Call for Papers : Oceans as Archives Conference

4-6 July, 2022

University of Amsterdam– The Netherlands

Organizers: Mikki Stelder (University of Amsterdam), Renisa Mawani (University of British Columbia), Kristie Flannery (Australian Catholic University)


After an illuminating Oceans as Archives symposium in May 2021 held at the University of British Columbia on the Traditional, Ancestral, Unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Territory (for more information click here), Oceans as Archives is returning for a second conference to be held at the University of Amsterdam from 4-6 July, 2022. We invite proposals from scholars, poets, artists, and activists to present new work that explores the ocean as a living, breathing, thinking, moving, life-sustaining and life-taking force. 

Oceans undermine existing navigational, resource and legal infrastructures that seek to harness the sea in the folds of capitalist modernity. Whereas European colonial and capitalist epistemologies separated the ocean from the land and designated the ocean as a highway for capitalism and an extractable resource, many non-Eurocentric critical traditions resist such distinctions, recognizing oceans as key to sustaining all life. Oceans and the relations it has generated through force, violence, care, ancestral belonging and spirituality have been central to Black diaspora, critical Indigenous, Pacific Islander, Caribbean, postcolonial, decolonial, and anticolonial thought. Drawing from these traditions, we approach oceans as archives that encourage new frameworks and methodologies for understanding capitalist, legal, imperialist, racial, environmental and (settler) colonial violence across Eurocentric geographical and temporal divides (Mawani 2018), while at the same time disrupting the Eurocentric spatio-temporalities of empire. 

Where Lisa Lowe (2015) brought attention to the “intimacies of four continents” as colonization and resistance made landfall, this symposium creates a space to explore and reflect on how thinking with oceans demands different imaginaries of thought and praxis that understands the ocean in relation. 

We envision a conversation that broaches what it means to think of oceans not as spaces in-between continents, but as foundational domains where colonial conquest, violence, resistance, and subversion plays on different scales, both past and present. How does such a reorientation force us to question the livingness of the sea, and its role in disrupting white superiority and species supremacy that was, and continues to be, crucial to the pursuits of European empires?

We welcome proposals for individual papers, roundtable conversations, poetry readings, visual art, performances, and curated panel discussions. There will be opportunities for works presented at the conference to be published in an anthology. 

Please submit your name, brief biography (100 words), title, abstract (250 words), and working bibliography by January 20, 2022 to

We hope to offer financial assistance for untenured scholars, activists and artists on precarious (non)contracts to facilitate their participation. Please specify in your submission why you might qualify for such assistance and the funding you will need to attend this conference. If you are tenured and you would like to contribute to assisting your untenured colleagues in presenting their work through a financial donation, please let us know in your submission.

The conference is made possible through the generous support of The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis; The Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis; The Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture; the European Commission; the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies; and the Faculty of Arts, University of British Columbia.

Call for Papers: Livestock as Global and Imperial Commodities: Economies, Ecologies and Knowledge Regimes, c. 1500 – present.

Commodities of Empire International Workshop, Free University Berlin, 14-15 July 2022

Livestock has played a crucial role in imperial politics, economies and societies over the past centuries. The expansion of animal raising often went hand in hand with settler colonialist land expropriation, and various animals were in many places crucial to colonial conquest and exploitation. Moreover, livestock and livestock commodities, such as meat, wool, hides and tallow were traded and consumed within and across boundaries, both imperial and non-imperial. Such commodification processes not only relied on settler livestock frontiers, but also on the transformation of indigenous livestock economies, knowledge regimes and local ecologies. They were closely tied to the global expansion of capitalism and, as such, also affected non-colonial and post-imperial spaces across the world in many similar, yet sometimes also diverging ways. However, compared to agricultural cash crops and minerals, imperial and global histories of livestock are still quite rare. This workshop addresses this important research gap. It aims to explore the different (political, economic, societal, cultural, religious, ecological and scientific) dimensions of livestock production and commodification in global and imperial history.

We broadly define livestock as domesticated animals that are raised for multiple purposes, most notably for their labour (draft, pack, riding and powering machinery); their skin, hair, horns, shells, feathers, etc. (for clothing or ornaments); their meat, milk and eggs (for nutritional purposes); their manure (as fertilizer or fuel); their body parts (for medicinal purposes); their monetary value (for barter, savings and marriage payments); or their symbolic value (for religious uses, punishments and displays of prestige). Our definition includes cattle, water buffaloes, yaks, reindeer, sheep, goats, pigs, camels, elephants, horses, mules, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, poultry and ostriches, and we would also welcome papers on (shell)fish farming. Yet, we would exclude wild animals that are hunted, exhibited and/or subjected to conservationist measures. These will be addressed in a second workshop in 2023.

