Mapping the Early Modern World, an NEH Summer Institute at the Newberry Library

The Newberry Library’s Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography and Center for Renaissance Studies are pleased to announce Mapping the Early Modern World, a four-week NEH summer institute for higher education faculty from July 18 through August 12, 2022.

Smith Center director Dr. Jim Akerman and Renaissance Studies director Dr. Lia Markey will co-direct the institute. The institute’s 25 participants will pursue a program of seminars, workshops, discussion and research exploring interdisciplinary approaches to the study of maps in connection with the global intellectual, cultural, and geographical transformations of the world between 1400 and 1700. The course of reading and discussion will consider four major “theaters” in which the production and use of maps operated: the world, the city, the sea, and the skies. The co-directors have invited eight accomplished guest faculty from a broad range of humanities fields to lead seminar sessions and research workshops. In addition to these sessions, each participant will pursue a research project utilizing the Newberry’s renowned collections of early modern maps and other humanities resources. 

Applications are due on March 1, 2022. Please circulate this in your department or with anyone who may be interested.  For further information, eligibility criteria, and application instructions contact Madeline Crispell at or consult

Contact Info: Madeline Crispell, 312-255-3575, Program Coordinator for the Smith Center for the History of Cartography

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Colonial Society of Massachusetts Graduate Student Forum

June 2-3, 2022

Graduate students preparing original research on any area of early American history (up to 1815) at both the MA and PhD levels are invited to submit proposals for the Colonial Society of Massachusetts’s annual Graduate Student Forum. You will discuss your work with between six and ten peers from other universities and with the Colonial Society’s members. Assuming conditions permit it, the 2022 event will be held in person at our Beacon Hill townhouse (87 Mount Vernon Street), but if necessary the event may also be held remotely, or may involve both in-person and online sessions. Policies concerning masks, tests, and vaccines will be determined by public health conditions in June, and conform to requirements by the city of Boston and guidance from public health professionals.  Presenters who travel to Boston will have all travel expenses reimbursed and will be provided accommodations in Boston.

The Forum will begin on Thursday afternoon, June 2, and will conclude Friday afternoon, June 3, with remarks by moderator Jonathan M. Chu, Professor of History in the College of Liberal Arts at UMass Boston and the editor of the New England Quarterly. Presenters should plan to outline a major finding from their research anchored in the relevant historiography.

How to Submit Your Proposal: Your proposal, not to exceed five double-spaced pages, should describe the larger historiographical intervention you seek to make with your research, as well as the specific finding, question, and/or sources you hope to share during the Forum. 

Though we may give preference to New England topics, the committee will attempt to achieve a balance in subjects covered. The committee is especially eager to hear from researchers—historians as well as scholars from allied disciplines—whose work sheds new light on the diverse peoples of early New England and/or work that puts early New England history in conversation with that of other places and peoples.

To apply, please submit your CV and proposal together as a single pdf: the filename should be Lastname.CSM2022. Please use the subject line: “CSM Grad Forum application.” Applications are due by noon on March 11, 2022.

Contact Info: Marla Miller
History Department
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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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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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. 

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CFP Decolonial comparative legal history: indigenous and global South law prior to colonialism

Decolonial Comparative Law Workshop 2022 / Call for Papers

The second Decolonial Comparative Law Workshop will focus on comparing indigenous law and pre-colonial law, both in settler-colonial regions of the global North and in the area now often referred to as the global South. 

Theme: Decolonial comparative legal history: indigenous and global South law prior to colonialism

9-10 September 2022, Oxford, United Kingdom

Paper submission deadline: 9 February 2022

Decisions: 9 May 2022

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Seeking panelists for AHA 2022: “Slavery and Sexual Economies in the Atlantic World”

 From H-Atlantic, March 1, 2021

We are seeking to put a panel together for the 2022 AHA on the sexual economy of slavery in the Atlantic World (broadly construed) from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. Currently, one paper will analyze sex and plantation management in nineteenth-century Martinique and another will examine the urban sexual economy and enslaved prostitution in nineteenth-century Rio de Janeiro. To complete the panel, we are looking for two more papers that explore sex, slavery, and the economy from any region in the North or South Atlantic. We are also seeking a scholar who would be interested in serving as panel chair and commentator. 

If interested, please send a paper title and short (300 word) abstract by March 1, 2021 to Deirdre Lyons at 

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Journée publications récentes REDEHJA – 26 mars 2021 (online)

Journée publications récentes REDEHJA

26 mars 2021

En raison de la situation sanitaire actuelle, cette journée est organisée entièrement à distance.

Veuillez vous inscrire à la date et l’heure qui vous conviennent le mieux (inscription préalable obligatoire) ici:

Après votre inscription, vous recevrez un e-mail de confirmation contenant les instructions pour rejoindre la réunion.


9h30: Accueil par Allan Potofsky, président du REDEHJA

9h35-10h: Session 1 / Publications nord-américaines 2019-2021
« Recent perspectives on the history of Early America and the early American republic », Auréliane Narvaez, Université Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne

10h-12h: Session 2 / L’Atlantique des révolutions

Chair: Linda Garbaye, Université Clermont Auvergne

La Marche sur Yorktown, Bertrand Van Ruymbeke et Iris de Rode, eds. Monfaucon: JJ. Wuillaume, 2018.

Comments: Steve Sarson, Lyon 3.

Le Journal du Gouverneur Morris pendant la Révolution française. Texte traduit et annoté par Gérard Hugues/ Genève: Droz, 2018, tomes I et II.

Comments: Carine Lounissi, Université de Rouen.

12h-13h: pause déjeuner

13h-15h: Session 3 / Rebelles américain.e.s ?

Chair Monica Henry, UPEC

L’Amérique fantôme. Les aventuriers francophones du Nouveau Monde, Gilles Havard. Paris: Flammarion, 2019.

Men in the American Women’s Rights Movement, 1830-1890, Hélène Quanquin. New York: Routledge, 2020

Comments: Adeline Vasquez-Parra, Université de Lille

15h30: Assemblée Générale 2021 du REDEHJA

Organisation de la journée :
Anne-Claire Faucquez (Université Paris 8), Augustin Habran (Université d’Orléans), Carine Lounissi (Université de Rouen), Marie-Jeanne Rossignol (Université de Paris).

Crédits illustration: Wood engraving of proslavery riot in Alton, Illinois on November 7, 1837, which resulted in the murder of Elijah P. Lovejoy, by Unknown author – <, Public Domain,>

CFP Sugar and Slaves


2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of one of the foundational books in the writing of Caribbean and Atlantic history. Richard S. Dunn’s highly evocative work opened up an entire field of study. Since its publication, historians have both deepened our understanding of subjects first developed in Dunn’s work and, inspired by Dunn’s scholarship, turned to new topics entirely.

We call on scholars with an interest and expertise in the areas covered by Sugar and Slaves to submit proposals for selection as papers to be presented at a workshop (held remotely) in summer 2021, tentatively scheduled for June 28-29. Papers should engage the period and region of Dunn’s study—the seventeenth-century Caribbean—while showcasing innovative scholarship and new directions in the field. Our ambition is that some of these papers will be published in a special issue of Early American Studies in 2022, and these essays will need to be ready for submission for peer review at the journal by August 15, 2021. 

Anyone interested in making a proposal along the lines indicated above should send a 500-word proposal and brief cv to Alison Games ( and Trevor Burnard ( by 15 March 2021. We will be in touch about details of a workshop on Sugar and Slaves by 1 April 2021. Contact Email:

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