In the fine tradition of the Salon and the Italian tour, scholars with interests in the eighteenth century in St. Louis and the surrounding area are invited to join our group and to share their works in progress while prospective visitors are encouraged to explore our site and correspond with our members. 

Welcome to the Eighteenth-Century Interdisciplinary Salon!  Founded in 1996, we are a research group for faculty and dissertating graduate students with interests in the long eighteenth century, housed in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Washington University in St. Louis. Comprised of scholars from Washington University, Saint Louis University, Webster University, and the University of Missouri at St. Louis, our members hail from a wide variety of departments, including Italian, French, Spanish, English, German, Philosophy, History, Art History, and Music.  We meet on a monthly basis throughout the academic year to exchange works in progress and our discussions have given rise to many successful grants and publications.  Each year, we invite guest speakers to discuss recently published work or works in progress and to give public lectures on interdisciplinary topics.  Our members have hosted several regional and international conferences, including the Midwest American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies (MWASECS) conference in 2004, the International Staël Symposium in 2009, and the conference on The Enlightenment Pope: Benedict XIV in 2012. We have been supported by a grant from the Center for the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis since 2011. For more information about our group please contact co-conveners Tili Boon Cuillé at or Rebecca Messbarger at