Fall 2024 History GR8142 section 001

The Global Enlightenment

Call Number 11254
Day & Time
W 4:10pm-6:00pm
To be announced
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Charly J Coleman
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

Since the eighteenth century, defenders of the Enlightenment have heralded their project as a world-historical event. This colloquium aims to introduce graduate students to the emerging scholarly literature on the global Enlightenment. The field now casts far beyond the cohort of free-thinking European philosophers around which it was initially conceived to encompass the broader cultural, economic, and religious preoccupations of the long eighteenth century—from Paris to Port-au-Prince, from Manchester to Madras, from Nantes to Nanjing. Given these tendencies, how has the significance of the Enlightenment expanded both as a historical period and interpretive framework? In what ways do scholars explicate its origins and outcomes in light of renewed attention to its global reach? In response to such questions, the readings will trace the development of Enlightenment thought and practices in dialogue with interlocutors from around the early modern world: Jesuit missionaries, European colonial trading company officials, French philosophes, African voodoo healers, Scottish political economists, Native American fur traders, Confucian scholars, Brahmin cultural elites, and reform-minded Muslim sultans. Topics to be addressed include the relationship between traditional political and religious authorities to the global public sphere, the search for historical, philosophical, and linguistic origins, entrepreneurial and epistemological innovations made possible by transatlantic and Eurasian encounters, debates surrounding effects of luxury in early capitalist society, and the multiple sites of knowledge production that defined the Enlightenment in word and in deed.

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Department History
Enrollment 4 students (15 max) as of 1:06PM Thursday, July 18, 2024
Subject History
Number GR8142
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
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Section key 20243HIST8142G001