Potential paper topics may relate to:

·the politics of livestock production: colonial control over land and/or pastoralist societies, local/imperial food security, capitalist expansion, international organisations such as FAO, etc.

·modes of livestock raising: nomadic, semi-nomadic and settled pastoralism and mixed farming, large-scale ranching, industrial animal farming, ownership by international corporations, etc.

·social conditions and effects of livestock production: social stratification, gender, race, caste, religious, and ethnic roles, changing labour forms and relations, (legal) regimes of land and livestock ownership, etc.

·environmental consequences: deforestation, formation of grasslands, soil erosion, (water) pollution, global warming through methane emissions, etc.

·veterinary, agricultural and environmental knowledge and technologies: (non-) circulation of knowledge, conflicting knowledge regimes and actors, scientific institutions and practices such as experimental stations, cross-breeding and selective breeding techniques, practices of disease control, etc.

·processing of livestock commodities: slaughterhouses, processing of hides, wool and dairy, techniques for dried, salted, canned, frozen and chilled meat, etc.

·trading infrastructures and networks: transport technologies, ports, trade companies, credit mechanisms, etc.

·livestock labour: transport, warfare, role in agriculture, forestry and mining for the production of other (global) commodities such as  sugar, teak or silver, etc.

·local, imperial and global uses of livestock commodities: for food, clothing, fertilizer, medicine, payments, etc.

We are interested in cases from all geographical regions and in approaches from various disciplines. In addition to historians, we welcome papers from anthropologists, sociologists, veterinary scientists, zoologists, environmentalists and other scholars working on the global and imperial history of livestock and livestock commodities.

This two-day workshop is a collaborative venture between the Commodities of Empire British Academy Research Project and the Commodifying Cattle Research Project funded by the German Research Foundation at the Free University Berlin. Following the long-standing practice of Commodities of Empire workshops, papers will be grouped in thematic panels, pre-circulated to all workshop participants, and panel discussions will be opened by a chair or discussant. Paper-givers will then have the possibility to reply succinctly, and this will be followed by open discussion. Papers presented at the workshop may be considered for publication in the Commodities of Empire Working Papers series: We strongly encourage graduate students and other early career scholars to propose papers.

Costs of accommodation in and, within certain limits, travel to Berlin will be covered. We have special funding for scholars coming from the Global South. Please note, however, that while we aim to hold the workshop on site at the Free University Berlin, we might have to hold the workshop virtually, or in a hybrid form, depending on the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic and the (travel) restrictions it entails. 

Please e-mail expressions of interest, with a title and an abstract of no more than 300 words, by 31 January 2022 to Samuël Coghe, Free University Berlin, We will notify authors about the acceptance of their papers by 15 March 2022. They will then be asked to submit a draft paper of approx. 5,000-6,000 words (not counting footnotes and bibliography) 3 weeks prior to the event.

Contact Info: Dr Samuël Coghe, Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the German Research Foundation (DFG), Freie Universität Berlin

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Thomas Paine International Historical Center Inaugural Symposium and Festival

A Symposium Celebrating the Legacy of Thomas Paine, 

June 16 -18, 2022 in New Rochelle, New York

by Gary Berton, President of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association

The Symposium will contribute to a Festival inaugurating the Thomas Paine International Historical Center in New Rochelle, NY. The Center comprises the Thomas Paine Memorial Building, built and maintained by the Thomas Paine National Historical Association (TPNHA), The Thomas Paine Cottage and Museum, owned by the Huguenot and New Rochelle Historical Society, and the Thomas Paine Monument, the oldest monument to a Founder and maintained by the City of New Rochelle. The Center strives to unite public history focused around Thomas Paine and New Rochelle with scholarly study of the legacy of Paine and his impact today, often in  cooperation with the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies nearby at Iona College, where the TPNHA Collection is now housed. 

Individual presentations and panels will be organized addressing Thomas Paine as a central figure in the history of modern democracy and the philosophy of government, and a major influence on the freethought movement. 

Submissions are invited on the following topics:

  • The Works of Thomas Paine
  • The Transatlantic Impact of Paine’s writings and activities 
  • Thomas Paine in New Rochelle
  • Freethought Movement in America

There will be a special panel discussion by the Editorial Board of the Collected Works of Thomas Paine Project. See details of the Board at

We are interested in presentations by independent scholars as well as academics. While submissions addressing the topics above will be given priority, original papers on other aspects of the impact and legacy of Paine will also be considered. 

