"For the World's Benefit": Transnational Perspectives on the First Century of the Panama Canal November 28th, 2014 Paris

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Université de Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle

The centennial of the canal's inauguration provides an opportunity to renew inquiry about Panama's mission of "service to the world," as stated by the country's motto. The colloquium approaches the history of the canal in light of recent efforts to promote "global," "connected," or "transnational" history. It aims both to reassess the geopolitics of the canal's control and
to explore a broad range of social and cultural phenomena that have taken shape through the canal's construction and use. Alongside diplomats, soldiers and journalists, who figured prominently in international relations, engineers and jurists put forward the professional dimension of international cooperation. Last but not least, the colloquium seeks to shed light on how travelers, laborers and the local population appropriated the canal and interpreted the "service of the world."

This event is organized by members of three interdisciplinary research teams of the Université de Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle: the Centre de recherches sur l'Amérique du Nord (CRAN), division of the Center for Research in the English-Speaking World (CREW), the Centre de recherches et de documentation sur les Amériques (CREDA) and Théorie et histoire des arts et des littératures de la modernité (THALIM).

It will take place on November 28, 2014 in Paris.

Paper proposals (500 words) must be sent by Sept. 14, 2014 to the organizers, Didier Aubert: didier.aubert@univ-paris3.fr, James Cohen: james.cohen@univ-paris3.fr and Evelyne Payen-Variéras: evelyne.payen@univ-paris3.fr