List of Proposed Panels - SCSECS 2017
"The Instructive Enlightenment"

If you have a proposed paper that does not fit one of the panels below, or if you would like to propose a complete panel of 3-4 papers, please contact Professor Brett McInelly, the conference organizer:

Approaches to Overlooked Texts,
Colby Kullman, University of Mississippi (

Chains of Being? Ecocriticism, Theocentrism, and the Cambridge Platonists, Samara Cahill, Nanyang Technological University (

The Daring Muse at the Crossroads of Imagination and Taste: Returning to Eighteenth-Century Poetry and Aesthetics, Billy Hall, Brigham Young University (
This panel seeks papers that explore the fruitful intersection of eighteenth-century British poetry and the then emerging field of aesthetics. While this panel conceives the intersection in broad terms, papers concerned with how poetry negotiated/mediated the spaces of mind, nature and the body so crucial to the formation of aesthetic categories are particularly welcome. Historicist and theoretically oriented approaches are both encouraged. Papers might include approaches to the poetry and aesthetics from the vantage of affect studies, media history, women poets and the aesthetic tradition, poetics of taste and imagination, genre theory and aesthetic categories, and challenges/revisions to literary history posed by alternative readings of the period’s poetry and aesthetic theory.
East Meets West in the Eighteenth Century, Susan Spencer, University of Central Oklahoma (
This topic is meant to address any aspect of directional encounters: westward expansion, multicultural competition and collaboration as fostered by Britain's Royal Society and France's Académie des sciences, politics and the East India Companies, the rise of Orientalism and chinoiserie in art, or the rise of the Grub Street authors of East London to overtake their aristocratic counterparts on the West side of town.
Enlightenment Students—how and what did they learn? Teaching, Studying, and Learning in Fine Arts, Literature, and Sciences during the Long Eighteenth Century, Gloria Eive, St. Mary’s College (

The Floating Eighteenth Century: Lightness, Bubbles, Play, Scott Black, University of Utah (
Nietzsche famously commented on Sterne's "antipathy to seriousness" and says that Sterne "produces in the right reader a feeling of uncertainty as to whether one is walking, standing or lying; a feeling, that is, closely related to floating." This panel will consider the Sternean side of the Horatian maxim to delight and instruct, and invites papers that consider the lighter side of eighteenth-century letters and culture. Possible topics include (but are not limited to): Quixotism, idleness, games, waste, and uselessness.
Freud’s Eighteenth Century, Nathan Gorelick, Utah Valley University (
When psychoanalysis emerged at the end of the nineteenth century, it innovated a theoretical apparatus that differs, sometimes radically, from eighteenth-century discourses of desire, pleasure, and subjectivity. It is therefore unsurprising, if also unfortunate, that the eighteenth century’s importance for Freud has been generally overlooked, both by psychoanalytic critics and in the broad field of eighteenth-century studies. Even a cursory glance at Freud’s work, however, indicates that this quintessentially modern discipline is firmly rooted in his reading of Goethe, Kant, Lamarck, and other important late Enlightenment thinkers, even when his own conclusions depart from those of his predecessors. This panel therefore explores Freud’s precise indebtedness to eighteenth-century science, philosophy, and literature, and examines the ways in which psychoanalysis, however covertly, installed eighteenth-century ideas at the core of modern conceptions of the self.
Gender and Domesticity, Mary Eyring, Brigham Young University (

Genealogy and History: Paths to Fruitful Collaboration for Early Modern Historians, Amy Harris, Brigham Young University (
The digitization of manuscript sources has impacted both the historical and genealogical communities, but the overlap in those sources and their use isn’t always appreciated in the two communities. This panel looks to explore various possible collaborations between genealogists and historians, or in the sources they use. Panelists could consider digital databases for use by both groups, using genealogy in the history classroom, techniques for using genealogical databases to answer historical questions, or similar topics.
Hume and the Usual Suspects, James Mock, University of Central Oklahoma (

Hymns and Hymnodists in the Long Eighteenth Century, Robert Steensma, University of Utah (

Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Long Eighteenth Century, Kathryn Duncan, Saint Leo University (

Old Four-Eyes is Back: Teachers, Professors, Preceptors, and Other Information-Dispensers in Long Eighteenth-Century Culture, Kevin L. Cope, Louisiana State University, (
No longer convinced that “authority” could credential arguments or ideas, the long eighteenth century developed a strange, sometimes whimsical and sometimes ferocious attitude toward pedagogues. If citing Aristotle or the Bible no longer sufficed to prove a point, if science and exploration were creating new knowledge for bewildered audiences, a need would arise for intermediaries who could educate the young, upgrade the naïve, and otherwise filter information. Long eighteenth-century society offered only a few social roles for educators, most of which, whether a dependent in the house of a great man or a pedant in a village school, were at best comical and at worst humiliating or even impoverishing. This panel will showcase papers on the full range of long-eighteenth-century renderings of those who supervised classrooms or tutored the young or otherwise packaged and distributed information to learners. Contributions pertinent to literature, art, philosophy, history, sociology, and even music (remembering the countless music teachers and dancing masters of the period) will be heartily welcomed.

Pleasure and Instruction, the Case of Illustrated Bodies, Christine A. Jones, University of Utah (
Technical advances in printing, encyclopedic documentation, and color theory arguably gave literary illustration new potential in the eighteenth century. Focused on bodies and clothing, this panel interrogates ways in which eighteenth-century illustration offers readers a visual cue-—perhaps didactic, perhaps ironic-—to enrich the reading of the words that follow it. Example inquiries might include how the illustration of bodies dialogues with science, pedagogical theory, color theory, fashion, painting, or sculpture to do this work. What do pictures add to (or subtract from) the reader’s experience in an age preoccupied with visually documenting the natural and made world?

Religion in the Age of Enlightenment, Brett McInelly, Brigham Young University (

The Scriblerians, Robert Steensma, University of Utah (

Slavery, Race, and Empire, Matthew Mason, Brigham Young University (

Sympathy and/or Affect, Mary Eyring, Brigham Young University (

Transatlantic Context for Captivity and Containment, Kristin Hague, Colorado Mesa University (