[UPDATE] CFP: Expanding Borders

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Midwestern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
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Expanding Borders

October 8 โ€“ 11, 2009
Fargo, North Dakota

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 โ€“ 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 โ€“ and the colors should be wonderful as we enjoy a true autumn in the north.

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

jeanne.hageman@ndsu.edu (Please include "MWASECS" in the subject line)


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