Search International Institute website.

Spaces of the Self in Early Modern Culture, Part 2: Sites of Exteriority

The construction of Asian spaces in the European mindscape featured in Clark Library conference

Saturday, December 01, 2007
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
2520 Cimarron St.
Los Angeles, CA 90018-2098

A conference at the Clark Library organized by David Sabean and Malina Stefanovska, 2007-08 Center and Clark Professors, November 30-December 1, 2007.

Subjectivity is embedded in space, which serves to define, shape, and represent it. Every culture has its own articulation between natural and social places or between material and representational ones, as well as its way of constructing identity and selfhood in relation to space. In the early modern period, sites as diverse as the court, the cabinet of curiosities, or the prayer room were crucial for forming and representing individual identities. This year-long series of conferences, dedicated to five such key places, will explore constructions of selfhood and identity, while reflecting on the cultural differences and historical evolution of space, both as material foundation and as representation of human relationships, hierarchies and values.

In part 2 of this year-long series, we examine Sites of Exteriority such as gardens, mountains, landscape painting, travels or maps participate in the construction of the self by articulating its relationship to otherness (the sublime, the infinite, imaginary or exotic lands, cosmological representations), as well as a novel way of situating oneself in the world (personal perspective, point of view, exploration, limits).

Session 3: Broader Reaches
December 1, 10:00 a.m.

Robert Batchelor, Georgia Southern University
Fashions for the Interstitial: Garden Stories from Beijing and Nagasaki in 1720’s London

Susan Johnson-Roehr, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
John Flamsteed’s Atlas Coelestis: The Mapping of Imperial Subjectivity at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, 1675-1729

Stacey Sloboda, Southern Illinois University
Fashioning Bluestocking Conversation: Elizabeth Montagu’s Chinese Room

For full program and registration information, visit


Registration Deadline: November 21, 2007 Please be aware that space at the Clark is limited and that registration closes when capacity is reached. No confirmation will be sent, but we will contact you if we receive your registration after we reach capacity.

Cost : $25 per person; UC faculty & staff, students with ID: no charge

(323) 731-8529

Sponsor(s): , Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies

Search International Institute website.