Tracing Indo-American Encounters, 1780s-1880s (for ACLA 2016)

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Anupama Arora, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth; Rajender Kaur, William Paterson University

This seminar seeks to draw on the growing body of work oriented toward the transnational and global turn in American Studies to trace connections between the Indian subcontinent and the United States in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. We invite papers that examine the traffic (of ideas, texts, people, commodities) between India and the U.S. to provide a window into the ways in which India was part of the cultural landscape and imaginary of the U.S. from its inception, and performed important ideological work in domestic conversations such as those surrounding race, nation, religion, gender, and trade.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Consumption of Indian goods and commodities
- Slaves, Servants, Sailors, Visitors and Others from the South Asian subcontinent
- India in Early American Magazines and Periodicals
- Exhibiting India in 19th-century American museums
- "American Renaissance" Writers and India
- Transcendentalists and India
- Canonical and lesser-known American Women Writers and/on India

Send all enquiries and abstracts to both organizers.

250-word abstracts (plus title and list of 5 keywords) must be submitted through the ACLA online portal. The portal will open on Sept. 1 and close on Sept. 23. For more information on submitting abstracts see,