The Centre for the History of European Discourses was incorporated in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in August 2015.

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In 2007 CHED will stage a series of seminars on topics in intellectual history that have been subject to recent controversy or to major revisions of received positions. The seminars will explore issues at stake in debate on these topics, both within the historical field and in broader social contexts, and offer a forum in which those debates might be reconsidered.
Papers commissioned for this series address recent work in the histories of republicanism, religious toleration, the public sphere, masculinity, sexology and the operation of European law in an Australian context. In various ways, each of these subjects has come to play a significant role in contemporary public debate. In each case certain constructions of its history have become embedded in that debate. Contributors to our series have been invited to look critically at the historical bases of those constructions, and to reflect on the resources that historical research might bring to bear on their future development and application. Some may intervene directly in current scholarship, advocating rejection of an established consensus or re-conceptualisation of an intellectual problem. Others may map a field of debate, exploring links between its local evolution and the social or cultural contexts in which it has taken place. All will reflect on the broader implications of their work.
The series has been designed to promote engagement between scholars from southern Queensland and the wider Australian academic community. As far as possible, its themes will be developed in pairs of seminars. In the first seminar, a distinguished national specialist will be invited to address the Faculty. In the second, a local speaker will demonstrate how themes addressed in the first seminar interact with their own research.   While each seminar will stand alone, the goal is to create a sense of constructive dialogue within the scholarly community and to reflect on means by which that dialogue might be exported or expanded.
Unless otherwise specified, seminars will be held from 4-6pm in the CCCS Seminar Room (level 4, Forgan Smith Tower, Great Court, Saint-Lucia Campus) on alternate Thursdays during semester. A list of dates and contributors is below.


Semester One

22 March            
William Walker
Milton and republican political thought
5 April
Benjamin Myers
The Way that is called heresy: John Milton’s Heretical imperative
3 May
Conal Condren
Habermas and the ‘public sphere’ in early Modern England
17 May
Ian Hunter
Natural law, common law and sovereignty: European constructions of jurisdiction in colonial New South Wales
31 May
David Garrioch
The illicit practice of religious tolerance in ancient regime France
14 June
Alexander Cook
Secular eschatology and the French Revolution: The case of Constantin-François Volney

Semester Two

2 August
 Michael Sonenscher
Before the Deluge: public debt, inequality and the intellectual origins of the French Revolution
16 August
Christopher Forth
Manhood Incorporated: diet and the embodiment of ‘civilized’ masculinity
30 August
Alison Moore
Construction and discourse in the history of sexuality

6 September
Annamarie Jagose
About time: simultaneous orgasm and sexual normativity (this seminar will take place from 5.30-7pm to avoid a clash with History)
13 September
Peter Cryle
Towards a historical understanding of “orgasm” (this seminar has been moved from 20 September to avoid a clash with History)
11 October
Andrew Fitzmaurice
Res nullius in the late eighteenth - century law of nations
25 October
Mark Finnane
Customary law and the condition of repugnancy: an Australian story

8 November
Bruce Buchan
Trade, treaty or terra nullius? British colonisation, indigenous sovereignty and ideas of commercial civilisation

22 November
Helen Creese
Enlightened orientalisms? Re-viewing European perceptions of early nineteenth-century Bali

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