Special Panel Session: "Transnational Scales: Going Global in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries" (21-22 March 2014)
Call for Papers
Special Panel Session: "Transnational Scales: Going Global in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries"
"The Economy of Scales" Graduate Conference
Hosted by the Eighteenth-Century Studies Group (ECSG) & Nineteenth-Century Forum (NCF), University of Michigan—Ann Arbor
March 21-22, 2014
The scientific, political, technological, and social changes of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries brought with them radical shifts in the ways individuals conceptualized their place in the world and in relation to others in it. Moreover, the imbrication of local economies and state interests with global networks mobilized people and objects on a previously unknown scale, oftentimes within systems that blurred the boundary between human and material capital.
In keeping with the overarching theme of the graduate conference, this panel will explore "the manner in which different scales—temporal and/or spatial,…human or non-human, and local, national, or international -- influence cultural, historical, literary and scientific practices in these periods." Topics that potentially resonate with the "economy of scales" theme include (but are certainly not limited to) the following:
• travel writing and travel cultures
• trade and commerce
• foreign policy, international diplomacy, and war
• immigration and forced migration
• science and exploration
• the circulation of ideas
• literary and epistolary networks
This panel welcomes proposals exploring this topic from any disciplinary angle and is sponsored by the Reorientations Interdisciplinary Workshop, which seeks to rethink dominant historical doxa along global, transnational, and transpacific axes.
Please send 300-500 word abstracts to atsay[at]umich.edu by November 1, 2013. Any submitted abstracts that are not selected for this session will be forwarded to the conference organizers for consideration on other panels. Proposals can also be sent to them directly at aranruth[at]umich.edu and adsneed[at]umich.edu.
For more information about the conference or to see the full CFP, please visit http://www.umich.edu/~ecsg/Conference2014/index.html.