The Symposium will take place June 17 – 18, 2022. Information about accommodations and other details of the Festival will be provided to all participants, who must be self-funded. A banquet and other social events, family-centered entertainment, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Center are all part of the Festival plan, which will draw from the community of New Rochelle and the New York area. Ian Rushkin, creator of the play about Thomas Paine, To Begin the World Over Again, will be among the performers.

Send your proposals (less than 500 words) for individual presentations to, with Subject Heading “Presentation Proposal”. Panel presentations by organizations and groups may also be accommodated, submitted with subject heading “Panel Proposal”. Deadline for submission of papers is March 1, 2022. 

For more information, contact the Thomas Paine National Historical Association at Or call 732-581-8442.

A website for the event will be initated in November, 2021: for details on registering and accommodations.

Contact Email: tpnhamail@gmail.comURL:

CFP: Bartolomé de Las Casas: Transatlantic Reformer?

Third International Conference on Bartolomé de las Casas, June 22-24, 2022

In Charles Taylor’s provocative study, A Secular Age, he identifies Reform as a broad conviction “felt with increasing power during the Middle Ages and early modern period, that not just an élite, but as far as possible all the faithful live up to the demands of the Gospel” (104). Drawing on this expansive concept, the theme of the Third International Conference on Bartolomé de las Casas (June 22–June 24, 2022) will center on the question of Las Casas’s role as a transatlantic reformer. Papers are welcome that put Las Casas in conversation with broader trends in sixteenth-century reformations, Christian humanism and secularization as well as currents in theology, literature, philosophy, anthropology, and law. Organizers also welcome contributions that draw on approaches that address Las Casas’s mark on social discipline and print culture.

Importantly, this Lascasian conference coincides with the 500th anniversary of Las Casas’s 1522 entrance into a self-consciously reforming Dominican Order, itself an expression of trends in the renewal of religious life. Participants will benefit from and contribute to the rich combination of unique research interests afforded by this interdisciplinary invitation to consider Las Casas as a reformer in his own right. 

Proposals (in English, French, Portuguese, or Spanish) of 250 to 500 words in length and a short bio of 250 words are due by February 1st, 2022: sent to the attention of the organizers at

Accepted papers will be eligible for inclusion in a projected third double-blind peer-reviewed collection. For up to date information, visit Lascasian Studies at Providence College.

Contact info: Fr. David T. Orique, O.P., Ph.D. Associate Professor, Director of Latin American and Latina/o Studies (LALS), Department of History, Providence College, 549 River Avenue, Providence, RI 02918

Rady Roldán-Figueroa, Th.D., Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University, 745 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA, 02215

Andrew Wilson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Church History, Japan Lutheran College and Seminary, 3-10-20 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo, 181-0015, Japan

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Upcoming Symposium: Legacies of Slavery, Racism, and Empire in the History of Medicine

by Christopher Willoughby

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the international symposium “Legacies of Slavery, Racism, and Empire in the History of Medicine” to be held on November 12, 2021. The symposium is organized by the University of Chicago Center in Paris and the CAS laboratory at Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, France. 

The event will take place online via Zoom on November 12, 2021, from 4pm to 8pm (Paris time)Registrations are now open 

You will be able to find the program of the event via the following weblink: 

The detailed abstract and the poster of the event can be found online at 

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you on November 12th!

With our warm regards,
Elodie Edwards-Grossi (Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès)
Christopher D. E. Willoughby (Harvard University and Huntington Library)

Legacies of Slavery, Racism, and Empire in the History of Medicine
12 novembre 2021 – online

For most of the 20th century, historical studies on race and medicine were long considered marginal compared to more traditional work on slave societies or colonial history. However, they have recently experienced a revival, particularly since the 2000s, and a range of books and articles have been published in English and in French. Some shed light on the relationships between the development of slavery in the United States and the emergence of new medical practices and theories used largely by white doctors to treat black bodies on plantations, others focus on experiments conducted on the bodies of the enslaved by white doctors or the use of alternative medical practices and self-administered care by the enslaved and their descendants, during and after slavery, often qualified as illegitimate by the doctors whose science was firmly rooted in the Euro-centric tradition. Some recent works have also dealt with race, medicine and imperial history, both in British and French colonies. This international symposium in English will gather scholars from France and from the United States who are currently working on French imperial history, race and medicine or on the history of slavery in the US and the medical treatment of African-American patients in the 19th and 20th centuries. This one-day event will therefore propose a unique opportunity for French and American academic audiences and students to discuss new contributions in French history, American history and the history of medicine.

