Sex, Gender, and Race in the Atlantic and Mediterranean Worlds: A Comparative View
This seminar explores how Europeans constructed the identities of non-European and non-Christian peoples in the Atlantic and Mediterranean worlds. We invite papers that examine how Europeans racialized, sexualized, or in any way “othered” either Jews or Muslims in Southern Europe, the indigenous peoples of the Americas, or the peoples of North/West Africa that they encountered in Africa in addition to those encountered as slaves when traveling to the Caribbean and Central America. Renaissance and early modern European views of different peoples was closely connected to, and constructed by, prevailing ideas about gender and sexuality as well as notions of civilization and nature. This panel aims to explore these conceptions comparatively by fusing European Renaissance studies with new Atlantic world and transatlantic scholarship through discussion. We also welcome papers that bridge the geographical and disciplinary divisions inherent in much of the literature to date of the period from 1300-1700.
Deadline: August 15