Indisciplines of Enlightenment: Program

Location: University of California, Berkeley

July 19-22, 2012


5:30-7:00 Opening Lecture 315 Wheeler (Maud Fife Room)

‘Blind Man on the Mountain: The Paradox of Enlightenment Mathematics’

  • Amir Alexander (UCLA)

 7:00-8:30 Reception / buffet 330 Wheeler (English Department Lounge)

FRIDAY, July 20

 8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast Lounge

 9:00-10:30 Session I Readings (1) 203 Wheeler

Rousseau, Discourse on the Origins of Inequality

  • David Bates (Berkeley)

Suggested/supplementary readings: Paul de Man, “Metaphor: Second Discourse” (Allegories of Reading, ch. 7); David Bates, “Rousseau’s Cybernetic Political Body” (States of War, ch. 5)

 10:30-11:00 Coffee

 11:00-12:30 Session II Readings (2) 203 Wheeler

Diderot, ‘Supplement to the Voyage of Bougainville’; ‘Letter on the Blind’

  • David Bates, Amir Alexander

 12:30-2:00 Lunch Lounge

 2:00-3:40 Session III Papers (1) 203 Wheeler

  • Alex Eric Hernandez (UCLA), ‘Curious Ambitions: George Lillo and the Domestic Tragic Imagination’
  • Michael Nicholson (UCLA), ‘Of Secondary Significance: Women Poets and the Rewriting of Genesis in the Long Eighteenth Century’
  • Fuson Wang (UCLA), ‘Keats and Romantic Disease Discourse’
  • Ian Thomas-Bignami (Berkeley), response
  • Melissa Wills (Davis), response
  • Ian Duncan (Berkeley), Chair

 3:40-4:00 Tea

4:00-5:15 Session IV Papers (2) 203 Wheeler

[The papers for this session have been circulated for reading beforehand]

  • Sarah Tindal Kareem (UCLA), ‘That a Stone Will Fall’
  • Charity Ketz (Berkeley), response
  • Batya Ungar-Sargon (Berkeley), ‘Novel Foundations: The Example of Defoe’s The Fortunate Mistress
  • Trevor Sanders (Berkeley), response
  • Adriana Craciun (Riverside), Chair


5:15-6:45 Reception / buffet Lounge

6:45-8:15 Session V Forum (1) 300 Wheeler

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Reflections at 300

  • David Bates (Berkeley)
  • Susan Maslan  (Berkeley)
  • Paul Rabinow  (Berkeley)
  • David Simpson (Davis)


 8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast Lounge

 9:00-10:30 Session VI Readings (3) 203 Wheeler

George Forster, A Voyage round the World. Vol. 1, Ch. V:  ‘Stay at Dusky Bay’;

Ch.  IX: ‘Account of our Transactions in Matavai Bay’

  • Adriana Craciun

Optional reading: Nicholas Thomas, ‘Liberty and License’ (In Oceania, Ch. 3)

 10:30-11:00 Coffee

 11:00-12:30 Session VII Readings (4) 203 Wheeler

Charles Darwin, from Journal of Researches (‘The Voyage of the Beagle’), 2nd edition (1845): Ch. X, ‘Tierra del Fuego’; ‘Conclusion’

Charles Darwin, Beagle Diary, excerpts (Tierra del Fuego)

  • Ian Duncan

12:30-2:00 Lunch Lounge

2:00-3:40 Session VIII Papers (3) 203 Wheeler

  • Julia Kark Callander (UCLA), ‘Eating and Authority in Matthew Lewis’s Journal of a West India Proprietor
  • Matt Suazo (Santa Cruz), ‘Disputing America’s Wetlands: the Place of Chateaubriand’s Atala in the Work of Fray Servando’
  • Ryan Tripp (Davis), ‘Sachemauonck:  Enlightened Studies of the Narragansett “Ancient Constitution” by Matthew Robinson, Esq.’
  • Jonathan Haddad (Berkeley), response
  • Kelly Kawar (Santa Barbara), response
  • Sarah Kareem, Chair

3:40-4:10 Tea

4:10-5:45 Session IX Forum (2) 203 Wheeler

Spaces of Enlightenment

  • Andrew Hao (Berkeley)
  • Nick Junkerman (Berkeley)
  • Heather VanMouwerik (Riverside)
  • Jordan Wingate (UCLA)
  • David Bates, Chair

Suggested reading/viewing: Simon Schaffer, ‘Newton on the Ganges: The Asiatic Enlightenments of British Astronomy’ [] (also available in essay form in Seminar Readings site)

Charles Withers, ‘The Enlightenment: Questions of Geography’ (Placing the Enlightenment, ‘Introduction’)

SUNDAY, July 22

 10:00-11:30 Session X Forum (3) 300 Wheeler


  • Adriana Craciun, Ian Duncan, Amir Alexander

Suggested reading: Adriana Craciun, ‘What is an Explorer?’

11:30-1:00 Lunch and Wrap-up discussion Lounge