CFP: [18th] Expanding Borders: MWASECS 2009

full name / name of organization: 
Jeanne Hageman
contact email: 
jeanne.hageman@ndsu.edu

The Eighteenth Century ushered in a period of unprecedented expansion. We
most often think of the expansion of the physical borders: the colonies,
the exploration of new worlds and new territories, and the creation of
new countries through revolution, conquest and war. But just as the
physical boundaries were exploding, so were other long-standing frontiers
within societies themselves: social, sexual, class and mercantile
borders, among others, began to change. How did the authors and
explorers, actors and playwrights, philosophers and libertines expand the
limits and boundaries imposed upon them by the world around them? How did
they express their discontent and present their discoveries and
innovations? When did they go too far and what happened then?
This year’s Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Raymond Stephenson of the
University of Saskatchewan, who will give a talk entitled, ““Eighteenth-
Century Boundaries: Pushing, Expanding, Crossing.” The primary focus of
his talk how we-- the 18th-Century studies “experts” -- approach the idea
of “boundaries” in our work, and secondarily about how the subject was
present/presented in the 18th century.

We welcome papers and panels on all varieties of topics dealing with
expansion, but will consider any topics from the long Eighteenth-
Century.

Expand your own borders and visit Fargo – you’ll soon see it is nothing
like the film. The conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel, in
downtown Fargo, with easy access to the trails along the Red River of the
North, downtown Fargo, with its renovations, restaurants and nighttime
activities, all of which is enlivened by the proximity of three colleges
and universities (North Dakota State University, Minnesota State
University Moorhead and Concordia College). Sessions will be held on the
16th floor of the hotel, giving us a wonderful view of the Red River
valley – and the colors should be wonderful as we enjoy a true autumn in
the north.

Please send proposals for papers and panels to by April 15, 2009 to:

jeanne.hageman_at_ndsu.edu

or:

Jeanne Hageman
Department of Modern Languages
North Dakota State University
Dept. 2345
P.O. Box 6050
Fargo 58108-6050

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