RA at ASECS

ROUSSEAU ASSOCIATION AT THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY STUDIES (ASECS) ANNUAL MEETING

As an affiliate society of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Rousseau Association is invited to host a panel at the annual ASECS convention each year. Here is a list of the past RA at ASECS sessions, also viewable below.

2021. The Rousseau Association at ASECS Annual Meeting (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), April 6-10, 2021. The Rousseau Association will be hosting a panel initially scheduled for ASECS in St. Louis in 2020 (canceled due to the pandemic) at the next meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

“L’étrange, l’étranger chez Rousseau/The Strange, the Stranger, the Foreigner in Rousseau”

Chair: Brigitte WELTMAN-ARON, University of Florida

  • Johanna Lenne-Cornuez, Sorbonne Université, “L’aimable étranger ou l’étrange citoyenneté d’Émile”
  • Flora Champy, Princeton University, “Estranged Selves: The Ancients’ Look and the Stranger’s Eyes”
  • Rudy Le Menthéour, Bryn Mawr College, “‘Comme dans une planète étrangère: L’aliénation selon Jean-Jacques”
  • Nathan Martin, University of Michigan, “Figures of Alterity in Rousseau’s Writings on Music”

2020. The Rousseau Association at ASECS Annual Meeting (St. Louis, MO), March 24-28, 2020

Canceled and rescheduled due to COVID-19.

2019. The Rousseau Association at ASECS Annual Meeting (Denver, CO), March 21-23, 2019

“Frameworks of Time in Rousseau”

PANEL 1:

Chair: Masano Yamashita, University of Colorado Boulder

  • Martin McCallum, McGill University, “Nostalgia and Memory in Rousseau’s Confessions
  • Pierre Saint-Amand, Yale University, “Forgetting Time”
  • Fayçal Falaky, Tulane University, “Rousseau’s Stillness or the Politics of the Timeless”
  • Mira Morgenstern, City College of New York, CUNY, “What Time is it in Rousseau’s Polity?”

PANEL 2:

Chair, Fayçal Falaky, Tulane University

  • Patrick Coleman, UCLA, “Rousseau and Discursive Time”
  • Amy Shuffelton, Loyola University Chicago, “Sophie’s Time is Off the Clock”
  • Hina Nizar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Children’s Time”

2018. The Rousseau Association at ASECS Annual Meeting (Orlando, FL), March 22-24, 2018

“Current Research on Rousseau”

Chair: Ourida Mostefai, Brown University

  • Carole Martin, Texas State University, “Jean-Jacques at the Tuileries: The Place of the Walker in Rousseau’s Dialogues
  • Masano Yamashita, University of Colorado Boulder, “Rousseau and Pain Management”
  • Jimmy Swenson, Rutgers University, “Editer les Affaires de Corse

2017. The Rousseau Association at ASECS Annual Meeting (Minneapolis, MN), March 30-April 2, 2017

“Silence, the Implicit and the Unspoken in Rousseau / Silences, implicites et non-dits chez Rousseau”

Chair: Mira Morgenstern, City College of New York, CUNY

  • Laurel E. Zeiss, Baylor University, “‘These silences, thus filled’: Rousseau, Opera, and Musical Debates”
  • Adam Schoene, Cornell University, “Mute Eloquence: Silence and the Passions in Rousseau’s Julie
  • Patrick Coleman, UCLA, “What Rousseau Doesn’t Say About the Nation”

2016. The Rousseau Association at ASECS Annual Meeting (Pittsburgh, PA), March 31-April 3, 2016

“Rousseau and Diderot: Collaboration and Conflict in the Enlightenment”

PANEL 1:

Chair, Carole Martin, Texas State University, San Marcos

  • Chloe Edmondson, Stanford University, “Rousseau and Diderot: Pillars of the Paradox of the Passions”
  • Laurence Marie-Sacks, French Embassy in the US / CRLC Paris-Sorbonne, “Becoming ‘passionate in cold blood’: Rousseau and Diderot on Acting”
  • Brigitte Weltman-Aron, The University of Florida, “Passion and Theater in Rousseau and Diderot”

PANEL 2:

Chair, Ourida Mostefai, Brown University

  • Maria Gullstam, Stockholm University, “Spectators in Dialogue: Rousseau, Diderot, and the Theatre”
  • Carole Martin, Texas State University, San Marcos, “From Portratiture to Self-Portrait in Diderot’s and Rousseau’s Promenades”
  • Pierre Saint-Amand, Brown University, “Cantate du Méchant”

