CFP for Panel at EC/ASECS (Nov 2-4 2017)

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
June 1, 2017
Location: 
United States
Subject Fields: 
Atlantic History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Maritime History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies

Panel Title “Living in a Material World: Objects, Capitalism and the Transatlantic Imagination”

This panel seeks papers that will explore the material history of objects as they are circulated between Europe and the Atlantic World (broadly conceived) during the long eighteenth century. Tied to the legacies of imperialism, slavery, and creolization, discussing material objects allows for an avenue of scholarly intervention onto the global markets that existed at the time and naturalized value systems that reverberate to this day.

Paper topics can include, but are not limited to:

  1. Objectification of human capital during slavery
  2. The circulation of consumable goods: sugar, chocolate, tobacco, etc.
  3. Material culture of the Black Atlantic: musical instruments, religious fetish objects, etc.
  4. Book history and the circulation of works across the Atlantic
  5. Currency
  6. Architecture and/or gardens
  7. Merchant vessels/Piracy

This panel is designed to be interdisciplinary in nature, connected to the East-Central ASECS conference theme of “Capital Culture and Cultural Capital.” 

Please email a 250-300 word abstract and brief bio to Victoria Barnett-Woods by June 1 2017 at: vab@gwu.edu

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Victoria Barnett-Woods

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