Panel 1 – Race, Medicine and Institutional Histories in the US – 4pm to 5:45pm
Respondent: Nathalie Dessens (Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès) 

Elodie Edwards-Grossi (Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès), “Mad with Freedom: the Political Economy of Blackness, Insanity and Civil Rights in the 19th Century” 

Christopher D. E. Willoughby (Harvard University and Huntington Library), “Masters of Health: Racial Science and Slavery in American Medical Schools” 

Ezelle Sanford III (Carnegie Mellon University), “Segregated Medicine: How Racial Politics Shaped American Healthcare”

Panel 2 – Medical Racism and Empire – 6pm to 7:45pm 
Respondent: Jim Downs (Gettysburg College)

Rana Hogarth (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign), “Measuring Miscegenation: Eugenics, Anti-Blackness, and the Legacies of Slavery”

Raphaël Gallien (Université de Paris), “Colonized Madness: an History of the Psychiatric Institution in Madagascar in the Colonial Context (1912-1955)”

Delphine Peiretti-Courtis (Université Aix-Marseille), “Black Bodies and White Doctors: Examining Racial Prejudice in the 19th and 20th Centuries in the French Colonial Empire”


Nous avons le plaisir de vous convier au colloque « Legacies of Slavery, Racism, and Empire in the History of Medicine » organisé par le centre de l’université de Chicago à Paris et par le laboratoire CAS de l’université Toulouse Jean Jaurès. 

L’évènement aura lieu sur Zoom le 12 novembre prochain, de 16h à 20h. Il est nécessaire de vous inscrire à l’évènement en amont via le lien d’inscription ci-après : 

Vous trouverez le programme ci-après. Le descriptif de l’évènement, l’affiche et le programme sont également disponibles sur la page de l’évènement : 

Au plaisir de vous voir le 12 novembre prochain,

Elodie Edwards-Grossi (Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès)
Christopher D. E. Willoughby (Harvard University and Huntington Library)

« Legacies of Slavery, Racism, and Empire in the History of Medicine »
12 novembre 2021 – évènement en ligne

Session 1 – Race, Medicine and Institutional Histories in the US – 16h à 17h45
Discutante : Nathalie Dessens (Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès) 

Elodie Edwards-Grossi (Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès), “Mad with Freedom: the Political Economy of Blackness, Insanity and Civil Rights in the 19th Century” 

Christopher D. E. Willoughby (Harvard University and Huntington Library), “Masters of Health: Racial Science and Slavery in American Medical Schools” 

Ezelle Sanford III (Carnegie Mellon University), “Segregated Medicine: How Racial Politics Shaped American Healthcare”

Session 2 – Medical Racism and Empire – 18h à 19h45

Discutant : Jim Downs (Gettysburg College)

Rana Hogarth (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign), “Measuring Miscegenation: Eugenics, Anti-Blackness, and the Legacies of Slavery”

Raphaël Gallien (Université de Paris), “Colonized Madness: an History of the Psychiatric Institution in Madagascar in the Colonial Context (1912-1955)”

Delphine Peiretti-Courtis (Université Aix-Marseille), “Black Bodies and White Doctors: Examining Racial Prejudice in the 19th and 20th Centuries in the French Colonial Empire”

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CFP: Annual Meeting of the French Colonial Historical Society

Charleston, SC, May 12-14, 2022

The 46th annual meeting of the French Colonial Historical Society (FCHS) will take place in Charleston, SC in conjunction with the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program (CLAW) and the Huguenot Society of South Carolina. Conference events will take place on the campus of the College of Charleston and conference associated activities will occur in historic downtown Charleston. 

This year’s theme will be “Transatlantic Diasporas,” which invites participants to reflect on the diasporic networks that defined the French colonial world. These might include religious diasporas and networks such as the Huguenots; political dissident groups like the émigrés who fled the French Revolution; or planters who fled the Haitian Revolution; or diasporas of Africans or indigenous people who scattered around the French colonial world and interacted in various ways with colonial and imperial power structures. We are especially eager to receive proposals connected to Africa, the French Caribbean, and connections of these places to other colonies in the Americas. The Society encourages students, scholars, and educators from all disciplines to submit proposals. Papers may be delivered in English or French.

