CFP: Fort Ticonderoga Seminar on the American Revolution

September 23-25, 2022

Fort Ticonderoga seeks proposals for the Eighteenth Annual Seminar on the American Revolution to be held Friday-Sunday, September 23-25, 2022. 

Many states, as well as national entities, are already beginning the process of planning for the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of American Independence. Current events, from the end of America’s longest war of Afghanistan, to fundamental questions about the democracy that was created nearly 250 years ago provide new context to explorations of one of the longest, bitterest, and most consequential conflicts in American history.

The Fort Ticonderoga Museum seeks proposals for new research on this critical period of the 18th century from a variety of perspectives, participants, and methodologies. Established scholars, graduate students, and others are encouraged to submit abstracts of papers broadly addressing the origins, conduct, or repercussions of the War for American Independence. We are especially interested in topics and approaches that engage the international nature of the conflict, representing the variety of peoples and places involved. 

We welcome interdisciplinary backgrounds and approaches roughly covering the period from the 1760s to the 1780s. Papers may include or engage:

  • Material Culture
  • Biographical Analysis
  • Social and Cultural Histories
  • Global Theatres of War 
  • Archaeological Studies
  • Indigenous Perspectives

Sessions are 30 minutes in length followed by 10 minutes for audience questions. Fort Ticonderoga may provide speakers with partial travel reimbursement.

Please submit a 300-word abstract and CV by email by January 31, 2022, to Richard M. Strum, Director of Academic Programs:

Contact Info: Richard M. Strum, Director of Academic Programs, Fort Ticonderoga.

Contact Email:


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 


CFP: “New and Emerging Studies of the Spanish Colonial Borderlands” Graduate Workshop (March 11, 2022)

This workshop seeks to bring together advanced graduate students in the field of the Spanish Borderlands to bolster intellectual exchange and create community among graduate students and interested faculty working on similar or related topics. Successful workshop presentation proposals should highlight new and emerging research on the Spanish Borderlands and focus on some aspect of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Florida or related regions from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries.  

Papers will be organized into one-hour sessions derived from larger dissertation chapters.  Workshopping of the papers by participants and organizers will follow. Participants agree to submit a 25–35 page, footnoted paper by February 25, 2022 and attend the all-day workshop on Friday March 11, 2022.  

For full consideration a proposal, bibliography, and CV must be submitted by November 1, 2021, to  

Paper proposals should be no more than 300 words and include a separate two-page bibliography of primary and secondary sources. Please put all materials in a single pdf/word document.  The organizers will respond by December 20, 2020.

Email any questions to

The workshop will be held Friday March 11, 2022.

PLEASE NOTE: While we hope to meet in person, we will make sure to prioritize health and safety when making final arrangements for the conference.

Organized with generous support from the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute Seminar on Borderlands History, The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, UC Riverside College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and The Huntington Library. 

Contact Email:

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

Contact Email:


The KHI Amerindian Lecture Series

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut

16 September – 16 Dezember 2021

Thursdays, 17:30 CET, online

Program & Registration:

In the framework of Department Gerhard Wolf & 4A_Laboratory: Art Histories, Archaeologies, Anthropologies, Aesthetics

Organized by Sanja Savkić Šebek (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut & Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) & Bat-ami Artzi (Dumbarton Oaks)

The KHI Amerindian Lecture Series 2021 is conceived as a forum to reflect on Indigenous arts/visual cultures and aesthetic practices created on the American continent, past and present. It gathers scholars who present novel research in/linking art history, anthropology/ethnology, (ethno)history, archaeology, museum studies, artistic and curatorial work, as well as other areas of inquiry concerned with images and artifacts and their handling. The diversity and richness of indigenous ‘visual modes’ across the continent is shown through a range of case studies which serve as a starting point to develop methodological and conceptual tools for the study of a variety of subjects, such as: the relationship of Amerindian art and ritual, and a specific ontology of images; the relation between aesthetics, cosmology and ecology; the encounter between Amerindian and European artistic and scriptural conventions; representations of connectedness of native practices across time and space in different media; the tension between locality and globality; pattern and form; politics of display; memory, identity, gender, ethnicity and violence in visual manifestations, among other themes. The studies break the artificial borders between fine art and craft, and question scholarly canons, as well as museal and exhibitory forms.


