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Lighting the Enlightenment: Public Illumination in Paris in the Siècle des Lumières

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  • Wed 21 Feb 2018 11.00 - 13.00
  Add to Calendar 2018-02-21 11:00 2018-02-21 13:00 Europe/Paris Lighting the Enlightenment: Public Illumination in Paris in the Siècle des Lumières

Is it a coincidence that the first city in Europe to publicly illuminate its streets was also a capital of the Enlightenment? Is there, in fact, a relationship between actual illumination and enlightenment as a cultural and intellectual phenomenon? This talk will explore those questions through an examination of public lighting in Paris and other European cities in the siècle des lumières, seeking to show that the concerted effort to shed light on dark streets provides a vivid illustration of the Enlightenment in practice.

Sala degli Stemmi 1st Floor, V.Sa. DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala degli Stemmi 1st Floor, V.Sa.

Is it a coincidence that the first city in Europe to publicly illuminate its streets was also a capital of the Enlightenment? Is there, in fact, a relationship between actual illumination and enlightenment as a cultural and intellectual phenomenon? This talk will explore those questions through an examination of public lighting in Paris and other European cities in the siècle des lumières, seeking to show that the concerted effort to shed light on dark streets provides a vivid illustration of the Enlightenment in practice.


Location:
Sala degli Stemmi 1st Floor, V.Sa.

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Lecture

Organiser:
Stéphane Van Damme

Contact:
Miriam Felicia Curci - Send a mail

Speaker:
Darrin McMahon (Dartmouth College)

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