Individual paper proposals should include a 100-200 word summary with the title of the paper, name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and phone number, and a brief curriculum vitae, all integrated into a single file, preferably in MS-Word.

Proposals for complete panels or round tables will contain the same information for each participant, as well as contact information and a short C.V. for the moderator if one is suggested. The program committee can help find moderators, if necessary. Individuals wishing to moderate a session should send a statement of interest, contact information, and a brief c.v. as well. 

Please indicate in your proposal whether audiovisual equipment is required. Given the higher than normal anticipations of travel restrictions and potential of traditional in-person presentations, please indicate if you/your panel would be willing to adapt your presentation to a strictly digital format using Microsoft Teams or Zoom.          

Individual or panel proposals will be accepted between September 30 and November 15, 2021. Please send proposals to

Graduate students who wish to be considered for the Shorrock Travel Award should indicate so on their proposal, and should include an estimated budget of travel expenses and other anticipated sources of funding with their application.  

Given the specific partnerships between the three institutions, conference fees include one free annual membership to any of the three participating institutions and receipt of access and privileges associated with those specific affiliations.  During registration, you will be able to selection a membership of your choice.  Lifetime members of each organization will be required to submit the conference fee to cover organization and execution of the conference.

Additional information about the Society’s scholarly activities, fellowships, and past conferences is available at


Congrès annuel de la Société d’Histoire Coloniale Française

Charleston, Caroline du Sud, Etats-Unis

Du 12 au 14 mai 2022 

Le 46e congrès annuel de la Société d’Histoire Coloniale Française (SHCF) se tiendra du 12 au 14 mai 2022 à Charleston, en Caroline du Sud, aux États-Unis, en association avec le Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program (CLAW) et la Huguenot Society of South Carolina. Le colloque et les événements qui y sont associés se dérouleront sur le campus du College of Charleston et dans le centre historique de Charleston.

Le congrès de cette année porte sur le thème « des diasporas atlantiques ». Celui-ci invite les intervenants à réfléchir sur les réseaux diasporiques qui définissent le monde colonial français. Ceux-ci peuvent inclure les diasporas et les réseaux religieux comme ceux des huguenots; ceux des groupes politiques dissidents comme les émigrés qui ont fui la révolution française; ou des planteurs qui ont fui la révolution haïtienne; ou ceux des diasporas des Africains et des autochtones qui se sont ou ont été dispersés dans le monde colonial français et ont interagi de multiples façons avec les autorités coloniales et impériales. Le comité scientifique est particulièrement intéressé de recevoir des propositions de communication liées à l’Afrique et à la Caraïbe française, et sur leurs liens avec d’autres espaces coloniaux aux Amériques. La Société encourage les enseignants, les chercheurs et les doctorants de toutes disciplines à soumettre des propositions de communication. Les communications peuvent être faites en anglais ou en français.

Les propositions individuelles doivent indiquer le titre de la communication, le nom de l’intervenant, son institution de rattachement, ses coordonnées (e-mail, téléphone) et inclure un résumé de 100 à 200 mots accompagné d’un bref curriculum vitae, le tout dans un seul document, de préférence en MS-Word.

Les propositions d’ateliers complets ou de tables rondes doivent inclure ces éléments pour chacun des participants, de même que pour le président.e/modérateur.trice (le comité scientifique peut aussi aider à trouver un président.e/modérateur.trice).

Veuillez indiquer dans votre proposition si vous avez besoin d’équipements audiovisuels. Au vu de la forte possibilité de restrictions concernant les voyages, notamment internationaux, veuillez indiquer également si vous ou les membres de votre atelier seraient d’accord pour présenter vos communications en distanciel avec Microsoft Teams ou Zoom.

Les personnes souhaitant présider une séance sont priées d’envoyer une déclaration d’intérêt, leurs coordonnées ainsi qu’un bref CV.

Les propositions pour des ateliers complets ou des communications individuelles seront acceptées entre le 30 septembre et le 15 novembre 2021. Veuillez envoyer votre soumission au comité du programme par courriel à l’adresse suivante :

Les doctorant.e.s qui souhaitent candidater à une aide financière pour leur déplacement à Charleston (la  Shorrock Travel Award) doivent le mentionner dans leur proposition de communication et inclure un budget et les autres sources de financement dont ils ou elles bénéficient.

