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LLC38: Aestheticism & Decadence


This group is dedicated to the study of "Aestheticism & Decadence," a set of closely related ideas that became prominent in the last two decades of the nineteenth century in Europe, America, but that also extends across history and across the globe.

Open to New People

Active since: 2022

  • Cornell University
  • Le Moyne College

Collaborative Goals

Our primary goal is to form a vibrant community of working scholars to discuss exciting new scholarship in the field though discussion groups, lectures, seminars, and conferences and to forge interesting new connection across disciplines.

Group Organizers

Barbara Black

Professor, English, Skidmore College

Ellis Hanson

Professor, Literatures in English, Cornell University

Michael F. Davis

Professor of English, Le Moyne College


Conference Planning

March 22, 2024, noon

Kevin Ohi: Substance of the Flesh

Nov. 10, 2023, noon

Group Outcomes

We are a new group and this was our first activity, so it might be too early to measure ripple effects. We gave prominent scholars a platform for the distribution of their new work and helped to disseminate new ideas. We gathered scholars from here in central New York, from around the country, and from around the world, and put them into conversation with one another. It was clear from the discussion that a number of participants were stimulated to fresh thought. The second discussion prompted a brief follow- up email exchange among scholars who had not know each other previously. We also invited and engaged graduate students in the discussions. Going forward, we hope to draw from this group collaborators in the planning of a major conference in the near future.