DEADLINE EXTENDED: World-Making, 1500-1800 -February 22-23, 2019

deadline for submissions: 
December 7, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Early Modern Center, UC Santa Barbara Department of English
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World-Making, 1500-1800

University of California, Santa Barbara

Conference Date: February 22-23, 2019

Abstracts Due: December 7, 2018


The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites proposals for our annual conference, “World-Making, 1500-1800,” to be held on February 22 and 23, 2019. We are happy to announce our two keynote speakers: Su Fang Ng (Clifford A. Cutchins III Professor and Associate

Professor of English, Virginia Tech) and Daniel O’Quinn (Professor in the School of English and

Theatre Studies, University of Guelph).


“Worldmaking, 1500-1800” will explore the ways in which worlds–large and small, local and global, conjectural and experiential–were conceived and created in early modern England.  We invite conversations that address and interrogate the concept of “world” broadly construed, as well as conversations that attend to the “making” of worlds in social, institutional, and political frames and by and through various media.  How is a world –or the world–represented, portrayed, and evoked? How do such representations, portrayals, and evocations create worlds?  What are the possible interactions between fictive world-making and lived experiences of the world?

Topics for panels and roundtables may include, but are not limited to:


  • the global early modern
  • worldmakers
  • gender, sexuality, trans, and queer studies in the global early modern
  • critical race studies
  • global mobilities
  • travel narratives / narratives of exploration
  • mapping and making
  • worlds of writing and print
  • global media and technology
  • translation and mediation
  • currency, capital, and trade
  • fictive worlds and their makers
  • religious worlds
  • utopias, dystopias, apocalypses, and imagined futures
  • creating and representing worlds on stage
  • early modern embodiment and the body’s relation to world
  • worlds shaped by affect, emotions, and mind
  • the phenomenal world and “world” in phenomenology
  • historiography
  • making and conjuring worlds of the archive


We invite abstracts of 150 to 200 words and a one-page CV to be sent to by November 20, 2018. We envision and invite both twenty-minute panel presentations and ten-minute roundtable presentations; we will also consider complete panel or roundtable proposals.

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the conference organizer, Unita Ahdifard, at