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International conference - Emotions and the City: Urban Sociability in Britain and France, c. 1650- c. 1850

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16-17 June 2022 - McGill (Montréal)

Emotions and the City:
Urban Sociability in Britain and France, c. 1650- c. 1850

16-17 juin 2022 - McGill University

Colloque international du GRHS
organisé dans le cadre des activités du programme européen DIGITENS
et du Groupement d’intérêt scientifique (GIS) Sociabilités.

Comité d’organisation : Brian Cowan (McGill) et Pascal Bastien (UQAM)

L’histoire urbaine et l’histoire des émotions sont aujourd’hui des champs de recherche bien établis. En revanche, ces deux domaines ont rarement dialogué entre eux, notamment en ce qui concerne l’époque moderne. Ce colloque international invite les historiens de la ville et les historiens des émotions à examiner les liens entre les expériences urbaines et émotionnelles en Europe au cours d’un long XVIIIe siècle (vers 1650-1850). C’est notamment à travers l’histoire des sociabilités que ces liens pourront être explorés, dans la mesure où nous interrogerons la façon dont les idéaux et les pratiques du « vivre-ensemble » ont contribué à façonner les aspects émotionnels de la vie urbaine.

Urban history and the history of emotions are now both well-established fields of inquiry, but the two fields have rarely engaged in dialogue with one another, particularly with regard to the pre-modern era. This conference invites urban historians and historians of emotion to consider the connections between urban and emotional experiences in Europe during the long eighteenth century (c. 1650- c. 1850). We propose that these connections can best be explored through the lens of the history of sociability, as we will explore the ways in which ideals and practices of sociability helped to shape the emotional aspects of urban life.

Détails et contacts sur le site du GRHS (Groupe de Recherche en Histoire des Sociabilités)

Programme détaillé du colloque :

  • JEUDI 16 JUIN

9h00-9h30: Welcoming Remarks from Brian Cowan (McGill) and Valérie Capdeville (Sorbonne Paris-Nord)

9h30-10h50: Laughs and Tears in the Eighteenth-Century City 1
• Tymon Adamcsewski (Uniwersytet Kazimierza Wielkiego w Bydgoszczy, Poland), “Passion, Pleasure and Immersion: Books and Reading in the City”
• Kate Davison (Sheffield University), “Satire and the City: Laughing at Urban Life in Britain”
• Alexis Tadié (Sorbonne Université), “Sentimental Cities: the Urban Worlds of Laurence Sterne and Henry Mackenzie”
10h50-11h00: Break

11h00-12h00: Laughs and Tears in the Eighteenth-Century City 2
• Emrys Jones (King’s College, London), “Hope and Disappointment in Eighteenth-Century City”
• Jakub Lipski (Uniwersytet Kazimierza Wielkiego w Bydgoszczy, Poland), “Passions and/of Sociability in Daniel Defoe’s ‘A Journal of the Plague Year’ and George Cruickshank’s 1835 Set of Illustrations”
12h00-1h30: Lunch

1h30-2h30: Feelings on the Page
• Simon Macdonald (Queen Mary University of London), “Emotion and Urban Experience in the Diary of the Duchesse d’Elbeuf in Revolutionary Paris, 1788-1794”
• Véronique Léonard-Roques (Université de Bretagne Occidentale), « Révolution française et écriture des émotions paroxystiques dans quelques témoignages littéraires de contemporaines françaises et britanniques »
2:30-2:40: Break

2h40-3h40: Feeling the Streets, Feeling the Stage 1
• Katie Jarvis (University of Notre Dame), “Theatrical Markets: Parisian Spectators, Sociopolitical Communities, and the Madame Angot Plays of 1796 to 1803”
• Julie Hardwick (University of Texas-Austin), “The Material Culture of Precarity: Poverty, Parenting and Lyon Foundling Tokens in the Long Eighteenth Century”
3h40-4h00: Break

4h00-5h30: Feeling the Streets, Feeling the Stage 2
• Marion Amblard (Université Grenoble-Alpes), « The Late 18th-Century French Travellers Emotional Response to Scottish Cities and Urban Life in Scotland »
• Meghan Roberts (Bowdoin College), « Le Cat and Anatomy Courses in Eighteenth-Century France »
• Fiona Ritchie (McGill), “Emotions on Tour: the Eighteenth-Century Actress in the British Provinces”
18h00: Dinner
 

  • VENDREDI 17 JUIN

9h00-11h00: Fear in the City 1
• Jeremy Fradkin (McGill), “The Emotional Politics of Exile in Early Modern London”
• Andrea McKenzie (University of Victoria), “The French Connection; or, the Wrath of Louis XIV: the Emotional History of Secret Anglo-French Diplomacy during the Popish Plot, 1678-1681”
10h00-10h10: Break

10h10-11h10: Fear in the City 2
• Sabrina Juillet Garzon (Sorbonne Paris-Nord), « Diseases and Popular Emotions in Edinburgh during the Long Eighteenth Century: a Driving Force in the Improvements of the City? »
• Simon Devereaux (University of Victoria), “The Emotional Lives of Condemned Prisoners in London, 1823-1838”
11h10-11h30: Break

11h30-12h30: Plenary lecture: Rob Boddice (Freie Universität Berlin): “The Biocultural City: Sense, Emotion and the Problem of Experience”
12h00-2h00: Lunch

2h00-3h00: All Together: Urban Solidarities and Identities 1
• Stéphane Jettot (Sorbonne Université), « Sociability, Emotions and Ancestry in London and Paris (1700-1800) »
• Valérie Capdeville (Sorbonne Paris-Nord), “Clublife, Urban Sociability and the Pursuit of Happiness in British America, 1700-1770”
3:00-3:10: Break

3h10-4h10: All Together: Urban Solidarities and Identities 2
• Elaine Chalus (Liverpool University), “The Warmth of Feeling Excited by a Popular Election: Sociability, Emotion and the Town in English Contested Elections, c. 1775-1830”
• Ian Beattie (Independant Scholar), "Discourses About the Workhouse Among the Working Poor: Case Studies from Early 19th-Century Manchester"
4:10-4:20: Break

4h20-5h20: Roundtable conclusions with Valérie Capdeville (Sorbonne Paris-Nord); Brian Cowan (McGill); Rob Boddice (Freie Universität Berlin)