mitia Rioux-Beaulne (uOttawa, Philosophy)
Nour Afara (uOttawa, English – student) 
Maud Brunet-Fontaine (uOttawa, Philosophy – student) 
Karenza Sutton-Benett (uOttawa, English – student) 

Program Committee

Geneviève Boucher (uOttawa, Français)
Richard Connors (uOttawa, History)
Sébastien Côté (Carleton, Français)
Nigel DeSouza (uOttawa, Philosophy)
Michel Fournier (uOttawa, Français)
Melissa Frankel (Carleton, Philosophy)
Paul Keen (Carleton, English)
Sara Landreth (uOttawa, English)
April London (uOttawa, English) 
Julie Murray (Carleton, English) 
Kristin O.Rourke (Dartmouth, Art History)
Sylvie Perrier (uOttawa, Histoire) 
Robert Sparling (uOttawa, Political Science)
Pam Perkins (uManitoba, English), representing ECSSS
Natalia Vesselova (uOttawa, English)