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Call for Papers


"Transatlantic Destinies: Connections and Disconnections Across the Atlantic Seaboard in the Eighteenth Century"

Please submit proposals for papers to the Conference Chair by March 1, 2007

Contact Information: Peter Cosgrove, Conference Chair

Associate Professor of English
English Department,
Dartmouth College,
Hanover, NH 03755


Classical Authority and European Colonialism

Any exploration of the way in which discourses of and about Greek and Roman antiquity are brought into relation with the new world, including (but not limited to) scientific and botanical knowledge, travel, and ancient literature and history. Margaret Williamson, Professor of Classics, Dartmouth College Margaret.Williamson@Dartmouth.EDU

New Work on Diderot and the Encyclopédie

Julie Candler Hayes, Professor or French; Chair, Dept. of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA  01003-9312;

Colonial Fantasies: In Memory of Susanne Zantop

This panel invites papers on the subject developed by Susanne as a tribute to her memory;

Traveling Songs: Lyric in the Transatlantic Eighteenth Century

Papers on poems that explicitly address transatlantic travel, as well as on poems dealing with transatlantic travel imperialism in satirical or sentimental ways. Please send abstracts of 500 words max. by March 1st. to Joanne van der Woude,

Formal Issues in 18C Poetry

J. Paul Hunter

Wheelock, Occom, and Dartmouth in the Eighteenth Century

Ivy Schweitzer, Professor of English, Dartmouth College, NH 03755 Ivy.T.Schweitzer@Dartmouth.EDU

Olaudah Equiano

Any topic about the great narrator of his slave and free life across the Atlantic seaboard.

Transatlantic Drama and Performance

Papers examining the broad tradition of Atlantic performance--including representations of race, colonialism, and Atlantic economics—should be sent to Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Associate Professor of English and American Studies, Yale University; (203) 432-7658;

Reading the Bible in the  Eighteenth Century

Includes analyses of the Bible from all varieties of eighteenth-century writers, and from all viewpoints  (pro- and anti-religious establishment; believers and atheists alike). Mira Morgenstern, Kingsborough Community College,

Gender and the Representation of Natural Philosophy

Al Coppola, Fordham University, New York.

Christianity and its Others: Negotiations between Religions in the Eighteenth-Century

Anne Barbeau Gardiner, Professor of English, CUNY.

The Intellectual and Literary Legacy of the English Civil Wars

Papers that explore significant texts produced within the culture of the English civil wars, including unknown or under recognized texts and/or works that created paradigmatic models for later eighteenth-century writers.  Jackie Geller, Assistant Professor, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT 06050;

The Eighteenth-Century English Sermon

Papers exploring any aspect of the eighteenth-century English sermon.  Anna Battigelli, SUNY Plattsburgh;

Transatlantic Accumulation

Recent work in transatlantic studies has made methodological use of the Marxist and World-Systems accounts of capitalist accumulation.  This panel invites papers that engage with this recent work, and/or that make use of the historical framework of accumulation -- capitalist accumulation, primitive accumulation, enclosure, etc. -- in their analyses of the transatlantic eighteenth century. Jordana Rosenberg, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Massachusetts-Amherst,

Jacobite Diaspora and North America

Patricia Bruckmann, Professor of English, Trinity College, University of Toronto, Toronto M5S1H8;;

France, Slavery, and Literature

Late eighteenth-century French literary engagements with New World slavery, abolition, and the Society of Friends (the Quakers).  Please send paper proposals by February 20 to Ed White. Professor of French.

Local Knowledge and the Americas

Post-colonialism has alerted scholars that European writers perceived the New World through the veil of cultural myth.   Yet it has been less attentive to the reasons that writers included mundane details in their extravagant fictions of discovery.  Rather than merely demonstrating mastery of threatening foreign lands, the minutiae broadcast the authors‚  access to trade networks and to the eminent patrons connected to them.   Historical as well as literary approaches welcomed. Ann A. Huse, John Jay College, CUNY; Dept. of English; 445 W59th St.; New York, NY 10019;

Typological and Physical Migrations: The Staging of Identity and its Motives in the 18th-Century Atlantic

Manifestation of race, ethnicity, gender, and national types in genres ranging from the literary (drama, poetry, and prose fiction) to the nonfictional (shipping manifests, travelogues, pamphlets, etc.), including North American performances or reprints of British plays, collections of poetry, and novels – and vice-versa.  Sean D. Moore, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Hamilton Smith Hall, 95 Main Street, University of New Hampshire; Durham, NH 03824-3574, email:

Conceptual Crossings in Law & Literature

Papers on any aspect of legal thought that circulated between the colonies and the motherland that address representations of America in British legal and vice versa. Dr. Nancy E. Johnson, Associate Professor. Deputy Chair, Department of English, SUNY New Paltz; 600 Hawk Dr., New Paltz, NY 12561;

European Images of the Native American: Noble Savage and Romantic Hero

Papers that specifically address European-produced images of the Americas and the Native American, looking at the ways in which Europeans fantasized about or interpreted the New World. Can we think about it similarly to other forms of exoticism at the time (of the Orient, the far east, or Africa)? Or is there something uniquely "American" about these figures and narratives?  Kristin O'Rourke, Art History, Dartmouth College, NH 03755  Kristin.O'

