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Stanford humanists hold international conference

STANFORD -- An international meeting of scholars of 18th-century culture from Canada, England, Germany and the United States will be held at Stanford University from Thursday, Jan. 11, through Sunday, Jan. 14.

The conference, titled "Regimes of Description: In the Archive of the Eighteenth Century," is sponsored by the Seminar on Enlightenment and Revolution at Stanford, a group of faculty members and graduate students from the university's humanities departments.

All sessions of the conference, including the opening-night showing of the film "Dangerous Liaisons" and panel debates, lectures and round-table discussions, are free and open to the public.

As an historical period that witnessed the development of the physical and natural sciences and most of today's academic disciplines, the 18th century often is described in terms of the explosion of knowledge that occurred during the 1700s. In the past 15 years there has been a boom in 18th-century studies worldwide, and conference organizers see a link between that academic interest and the possibilities for disseminating information that now are emerging on the Internet.

The Stanford University Museum of Art, in conjunction with the conference, will present an exhibit of prints, rare books, scientific instruments and maps from its permanent collections entitled "The Look of Reason: Strategies of Description in the Eighteenth Century." The exhibit is open at the Stanford Art Gallery from Jan. 11 through March 10.



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