The Eighteenth-Century Interdisciplinary Salon is housed in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Washington University in St. Louis. It is comprised of scholars from several academic institutions in the area, including Washington University, Saint Louis University, and the University of Missouri at St. Louis. Our members hail from a wide variety of departments, including Italian, French, Spanish, German, English, History, Philosophy, Art History, Music and Performing Arts. The Salon meets on a monthly basis throughout the academic year to exchange faculty works in progress and its participants have an active research and publication record.
Each year, we invite a guest speaker to lead a Salon discussion of a work in progress and to give a public lecture on an interdisciplinary topic. Recent guest speakers have included Drs. Paula Findlen, Professor of Italian History and Director of the Science, Technology and Society Program at Stanford, Michael McKeon, Professor of English at Rutgers, Dena Goodman, Professor of French History at Michigan, Downing Thomas, Chair of French and Italian at Iowa, Thomas Christensen, Chair of Musicology at Chicago, Charles Dill, Professor of Musicology at Wisconsin-Madison, Deidre Lynch, Professor of English at Indiana, Mary Sheriff, Chair of Art History at North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Richard Grey, Byron W. and Alice L. Lockwood Professor of German at the University of Washington, Londa Schiebinger, Professor of History of Science and Director of the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford, Peter Reill, Professor of Modern European History and Director of the Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library at UCLA, Dror Wahrman, Ruth N. Halls Professor of Western European History and Director of the Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Indiana, Eric Gidal, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Interdisciplinary Colloquium at the University of Iowa, Wendy Bellion, Associate Professor of American Art at the University of Delaware, Dan Edelstein, Professor of French and, by courtesy, Professor of History at Stanford University, Mark Elliott, the Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History at Harvard University, Sophia Rosenfeld, Professor of History at the University of Virginia, and Javier Moscoso, Research Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the Institute of History of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Participants in our themed workshops and colloquia have included Lynn Festa, Jan Golinski, Christopher Johns, Michael Kwass, Kenneth Loiselle, Nancy Um, Anne Vila, Sophie White, Kelly Wisecup, and Michael Yonan.
The Salon helped host the Midwest American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies (MWASECS) conference in 2004, the International Staël Conference in collaboration with Clemson University in 2008-09, The Enlightenment Pope: Benedict XIV, 1675-1758 conference in collaboration with Saint Louis University in 2012, and the Consuming Passions: Economies of Desire in French Literature and Arts, 1100-1815 conference in 2013. Recently, the Salon has hosted workshops on The Affect of Artificial Humans: Models, Images, and Automata and on Material Culture, Thing Theory, and It-Narratives. Last year we hosted a symposium on Enlightenment Science and Religion. This year we are organizing a mini-colloquium on the theme From Metaphysics through Mad Science. We have been awarded a Faculty Seminar One-Year Grant by the Center for the Humanities at Washington University for the years 2011-17.
For more information about our group please contact co-conveners Tili Boon Cuillé at email@example.com or Rebecca Messbarger at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our Salon website at http://pages.wustl.edu/salon.