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Call For Papers and Workshops (see also attachment)

Beyond Colonial Studies‹An Inter-American Encounter
(Providence, Rhode Island, November 4-6, 2004)

The intent of this conference and of the collection of essays to result from it is to advance an understanding of the colonial Americas that transcends the national, linguistic, cultural and epistemological boundaries commonly found in academia today. In this, the conference seeks to build upon the dialogue initiated with the Summit of Early Ibero- and Anglo-Americanists in
Tucson, Arizona, in May 2002. Whereas the latter sought to address the mutual ignorance of colonialists working in English, Spanish and Portuguese through a review of key texts and problems in each of these languages, we will (1) broaden discussion by including scholars of the French and Dutch colonies, and (2) go beyond the side-by-side presentation of examples drawn from and conceptualized in terms of particular linguistic or national traditions in favor of more explicitly comparative analysis. There will be twelve plenary sessions, each focusing not on the usual topics of colonial
studies (exploration, conquest, settlement, etc.), but on the consequence of the ways in which these activities are conceptualized, performed or recorded. Each session will comprise three 20-minute talks, a formal response and discussion. By this means, and through workshops on more specialized topics, we will explore what is common, different and distinctly
American in colonial American studies. For general information, see:
http://www.mith2.umd.edu/summit/home.html.

Application procedure:

For the themes and topics to be addressed in the plenary sessions, see:
http://www.mith2.umd.edu/summit/program2.htm.
You may also propose workshops on companion topics in colonial American studies. Papers and workshops will be selected in accordance with the objectives described above. All papers are to be written and presented in English. Comparative analyses, transcending linguistic and national boundaries, are strongly preferred. More particular case studies will nevertheless be considered, providing that their conclusions explicitly address broader issues common to the colonial Americas.

Applicants should send a c.v. and a 1-page, single-spaced proposal as attachments in Word for Windows to both conference directors at the addresses listed below. Proposals for more than one session may be submitted with the understanding that only one will be accepted. Each proposal should indicate the session and topic to which it corresponds. Work previously published or under consideration for publication, whether in whole or in part, will not be accepted. All proposals must be received by March 15, 2004.


Conference directors:
Ralph Bauer, University of Maryland (rb227@umail.umd.edu)
David A. Boruchoff, McGill University (david.boruchoff@mcgill.ca)

Program Committee:
David Shields, University of South Carolina
Raquel Chang-Rodríguez, CUNY
Christopher Conway, Brown University
Leonard Tennenhouse, Brown University

Local Arrangements Chair:
Nancy Armstrong, Brown.
Beyond Colonial Studies ‹ An Interamerican Encounter


THURSDAY, November 4
Arrival, registration and welcome

Session I: 8:45-10:15
Beyond the known: the world beyond the known
values beyond the known
science beyond the known

Session II: 10:30-12:00
Beyond the frontier: life beyond the frontier
people beyond the frontier
lands beyond the frontier

Lunch: 12:15-1:45

Session III: 1:45-3:15
Beyond the local: concerns beyond the local
perspectives beyond the local
politics beyond the local

Session IV: 3:30-5:00
Beyond warfare: conquest beyond warfare
warfare beyond the historical record
beyond literary accounts of warfare

Plenary Address: 5:15-6:30

FRIDAY, November 5

Session V: 8:45-10:15
Beyond conquest: settlement beyond conquest
pacification beyond conquest
convivencia beyond conquest

Session VI: 10:30-12:00
Beyond captivity: captives beyond captivity
literature beyond captivity
dominance beyond captivity

Lunch: 12:15-1:45


Session VII: 1:45-3:15
Beyond religion: faith beyond religion
spirituality beyond religion
the Church beyond religion

Session VIII: 3:30-4:45
Beyond politics: the law beyond politics
the nation beyond politics
beyond political life

Workshops: 5:00-7:00 (topics t.b.a.)

SATURDAY, November 6

Session IX: 8:45-10:15
Beyond the law: politics beyond the law
life beyond the law
beyond the letter of the law

Session X: 10:30-12:00
Beyond the facts: history beyond the facts
literature beyond the facts
beyond literature

Lunch: 12:15-1:45

Session XI: 1:45-3:15
Beyond gender: men and women beyond gender
social roles beyond gender
discourse beyond gender

Session XII: 3:30-5:00
Beyond colonial studies: round table (participants t.b.a.)

Plenary Address: 5:15-6:30

Banquet: 6:45-8:30


Please Note:

To increase the number of workshops and facilitate movement between venues, including the John Carter Brown Library on the campus of Brown University, the schedule outlined above will change in the final program, with some amalgamation of themes and topics, or redistribution among sessions.