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This edited volume seeks essays that will explore the material history of objects as they are circulated between Europe and/or Africa and the Atlantic World (approx. 1650-1800) 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.
The volume will attend to the critical intersection of material culture, formations of capitalism, and the transatlantic imagination, contributing to the robust interdisciplinarity of current eighteenth-century scholarship. To capture the breadth of the project, the volume seeks essays that span the Americas (North and South), including the Caribbean. Essays that discuss the eighteenth-century South Atlantic and its material culture (to include Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch colonial Americas and African diaspora) are particularly welcome.
Paper topics can include, but are not limited to:
- Objectification of human capital during slavery
- The circulation of consumable goods: sugar, chocolate, tobacco, etc.
- Material culture of the Black Atlantic: musical instruments, religious fetish objects, etc.
- Book history and the circulation of works across the Atlantic
- Architecture and/or gardens
- Merchant vessels/Piracy
Proposals of approximately 500 words and a CV should be sent to Victoria Barnett-Woods at email@example.com by October 13th, 2017. Do not hesitate to also contact with questions or queries. Contributors will be notified of their participation in the collection by November 9th. Completed essays will be due by March 2nd, 2018. Routledge Press has already expressed interest in the collection and the submitted volume will undergo the peer review process.