Early Modern History Workshop - "Corruptors and Instructors: Abbé Nicolas Théru’s Moral Pedagogy at the Collège Mazarin and the Policing of Sexual Crime in Paris, 1688-1736"
"Corruptors and Instructors: Abbé Nicolas Théru’s Moral Pedagogy at the Collège Mazarin and the Policing of Sexual Crime in Paris, 1688-1736"
Benjamin Bernard, Princeton University
There is a pre-circulated, password-protected paper for this workshop. To receive the password for the paper and to attend the workshop, email Jennifer Loessy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Attendance is limited to 25 people. Lunch will be provided.
Benjamin S. Bernard is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History. He studies early modern Europe with an emphasis on France. His research interests deal with linking politics, bureaucracy, and the state with affect, aesthetics, and gender in the period spanning 1650-1850. Recent projects have focused on Napoleon's administrators; faction and fashion during the French Revolution; and the historical memory of the French Revolution. Ben acts as the sole humanities representative in Princeton's ReMatch program, which pairs motivated undergraduates interested in academic or research careers with graduate school mentors.
In May 2016, Ben passed his generals examinations with distinction in fields on France in the long eighteenth century (Prof. David A. Bell), gender and sexuality (Prof. Margot Canaday) and the early modern European state (Prof. Yair Mintzker). His undergraduate thesis was titled "State, Society, and the Politics of Sodomy in Early Modern France." After receiving his B.A. from Yale in 2011 with honors in history, Ben worked in Paris, France for several years as a corporate paralegal before coming to Princeton. While in France, he performed on trombone with the Orchestre EDF and a brass quintet; he continues to play sackbut with Early Music Princeton.
This workshop is a seminar series for Princeton students and faculty interested in the study of early modern history. The series brings together a community of early modernists that transcends common subdivisions in this field. The series provides graduate students with a forum in which to present works-in-progress, grant applications, research papers, and dissertation papers.