16 September 2021, 17:30

Johannes Neurath (Museo Nacional de Antropología – INAH, Mexico)

The Uncertain Power of Images: Ambiguous Figuration and Amerindian Cosmopolitics

30 September 2021, 17:30

Federico Navarrete Linares (Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, UNAM)

Lienzo de Tlaxcala and Codex Mendoza: Two Examples of Codigophagy in 16th Century New Spain

07 October 2021, 17:30

Ruth Philips (Canada Research Professor of Art History Emerita, Carleton University)

Vision Plays: Anishinaabe Women’s Arts of Power and Empowerment

28 October 2021, 17:30

Julie Nagam (Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts, Collaboration and Digital Media; Artistic Director of Nuit Blanche Toronto 2020 and 22; Director of aabijijiwan New Media Lab and Co-Director of Kishadigeh Collaborative Research Centre; Associate Professor at the University of Winnipeg)

Decolonial Tools – Digital Media

11 November 2021, 17:30

Natalia Majluf (Tinker Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago)

Textiles/Art. An Essay on Aesthetic Categories in Twentieth-Century Peru

25 November 2021, 17:30

María Eugenia Ulfe (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú)

Representing the Incommensurable, Recreating the Inconceivable: The Case of Andean Artists and Their Contemporary Artwork

02 December 2021, 17:30

Andrew Hamilton (The Art Institute of Chicago)

Fragments of Empire: The Afterlife of a Colonial Inca Tunic

16 December 2021. 17:30

Els Lagrou (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Amerindian Abstract Chimeras: Relational Aesthetics in a Transformational Universe


Sanja Savkić Šebek (

Bat-ami Artzi (

Contact Email:


Forum on Early-Modern Empires and Global Interactions 2022 Conference (Extended Deadline)

The Forum on Early-Modern Empires and Global Interactions (FEEGI) invites paper proposals for its fourteenth biennial conference, to be held online February 24-26, 2022.

FEEGI conferences investigate the histories of places and people touched directly and indirectly, advantageously or catastrophically, by the process of enhanced global interactions that commenced in the fifteenth century. Our conferences provide an opportunity for exchanges about the circumstances, causes, and consequences of increased global interactions in the early modern period (roughly 1450 to 1850). We welcome proposals exploring political, economics, and socio-cultural interactions from a variety of fields and perspectives. We encourage interdisciplinary approaches. 

One hallmark of FEEGI conferences is the creation of a space for comparative thinking and intellectual exchange among scholars across traditional temporal, geographic, and imperial boundaries. To promote such dialogue the Program Committee configures panels to make deep thematic connections, and all our sessions are plenary. 

FEEGI members may submit proposals for individual papers no later than September 10, 2021 on

(Details on membership can be found on )

Submissions should include a 200-400 word abstract as well as a brief (1-2 page) C.V.

We welcome submissions from advanced graduate students. 

Papers accepted for the program will be eligible for consideration for the FEEGI/Itinerario article prize, with the winning paper receiving a “fast-track” to publication in Itinerario: Journal of Imperial and Global Interactions by the end of 2022. For those interested in the prize, full-length articles will be submitted to a prize committee before the conference.  Further details, including the timeline, will be available once the program is finalized.

Contact Info: 

FEEGI 2022 Program Committee:

Karen Auman, Brigham Young University

Ernesto Bassi, Cornell University

Susan Mokhberi, Rutgers University

Wensheng Wang, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Matt Romaniello, FEEGI president, Weber State University

Contact Email:


Second Annual Materializing Race “Unconference” on Objects and Identity in #VastEarlyAmerica (zoom)

Wednesday 25 August 2020 (Zoom), 1-3 PM EDT
Proposals due by 1 August 2020

In a commitment to fostering nuanced interpretations of early American objects and meaningful dialogue on historical constructions of race and their legacies, we invite panelists to virtually share and discuss research on the intersections of identity and material culture in #VastEarlyAmerica. Our annual “unconference” seeks to promote a diverse cross-section of scholarship on North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean circa 1450-1830. We welcome approaches and methodologies including the historical, art historical, anthropological, archaeological, and experimental/experiential. Current graduate students, PhDs, ECRs, curators, museum and historic trades interpreters, artists and practitioners of historic methods and crafts, and independent/unaffiliated scholars are all eligible to participate as speakers, with a special welcome to BIPOC, AAPI, #WomenAlsoKnowHistory, and LGBTQ2+.

Proposals should be object-focused and include a brief abstract (250 words + one relevant image) for a 10-15-minute presentation, along with a short CV of no more than 2 pages. Papers addressing topics beyond the geographic and/or temporal scope of #VastEarlyAmerica will not be considered. 

Potential questions and themes for presentations might include:

  • “Things in context” and interpretations of early American objects through the lenses of race, ethnicity, and identity, 1450-1830
  • Potential methodological approaches and revisions/additions to existing material culture frameworks
  • How can #VastEarlyAmerica work to expand the traditional American material culture canon and related connoisseurship? 
  • Historians and material culture specialists as genealogists: how do our own personal family/ancestral narratives intersect with our study of early American history and material culture; the historian as biographer; the biographical object and the object biography
  • Public history, from the exhibition and display of objects in museum settings to historical and character interpretation, to include historic trades and foodways

Papers will be grouped by panel, followed by a moderated group discussion and audience questions via Zoom. In an effort to safeguard our participants and their creative and intellectual property, this event will not be recorded. ​

This event is co-convened by Dr. Cynthia Chin (Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington) and Philippe Halbert (Yale History of Art). For more information, submission requirements, and audience registration (TBA) details, please visit the event page on the Materializing Race website.

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