Smart City of Edinburgh: Routing Enlightenment, 1660-1750

Lecture | April 9 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Murray Pittock, Professor, University of Glasgow, School of Critical Studies

 Florence Green Bixby Chair in English

Using data, evidence and the models provided by modern innovation and urban studies theory, “Smart City of Edinburgh” identifies the particular features of Edinburgh which made the Enlightenment possible. Focused on culture, society, education and cosmopolitan networks rather than people and ideas, it identifies the special qualities of ‘Enlightenment’ as a term rather than the controversial label it has too often become.

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Murray Pittock is Bradley Professor of English Literature and Pro Vice-Principal of the University of Glasgow. One of the leading scholars of Jacobitism, Romanticism and the long eighteenth century internationally, he is Scottish History adviser to the National Trust for Scotland, and a regular contributor to the media on the culture, politics and history of the UK and Ireland. Recent publications include The Scots Musical Museum (Oxford University Press, 2018), Culloden (Oxford University Press, 2016), and The Reception of Robert Burns in Europe (Bloomsbury, 2014)