Our next session

The seminar is pleased to invite you to its next session, on

Monday 14 March 2016, 17.00 – 19.00, room 2.44, Maison de la recherche.

Architecture and Religion

  •  Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise (Paris 3, Sorbonne Nouvelle): ‘Temples Made of Words: The poetic significance and theological implications of the architectural metaphor’
  • Anne Page (AMU): ‘ Maisons, granges, forêts et chapelles : les non-conformistes et l’espace cultuel avant/après l’Acte de Tolérance ‘

Lecture by Milad Doueihi

Pursuing its interest in Digital Humanities, Britaix is pleased to announce that it will welcome Milad Doueihi for a public Lecture on 21 March 2016.

Milad Doueihi will inaugurate one of our research centre’s new programmes, which will explore different ways of defining and experiencing modernity.

For more information, please contact Prof. Jean Viviès, jean.vivies@univ-amu.fr

Among Milad Doueihi’s publications:

‘The Traps of Representation’, Diacritics 14:1 (Spring 1984), pp. 66–77
(ed.) ‘The Metis of the Greeks’, Diacritics 16:2 (Summer 1986)
(ed.) ‘Hoc est sacramentum: painting blasphemy’, Modern language notes 109 (1994)
A perverse history of the human heart, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1997
La grande conversion numérique, suivie de Rêveries d’un promeneur numérique, Paris: Seuil, 2008. Translated as Digital cultures, 2011. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2011.
Earthly paradise: myths and philosophies, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2009. Translated by Jane Maria Todd.
Solitude de l’incomparable, Paris: Seuil, 2009.
Augustine and Spinoza, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2010.
Pour un humanisme numérique, Paris: Seuil, 2011

Map of Early Modern London

Seminar members and visitors of our blog amy be interested in vistinting the website of a fantastic project exploring early modern urbanism and space, through an interactive Map of Early Modern London.


Civitas Londinum, also known as the “Agas map,” offers a bird’s-eye view of London; it was first printed around 1561, although no copies survive of that initial version.  A later copy, printed in 1633, offers a richly detailed view  of the buildings and of the streets of the city and of its immediate environment.

Discover Georgian cities online

Georgian CitiesA team of French academics has put together a superb website allowing users to discover Georgian cities.  The collective work of  Marie-Madeleine Martinet Liliane Gallet-Blanchard,  Jacques Carré,  Marie-Hélène Thévenot-Totems Arnaud Maillet Françoise Deconinck-Brossard Brigitte Mitchell-de Soye Anne Bandry-Scubbi Annick Cossic and Guyonne  Leduc will give you unprecedented insight into the cities of Bath, London and Edinburgh.  It is also a mine of information about the society and culture of the time.  Enjoy at http://www.18thc-cities.paris-sorbonne.fr/

St Omer Shakespeare folio

Britaix is very pleased to announce that following the recent discovery of a first folio of Shakespeare in St Omer’s Library, two of our French colleagues, Prof. Line Cottegnies (Britaix, 2012, see here) and Prof. Gisèle Venet (Paris 3, Sorbonne-Nouvelle) have published their first findings on the volume in open access, on HAL-SHS, pending the publication of their work in an academic journal. Those interested can read their detailed description of the annotations and marks of authorship, on https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-01120682

Session 3: Monday 2 March 2015

Architecture heading

Session 3 (Monday 2 March 2015), 5.00-7.00 pm, chair : Prof. Anne Dunan-Page

  • « Ordres et désordres de l’architecture conventuelle en exil », Dr Laurence Lux-Sterritt (Aix-Marseille Université, LERMA).
  • « Un architecte dramaturge: Sir John Vanbrugh », Prof. Jean Viviès (Aix-Marseille Université, LERMA).

All welcome.

For further enquiry, please contact Dr Laurence Lux-Sterritt, laurence.sterritt@univ-amu.fr

For the complete programme, click here.

Literature & philosophy seminar

The first session of the interdisciplinary Literature & Philosophy seminar (CEPERC/CIELAM)  on beauty in the 16th and 17th centuries will take place on:

Thursday 6 November, 17.30-19.30 in Seminar Room 2.41 (Maison de la Recherche)

Valérie Debuiche, “Le beau dans la pensée philosophique de Leibniz”

Members of the Britaix are very welcome to attend (see the presentation of the seminar we distributed at our October session)

For more information, please contact Sylvie Requemora-Gros, requemor@orange.fr.

