CFP: Epidemic Diseases in Indigenous America and Colonial Latin America (Call for Contributors)

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Call for Contributors: Indigenous/Native America and Colonial Latin America

Contagious Connections: Epidemic Diseases of the Vast Early Americas

Deadline: September 1, 2022

Epidemics were foundational forces in the early history of the Americas and the Atlantic World. However, their interdisciplinary and comparative analysis has often been restricted by the imperial and temporal priorities of these regions’ subfields and biomedical and demographic approaches to the study of disease. Rather than rehashing whether acquired immunity destined Native Americans to extirpation and Africans for slavery in the Americas, the Contagious Connections anthology, which is to be published in 2023, proceeds from the idea that epidemics are epistemological and ontological forces that transcended and shaped the Early Americas.

This volume, tentatively called Contagious Connections: Epidemic Disease of the Vast Early Americas, is organized and edited by Ryan Kashanipour (University of Arizona) and Claire Gherini (Fordham University) and brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines with interests in the so-called Vast Early Americas. Numerous authors presented manuscripts during a spring 2022 workshop hosted by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. This call particularly invites proposals from scholars with interests in the experiential and epistemological histories of epidemic diseases in Native/Indigenous America and Colonial Latin America.

If interested, please send a chapter abstract (roughly 500 words) along with a brief CV (approximately two pages) to Ryan Kashanipour ( and Claire Gherini ( by September 1, 2022.  Please feel free to contact Ryan Kashanipour with questions or inquiries.