Enlightenment, Romanticism and Contemporary Culture
Dr. Anita Archer
Enlightenment, Romanticism and Contemporary Culture (ERCC) Research Unit School of Culture and Communication | Faculty of Arts
Room E278, Level 2, John Medley Building, The University of Melbourne
Tel.: +61 3 8344 0442
Contemporary notions of critique, creativity, Literature, Nature, citizenship, human rights, democracy, scientific enquiry, and even the Human were forged by Enlightenment and Romantic thought. Yet this inheritance now seems threatened, paradoxically, by developments that it has helped engineer and with which it is still entwined: the digital revolution, globalisation, transnationalism, the environment crisis, and the emergence of artificial intelligence and autonomous technologies. Through innovative research, conferences, and public lectures, this research unit aims to re-envision the transition from Enlightenment to Romanticism and its legacies in the present. We believe it is important to ask, without nostalgia, what can we make of ‚Enlightenment - Romanticism‘ now?