Samuel Johnson:  Transatlantic Influences 

Papers that address Johnson’s influence in the colonies and/or his perceptions of America and views on the slave trade, British and/or American. Dr. Nancy E. Johnson, Associate Professor. Deputy Chair, Department of English, SUNY New Paltz, 600 Hawk Dr., New Paltz, NY 12561;

Music in the Transatlantic World

Classical music issues that criss-cross the atlantic littorial, such as Da Ponte in the Bowery--or the Chevalier de Saint Georges (often called the Black Mozart)?  William Thierfelder, Associate Professor of English, Dowling College, NY

Samuel Johnson

Paper proposals on any aspect of the works of Samuel Johnson.  Send proposals, contact info, and any other relevant material to Prof. J.T. Scanlan, Department of English, Providence College, Providence, RI  02918;

Transatlantic Periodicals and Cultural Self-Definition

Colonial American and early Republican essayists and magazine editors attempted to forge distinctly American urban cultures through engaging attitudes toward fashion, commerce, news, and learning enshrined in volumes of English and Scottish periodical essays and other essay journals.  This panel invites proposals for papers on any aspects of this transatlantic periodical culture, with some emphasis on the reception of periodicals as their published format changes from periodically circulated sheets to bound volumes.  Please send proposals of no more than 500 words (attached as Word files) to Richard Squibbs, Professor of English, Rutgers University, NJ

Anatomies of Exchange: Troping the Physiological in Transatlantic Culture

This panel invites papers that explore all aspects of the physiological in representations of transatlantic exchange, displacement, movement, exile, distance, proximity, and transformation in the long eighteenth century.  How are physiological discourses, scientific, popular, and religious, employed in (dis)figurations of textual, cultural, and political crossings/encounters/affiliations of the period? Please submit a 300-word proposal and a brief CV by 23February, 2007 to Laura McGrane, Assst. Prof., Department of English, Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA 19041

Celtic Fringe: Cultural Reclamation as Resistance

This panel invites papers exploring how the past, whether mythic or “real,” was used to support Irish, Scottish, and/or Welsh resistance to English colonization during the long eighteenth century with emphasis on manifestations of the past from conventional history and text to oral and folk traditions, music, dance, clothing, or dialects. Karen Gevirtz, Dept. of English,  Seton Hall University, 400 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ 07079;

Phillis Wheatley: Transatlantic Perspectives

(Dr.) Zabelle Stodola, Professor of English, Director, William G. Cooper, Jr., , Honors Program in English; University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 S. University, Little Rock, AR 72204;

"Forced Relocation"

Papers on involuntary migration from one territory to another, either coerced relocation of population groups -- like the Acadians from Nova Scotia or the Cherokees from Georgia.  -- or of individuals or small groups as a result of state policy, military decision, or judicial sentence of banishment or transportation. the motivations, execution, costs, and consequences of particular relocations, greater or lesser degrees of "citizenship" and the right to determine one's domicile. Susan Staves, Paul Proswimmer Professor Emerita, Brandeis University, Mass:

Myth vs. Reality: When Eighteenth Century French Idealists Encountered Eighteenth Century America

Evelyn Spratt, Ph.D. The College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210;

Visual Humor in the Global Eighteenth Century

Inviting papers that explore visual humor in ideas of race, nationality and ethnicity during the long eighteenth century. Topics may include all forms of visual stereotyping (in any medium including paper culture, decorative and fine arts, theatrical enactments and the performance of everyday live) that employ humor, irony and exaggeration, including satirical responses to scientific debates on beauty and ugliness; national identity vs. foreignness; responses to slavery and abolitionism; travel, exploration and the culture of imperialism.
The session is organized in conjunction with this year's Dartmouth Humanities Institute on Visual Humor. For related details see:
Angela Rosenthal, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Dartmouth College

Troubling Ethnicities: Native Americans and Eighteenth-Century Immigration

Colin Calloway, Chair, Native American Studies, Dartmouth College, NH 03755 Colin.G.Calloway@Dartmouth.EDU

Commerce in the Colonies

Joe Cullon, Assistant Professor of History, Dartmouth College, NH 03755

Blogging the Long Eighteenth Century

A roundtable on the eighteenth-century blog managed by David Mazella et Al.  it is not surprising that the blogs look utopian, especially when compared to our universities, our departments, and our work conditions.  But many paradoxes still surround the scholarly blog, because of this medium's constitutive tensions with scholarly hierarchies of expertise and specialization.  In our own case, the question is how to generate an open and inclusive discussion in our chosen medium without surrendering our specialized knowledge of the period.  In other words, is it possible to take advantage of the collective intelligence of the blog without losing the individual perspective or experience of the long-time practicing scholar?  This roundtable will feature an initial, predistributed paper that will appear on our blog around the time of the program mail-out, at the following address:


Panelists may choose either to respond specifically to this predistributed paper, or more generally to the panel topic of academic blogging and eighteenth-century studies.  We invite submission of brief (1 paragraph) abstracts for 10 minute presentations, to be sent to David Mazella, Department of English, University of Houston;

Proposals for individual papers not fitting the panels listed above may be sent to the conference chair, Peter Cosgrove, Peter.W.Cosgrove@Dartmouth.EDU

Last Updated: 12/23/08