En raison des partenariats entre les trois institutions, les droits d’inscription incluent une année de cotisation gratuite comme membre à l’une ou l’autre des trois et les avantages associés à l’adhésion. Lors de l’inscription au congrès, chacun pourra choisir l’institution de son choix. Les membres à vie de chaque institution devront régler les frais d’inscription en vue de couvrir le coût de l’organisation et de la tenue du congrès. 

Des informations complémentaires sur les activités de la Société d’histoire coloniale française, les prix, et les précédentes conférences sont disponibles à l’adresse suivante:

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CFP: Building Bridges in the Americas

2022 Biennial Scholars Conference on American Jewish History

Tulane University, May 15-17, 2022

The Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society, invites submissions until November 10, 2021.

This conference seeks to emphasize and explore connections, dialogues, and debates in American Jewish studies from transdisciplinary perspectives. We seek papers across a wide range of eras and geographies, including North America,  South America, and the Caribbean. We encourage papers that engage with how Jewish Studies scholarship reaches across regions, communities, historical periods, and/or disciplines to open up new areas of inquiry.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Building Bridges in the Americas.” Bridges facilitate movement from one point to another, often spanning a seeming impasse to take us from one place to another. By enabling new relations and migrations, bridges direct flow. Historical actors have sometimes imagined themselves or their lives as bridges between disparate experiences; as feminist writer Cherríe L. Moraga puts it, “I am a woman with a foot in both worlds; and I refuse the split. I feel the necessity for dialogue. Sometimes I feel it urgently.” With the imagery of bridges in mind, possible conference topics might include: indigenity; Jews of color; multiracial, interfaith, queer and trans experiences; migration; cultural flows; translocality; diversity and inclusion within the Jewish community; less represented voices, populations, and subjects; new models of periodization; ties between American Jewry and Israel; and Jewish studies’ relationship to other fields of study.

Although we particularly welcome submissions connected to the theme, the Scholars Conference Committee will gladly consider proposals exploring any aspect of American Jewish history and culture. The Committee encourages the submission of complete panels and nontraditional types of panels, including seminars, roundtables, and lightning sessions. It will also consider individual paper submissions. In all cases, the Committee urges contributors to approach the conference as an opportunity to share ideas through interactive conversation and accessible presentations. International scholars, graduate students, and scholars with limited financial resources are all encouraged to apply. Once acceptance decisions are made, a limited number of travel grants will be made available.

*AJHS is aware of Covid concerns and will provide an updated cancelation policy upon registration.

Submission instructions:

  • Paper abstract (250 words)
  • For panels or other organized sessions, short panel description (150 words), with individual paper abstracts attached for formal panels.
  • Brief participant bio (120 words), including email address and phone number.
  • Indicate technological or accessibility needs.
  • Indicate if you can only participate remotely. Our expectation is that (COVID permitting) the conference will be in person, but regardless, we will have a limited number of remote presentation slots for those who know they cannot be there in person.
  • Indicate what language you prefer to present in. The majority of the conference is likely to be in English, but we welcome abstracts and papers in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Hebrew.
  • Please note, any single person may serve no more than two times in the conference in two different roles (e.g. presenter on panel x and respondent to panel y).

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email and/or reach out to our conference co-chairs Michael Cohen ( and Laura Leibman ( 

Contact Info: Ilana McQuinn, Program Manager, Stuart and Suzanne Grant Center for the American Jewish Experience, Tulane University

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Bavarian American Academy

Annual Conference 2022, July 7-9

Representations and Uses of the American Revolution in Past and Present

Call for Papers

The American Revolution is, obviously, the founding moment of the United States of America that continues to be present in the U.S. and beyond. From the late eighteenth-century on, it has been and continues to be an inspiration for social movements and both, state- and nation-building in multiple contexts. One could think of struggles for civil rights, constitutions, institutions such as parliaments or courts of justice. The American Revolution functioned as a usable past justifying political change, the organization of resistance, and revolutionary action. The independence movements in Haiti and Spanish America, the Italian Risorgimento, decolonization in Africa in the mid-20th century, and sovereignty claims of the Haudenosaunee who hold that the US constitution is based on their, the Iroquois nations’, centuries old confederation, is what comes to mind.

With this call, we invite papers from all disciplines that explore the actors, media, representations, and uses of the American Revolution for different historical contexts and against the background of concepts such as cultural transfer, transculturation, the transnational national, travelling concepts, or fractured continuities. Our aim is not only to show the multitude of interpretations of the American Revolution and its very diverse effects, how interpretations change mutatis mutandis across time and space. We will also discuss how much a “past event” such as the American Revolution continues to be present, and how it is subject to change. Which narratives relating to the American Revolution were utilized, forgotten and (re-)discovered when, where, by whom and for which reasons. Where are the limits of these diverse perspectives? When, where, and why do these narratives serve as a means to gloss over / overwrite / hide deeply rooted historical, political, and cultural contradictions. When do they become counter factual? And who decides on the factual?

