Early Modern French Seminar 2016-2017

For the academic year 2016-2017, the Early Modern French Seminar revisit in a timely fashion the political landscape of early modern France from the perspective of insurrection and revolt. Civil unrest pitted confessional partis against each other, the king against his nobility, the people against the state, and the slaves against their masters from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, from the Pont-Neuf to Guadeloupe -- revolt was in turn diagnosed as the corruption of the diseased body politics, and prescribed as its cure. 

In Michaelmas, Olivier Tonneau brings to the fore the political agendas underpinning the  historiographical (mis)construction of Robespierre and the Terreur and their ongoing, thorough revisions. 

  Emma Claussen shows that the Politiques during the Wars of Religion were not an organised party, let alone one that would have sown the seed of the secular state guaranteeing a tolerant civil society so dear to nineteenth-century historians of the Republic.

François Dubois, Le Massacre de la Saint Barthélémy (détail)
                                                        Oil on panel, 94cm X 154 cm, Musée cantonal de Lausanne
Eugéne Delacroix, La Liberté guidant le peuple (détail)
Oil on canvas, 260cm x 325cm, © Musée du Louvre

Finally, Nick Hammond highlights the lively political life of songs shared in the Parisian streets: absolutism did not mean that politics and its polemics were confined to the court or to the salon, if even they were allowed there.

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  • Easter Term at the Whipple Museum: Programme
    We are delighted to announce the Easter term programme of the early modern French seminar. 

    We will be heading again to the Whipple Museum at the department of history and philosophy of science This time, celestial globes and armillary spheres will take us into argument uses of Copernicanism in Belleforest and Montaigne; optical tricks will help us make sense of an anamorphosis displayed to an audience of wondering satyrs in a print by Simon Vouet, and marginalia will disclose the observation practices of the early Académie des Sciences. 

    The seminar will take place from 2 to 4pm in the seminar room of the Whipple Museum, where instruments and objects relating to the talk will also be on display. 

    The termcard is attached below. More information on the programme and its speakers can be accessed here.

    All warmly welcome! 

    Late-medieval armillary sphere. 
    Image © the Whipple Museum (Wh.0336)
    Posted 25 Apr 2016, 09:24 by Cambridge EMS
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