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Call for papers: “Enlightening the plates of the Encyclopédie”

The international conference “Les Planches de l’Encyclopédie en lumière” will be held over three days at Sorbonne University, from May 27th-29th, 2021. The organizers have launched a call for papers, to be sent by September 30th.

The aim of the conference is to review the research on the plates of the Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers (1751-1772) by Diderot and D’Alembert, which has recently been digitized via the ENCCRE project. The conference will be organized around four themes relating to research on the original plates, and submitted papers should correspond to these themes:

1. The manufacture of the engraved plates and series of the Recueil, i.e. all the questions relating to the modalities of their intellectual manufacture and the history of their editorial production

2. The contributors of the plates, i.e. the Encyclopédie’s draftsmen and engravers

3. The explanations of the plates, i.e. all the questions relating to the “Explications” which form the first part of each series of the Recueil before the corresponding engraved plates

4. The place of the plates of the Encyclopédie in the history of illustration in the 18th century

Proposals should be sent by September 30th, 2020 to

Read further conference and submission details (PDF)





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