CFP & Keynote Announcement: (En)gendering the Atlantic World

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The Atlantic World Workshop at New York University is pleased to announce that Todd Romero, Associate Professor of History at University of Texas, Houston, will be giving the keynote address at the (En)gendering the Atlantic World Conference taking place April 2018. He is the author of Making War and Minting Christians: Masculinity, Religion, and Colonialism in Early New England (2011). He is currently working on a biography of the Indian leader Metacom (King Philip) under contract with Oxford University Press and a monograph focusing on Indian children from New England to the Chesapeake, provisionally titled “Colonizing Childhood: Native American Children in British North America.” Both of these projects highlight the intersections of religion, colonialism, gender, childhood, violence, labor, and race in early America. Please see the CFP below.

 

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(En)gendering the Atlantic World

April 20-21st, 2018

New York University

 

Over the last five decades, historians have demonstrated that focusing on gender enables a deeper understanding of the diversity of human experience, ideologies, and epistemologies that shaped the Atlantic World. This conference hopes to build on that work, considering both ideologies and human experience in using gender as a central framework for investigating the intertwined histories of the peoples and polities of Africa, the Americas, and Europe. How did ideologies of gender mold, refine, and/or challenge other structures of power in the Atlantic? What does centering gender provide us with that is otherwise lost, erased, or silenced? What new methodologies and approaches are made available by reading existing archives through the lens of gender?

 

This conference aims to convene emerging and established scholars whose work speaks to gender in the Atlantic World between 1400 and 1800. While we welcome papers on any aspect of gender in the Atlantic World, we particularly encourage those that situate enslaved and Native actors within the broader Atlantic context, as well as those that critically consider imperial structures and the archival challenges they produce. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

 

  • Science, Technology, Medicine, Environment

  • Commerce, Capitalism, Trade

  • Politics and Diplomacy

  • Cultural Production, Material and Sartorial Culture, Consumption

  • Race, Slavery, Commodification

  • Labor and Work

  • Gender and the Law

  • Knowledge Production, Education, Intellectual History

  • Sexuality, Reproduction, and the Body

  • Gender and Empire

  • Gender and Revolution

  • Motherhood, Fatherhood, Childhood

 

We invite individual submissions for papers twenty minutes in length. Proposals should include a 200-300 word prospectus and a one-page CV. Please email your submission to Lila Chambers (lila.chambers@nyu.edu) AND Elise A. Mitchell (elise.mitchell@nyu.edu) by October 15, 2017.