Cavanaugh Hall, Room 438
Professor Mathias Persson, Department of Economic History, University of Uppsala, Sweden, will present a lecture on Monday October 21, 2013. The topic of Professor Persson’s talk will be “From Enlightenment to enlightenments: On the Revision of a Monolithic Concept.”
Since the 1960s, the once predominant idea of a singular, iconoclastic Enlightenment anchored in the Parisian salons has gradually faded away and been replaced by a plurality of enlightenments, displaying various agendas and taking place in miscellaneous settings. This lecture will outline these developments and give examples of how the concept of enlightenment has been construed during this protracted process, which reflects wider societal and academic transformations and has parallels in other fields of historical research.