During a few warm days in August 2022, the Swedish Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies hosted the ISECS Executive Committee meeting in Lund. About 35 delegates from four continents participated in meetings and discussions during the first working day, and a conference on ‘Eighteenth-Century Media and Mediation’ on the second day. On the third day the company made an excursion to Copenhagen.
The meeting opened on 3 August with an evening reception at Lund University’s Historical Museum. In a cheered lecture by museum director Per Karsten, the guests got to see what is presumed to be a piece of René Descartes’ skull. Admittedly Descartes died already in 1650 but he made a lasting impact, which, without doubt, is part of ‘the long eighteenth century’. The evening ended with wine, canapés, and mingling.
The following day, 4 August, was reserved for the affairs of the Executive Committee. In the light of the Russian Federation’s war of aggression against Ukraine, an important question was the attitude of ISECS and the national eighteenth-century societies to the participation of Russian scholars in joint activities.
The Executive Committee (EC) agreed on the following statement in four points:
The EC resolves
The day was concluded with dinner at the Grand Hotel Lund.
On Friday, 5 August, a one-day conference with eight presentations was held with the following presentations:
A selection of the presentations is planned to be published in a separate volume under preparation.
The last day, Saturday, about half of the participants took part in an excursion to Copenhagen. The group was shown around Rosenborg Castle by Peter Kristiansen, curator at the Royal Collections, and then continued on a city tour led by associate professor Sebastian Olden-Jørgensen from the Saxo Institute, Copenhagen University. In between, Danish smørrebrød was consumed. The evening ended with a dinner where ISECS' president, Professor Penelope J. Corfield, thanked the Swedish Society for the concluded meeting.
The Division of Musicology at Lund University invites all interested in affective history and eighteenth-century aesthetics to a research seminar on 21 September 2022. Our guest Erik Wallrup (Associate Professor in Aesthetics, Södertörn University) will present and discuss what he regards as one of the great changes within the cultural sphere during the eighteenth century: the emergence of the English landscape garden, which spread from England during the second half of the century as an embodiment of sentimental culture, and which made visible a new relation between man and nature. At the seminar, this transformation and its musical parallels will be discussed as manifestations of a suggested change within the 'patheme' – the affective counterpart to Foucault’s concept of episteme.
A text will be distributed a week before the seminar and will be open for discussion and critical comments.
The seminar takes place on 21 September, 15:15–17:00, at the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences in the LUX building ( https://www.ht.lu.se/en/contacts/visitors/ ), room B251. It will also be possible to participate via Zoom. If you want to participate in the seminar, please write to Tobias Lund (firstname.lastname@example.org ). You will then receive the text and, if you wish, the Zoom link. For up-to-date information about the seminar, see https://www.kultur.lu.se/om-institutionen/kalendarium/evenemang/research-seminar-musicology-0/
Erik Wallrup achieved his doctorate in Musicology with the thesis Musical attunement: the concept and phenomenon of Stimmung in music (Stockholm University and The University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, 2012), which was later published by Routledge as Being musically attuned: The act of listening to music (2016). He has also published two novels, a book-length essay on Nietzsche and listening (Nietzsches tredje öra, 2002), and numerous articles reflecting his interests in music history and aesthetics, continental philosophy, phenomenology and hermeneutics. His research project ”The affective shift of music in the Gustavian era” was funded by Riksbankens jubileumsfond: https://www.rj.se/en/grants/2017/the-affective-shift-of-music-in-the-gustavian-era/
ISECS/SIEDS Executive Committee meeting in Lund