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The Birkbeck Eighteenth Century Research Group runs a busy schedule of events throughout the academic year.

Upcoming events

  • 29 November 2016: Magots and Pagodes: The Politics and Aesthetics of Luxury in Eighteenth-Century France

    When? 6pm
    Where? Keynes Library, School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square

    In this paper, which is part of a larger project on Diderot’s materialisms, Dr. Tunstall will focus on Diderot’s various writings on luxury and, in particular, on the numerous and rather remarkable references he makes to magots and pagodes, objects of chinoiserie, one of which can be seen, for instance, in Boucher’s Woman on a Daybed (Frick, 1743).

    Kate Tunstall is University Lecturer in French at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Worcester College. She is the author of Blindness and Enlightenment (2011). She also edited Self-Evident Truths? Human Rights and the Enlightenment(2012), and she and Caroline Warman translated Diderot’s Le Neveu de Rameau together for the open access multimedia edition, which won the 2014 British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Prize for Best Digital Resource. Most recently, she and Katie Scott published a new edition and translation of Diderot’s Regrets sur ma vieille robe de chambre in the Oxford Art Journal.

This event is organised by the Eighteenth-Century Research Group. For further details, please contact Ann Lewis:

You can get a feel for the kinds of activities we organise by looking at some of our past events and our reading group.