Brown Bag Lunch: Béla Kapossy, “Electronic Solutions for Research and Teaching the Humanities: The Lausanne Project ‘Lumières.La

posted on 20 Feb 2013 18:59 by Nynne Christoffersen
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Béla Kapossy will be speaking as part of the Brown Bag Lunch series on Thursday, February 21, 2013, from 12 to 1:30pm. His talk is entitled “Electronic Solutions for Research and Teaching the Humanities: The Lausanne Project ‘Lumières.Lausanne.’”

Béla Kapossy is Professor of Modern History at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. He received his PhD in History from the University of Cambridge. Kapossy’s research interests include modern European and Swiss intellectual history, political theory, political economy, and historiography. He is currently working on research projects focusing on Gibbon in Lausanne, commerce and perpetual peace debates in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe, and eighteenth-century historiography. Kapossy’s publications include Sismondi – Libéralisme critique et républiques modernes (Geneva: Slatkine, 2013); Genève, lieu d'Angleterre: 1725-1814, co-editors, Valérie Cossy and Richard Whatmore (Geneva: Slatkine, 2009); Richesse et pauvreté dans les républiques suisses au XVIIIe siècle: Actes du colloque de Lausanne des 23-25 novembre 2006, co-editors, André Holenstein, Danièle Tosato-Rigo, and Simone Zurbuchen (Geneva: Slatkine, 2008); and Iselin contra Rousseau: Sociable Patriotism and the History of Mankind (Basel: Schwabe, 2006).

For the last ten years, the Faculty of Arts at the University of Lausanne has been running a series of large research projects on the Swiss Enlightenment with the intention of forming a new generation of scholars interested in making good use of the vast and largely unused material in Swiss archives and museums. The database “Lumières.Lausanne” provides a platform for both teachers and researchers alike, allowing them to collect and share biographical and bibliographical data, electronically transcribe and edit manuscripts, and ultimately publish their findings online. In his talk, Kapossy will explain the philosophy behind “Lumières.Lausanne” and discuss some of the technical solutions that have been developed for improving the interaction between teachers and students.

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