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One-day conference: Epistolary Friendships in Eighteenth-Century Europe


This event will be re-scheduled in December 2020

Thinking about letter-writing, epistolary friendships and models of sociability in eighteenth-century Europe

We hope to be able to hold this event in Paris in December 2020, either at the Bibliothèque nationale de France or at the Maison de la Recherche. The location will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

We will think about how epistolary networks in the eighteenth-century shaped an idea of friendship or intimacy and how personal and intimate letters reflected (new) models of enlightenment sociability. We will also discuss what political, social, religious or economic challenges affected letter-writing in the long eighteenth-century, disrupting channels of distribution, friendships or family circles.

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