Workshop à l'Université d'Amsterdam, "Republican Experiences in the Enlightenment"

  • Agriculture, Navigation and Industry in the presence of merchants trading goods in the bottom corner. From the air Mercury hands a letter to two merchants. Title page of the Europische Mercurius, Thiende Stuk, Eerste Deel: Behelzende de ses Eerste Maenden van het Jaer 1699. Print by Jan Luyken. (Rijksmuseum)

Republican Experiences in the Enlightenment

Vendredi 1er décembre 2017, à l'Universiteit van Amsterdam

 

The considerable variety of republican institutions and ideas that existed in the eighteenth century has been widely acknowledged in the historiography, but much remains unknown about the ways in which republicans from this era assessed their place in a changing world. While their ideas and institutions stand in a long tradition that dates back to Antiquity, the Enlightenment also gave rise to new ways of organizing and conceptualizing society. The proposed workshop focuses on contemporary approaches to the challenges that republics faced in the eighteenth century as a result. It is of particular interest how this republican experience of a changed present led authors to re-evaluate their relationship to both the past and the future. They were confronted with a number of questions, such as: what had exactly changed? How to evaluate that change and its consequences? How to deal with these altered circumstances and bring about a better future? While these questions were shared by eighteenth-century republicans, their reactions depended to a large extent on their particular context. In order to deepen our understanding of the variety of republican experiences in the Enlightenment, the workshop will bring together two research communities that study rather different republican contexts: the commercial experience of the United Provinces of the Netherlands and agrarian republics such as the Swiss Confederacy.

 

Programme

10.30-11.00 Eleá de la Porte (UvA): Commerce and civilization. The Dutch republic in the enlightened narrative 

11.00-11.30 Jan Rotmans (UvA): Commerce, civilization and moral corruption. Conceptual tension in Dutch Enlightenment thought

11-45-12.15 Lina Weber (UvA): A post-commercial threat. The rentier in the Dutch Enlightenment

12.15-12.45 Mathijs Boom (UvA): The history of the earth and the history of society. Changing perspectives in the late Enlightenment 

13.45-14.45 Béla Kapossy (Lausanne): Vattel and the spirit of legislation

14.45-15.15 Auguste Bertholet (Lausanne): Between agrarianism and urban mass production. Cottage industry in eighteenth-century Vaud 

15.15-15.45 Radoslaw Szymanski (Lausanne): The counts Mniszech and their European project of Polish reform

15.45-16.30 Graham Clure (Lausanne): The political economy of the general will. Rousseau and the problem of Poland in Enlightenment political thought 

16.30-17.00 Concluding remarks by Ida Nijenhuis (Huygens ING) and Wyger Velema (UvA)

Actualité publiée le 05.12.2017