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18th century conference comes to St. John's

By Janet Harron

Charting the 18th Century: Encircling Land and Sea, the 36th annual conference of the Canadian Society for 18th-Century Studies, will be held Oct. 14-16, 2010. This is the second time the conference has been hosted by Memorial University.

“A week before CSEC ‘92 we had the worst windstorm in a century which uprooted trees, scattered siding, and toppled chimneys,” said conference chair Dr. Don Nichol. “Now, in the wake of Igor, I’m beginning to think someone up there is trying to tell us something about hosting 18th-century conferences.

Some residual resentment about the spread of deism and atheism, I expect.”
Windstorms and hurricanes notwithstanding, the upcoming conference will host upwards of 150 delegates who will attend 12 sessions over three days. Topics to be presented will run the gamut from cartography to the history of medicine.

Among the highlights of the conference will be three lunchtime readings by Dr. John Baird of the University of Toronto to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the publication of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.

In conjunction with the conference, the QE II Library will be hosting a special exhibit of John Clinch’s copy of Edward Jenner’s 1798 pioneering study of inoculation on Friday, Oct. 15, at 4:30 p.m. in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies.