CFP Oceanic Roots of the Atlantic Revolutions (June 4-8, 2018, Paris)

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Dear colleagues:

In the context of a joint project between the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and the University of Southern California, we are convening a five-day faculty-postgrad summer seminar on the “Oceanic Roots of the Atlantic Revolutions,” to be held in Paris from June 4-8, 2018.  The project considers a central hypothesis: that studying longue durée political patterns and homologies within the Atlantic world makes it possible to reinterpret the age of revolutions as a whole without recourse to ideas of revolutionary diffusion or contagion.  This initial meeting will focus on discussion of three transnational topics that traverse the histories of the early modern Atlantic world and the revolutionary era: republicanism, sociability, and material and visual cultures.  The goal of the seminar is to open up conversations among scholars working on different regions and time periods.

We seek applications from advanced graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who wish to come and present their work at the seminar.  Work from any disciplinary tradition is welcome, and need not be longue durée in character; case studies and the like are welcome.  The seminar will consist of morning presentations by senior faculty members, with afternoons devoted to discussing precirculated draft papers by graduate students and postdocs.  Main presentations will all be in English.  Accepted junior scholars will have their housing and most meals in Paris covered by the seminar; travel assistance is also available on a case-by-case basis.

For more information on the Oceanic Roots project, and the application process for the Paris summer seminar, please visit  Applications, consisting of a cover letter, a work-in-progress, a CV, and a letter of recommendation, are due by April 10, 2018, to

Thank you – and please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions –

Nathan Perl-Rosenthal (USC)

Clément Thibaud (EHESS)