Cultural Programming with GRHS

The Stewart Museum offers a series of activities developed in partnership with The Research Group on the History of Sociabilities (GRHS) in conjunction with the exhibition Paris on Display: 18th-Century BoutiquesConferences and workshops will allow participants to explore the many facets of social and cultural life in the 18th century.

These activities are offered free of charge, with the exception of In the Kitchen of the Enlightment (Dans la cuisine des Lumières), a French-language conference-workshop being held on February 17, 2019. 

CONFERENCE: The back store: the workshops of foreigners in 18th-century Paris


Thursday, September 20, 2018, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
In French only, followed by a bilingual question period

The conference will begin by examining the history of work in Paris during the Enlightenment. What, for example, was hidden in the artisans’ workshops? What instruments, rituals, disputes and solidarity? The talk will then move on to the city’s newcomers. Who were the migrants who mixed with Parisians and who, in the secrecy of the workshops, contributed to the economy of the capital city?

With David Garrioch, historian and professor at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia)
Dr. Garrioch is the author of The Formation of the Parisian Bourgeoisie, 1680-1830 and Neighbourhood and Community in Paris, 1740-1790La Fabrique du Paris révolutionnaire (The Making of Revolutionary Paris) is his first book translated into French.

Spaces available: 40
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Public reading: Giving a voice to the past: the 18th century through its archives


Sunday, September 30 at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
In French only

By actress Geneviève Rochette
In conjunction with Les Journées de la culture
Discover the 18th century through the words and stories of the era. Reading excerpts from archival documents, actress Geneviève Rochette will take us back to 18th-century Paris, from the small bourgeois pleasures to the full-blown hostilities of the Revolution. Each reading is followed by a musical performance of 18th century works from the French classical repertoire.

Spaces available: 40 for each public reading

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Guest Writer
Sunday September 30, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For a day, Marie-Josée Poisson, author of Book 1 and 2 of Liées par le sang (Éditions La Semaine), will be the Stewart Museum’s special guest. With the history of New France at the core of Ms. Poisson’s storytelling, the museum’s collections have proven a true source of inspiration. The novelist will share insights about her creative process with her readers during her book-signing.

Conference: Luxury, commerce, innovation: the Paris boutique in the 18th century


Thursday, October 4, 2018, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
In French only

Paris in the 18th century was one of Europe’s largest centres of fashion and luxury items, from gold and silver smithing to bookbinding, watchmaking and textiles. It was also celebrated as such in guides, almanacs and fashion publications. This conference will expand on the culture of consumption that helped extend the city’s reach and influence.

The luxury market, precisely because it demanded a constant influx of new products, also spurred the growth of the second-hand, regular and semi-luxury markets. New items were not just distributed to the upper classes but also to people of lesser means, for they defined the true “consumer culture” of the Enlightenment.

With Natacha Coquery, professor of modern history at Université Lumière-Lyon II Author of Tenir boutique à Paris au XVIIIe siècle : luxe et demi-luxe (2011).

Spaces available: 40
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Conference: Filming Paris in the 18th Century


Sunday, November 18, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
In French only 

This conference brings together three speakers from the fields of history, art and media for a multidisciplinary discussion around the relationships between fiction, truth, history and truth in film. Video clips will be shown during the lecture.

With Pascal Bastien, full professor in the Department of History of Université du Québec à Montréal, Ersy Contogouris, assistant professor in the Department of Art History and Film Studies of Université de Montréal, and Marie-Christine Blais, journalist and cultural critic. 

Spaces available: 40
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Gastronomic conference: In the Kitchen of the Enlightenment


Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
In French only

In the 18th century, a style known as nouvelle cuisine was born, introducing new foods and greater refinement at the table. Embark on a culinary voyage during France’s Enlightenment with Frédéric Charbonneau, who will paint a picture of the gastronomy and culinary practices of the time, as well as offer a few tastes of different foods, from appetizers to deserts, recreating 18th-century flavours and trends.

With Frédéric Charbonneauprofessor of French literature at McGill University and specialist in the pleasures of eating and the art of cooking under France’s old regime.

Spaces available: 30
Paid event (25 $, includes the conference and admission to the exhibition)
Special price: $15 for the McCord Museum members 
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Conference: Day labourers, artisans, domestics and foreigners: 18th-century Paris and its people


Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
In French Only

This conference will follow the most humble Parisians as they go about their day-to-day lives. Not only will we visit them in their workshops, we’ll also explore their streets, markets, bridges and public meeting places—ordinary social areas that provide insight into life in the capital city, with all of its pleasures, irritants and violence.

With Pascal Bastien, full professor in the faculty of history at Université du Québec à Montréal. Dr. Bastien’s research focuses primarily on the history of Paris in the 17th and 18th centuries as well as on world history and judicial practices.


Spaces available: 40
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