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"Conceptualising Atlantic Studies"
Cunliffe Centre, University of Sussex, Brighton (England), November 11-12

An inter and multi-disciplinary colloquium will be held on the campus of the University of Sussex, Brighton, England on the 11th and 12th of November, focusing on "Conceptualising Atlantic Studies." The colloquium will be of particular interest to scholars who work in Atlantic history and literature and those whose interests lie in the transcultural dialogue between the two hemispheres and, specifically, among the nations of Europe, the Americas, and Africa. The editors of the new periodical, Atlantic Studies: Literary, Cultural, and Historical Perspectives (Routledge 2004) will be in attendance at the colloquium and accepting contributions and submissions to the journal.

To reserve a place at the colloquium, please contact:

Dr. Richard Follett,
School of Humanities,
University of Sussex,
Brighton BN1 9QN, UK
Tel: (44-1273-877365)
Tuesday 11 November



Donna Gabaccia (University of Pittsburgh) "Global Perspectives on Atlantic History."

Jean-Philippe Mathy (University of Illinois) "The Atlantic as Metaphor."

12.30-1.30 LUNCH


Verene Shepherd (University of the West Indies-Mona) "The Local vs. the

Global: Creolizing tendencies in the Atlantic World."

Marcus Wood (University of Sussex) "Never just Black and White: Kara Walker and the silhouette, an Atlantic case study."

3.45-4.15 TEA


Bill Boelhower (University of Padua) "I'll teach you how to flow': On Method in Atlantic Studies."

William O'Reilly (National University of Ireland, Galway) "Atlantic History as a 'Civilizing Mission'? The Concept, Content and Course of Atlantic Studies."

  Wednesday 12 November


Plenary Respondents

Rick Halpern (University of Toronto)
Maria Lauret (University of Sussex)