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Thursday, June 27 - Autumn Room, Reynolda Hall

3:00 pm

Session I, Opening Session/ Ouverture du colloque
Chair: Byron R. Wells, Wake Forest University
Welcoming remarks/ Bienvenue aux participants
Kline Harrison, Associate Provost for Global Affairs, Wake Forest University

 

Emile, or on Education: An Introduction/ Emile, ou de l’Education: une mise au point

 

Chantelle Messier, University of Connecticut, “ ‘Forming Men’: Rousseau’s Emile and the New Pedagogical Landscape”
Matthew Mendham
, Christopher Newport University, “Must We Choose Between Forming Men or Citizens? Rousseau’s Qualified Dichotomy”

4:30 pm

Coffee Break / Pause café

5:00 pm

Session II Plenary Address/ Conférence magistrale
Chair: Zev Trachtenberg, University of Oklahoma
John T. Scott, University of California – Davis, “Educating Emile… and Emile’s Reader”

6:00

Reception/ Vin d’honneur

Friday, June 28 - Autumn Room, Reynolda Hall

9:30

Session III, Emile abroad/ Emile à l’étranger
Chair: Christopher Kelly, Boston College
Neven Leddy,
University of Ottawa, “Rousseau and the Genevan Diaspora in the Atlantic World”
Joseph Reisert, Colby College, “Emile’s Study Abroad Program in Political Science”

10:30

Coffee break / Pause café

11:00

Session IV, Imagination and Illustration in Emile/ Imagination et Image dans l’Emile
Chair: Jason Neidleman, University of La Verne
Lindsay Glover, University of New Mexico, “To Bring Forth Monsters: The Necessity and Peril of Imagining in Rousseau’s Emile
Jeff J.S. Black
, St. John’s College, “The Very Pictures of Education; On Rousseau’s Illustrations in Emile

12:00

Lunch (catered)/ Déjeuner (offert)

2:00

Business meeting/ Assemblée générale de l’Association

3:00 Session V, Emile and Philosophical Reason/ Emile et l’esprit philosophique
Chair: John T. Scott, University of California – Davis
Jason Neidleman
, University of La Verne, “Between Doubt and Dogmatism: Reading Emile as a Guide to Truthseeking”
Melisse Pinto, Castleton State College, ” Political Economy of Rousseau’s Emile
Zev Trachtenberg
, University of Oklahoma, “The Tutor’s Garden: Nature and Artifice in Emile
Claudia Schaler, St. Francis Xavier University, “Autonomy or Adversity? Freedom as Self-Mastery”
7:00 Dinner (optional meal)/ Dîner (inscription préalable) -Graylyn Conference Center

Saturday, June 29 - Graylyn Conference Center

9:30   Session VI, The Rejections of Emile/ Emile et l’acte de refuter
Chair: Claudia Schaler, St. Francis Xavier University
Christopher Kelly
, Boston College, “The Rejection of Chemistry in Book III of Emile
Patrick Cox
, Georgia State University, “Rousseau’s View of Authority in Emile’s Education”
10:30 Coffee break/ Pause café
11:00 Session VII, Friendship and Conjugal Life/ L’Amitié et la vie conjugale
Chair, Patrick Cox, Georgia State University
Wilson Alves de Paiva
, Universidade de São Paulo, “(Re)visiting Emile after Marriage: The Importance of an Appendix”
John Warner
, University of California – Davis, “Bad Education: Pity, Moral Learning, and the Limits of Rousseauan Friendship”
12:00 Lunch/ Déjeuner (catered/ offert)
2:00 Session VIII, Emile and the Art of Telling/ Emile et l’art de raconter
Chair: Wilson Alves de Paiva, Universidade de São Paulo 
Peter Westmoreland
, University of Florida, “Rousseau’s Self-Prescribed Laws of the Heart”
Francesca Todesco
, Università di Trento, “L’Emile et le langage de l’implicite”
3:30 Reception/ Vin de clôture

 

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Department of Romance Languages Wake Forest University

Rousseau Association / Association Rousseau
www.rousseauassociation.org

President: Zev Trachtenberg, University of Oklahoma
Vice President: Brigitte Weltman-Aron, University of Florida
Secretary – Treasurer: Jason Neidleman, University of La Verne
Webmaster: Michael O’Dea, Université Lumière 2 Lyon
Colloquium Director: Byron Wells, Wake Forest University

Jean-Jacques Rousseau considered his Emile, or On Education to be “the best and most important” of
all of his writings. Despite the author’s own judgment of the work, (and studies by Peter D. Jimack, Jean
Terrasse, Jean Bloch, Robert Thiéry and Laurence Mall among others), Emile has received less attention
from scholars than his other major writings. Especially since 2012 marks the 250th anniversary of the
publication of the work, it seems appropriate to devote attention to Emile.

Part educational treatise, part work of moral psychology, part novel: Emile is a demanding text that needs
to be examined from a variety of angles. In addition to being an educational treatise, Emile contains some
of Rousseau’s most important reflections on human nature, psychology and morality. Any of these topics
are worthy of exploration, both with regard to what Rousseau argues in Emile itself or in relation to his other
writings. The “Profession of Faith of the Savoyard Vicar” is one of Rousseau’s most extended discussions of
theology and religion, and apart from analyzing the arguments of the “Profession,” questions arise from its
semi-detached character about the relation of the “Profession” to Emile as a whole. The hybrid character
of Emile as part treatise, part novel invites exploration of questions regarding genre, composition, and
audience.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau considérait son Emile, ou de l’Education comme « le meilleur de ses écrits, ainsi
que le plus important ». En dehors d’études classiques comme celle de Peter D. Jimack, ou de plus récentes
comme celles de Jean Terrasse, Jean Bloch, Robert Thiéry, ou Laurence Mall, et en dépit du jugement
de Rousseau sur son oeuvre, Emile a relativement moins retenu l’attention critique que ses autres écrits.
Puisque 2012 marque le 250e anniversaire de la publication du traité, il semble particulièrement opportun
de consacrer ce colloque à Emile.

Le colloque s’interrogera sur l’interdisciplinarité de Rousseau. En partie traité d’éducation, en partie
ouvrage de psychologie morale, et en partie roman: Emile est un texte exigeant qui nécessite d’être
étudié sous plusieurs aspects. Emile n’est pas seulement un traité sur l’éducation, mais contient certaines
des réflexions les plus importantes de Rousseau sur la nature humaine, la psychologie, et la morale. On
abordera la pensée de Rousseau sur ces sujets dans l’Emile lui-même mais aussi par rapport à ses autres
écrits. De même, « La Profession de foi du Vicaire savoyard » représente l’une des discussions les plus
élaborées de Rousseau sur la théologie et la religion, et en dehors de l’analyse des arguments de la «
Profession », des questions se posent (en raison du caractère détachable de cet extrait) sur le rapport de
la « Profession » au reste de l’Emile. L’hybridité de l’Emile, à la fois traité et roman, invite également des
études sur le genre, l’écriture, le lectorat, et l’histoire du livre.