2015. The Rousseau Association at ASECS Annual Meeting (Los Angeles, CA), March 19-21, 2015

“Themes from Smith and Rousseau”

Chair : Ourida Mostefai, Brown University

  • Hina Nazar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Rethinking Autonomy: Rousseau and Adam Smith”
  • Masano Yamashita, University of Colorado Boulder, “The Spectacle of Poverty in the Moral Theories of Rousseau and Smith”
  • Adam Potkay, The College of William & Mary, “Pity and Gratitude in Rousseau and Adam Smith”

2014. The Rousseau Association at ASECS Annual Meeting (Williamsburg, VA), March 19-22, 2014

“New Approaches to Rousseau”

Chair: Carole F. Martin, Texas State University

  • Thomas Spittael, Ghent University, “Advertising Rousseau on the London Book Market: Eighteenth-Century Translations of the Discours sur les Sciences et les Arts”
  • Patrick Coleman, UCLA, “Rethinking Civil Religion”
  • Blaise Bachofen, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, “Entre homme ‘absolu’ et homme ‘relatif’ : les modalités ambiguës du rapport à autrui”

2013. The Rousseau Association at ASECS Annual Meeting  (Cleveland, Ohio), April 5-6, 2013

“Rousseau’s Emile”

PANEL 1:

Chair: Byron R. Wells, Wake Forest University

  • Mary Trouille, Illinois State University, “The Paradox of Sophie and Julie: Discontinuities in Rousseau’s Views on Women’s Education”
  • Kristine Jennings, Binghamton University, State University of New York, “Educating Empfindsamkeit: Rousseau, Women, and the Novel in Eighteenth-Century Germany” 
  • Karen Pagani, University of Texas at Austin, “Reconciling (and) Subjective Identity in Les Solitaires” 

PANEL 2:

Chair: Byron R. Wells, Wake Forest University

  • Preea Leelah, Oberlin College, “Rousseau Against the Philosophes and the Church: Understanding Emile’s Religious Education” 
  • Gabor Gelleri, National University of Ireland, Galway, “Emile et l’art du voyage’: Rousseau and the Apodemic Tradition” 
  • Roger Mathew Grant, University of Oregon, “Rousseau’s Solfège Polemic”
  • Avi Lifschitz, University College London, “The Language of Signs: How to Persuade Without Convincing”

2012. The Rousseau Association at ASECS Annual Meeting (San Antonio, Texas), March 22nd-24th

“Rousseau at 300”

Chair: Byron R. Wells, Wake Forest University

  • Mira Morgenstern, The City College of New York, “Un/Civil Religion? Belief and Alienation in Rousseau”
  • Zeina Hakim, Tufts University, “L’Examen critique de l’Histoire chez Rousseau”
  • Lee Maclean, Carleton University, “Desire, Decision, and Faculty: Rousseau’s General Will as a Form of Will”
  • Tali Zechory, Harvard University, “Doubting Thomas, Knowing Jean-Jacques: Visual and Tactile Perception in Rousseau’s Dialogues

2011. The Rousseau Association at ASECS Annual Meeting (Vancouver, BC). Friday March 18th, 9.45-11.15 a.m.

“Rousseau’s Republics / Les républiques de Rousseau”

Chair: Ourida Mostefai, Boston College

  • Marie-Hélène Huet, Princeton University, “Losing Rome”
  • Jacques Berchtold, Université de Paris-Sorbonne, “Le thème républicain dans les Confessions”
  • Michael Winston, University of Oklahoma, “Rousseau’s Classical Republicanism: Sparta as Model Polity”
  • Rudy Le Menthéour, Bryn Mawr College, “Le spectre de Sparte: la dénaturation républicaine selon Rousseau”

2010. The Rousseau Association at ASECS Annual Meeting  (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

“Rousseau and Romanticism / Rousseau et le romantisme”

Chair: Philip Knee, Université Laval

  • Benjamin Storey, Furman University, “Admiration and Suspicion in the Thought of Rousseau”
  • Debra Channick, University of California, Irvine, “Eloquent In(ter)vention: Mme de Staël’s ‘Ardent Emulation’ of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Spectacle
  • Zev Trachtenberg, University of Oklahoma,“Playing at Authenticity: Rousseau on the Self in Nature”

