17-19 Oct 2019 Lille and Paris (France)

Melville's Measures 2019

The aim of this conference is to take measure of Melville's grappling with the measureless by surveying the various sets of gauging, computing, measuring instruments designed to circumscribe and contain it. We may wonder whether Melville's works amount to an irregular system of sorts or whether measures are bound to anagrammatically “erase sums.” In what sense do they unsettle and even subvert “the art of measuring” advocated by Newton in his Preface to Principia Mathematica? To what extent are they doomed to be appropriated as canonical criteria by academe? If measures re-assume the part once played by a unique lost paradigm, what will result from their multiplication? Or, in Melville's own words, “If Luther's day expand to Darwin's year / Shall that exclude the hope—foreclose the fear?” (Clarel) 

Registration is open until July 5. The conference fees (80 euros for participants, 30 euros for graduate students) include lunch on October 17, 18 and 19, as well as the conference dinner for all participants on the evening of October 17.

17 and 18 October 2019

Maison Européenne des Sciences de l'Homme et de la Société

2 rue des Canonniers

59000 Lille


19 October 2019

Université Paris Diderot

Halle aux Farines

5 rue Thomas Mann

75013 Paris


For information about how to book your train ticket from Lille to Paris, check out the "Conference Sites and How to Get There" section of this website.


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Image by Matt Kish, from Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page, Portland and New York, Tin House Books, 2011.

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