Sharing Spaces: Cultural and Spatial Interactions within and beyond German-speaking Europe

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Call for Papers
September 1, 2022
Arizona, United States
Subject Fields: 
Early Modern History and Period Studies, German History / Studies, Jewish History / Studies, European History / Studies, World History / Studies

Sharing Spaces is the 9th International Conference of the Frühe Neuzeit Interdisziplinär, to be held March 2-5, 2023 at the University of Arizona, Tucson. This theme stands as an invitation to engage with recent interdisciplinary scholarship on the spatial term, entanglements, interconfessionality, and the movement of people, ideas, objects, and commercial goods.

Sharing Spaces opens up new ways of understanding social, cultural, political, and intellectual interactions within German-speaking Central Europe and between these regions and other parts of Europe and the world during the early modern era.  Even as people created real and imaginary walls and boundaries, they also continued to interact with others outside of those boundaries in shared social and cultural spaces. Different ideas, religions, classes, genders, emerging ethnicities or nationalities, and linguistic groups came into contact, opposition, conflict, exchange, and accommodation in unexpected and transformative ways. Sharing Spaces transcends the concept of 'spaces' as simply physical to encompass all sites and forms of generative or consequential encounter.

The conference organizers are Beth Plummer (University of Arizona), Ute Lotz-Heumann (University of Arizona), and Carina L. Johnson (Pitzer College). Its co-sponsors are Duke University, the American Friends of the Herzog August Bibliothek, and The Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies, University of Arizona.

Abstract submissions: Please send your contact information, a brief bio, title, and abstract of no more than 250 words per paper to Papers may be in English or German. Some travel support will be available for graduate students. Group proposals as well as individual submissions are welcome, but bear in mind the conference's interdisciplinary objective when proposing panels.

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