1917: Revolution, Radicalism, and Resistance in the Atlantic World
18th Annual International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History
The University of Texas at Arlington
October 19-21, 2017
Submission Deadline: July 31
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Erik S. McDuffie,
Transatlantic history examines the circulation and interaction of people, goods, and ideas between and within any of the four continents surrounding the Atlantic basin between the time of the first Atlantic contacts in the 1400s and the present day. Situated primarily in the fields of social and cultural history, its approaches are problem-oriented in scope, and highlighted by comparative and transnational frameworks.
We invite papers and panel submissions that are historical, geographical, anthropological, literary, sociological, and cartographic in nature—including interdisciplinary and digital humanities projects—that fall within the scope of transatlantic studies from both graduate students and young scholars. We will accept submissions for papers written in English, French, Spanish, and German.
The theme of this year’s conference is the impact of the Russian Revolutions of 1917 on the Atlantic World, examining the political, social, cultural, and economic reverberations and legacies prompted by the collapse of Russia’s ancien régime and the consolidation of Soviet/Bolshevik power. Inspiring hope and terror abroad, this conference aims to analyze the various transnational and international dimensions of the Russian Revolutions and how they shaped social and political movements in the Atlantic World, both directly and by virtue of establishing a new geopolitical context.
Topics may include but are not limited to the following:
- Communist, socialist, and anarchist internationalism
- Imperialism/colonialism, anti-colonial movements, and decolonization
- Transatlantic solidarity struggles
- Women’s and feminist movements
- Radical and social movement networks
- Anti-war and peace activism during World War I and World War II
- Revolutions and uprisings of 1917-1923 (Russia, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Mexico, Greece, Ireland, Egypt, etc.)
- Social, political, and cultural forms of anti-communism—both left- and right-wing
We also seek to explore and further establish shared terminology, methodologies, and defining parameters as they pertain to the field of transatlantic history. This conference has become an interdisciplinary and intercontinental meeting place where such ideas can converge into a common conversation.
Therefore, we also welcome papers on:
- Twentieth-century empires
- Transatlantic cuisine and consumption
- Intercultural transfer and transfer studies
- Transnational familiesTeaching transnational history
Selected participants’ papers will be considered for publication in Traversea, the peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal in transatlantic history.
Submission of individual paper abstracts should be approximately three hundred words in length and should be accompanied by an abbreviated (maximum one page) curriculum vita. Panel proposals (3-4 people) should include titles and abstracts of panels as a whole, as well as each individual paper. Deadline for submission is July 31, 2017. We will notify authors of accepted papers by August 15, 2017.
Paper and panel submissions should be made at here.
Jane Austen and Cultural Outsiders
Friday, November 10, 2017
Keynote Speaker: Professor Susan Fraiman,
The University of Virginia
Professor Fraiman is the author of Unbecoming Women: British Women Writers and the
Novel of Development, Cool Men and the Second Sex, and Extreme Domesticity: A View
from the Margins. She is also the editor of Northanger Abbey: Norton Critical Edition.
Proposed papers should explore the works of Jane Austen in relation to the category of “outsiders.” Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Austen’s treatment of characters who are marginal in social terms (by virtue of race, class, national origin, marital status, occupation, birth order, etc.).
- Likewise, the treatment of characters who are marginal in narrative terms.
- Austen’s treatment of issues involving cultural “others” (slavery, colonialism, enclosure of lands, urban riots, etc.)
adaptations of her work (movies, stage plays, etc.) produced in non-Western cultural contexts.
- Austen’s influence on writers who are “outsiders” to the British
- Sequels, spinoffs, and other reworkings of Austen’s novels that
feature cultural “others” (servants, zombies, etc.).
The British Isles in the Mind's Eye: Literary Tourism and "Real" History
What are the relationships among historical narratives, fictional narratives, and the narratives that the tourist industry creates? Contributions are solicited for a collection of essays that will map the boundaries of and intersections among these discourses of “place” and its significance, with an emphasis on literary tourism and the British Isles. Essays may be weighted towards the theoretical or may be focused on studies of individual historical sites or literary authors; they may approach the subject from the disciplinary perspectives of anthropology, cultural studies, film studies, literary history, or history. Potential subjects of interest include historicality, historicity, and historical fiction and poetry; the influence of popular fiction and film on British tourism or on the marketing of historical sites to the literary tourist; the (re)creation of history in fiction, poetry, and film; and the impact of tourism on historical curation.
Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, is inviting a proposal for this project. Send 500-word abstracts and one-page CVs as Word documents to the editor, LuAnn McCracken Fletcher, by 1 September 2017. Accepted abstracts will be included in the proposal to the press, with completed manuscripts needed by 1 June 2018
British Jewish Contemporary Cultures: An International Conference
26-27 March 2018, Bangor University, Wales.
We invite proposals for the first international British Academy funded conference on British Jewish Contemporary Cultures. Any topic which explores the study of contemporary British Jewish culture, widely defined, is welcomed. We are particularly interested in locating British Jewish contemporary cultures in global and comparative settings, as well as in terms of imperial, postcolonial and transnational narratives. The aim of the conference is to tease out the tension between a transcultural British Jewish Studies and the specificity of the Jewish experience in Britain with increasing theoretical and methodological complexity.
We welcome proposals for panel discussions as well as individual papers of 20 minutes. Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and a brief biography to Jennifer Griffiths by 1st December 2017.
Suggested topics include but are by no means limited to:
- Writing British Jewishness
- Images of British Jewishness in film and television
- Gender, sexuality and Jewishness in contemporary culture
- Visual images (art, cartoons, graphic novels)
- British Jews and the media
- Shifting Identities: Transcultural contexts
- British Jewishness and the Holocaust
- Politics and Jewishness in contemporary Britain
- Locating British Jewishness: space and place
- British Jews and Israel/Palestine
- Black and British Jewish Intersections
- Brexit and Contemporary British Jewish culture
Conference organisers: Professor Nathan Abrams (Bangor) and Dr. Ruth Gilbert (Winchester). The conference has been generously supported by the British Academy.
The Colonial/Postcolonial New Researchers’ Workshop 2017
The Colonial/Postcolonial New Researchers’ Workshop is currently inviting abstract submissions for the 2017/8 academic year. The workshop was established in 2008, to provide a forum for postgraduates and new researchers to meet and present their work in an informal environment. Seminars run on a bi-weekly basis at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), intercalated with Imperial and World History
We invite proposals for papers or panels on any aspect of colonial or postcolonial history. We particularly welcome proposals that address specific methodological, interdisciplinary or theoretical concerns. Seminars take place on Monday evenings on a fortnightly basis.
Anyone interested in presenting their work, whether finished pieces or works in progress, is encouraged to submit an abstract of between 250-350 words to firstname.lastname@example.org. Abstracts should be submitted by no later than 31st July 2017. Decisions will be made in mid-August.
Late Tudor and Stuart Drama: Gender, Performance, and Material Culture
Call for Proposals, for a new series from Medieval Institute Publications
This series provides a forum for monographs and essay collections that investigate the material culture, broadly conceived, of theatre and performance in England from the late Tudor to the pre-Restoration Stuart periods (c. 1550–1650). The editors invite proposals for book-length studies engaging in the material vitality of the dramatic text, political culture, theatre and performance history, theatrical design, performance spaces, gendering court entertainments, child- and adult-actors, music, dance, and audiences in London and on tour. We are also interested in the discursive production of gender, sex, and race in early modern England in relation to material historical, social, cultural, and political structures; changes to and effects of law; monarchy and the republic in dramatic texts; theatre and performance, including performance spaces that are not in theatres. Further topics might include the production and consumption of things and ideas; costumes, props, theatre records and accounts, gendering of spaces and geographies (court, tavern, street, and household, rural or urban), cross-dressing, military or naval excursions, gendered pastimes, games, behaviours, rituals, fashions, and encounters with the exotic, the non-European, the disabled, and the demonic and their reflection in text and performance.
To submit a proposal, please contact Erika Gaffney, Senior Acquisitions Editor.