Archaeological Fieldwork in the Age of Enlightenment

Jennifer Westerfeld (University of Louisville) will offer an online seminar on “‘I await the financial recovery of France’: Funding Archaeological Fieldwork in the Age of Enlightenment” on 18 September 2020.

This seminar is hosted by the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library as part of its Premodern Studies Seminar series.

Upper-division undergraduate students in HIST 422 Early Modern Europe and graduate students in HIST 522 Microhistories of Early Modern Europe at Northern Illinois University may be interested in this seminar.

The Center for Renaissance Studies’ announcement follows:

“I await the financial recovery of France”: Funding Archaeological Fieldwork in the Age of Enlightenment

Jennifer Westerfeld, University of Louisville

Premodern Studies Seminar
Friday, September 18, 2020
2-3:30 pm

CRS is pleased to announce the first meeting of the 2020-2021 Premodern Studies Seminar. In this virtual session, Jennifer Westerfeld (Univ. of Louisville) will discuss the development of early modern Egyptology in the eighteenth century. Using the work and writings of Claude Sicard, a Jesuit missionary active in Egypt who carried out extensive research on Egypt’s historic geography from 1712 to 1726, this seminar will reconstruct a detailed picture of the circumstances under which Egyptological knowledge was produced in the first quarter of the eighteenth century.

The Premodern Studies Seminar provides a forum for new approaches to classical, medieval, and early modern studies, allowing scholars from a range of disciplines to share works-in-progress with the broader community at the Center for Renaissance Studies. Our sessions feature discussion of a pre-circulated paper and a presentation of collection materials.

The seminar will be conducted virtually via Zoom. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required and space is limited. To register and receive a copy of the precirculated paper, send an email to Registrants will receive a copy of the precirculated paper and a link to the Zoom session. Please do not request a paper unless you plan to attend.

For more information about the Premodern Studies Seminar, please visit our website here:

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