Symposium on Academic Competitions in Early Modern Europe

On 26 April 2013, the Early Modern Research Centre at the University of Reading will host a symposium on academic culture and the culture of academic competitions in early modern Europe.

Early Modern Research Centre

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

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), ‘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)

For the booking form go to:

Or contact Jan Cox: