Department of History

Eighteenth-Century Studies

Eighteenth-Century Studies at Pitt is an interdisciplinary initiative involving several dozen faculty and graduate students from across the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. We are joined by colleagues from Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, and the Carnegie Museums. Our objective is to promote historical and critical study and research in the political, social, economic, intellectual, and cultural life of the “long” eighteenth century.

Convener: Holger Hoock, J. Carroll Amundson Professor of British History

The initiative is sponsored by John Cooper, Bettye J. and Ralph E. Bailey Dean of Arts and Sciences, and generously hosted by the Humanities Center at Pitt.

Getting Involved: To join our mailing list, propose an event, post a notice on the Web site or through our mailing list, or otherwise get in touch with this new initiative, please e-mail Holger Hoock at

2015–16 Events

Versailles: Space, Power, Memory

Eighteenth-Century Studies at Pitt is delighted to co-sponsor this lecture series. All events will take place at the Carnegie Museum of Art Lecture Hall, starting at 6:00 pm. For additional information please contact C.D. Armstrong

January 25, 2016
Claire Goldstein (University of California, Davis)
"Beyond the King's Eye: Observing Comets in the Age of Versailles"

February 8, 2016
Chandra Mukerji (University of California, San Diego)
"The Glow of the Sun King: Artisans and the Ascendancy of Louis XIV."

February 15, 2016
Georges Farhat (University of Toronto)
"Reception and Appropriations of Versailles and French Formal Gardens in 20th-21st-Century Landscape Studies and Urban Designs."

February 22, 2016
Giulia Pacini (College of William & Mary)
"Pruning (at) Versailles: Arboreal Politics in Eighteenth-Century France."

March 28, 2016
Thomas Gaehtgens (Getty Research Institute)
"Transforming the Château de Versailles into a National Museum"