Rethinking the Early Atlantic World (April 11-12, 2014)_Deadline February 14, 2014

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Purdue University's Early Atlantic Reading Group (EARG)
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Rethinking the Early Atlantic World

Scholars of early American and eighteenth-century British literature, history, and culture have recently argued for the importance of examining the “Atlantic” in broader terms than the nationalistic categories of “Britain” and “America” traditionally used to conceptualize that geographical space. New emphases on topics like the “terraqueous” globe, the place of the Caribbean in Atlantic world relations, and the way that texts circulated between and among Atlantic readers have shifted the critical focus from national boundaries to the matrixes of spaces, people, and channels of exchange that comprised the early modern Atlantic. Purdue’s Early Atlantic Reading Group invites you to explore this interconnectedness through a graduate student colloquium exploring the material and miscellany, pictures and people, literatures and locations of the early Atlantic world. Proposals are welcome that take a specifically transatlantic emphasis or that hone in on an American, British, or Caribbean pinpoint within this literary or historical geography.

The colloquium will take place on April 11-12, 2014 and Professor Christopher Loar (Western Washington University) will be our featured speaker. We welcome individual papers and non-traditional presentations that deal with the literature and culture of America and the Atlantic World from the seventeenth to mid-nineteenth century. Proposals for pre-constituted panels are especially welcome.

We encourage paper and presentation topics including, but not limited to:
• Representations of Nature & the Natural World
• Constructions of Nationalism(s) & Creole Experience
• Discussions of Science, Medicine & Natural History
• Aesthetics and Literary Form
• Women’s & Native Writings
• Transoceanic/Terraqueous Studies
• Caribbean Literatures
• Trans, Circum, & Cis Atlantic or Hemispheric Studies
• Print & Material Culture
• History of the Book
• Media Transformations & Visual Culture
• Modern Rhetorics

Please send abstracts of about 300 words by February 14, 2013 to the colloquium organizers at

Panels will be finalized and participants notified by no later than February 28, 2014.

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