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45th Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium

Florida State University and The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art are set to host the 45th Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium. All sessions will be held at the Art Ovation Hotel in downtown Sarasota from October 31 to November 2, 2019.

The conference theme, Enchantment and Disenchantment, is inspired by the event's location. Myths of Florida typecast the state as a land of enchantment, entertainment, and Disneyfication. One of Florida's primary Gulf coast cities, Sarasota offers an eclectic blend of high culture and popular entertainment. Now part of the Florida State University, the Ringling Museum and the Ca’ d’Zan were built by the circus magnate, John Ringling, whose business claimed to deliver the 'Greatest Show on Earth.' This location offers an opportunity to look back on the nineteenth-century origins of spectacles of technology and fantasy as well as the (dis)enchantment that they can provide. 

The 2019 colloquium will explore how nineteenth-century France was a time of confrontation between the age-old enchantment of faith, magic, and tradition, and the modern lure of rationalization, science, and innovation, leading to what Max Weber called the "disenchantment of the world." The nineteenth century is also a period of developing technologies and economies of popular entertainment. Along these lines, we can explore enchantment as a reward system that delights and inspires, or an enthrallment that constrains and inhibits. Enchantment can be a visceral experience of spectacle or one that plays with the simulacra of illusion. 

The conference program is available. Click the sessions to see the presenters’ names.

The keynote talk, will be given by Elisabeth Fraser, Professor of Art History at University of South Florida in Tampa. 

On Friday evening, conference participants can attend a reception in the courtyard of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, with free access to the European galleries and to an exhibition of circus and popular entertainment prints titled "Le Tour du Monde" at the Tibbals Learning Center specially curated for NCFS 2019. Link to Ringling Estate map.

Saturday, November 2

Art Ovation Hotel - Sarasota, FL 1255 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

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