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1802: Cultural Exchange during the Peace of Amiens

Fri., May. 17, 2019 | 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Rothenberg Hall
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This interdisciplinary conference illuminates the movement of writers, artists, scientists, and cultural goods between Paris and London during the fourteen months of peace ushered in by the Treaty of Amiens, from March 1802 through May 1803–the first break in hostilities after a decade of Revolutionary warfare.

Conference Schedule


9 a.m. - Registration & Coffee

9:30 a.m. - Welcome: Steve Hindle (The Huntington)

Remarks: Cora Gilroy-Ware (Isaac Julien Studio)
Paris Spies-Gans (Harvard University)

Session 1: Writers
Moderator: Kevin Gilmartin (California Institute of Technology)

Susan S. Lanser (Brandeis University)
"Helen Maria Williams, Radical Sociability, and the Uneasy Peace of Amiens"

Kelly Summers (MacEwan University)
"Between Amiens and Amnesty: The Parisian Wanderings of the d'Arblays, c. 1802"

12 p.m. - Lunch

1 p.m. - Session 2: Artists

Moderator: Hector Reyes (University of Southern California)

Cora Gilroy-Ware (Isaac Julien Studio)
"Inferior Beauty: The (British) Artist's Gaze on the Streets and in the Louvre"

Catherine Roach (Virginia Commonwealth University)
"'Great National Establishments': Amiens and the Foundation of the British Institution"

3 p.m. - Break

3:15 p.m. - Session 3: Publication

Moderator: Paula Radisich (Whittier College)

Melinda McCurdy (The Huntington)
"Thomas Girtin's Paris Venture"

Susan L. Siegfried (University of Michigan)
"Amelia Opie's 'Recollections of a Visit to Paris in 1802'"


9:30 a.m. - Registration & Coffee

10 a.m. - Session 4: Intellectual Exchanges
Moderator: Alexander Statman (Dibner Long-Term Research Fellow, The Huntington)

Dena Goodman (University of Michigan)
"French Scientists Cross the Channel: Peace and the Advancement of Knowledge, Industry, and Agriculture"

Joshua Ehrlich (University of Macau)
"Alexander Hamilton, Asian Knowledge, and Anglo-French Competition"

12 p.m. - Lunch

1 p.m. - Session 5: Material Culture

Moderator: Mary Terrall (University of California, Los Angeles)

Courtney Wilder (University of Michigan)
"Revolutions and Rivalries in the Printed Textile Trade before, during, and after the Peace of Amiens"

Renaud Morieux (University of Cambridge)
"The 'obscene' and 'infamous' trade between Britain and Europe around the Peace of Amiens"

3 p.m. - Break

3:15 p.m. - Session 6: Shaping the Narrative
Moderator: Nathan Perl-Rosenthal (University of Southern California)

Simon Macdonald (Queen Mary University of London)
"The Argus, or London Review'd in Paris: Mediascape between France and Britain during the Peace of Amiens"

Paris Spies-Gans (Harvard University)
"'In this country the law is on my side:' Marie Tussaud, the Peace of Amiens, and the Formation of a Wax Empire"

5:15 p.m. - Closing Remarks: Cora Gilroy-Ware, Dena Goodman, Paris Spies-Gans

Funding provided by The Dibner History of Science Program at The Huntington