28.09.2018 Workshop on the Spirit of Legislation

Workshop on the Spirit of Legislation

On the 28th September the team and our guests, Rossella Baldi, Damiano Bardelli (UNIL), Aris Della Fontana (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), Christoph Oelmann (Jena), Alexander Schmidt (Jena) and Nadir Weber (UNIL) met for an intensive day-long session on, and around the subject of the Spirit of Legislation. The meeting had two overarching aims. First, to assess the current state of the historiography in order to identify the most important questions for future research. Secondly, to clarify how the intuitions behind the “Enlightenment Agrarian Republics” project can be built into a meaningful organizing framework for collaborative research.


Location: Room 5182, Bâtiment Anthropole, UNIL

9:30-10:00 – Welcome by Béla Kapossy, Round of Introductions

10:00-10:30 – Aris Della Fontana, Thesis Presentation Entitled: “Malgré l’histoire. Horizons réformateurs au XVIIIème siècle à Gênes et Venise”

10:30-11:00 – Christoph Oelmann, Thesis Presentation Entitled: “Rétablissement and agricultural policy in Electoral Saxony, 1763-1773″

11:15-11:50 – Overview of the Project and Historiography (Béla Kapossy) + Discussion

11:50-12:30 – Themes in The Spirit of Legislation (Graham Clure) + Discussion

Lunch (12:30-2:00)

2:00-2:30 – The Counts Mniszech and The Spirit of Legislation (Radek Szymanski)

2:30-3:00 – The Vaudois Spirit of Legislation (Auguste Bertholet)

3:00-3:30 – Diffusion of The Spirit of Legislation: Italy, Saxony and Beyond (Roundtable                            Discussion)

4:00-4:30 – St Andrews 2019: Themes, Ambitions and Scope (Roundtable Discussion)

4:30-5:00 – Make Manure not War, On The Agriculture and Militarism in the Swiss Context (Alexander Schmidt)

5:00-5:30 – Reflections and Concluding Remarks