CFP: Technologies of Exchange in Early America (9/15/06; SEA, 6/7/07-6/10/07)

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Elizabeth Hewitt
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Williamsburg, Virginia June 7-10, 2007

PANEL: Technologies of Exchange in the Early Americas

This session focuses on the variety of developing bureaucratic
exchange systems in the 17th and 18th centurie--the variety of new
mechanisms in which individual persons are incorporated into larger
and more complicated social networks. As we know, colonialism was
both the product of such new complex systems (like joint stock
companies) and also produced the need for increasingly complex
systems (like the establishment of trade laws that would attempt to
codify the relationship between colonial subjects and national
authority). This session will explore the significance and
consequences of such institutional changes: for example, the
development of international commerce, the changing practices and
techniques of English and colonial currency and bullion, the
burgeoning print industry and newspaper publication, or the
development of postal networks (by which such publications were
delivered). Papers will address the significance of these
institutional sites in early American culture and/or consider the
ways that a range of early American texts and institutions represent
and make sense of these myriad changes in social technologies. We
invite papers that explore a range of social and economic networks
(corporations, social clubs, trade systems, postal communication,
magazines, publishing, etc.).

To submit a proposal for this panel, please send a one-page summary
of your paper and a short c.v. to Elizabeth Hewitt (

Prof. Elizabeth Hewitt
Dept. of English
Ohio State University

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