2009. The Rousseau Association at ASECS Annual Meeting (Richmond, Virginia)

“Rousseau’s Legacies”

Chair: Byron R. Wells, Wake Forest University

  • Grace G. Roosevelt, Metropolitan College of New York, “Rousseau’s Legacies to Environmentalism: The Uses of Emile for a Theory of Sustainability”
  • Julia Simon, University of California, Davis, “Rousseau’s Contribution to Folk Music: Discovering Ethnomusicology”
  • Mira Morgenstern, City University of New York, “Where Are We? Rousseau and Location”
  • Jason Robles, University of Colorado at Boulder, “Rousseau and Civic Education: Making Citizens from Men”

2008. The Rousseau Association at ASECS Annual Meeting
(Portland, Oregon), March 27 – 30, 2008

“Rousseau’s Lettre à d’Alembert sur les spectacles”

PANEL 1:

Chair: Byron R. Wells, Wake Forest University

  • Christopher Bertram, University of Bristol, “Spectators versus Citizens: Participation and Republican Solidarity in the Letter to d’Alembert”
  • Melanie Holm, Rutgers University, “Virtual Experience and Virtual Fraternity: Rousseau’s Readerly Epistemology”
  • Ourida Mostefai, Boston College, “Ecriture parisienne et écriture genevoise dans la Lettre à d’Alembert”
  • Brigitte Weltman-Aron, University of Florida, “Truth and
    Truthfulness in the Lettre to d’Alembert”

PANEL 2:

Chair: Byron R. Wells, Wake Forest University

  • Fayçal Falaky, New York University, “L’Utile et l’agréable in Julie: Rereading the Lettre à d’Alembert through Rousseau’s Epistolary Novel”
  • Angela Hunter, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, “Invito
    Spectatore: The Spectator and the Will to Love in the Lettre à
    d’Alembert sur les spectacles”
  • Jeffrey Leichman, Yale University, “Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s
    Political Esthetics : Le Paradoxe du républicain”
  • James Swenson, Rutgers University, “The Rural Community and the City-State: On the Sociological Basis of Modern Republicanism”

2007. The Rousseau Association at ASECS Annual Meeting (Atlanta, Georgia)

“New Directions in Rousseau Studies:  Thérèse Levasseur, the Other Woman of the Enlightenment”

Chair: Ourida Mostefai, Boston College

  • Marie-Paule Laden, San Francisco State University“Thérèse Levasseur, Germaine de Staël et Isabelle de Charrière: une question de style.”
  • Jennifer Jones, Rutgers University, “Thérèse écrivaine. ”
  • Respondent:  Julia Simon, UC Davis

2006. The Rousseau Association at ASECS Annual Meeting  (Montréal, Canada), March 30-April 2, 2006

 “Rousseau and the Encyclopedia Project”

Chair: Byron R. Wells, Wake Forest University

  • Alan Rauch, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, “Building the Encyclopaedic Man: Rousseauian Ideas in the English Enlightenment”
  • Nathan Martin, McGill University, “Rousseau, Rameau, Condillac and ‘Harmonie’”
  • Alexander Bertland, Hastings College, “Beyond the Odor of Tobacco: Rousseau’s Defense of Geneva’s Cercles as a Statement to D’Alembert about Productive Conversation”

2005. The Rousseau Association at ASECS Annual Meeting
(Las Vegas, Nevada), March 31-April 3, 2005

“The Discours sur l’inégalité After 250 Years”

Session 1: Rereading the Discours

Chair: Ourida Mostefai, Boston College

  • Jeremiah Alberg, State University of West Georgia, “The Scandal of Origins”
  • L. Rick Sorenson, Assumption College, “Who Does Rousseau Think He Is?”
  • Daniel Cullen, Rhodes College, “Being a Citizen: From the Discours to the Social Contract

Session 2 – The Influence of the Discours

Chair: Ourida Mostefai, Boston College

  • Julia Simon, UC Davis, “On the Unpopularity of the Question of Inequality”
  • Mira Morgenstern, Kingsborough Community College, “Rousseau and the Culture Wars: The Question of Inequality”
  • Wing Sze Leung, University of Chicago, “Rousseau’s Ethics and His Theory of Nature”