Electronic Enlightenment: conference of Robert McNamee

Dr Robert McNamee, Director of the Electronic Enlightenment Project at the Bodleian Libraries, will give a public conference entitled:

“Editing correspondence for Electronic Enlightenment — scholarly technology and the first global social network!”

Monday 1 December 2014, 3.00-4.30 pm, multimédia building T1, conference room, Campus Schuman

‘With 63,968 letters and documents and 8,008 correspondents as of Summer 2013, EE is the most wide-ranging online collection of edited correspondence of the early modern period, linking people across Europe, the Americas and Asia from the early 17th to the mid-19th century.’  See http://www.e-enlightenment.com.

Members of the seminar have been given a free trial. To get your codes, please contact Dr Laurence Sterritt, laurence.sterritt@univ-amu.fr.

Session 2: 1st December 2014

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This year’s second session will take place:

Monday 1 December  2014, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm in Seminar Room 2.44, Maison de la Recherche, Campus Schuman.

Around the website Georgian Cities

« Les parcours interactifs comme exploration des espaces urbains – des ordres d’architecture aux lieux complexes des villes »,  Prof. Marie-Madeleine Martinet (Université Paris-Sorbonne, Sorbonne Universités Équipe de recherche «Cultures, sociétés et technologies de l’information»).

« Ordres et désordres acoustiques », Prof. Françoise Deconinck-Brossard (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense).

All welcome.

For further enquiry, please contact Dr Laurence Lux-Sterritt, laurence.sterritt@univ-amu.fr

For the complete programme, click here.

Prize for Nathalie Bernard and Stéphanie Gourdon

Britaix is delighted to announce that SELVA, the French learned society on travel narratives, has awarded his 2014 Research Prize to Nathalie Bernard (Aix-Marseille University) and Stéphanie Gourdon (Lyon 2), for their annotated translation of Mary Wollstonecraft’s letters from Scandinavia, published by Aix-Marseille University Press in a series directed by Jean Viviès.


Nathalie and Stéphanie presented their translation at the seminar’s spring session in March 2013 and you can read their joint paper here.

To order the volume from the PUP website, click here. See also a recent review in our online journal E-rea by Anne Rouhette.

Our warmest congratulations to our two colleagues!

Session 1: 6 October 2014

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This year’s first session will take place:

Monday 6 October  2014, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm in Seminar Room 2.44, Maison de la Recherche, Campus Schuman.

This methodological session will give us the opportunity to explore various ways of approaching early-modern architecture and to prepare for the year’s papers on architectural order and disorder.

All welcome.

For further enquiry, please contact Dr Laurence Lux-Sterritt, laurence.sterritt@univ-amu.fr

For the complete programme, click here.

The City and the King

The City and the King: Architecture and Politics in Restoration London (Yale University Press, 2013), Christine Stevenson’s latest book, was shortlisted for the 2014 Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award (See Courtauld Institute website and Yale University Press). Britaix is delighted to welcome her and her colleague, Elizabeth McKellar (Open University), on 6 May 2015, for a talk entitled ‘Making Empire Tangible at the Second Royal Exchange, London’.

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Editing and Translating Early-Modern Texts: looking back to two years of the seminar

Editing and Translating Early-Modern Texts:
looking back to two years of the seminar

Grégoire Lacaze

The two-year cycle of the Britaix seminar has come to an end. It has mainly been devoted to the edition and translation of Early-Modern texts in the digital era. Different viewpoints have been expressed in the various sessions of the Britaix seminar. Scholars, publishers, translators and scholarly editors have given papers about the advent of Digital Humanities and the consequences of this new environment on the edition of texts and translations. These different approaches enrich our understanding of the complex phenomena engendered by the swift mutations that accompany the emergence of Digital Humanities in academic daily life. (Read more…)

Welcome to Britaix 17-18

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This is the new website of Britaix 17-18, a research seminar of Aix-Marseille University (Centre for the Study of the Anglophone World, LERMA, E.A. 853) devoted to 17th- and 18th-century Britain.

The seminar was created in 2002 and is open to academics, M.Phil and doctoral students, and early-career researchers.

It meets four times a year, around a common theme, to discuss aspects of British culture in the early-modern and Enlightenment periods, as well as new methodologies and academic subjects.

The themes are closely connected to the research programme being pursued in the British and Commonwealth Studies section of LERMA, and they are organised on a two-year basis, in keeping with the general thematic outline presented in the research strategy plan.

The seminar is financially backed  by LERMA and Institut Universitaire de France