This two-day conference brings together a large cohort of distinguished scholars to scrutinize unexamined legacies of the Enlightenment from a multi-disciplinary, global perspective. The long-eighteenth century (c.1660-1820) was once understood as the period during which the West became secular in its intellectual, cultural and political institutions. But scholars have now radically redefined Enlightenment both as concept and epoch. The conference aims to advance this critical intervention by bringing the Middle East, the Asia-Pacific regions, and India into conversation with American, Caribbean and European perspectives. We focus on understanding both religious conflict and global exchange as defining aspects of how modernity gets constructed during the Enlightenment period and beyond.
Please see our website for more information, including the conference schedule, paper abstracts, and speakers' bios: https://globalenlightenment.princeton.edu.