[UPDATE] Extended deadline 1/20/14 Going Global in the 18th and 19th Centuries--Economy of Scales Graduate Conference

full name / name of organization: 
Eighteenth Century Studies Group, Nineteenth Century Forum, Reorientations, University of Michigan Department of English
contact email: 
atsay@umich.edu

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
-cartography
-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 Alice Tsay atsay@umich.edu by January 20, 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: Aran Ruth at aranruth@umich.edu and Adam Sneed at adsneed@umich.edu.

For more information about the conference or to see the full "Economy of Scales" CFP, please visit http://www.umich.edu/~ecsg/Conference2014/index.html.

cfp categories: 
american
bibliography_and_history_of_the_book
childrens_literature
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
eighteenth_century
ethnicity_and_national_identity
graduate_conferences
humanities_computing_and_the_internet
interdisciplinary
international_conferences
poetry
popular_culture
religion
rhetoric_and_composition
romantic
science_and_culture
theatre
theory
travel_writing
victorian