Symposium invitation: Women and Revolution in the 18th Century, Lund University, 22-23 April 2014

[via Pufendorf Institute]

Venue: Pufendorf Institute, Biskopsgatan 3

This symposium will investigate the political, philosophical, historical and linguistic meaning and importance of revolution in the 18th century, with particular emphasis on the role and representation of women in revolutionary discourses in Europe. The symposium is open to all.

More specifically, three themes will be addressed: First, how did the French revolution reinforce, enable or perhaps counteract modern conceptions of democracy, the people, equality, freedom, and emancipation? Second, how did specific texts, arguments and literary styles produced by influential women intellectuals – Émilie du Châtelet, Mary Wollstonecraft, Germaine de Staël and others – contribute to or critique the debates surrounding the revolution? Finally, how has the French revolution as a historical event helped to shape, if not create, our modern conceptual landscape, politically as well as philosophically? Is there a pre- and post-revolutionary language?


Carla Hesse (University of California, Berkeley): ”The French Revolution and Feminism: The History of an Ideology”

Geneviève Fraisse (CNRS, Paris): ”Contradictions of a Gendered Democracy”

Jane L. Hodson (University of Sheffield): ”Language and revolution in the novels of Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Hays and Elizabeth Hamilton”

Stefan Jonsson (Linköping University): Why Monsters Appear: The Place of Women and Femininity in Representations of Revolutionary Change

Timo Miettinen (University of Helsinki): ”Crisis and Revolution”

Cecilia Rosengren (University of Gothenburg): ”A (pre)revolutionary discourse? The concept of happiness according to Émilie du Châtelet”

Ulrika Björk (Uppsala University and Södertörn University College): ”Romantic Counter-Enlightenment: Innerlichkeit in Rahel Varnhagen’s Berlin Salon”

Anna Cabak Rédei (Lund University): ”Germaine de Staël’s Réflexions sur le procès de la reine: an act of compassion?”

Lena Halldenius (Lund University): ”Mary Wollstonecraft – A revolutionary without a revolution”


This symposium is supported by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

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