Please send your proposal by 31 October 2021 to, and

Hakluyt Society Symposium 2021

Decolonising Travel Studies: Sources and Approaches

10-12 November 2021
University of Warwick (online via Zoom)
(All times are GMT+0/UTC)

The Hakluyt Society, the Global History and Culture Centre (GHCC) at 
the University of Warwick, and Medieval and Early Modern Orients 
(MEMOs), invite you to the Hakluyt Society Symposium 2021 – 
Decolonising Travel Studies: Sources and Approaches. Attendance is 
free and all are welcome.

To register, please email:
Contacts: Natalya Din-Kariuki ( and 
Guido van Meersbergen (

Day 1: Wednesday 10 November 2021

14.00-14.15: Introduction and Welcome (Natalya Din-Kariuki and Guido 
van Meersbergen)

14.15-15.45: Panel 1: Decolonising Travel Studies in Theory and 
Practice (Chair: Caitlin Vandertop)
•Daniel Vitkus: “Racialized Capitalism, Intersectionality, and Early 
Modern Travel Studies”
•Denise Saive Castro: “Contemplating Slavery on the African West 
Coast: A Comparison of Portuguese and Dutch Travel Accounts with the 
Correspondence of Nepemba Angiga, also known as Afonso I of Kongo”
•Sander Molenaar: “Deconstructing the ‘Imperial Gaze’ in Chinese 
Travel Writing: A New Look at Ma Huan’s Ying ya sheng lan (Overall 
Survey of the Ocean’s Shores)”
•Carl Thompson: “Conjectures on Travel Writing as World Literature”

15.45-16.00: Break

16.00-17.15: Panel 2: Travel and Decolonisation Today (Chair: Ladan 
•Sandhya Patel: “Peopling the Pitt Rivers Cook-Voyage Collections on 
the World Wide Web”
•R. Benedito Ferrão: “The Black Antarctic: Decoloniality and Queer 
Ecology in Mojisola Adebayo’s Moj of the Antarctic”
•Joanne Lee: “All Roads Lead to Africa: Decolonizing the Imperial 

17.15-17.30: Break

17.30-19.00: Panel 3: Images and Imaginations: Visual and Cartographic 
Sources (Chair: Daniel Carey)
•Farah Bazzi: “Seeing the ‘Maghreb’ by Looking at the Americas: 
Rethinking the Transmission of Cartographic Knowledge in the Ottoman 
World through the Piri Reis Map of 1513”
•Louise McCarthy: “Cartographic Silence and Muted Voices: Reading the 
Subtexts of British Maps of Early Colonial Virginia (1606-1624)
•Sara Caputo: “Travels Carved on the Pathless Ocean: European Ship 
Tracks and (De)colonial Mobility”
•Apurba Chatterjee: “Travel, Visuality, and the British Indian Empire: 
James Baillie Fraser in the Himalayas”

Day 2: Thursday 11 November 2021

09.30-10.45: Roundtable 1: Decolonial Orientations: Travel Studies and 
the Pre-Modern Islamic World by Medieval and Early Modern Orients 
(Chair: Lubaaba Al-Azami)
•Speakers: Amrita Sen, Maria Shmygol, Nat Cutter, and Hassana Moosa

10.45- 11.15: Break

11.15- 12.15: Roundtable 2: A Student-led Conversation by participants 
of the Warwick Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (Chair: Guido van 
•Speakers: Chhaya Rai, Nida Mahmud, Kevin Molloy, Declan Dadzie

12.15-12.30: Publishing with the Hakluyt Society: What and How?
•Speaker: Katherine Parker

12.30-13.15 Lunch break

13.15-14.30 Panel 4: Black Travellers in the Twentieth Century: 
Oppression and Liberation (Chair: Christine Okoth)
•Kiranpreet Kaur: “Eslanda Robeson’s Congo Diary”
•Zachary Peterson: “Africans in America and Americans in Africa: The 
American Committee on Africa, its Travels to the Continent, and its 
Sponsorship of African Travelers to the US”
•Janet Remmington: “Navigating Apartheid: Black Women Travelling”

