Programme du colloque de Moscou

What is the Enlightenment? New Answers to the Old Question

International Conference Program

Kuskovo Estate Museum, June 26-28, 2017

June 26, Monday

10.00-10.20    Opening of the conference

New Approaches to the Study of the Enlightenment: Content and Dynamics

Moderator: Sergey Karp (Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow)


Jonathan Israel (Princeton University), Radical Enlightenment and Revolution.


Vincenzo Ferrone (Université de Turin), La vertu et les droits de l’homme entre les Lumières tardives et la Révolution française.


Franck Salaün (Université Paul Valéry Montpellier III), Temps fort et processus: deux approches des Lumières.

11.20-11.40    Discussion

Moderator: Franck Salaün (Université Paul Valéry Montpellier III)


Eszter Kovács (University of Szeged), Entre métaphore et concept. L’émergence des lumières pour les Lumières.


Edoardo Tortarolo (University of Eastern Piedmont, Vercelli), Enlightenment and censorship: an uneasy act of balance.


Stanisław Witecki (Jagiellonian Univeristy, Kraków), Social spread of the Enlightenment in the predominantly illiterate societies. Methodological proposition.

13.00-13.20    Discussion

Moderator: Jonathan Israel (Princeton University)


Antonio Trampus (Université de Venise Ca’ Foscari), Le langage politique des Lumières et son héritage dans le libéralisme: nouvelles approches.


Richard Wortman (Columbia University), The Enlightenment in Russian Representation and Rule.

15.40-16.00    Discussion


Guido Abbattista (University of Trieste), A case for a “long Enlightenment”: commercial ideology and the civilizing mission in the relationships between Europe and Asia (India and China), 1780-1850.


Jean-Pierre Schandeler (CNRS, Montpellier), Condorcet: l’universalisme des Lumières en question (1979-2008).

16.40-17.00    Discussion

June 27, Tuesday

The Enlightenment Universe: Ideas, Tastes, Practices, and Social Context

Moderator: Richard Wortman (Columbia University, New York)


Tal Kogman (Tel Aviv University), Cultural Contacts and Modeling of Knowledge – The Case of the Jewish Enlightenment in the German Speaking Sphere.


Claus Scharf (Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz), What did follow the Enlightenment? Schlözer and his prominent students in Germany, in the Hungarian kingdom and in the Russian Empire.

10.40-11.00    Discussion


Liudmila Posokhova (Vasyl Karazin Kharkiv National University), “The Garden of Ukrainian Sciences” and its creators: the reconstruction of intellectual networks (the second half of the 18th – early 19th century).


Elise Kimerling Wirtschafter (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona), Russian Diplomacy as Enlightenment Project: The Holy Alliance and the Vienna Settlement, 1815-1822.

11.40-12.00    Discussion

Moderator: Sergey Androsov (The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg)


Maria Petrova (Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow), Collecting works of art as a practice in the diplomatic environment of the Enlightenment: an example of Russian representatives in the German states.


Elena Sharnova (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow), The catalog of Aleksandr Stroganov’s collection and the tradition of the French auction catalogs of the second half of the 18th century.

13.00-13.20    Discussion

Moderator: Vladislav Rjéoutski (German Historical Institute Moscow)


Markus Castor (Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art, Paris), Rien n’est simple dans les Lumières: Les «mœurs totalement opposées» – Caylus et Grimm, deux exemples antagonistes autour des simplicités programmatiques.


Igor Fedyukin (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow), “Riding in the Island of Love »: translation by Vasiliy Trediakovsky of «Le voyage à l’île d’Amour» by Paul Tallemant and its court context.


Irina Roldugina (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow), “The End of Fornication”: Enlightenment, libertinage and urban sexuality in St. Petersburg in the mid-18th century.

16.00-16.30    Discussion


Galina Kosmolinskaia (Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences / Research Centre for the History of the Book of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow), Parisian or Muscovite? A case from the history of Russian-French cultural relations in the Age of Enlightenment (presentation of the completed project).


Nadezhda Zubanova (The State Museum of Ceramics and the “Kuskovo Estate of the 18th Century”), “Enlighten while entertaining”: educational ideas in the semantics of the Russian noble estate (Kuskovo).

17.30-18.00    Discussion

18.00-19.00    Walk in the estate (the park and pavilions)

June 28, Wednesday

Ongoing projects

Moderator: Jean-Pierre Schandeler (CNRS, Montpellier)


Sergey Androsov (The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg), The first (Münnich’s) catalog of the Hermitage art gallery and new perspectives of the collection study.


Guillaume Nicoud (Archivio del Moderno, Académie d’architecture de l’Université de la Suisse italienne, Mendrisio), Les probables origines « encyclopédiques » de l’Ermitage.

10.40-11.00    Discussion


Yoichi Sumi (Keio University, Tokyo), À la recherche des sources du grand dictionnaire: une étude génétique de l’Encyclopédie.


Nadezhda Plavinskaia (Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow), International publishing project “Complete Works of Montesquieu”: the experience of a historian.

11.40-12.00    Discussion

Moderator: Alexander Kamenskii (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow)


Sergey Polskoi (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow), Vladislav Rjéoutski (German Historical Institute Moscow), Transfer of European socio-political ideas and translation practice in 18th century Russia.


Elena Smilianskaia, Viktor Borisov, Ekaterina Chicherina (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow), Russia in the Age of Catherine the Great in the European press: Database of Translations from Western news periodicals.


Sergey Karp (Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow), Publication of correspondence of Catherine II with Friedrich Melchior Grimm: the experience of realization of one utopia.

13.20-14.00    Discussion, closing of the conference