Conference on the 300th Anniversary of Montesquieu’s Persian Letters
December 10-11 at the University of Houston
In-person and on Zoom
Day 1. Friday, Dec. 10th
Session #1 3:00-4:15 p.m.
Discussion Leader : Constantine Vassiliou, University of Houston
Robert Sparling, University of Ottawa : “Desire, Domination, and the Struggle for Recognition in Montesquieu’s Seraglio”
Rebecca Kingston, University of Toronto : “A Mediated Dialogue on Monarchy : Montesquieu’s Response to Bodin through the Persian Letters”
Session #2 4:45-6:00 p.m. (in-person)
Discussion Leader : Jeffrey Church, University of Houston
Lee Ward, Baylor University : “The Role of Female Modesty in Montesquieu’s Persian Letters and its Mandevillean Parallels”
Megan Gallagher, University of Alabama : “Rica in Paris : Sensibility and Cosmopolitanism in the Persian Letters"
Day 2. Saturday, Dec. 11th
Session #3 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Discussion Leader : Diana Schaub, Loyola University Maryland
John Scott, UC Davis : “What Did Usbek Know and When Did He Know It ? The Double Ordering of the Persian Letters”
Stuart Warner, "The Book of Relations : Reflections from Persian Letters"
Session #4 : 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Discussion Leader : Michael Mosher, University of Tulsa
Constantine Vassiliou (UH)/Emily Nacol (University of Toronto) : “The Plague of High Finance in Montesquieu’s Persian Letters"
Ryan Hanley, Boston College : “The Political Economy of the Persian Letters
Session #5 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Discussion Leader : Rebecca Kingston, University of Toronto
Andrea Radanasu : “Law of Nations and the Pitfalls of Abstract Ideals”
Michael Mosher : “Temporality and the Skeptical Temperament : The Futures of the Persian Letters”
Session #6 : 3:00-4:15 p.m.
Discussion Leader : Stuart Warner, Roosevelt University
Vickie Sullivan, Tufts University : “Hiding in Plain Sight : Montesquieu as a Friendly Influence in the Persian Letters"
Peter Lund, University of Houston : “The Unknown Chains of Enlightenment : the Irony of Philosophy or an Ironic Philosopher”