CFP - Brown University HGSA Conference - Atlantic Trajectories: Trends and Movements in Atlantic World Studies, September 29-30, 2017

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The Atlantic is everywhere: many departments have given the Atlantic its own field, increasing

numbers of graduate students call themselves historians of the Atlantic world, and multiple

roundtables and books are now dedicated to determining what the Atlantic constitutes.

The first generation of Atlantic historians, trained under the inexhaustible Bernard Bailyn,

presumed the British Atlantic to be The Atlantic. But there are all sorts of Atlantics that lie

beneath the surface: a multinational, non-regulated ocean of contingency, chaos, and

occasional rhythm, whose stories can be told from Indigenous, Dutch, French, Indigenous,

Portuguese, and Spanish perspectives.


We would like to hear these stories from the next generation of Atlantic historians. We

imagine this conference as a set of conversations amongst graduate students who are

concerning themselves primarily with the Southern Atlantic. With keynote by David Wheat,

and reception hosted at the John Carter Brown Library, we aspire for a series of presentations

and discussions amongst colleagues at varying points in their graduate careers, fellows at the John

Carter Brown Library, and participating students and faculty at Brown University. Over the

weekend of September 29-30, we hope to find ourselves in an Atlantic that encompasses a

variety of time periods and frameworks, getting away from its initial conceptualization as an

English boundary. Send your abstracts of 250 words and one page CVs to participate by July

31st¨ 2017 to brownhgsa2017@gmail.comWe look forward to reading them, and please email

us if you have any questions!


Here are some, although by no means comprehensive, keywords that may help you get

started: abolition, Asiento, Black Atlantic, cartography, cinema, class, diaspora, Indian servitude,

gender, geography, go-betweens, healing, hurricanes, magic, natural history, Pacific, pirates,

plantations, queer theory, quilombos, race, rebellion, Red Atlantic, religion, slaves, spirituality,



About the Library:

The collections of the John Carter Brown are owed to the extraordinary wealth and

influence of its namesake, John Carter Brown. For some thirty years, Brown pursued books and

manuscripts focused on the early history of the Americas. In memory of his father, John

Nicholas Brown raised the funds and dedicated the building in which the current collections are

held in 1904. Due to its extraordinary breadth and scope for the early history of the Americas in

Dutch, Spanish, Latin, Nahuatl, Quechua, French, Italian, among others, the John Carter

Brown Library will serve as host for our keynote speaker¨ David Wheat¨ and a reception

following. Students who may find the library helpful in future research will have ample

opportunity to speak with its librarians and the fellows who will be in residence during the fall of

2017. To view the online catalogue and fellows in residence, visit their website.


About the Keynote Speaker:

David Wheat is currently Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University

where he works on migration history, slavery, and maritime exchange across the Atlantic and

Colonial Latin America. His first book, Atlantic Africa and the Spanish Caribbean, published by

UNC Press, focuses on the many roles, influences, and spaces that Africans brought with them

in the development of Spanish Caribbean society in the late sixteenth to mid-seventeenth

centuries. For more on David Wheat, see his faculty profile.

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