CFP: (En)gendering the Atlantic World

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(En)gendering the Atlantic World

April 20-21st, 2018
New York University

Over the last five decades, historians have demonstrated that focusing on gender enables a deeper understanding of the diversity of human experience, ideologies, and epistemologies that shaped the Atlantic World. This conference hopes to build on that work, considering both ideologies and human experience in using gender as a central framework for investigating the intertwined histories of the peoples and polities of Africa, the Americas, and Europe. How did ideologies of gender mold, refine, and/or challenge other structures of power in the Atlantic? What does centering gender provide us with that is otherwise lost, erased, or silenced? What new methodologies and approaches are made available by reading existing archives through the lens of gender?

This conference aims to convene emerging and established scholars whose work speaks to gender in the Atlantic World between 1400 and 1800. While we welcome papers on any aspect of gender in the Atlantic World, we particularly encourage those that situate enslaved and Native actors within the broader Atlantic context, as well as those that critically consider imperial structures and the archival challenges they produce. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • -  Science, Technology, Medicine, Environment

  • -  Commerce, Capitalism, Trade

  • -  Politics and Diplomacy

  • -  Cultural Production, Material and Sartorial Culture, Consumption

  • -  Race, Slavery, Commodification

  • -  Labor and Work

  • -  Gender and the Law

  • -  Knowledge Production, Education, Intellectual History

  • -  Sexuality, Reproduction, and the Body

  • -  Gender and Empire

  • -  Gender and Revolution

  • -  Motherhood, Fatherhood, Childhood

    We invite individual submissions for papers twenty minutes in length. Proposals should include a 200-300 word prospectus and a one-page CV. Please email your submission to Lila Chambers ( AND Elise A. Mitchell ( by October 15, 2017.