14.30-14.45: Break

14.45-16.00: Panel 5: New Sources, Genres, and Perspectives (Chair: 
Julia Kuehn)
•Judith E. Bosnak: “Javanese Language Travelogues as ‘New’ Sources for 
the History of Travel”
•Gábor Gelléri: “Colonial Tourism, De-centered”
•Ettore Morelli: “The Diary of Morena Abraham Aaron Moletsane mor’a 
Moroa-ha-a-buse, 1952: African Traveller and Historian”

16.00-16.30: Break

16.30-18.00: KEYNOTE LECTURE: “Travelling While Black” (Chair: Natalya 
SPEAKER: Nanjala Nyabola
Author of Travelling While Black (2020)

Day 3: Friday 12 November 2021

09.30-10.45: Roundtable 3: Decolonial Approaches to British Sources 
and Archives by TIDE (Chair: Nandini Das)
•Speakers: Haig Smith, Lauren Working, Emily Stevenson, and Tom 

10.45-11.15: Break

11.15-12.30: Panel 6: Recovering Indigenous Voices (Chair: Joan-Pau 
•Zoltán Biedermann: “Seeing the Invisible Hand: Retrieving Indigenous 
Agency from Early Iberian Travel Accounts, c.1500”
•Lucas Aleixo Pires dos Reis & Roberth Daylon: “‘Foods that are 
self-served’: Methodologies for the Study of Unstated African 
Presences in Travel Accounts”
•Anna Melinda Testa-De Ocampo: “Alexander Dalrymple and the Natural 
Curiosities in Sooloo (1770)”

12.30-13.30: Lunch break

13.30-14.45: Panel 7: South Asian Travellers, Religion, and 
Transnationalism (Chair: Somak Biswas)
•Daniel Majchrowicz: “Muslim Women and Travel Writing: Rediscovering a 
Forgotten Archive”
•Muhamed Riyaz Chenganakkattil: “‘Connected Stories’ of Muslim 
Pilgrimage to Mecca: Decolonizing the Travel Writing through South 
Asian Hajj Narratives”
•Nupur Bandyopadhyay: “A Journey to Justice: Transnational Civil 
Rights and Ramnath Biswas, an Indian Globetrotter from Bengal, 

14.45-15.15 Break

15.15-16.30: Panel 8: Reorienting Travel Studies: Perspectives from 
Europe’s Fringes (Chair: Eva Johanna Holmberg)
•Sharyl Corrado: “Evgeniia Maier (1865-1951): Noblewoman and Nomad”
•Janne Lahti: “Settler Colonial Eyes in Unexpected Places: Finnish 
Travel Writers and Settler Colonization on the Arctic Ocean”
•Nadiya Chushak: “‘First female travel blogger’: Sofiya 
Yablonska-Oudin’s Works and their Perception in Contemporary Ukraine”

16.45-18.00: Decolonising Travel Studies in the Classroom (Chair: 
Natalya Din-Kariuki and Eva Johanna Holmberg)
•Speakers: Nandini Das, Jyotsna Singh, Nedda Mehdizadeh, and Gerald 


Consortium on Revolutionary Era Annual Conference: February 10-12, 2022

The Consortium on the Revolutionary Era invites proposals for its 52nd annual conference to be held February 10-12, 2022, at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS.  The Consortium (CRE) welcomes papers on any topic related to the period 1750-1850 in any geographical location.   While the conference has traditionally welcomed scholars focusing on Europe, the United States, and the Atlantic World, we would also welcome panels that expand our understanding of the Revolutionary Era to include the Pacific, Latin America, Africa, and all places in between.    

We invite submissions of both individual papers and fully formed sessions from faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars working in any discipline and on any topic exploring the Revolutionary Era.  In addition to standard sessions (three or four papers, plus a chair and a commentator) and roundtables (five or six ten-minute presentations), we will also consider any innovative ideas for session formats—including presentation and discussion via distance technologies. 

Session proposals should include a panel description, a brief abstract for each paper (no more than one page), and a brief CV for each participant (no more than 2 pages.) Individual paper proposals should include a brief abstract (one page) and CV (no more than 2 pages).  Proposals from graduate students and independent scholars are welcome.  We urge panel organizers to consider diversity of presenters and topics as they build their sessions. Preference will be given to panels that capture gender, racial, and stage-in-career diversity. Please submit proposals to Dr. Marc Lerner ( by November 1, 2020.

For more information about the CRE and the conference, visit the CRE Website (

Contact Info: 

Dr. Marc Lerner

University of Mississippi

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