ASECS 2017: Disciplined Mobility and Carceral Spaces in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World

deadline for submissions: 
September 20, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Jonathan Nash, College of Saint Benedict & Saint John's University
contact email: 

CFP for panel at 2017 ASECS National Conference, March 30-April 2, Minneapolis

Disciplined Mobility and Carceral Spaces in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World

In The Reaper's Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery, historian Vincent Brown argues, "If people looked to the past to find the roots of contemporary forms of inequality, domination, and terror, rather than the origins of freedom, rights, and universal prosperity, they might see early colonial Jamaica as home to the people who made the New World what it became." Taking Brown's argument as a starting point, this panel welcomes proposals that explore violence, death, power, "inequality, domination, and terror," through analyses of disciplined mobility and carceral spaces throughout the eighteenth-century Atlantic World. Potential topics of disciplined mobility may include the transportation of missionaries, Native Americans, indentured servants, convicts, military personnel, or enslaved Africans. Potential carceral spaces may include military and trading forts, West African slave factories, slave ships, missions, "praying towns," plantations, encomiendas, or institutions of confinement. The panel aspires to spark comparative, interdisciplinary conversations, and welcomes proposals from scholars from all disciplines, backgrounds, and career stages.

If you're interested in participating a paper on the panel, please send a 250-word abstract and brief biography to by Monday, September 20.