ASECS, March 2014 in Los Angeles, CA, panel sponsored by the Society of Early Americanists, "Interrogating Methodologies in Eig

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American Society of Eighteenth Century Studies
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This panel seeks to explore the numerous ways scholars are approaching eighteenth century American texts and topics. We invite papers that investigate a specific interdisciplinary method through which individual and collective voices might be heard in the Americas during the long and deep eighteenth century. This panel is neither limited to North America nor to sources written only in English. We are especially interested in innovative methodologies that seek to access recorded experiences assumed to be inaccessible. Papers may cover (but certainly are not limited to) retelling and rehearing, microhistories, close reading, the challenges and benefits of the archive, implications of digital humanities, GIS visualization, data mining, and navigating publishing of understudied texts and people. This panel seeks to foreground new research and interdisciplinary methodologies. We welcome work from junior scholars and graduate students. 5-7 scholars will be selected and asked to present brief 8-10 minute summary statements of research so that there will be ample time for audience participation, questions, and responses. Please email a 1-page proposal (PDF) and a CV (also PDF) no later than Sep 15th.