Early Atlantic Studies: Circulation and Material Culture

deadline for submissions: 
January 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Purdue University Early Atlantic Reading Group
contact email: 

The Early Atlantic world witnessed unprecedented changes in mobility, allowing people, goods, and ideas to traverse the globe. Such transit thereby created new pathways for exchange. From the spice trade to the slave trade, scholars have traced the movement of bodies and objects (and objectified bodies) throughout and beyond the Atlantic world, highlighting the circulation of goods and their effects on personal, cultural, and national identity. Purdue’s Early Atlantic Reading Group invites explorations of the circulation of material goods and bodies for a graduate student colloquium that emphasizes material culture, literature, and mobility in the Early Atlantic world. Proposals should focus on pre-1900 American, British, and/or Caribbean contexts, postcolonial frameworks, or transatlantic work.

The colloquium will take place on April 7th and 8th, 2017, and Professor Kelly Wisecup will be our featured keynote speaker. Proposals for pre-constituted panels are encouraged. We welcome individual papers and non-traditional presentations, such as roundtables or pre-circulated papers.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Representations of Nature & the Natural World
  • Representations of Bodies (national, individual, textual)
  • Commodity Culture and Circulation
  • Print & Material Culture
  • Book History and Production
  • Media Transformations and Visual Culture
  • Thing Theory
  • Constructions of Nationalism(s) & the Creole Experience
  • Discussions of Science, Medicine, & Natural History
  • Aesthetics & Literary Form
  • Women’s & Narrative Writing
  • Transoceanic/Terraqueous Studies
  • Caribbean Literatures
  • Queer Theory
  • Trans, Circum, & Cis Atlantic or Hemispheric Studies
  • Modern Rhetorics
  • Creative Interpretations (visual, prose, verse, etc.)

Please send abstracts of approximately 300 words by January 15, 2017 to the colloquium organizer at earg.purdue@gmail.com.

Participants will be notified no later than February 15, 2017.