Colloque: Academic Culture and the Culture of Academic Competitions in early Modern Europe

This year the theme for the annual symposium of the Early Modern Research Centre, University of Reading (UK), is “Academic Culture and the Culture of Academic Competitions in early Modern Europe“.

For any enquiry, please email: Joel Felix [] or Esther Mijers [e.mijers@reading.a.cuk]


Friday 26 April 2013
10.30-10.45. Coffee & Registration

10.45-12.45. Session 1 (Chair: Dr Esther Mijers, University of Reading)

  • Dr Arjan van Dixhoorn (University of Ghent), ‘Towards a Cultural History of Literary Contest: the Case of the early Modern Low Countries’
  • Dr Lisa Sampson (University of Reading), ‘Amateurs Meet Professionals: Theatrical Activities in the Italian Academies’
  • Dr Hannah Williams (University of Oxford), ‘Le Brun vs Mignard / Academy vs Guild’

12.45-14.00. Lunch

14.00-15.30. Session 2 (Chair: Professor Joel Felix, University of Reading)

  • Dr Jeremy Caradonna (University of Alberta), ‘The Counter-Enlightenment Reconsidered: The Example of  Academic Prize Contests in Eighteenth-Century France’
  • Professor Allan Potofsky (University of Paris-Diderot), ‘How Revolutionary Were the French Revolution’s Urban Planning Concours?’

15.30-16.00. Tea

16.00-17.00. Presentations

  • Dr Mark Curran (Queen Mary College), ‘The Republic of Books: Prizes, Protestant Enlightenment and Publishing in pre-Revolutionary Europe’
  • Dr Simone Testa (Royal Holloway), ‘The Italian Academies and their networks: collaboration or confrontation?’

17.00-17.45. Round Table & Closing comments: Professor Laurence Brockliss (University of Oxford)

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