CFP - EARG 2018 Colloquium

deadline for submissions: 
January 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Early Atlantic Reading Group, Purdue University
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12th Annual Purdue Early Atlantic Reading Group Graduate Student Colloquium

April 6-7, 2018

Visibility, Visuality, and Visual Culture in the Transatlantic World

Purdue’s Early Atlantic Reading Group (EARG) invites graduate student scholars to participate in its twelfth annual graduate student colloquium. This year’s colloquium will consider the multifaceted topics of visuality and visual culture. We hope to stimulate critical conversations on Early Atlantic colonialism, technology, travel, aesthetics, industrialization, urbanization, and more, all of which relate to ways Early Atlantic peoples saw themselves, others (and Others), and their world. Who could be seen and by whom? Were certain visual perspectives privileged, and why? What do Early Atlantic texts, maps, images, and technology render visible, or invisible?

The colloquium will take place April 6-7, 2018. Dr. Robert Markley, W. D. and Sara E. Trowbridge Professor of English, Writing Studies, and the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois, will serve as our featured speaker. Dr. Markley’s research spans from eighteenth-century British literature to digital humanities and science fiction. He is the author or editor of several books, including Dying Planet: Mars in Science and Imagination (2005) and The Far East and the English Imagination, 1600-1730 (2006). His presentation will be entitled, “‘Choked with  . . . Rank Luxuriance’: William Robertson’s Americas and the Eighteenth-Century  Understanding of Global Climates.”

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Book history and production, including illustration
  • Creative interpretations (visual, prose, verse, dramatic)
  • Disability studies
  • Gender studies
  • Intermediality (including ekphrasis), remediations, and adaptations
  • Maps and geography
  • Post-colonialism and Orientalism
  • Print culture
  • Queer theory
  • Representations of bodies
  • Technology/science (including optics)
  • Travel writing
  • Visibility and ways of seeing
  • Visual aesthetics and literary form
  • Visual culture studies
  • Visual rhetoric

We also welcome proposals on topics unrelated to the conference theme. We encourage individual papers, non-traditional presentations, such as roundtables or pre-circulated papers, and proposals for pre-constituted panels.  Proposals should focus on pre-1900 American, British, and/or Caribbean contexts, postcolonial frameworks, and/or transatlantic works.

Please send abstracts and/or panel proposals of approximately 300 words no later than January 15, 2018, to the colloquium organizer at

If you have any questions, please contact Daniel Froid, the colloquium organizer, at