Network@1800: New Directions in German and European Studies

April 6-8th, 2017
Bowdoin College, Brunswick Maine

Opening Lecture: Matt Erlin (Washington University, St. Louis) Enlightenment Publication Networks
The Chandler-Lecture, sponsored by the Chandler Lectureship Fund and Bowdoin College Libraries 

Network@1800: New directions in German and European cultural studies brings the perspective of Digital Humanities (DH) to a well researched, yet foundational period in German and European cultural studies (ca. 1789-1810). The title of the event deliberately plays on the double meaning of “network.” It refers to configurations of people and things around 1800 as well as network analysis, a DH method.  22 scholars – from the United States, Canada, and Germany –will examine how Digital Humanities enable new insights and interest into the cultural processes affecting Europe in the aftermath of French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars.

How did people communicate and collaborate around 1800? How did exchanges work, the circulation of things as well as of people and ideas? Which networks – of people and places, objects and media – were formed? Network@1800 develops new approaches to these questions, through model dialogues – or a network – among scholars and researchers of literature, from the fields of European and transatlantic history and cultural studies, and through collaboration with colleagues who are active in the area of network theory and in Digital and Computational Studies.

The conference aims to present new insights into the historical networks and forms of collaboration that unfolded between German lands, Europe, and across the Atlantic world; in lead-up and aftermath, we also develop innovative techniques for representing, exhibiting, and sharing this research with a wider public.