Call for Proposals: NACBS November 11-13

NACBS November 11-13: Call for Proposals

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The North American Conference for British Studies
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Call for Presenters: The North American Conference for British Studies

Where: Washington, D.C.

When: November 11-13, 2016

Abstract due: January 30, 2016

Panel Topic: The Eighteenth-Century Transatlantic Britain

As part of the NACBS protocol, I’m soliciting for paper proposals to be submitted as a full panel to this year’s conference in Washington. The panel will give focus to new scholarship on transatlantic Britain in the eighteenth century. As it strives to be interdisciplinary, scholars from all fields may submit an abstract.

The eighteenth-century British Atlantic is a dynamic space and time, when the formation of the modern world evolved though colonization, displacement, enslavement, and revolution. In understanding the British metropole in the eighteenth century, it is important to contextualize it by the flows and counterflows generated by its trade and social networks with its North American and Caribbean colonies. The following topics will be of special interest to the formation of this panel:

• Piracy and Privateering
• The Rise of the Novel
• Slavery and Emancipation
• Hemispheric Connections
• Revolutions (American, Haitian)
• Empire and the Social Imagination
• Commercial Trade, Consumable Goods (coffee, tea, chocolate)
• Commercial Trade, Non-consumable Goods (Mahogany)
• Plantation Life
• Art and Architecture
• Medical Discourse and Sciences

This is just a brief listing of possible topics, and by no means excludes other paper proposals related to the eighteenth-century Transatlantic Britain.

For more information or to send your 250-300 word abstracts, please email Victoria Barnett-Woods at Abstract deadline is January 30th, 2016. You will be informed of your acceptance by February 12th. Should your paper be selected for this panel, it will then be forwarded to the NACBS committee members as a part of a full panel proposal. Unfortunately, your acceptance in the panel does not guarantee your acceptance into the conference. Feel free to contact me should you have any questions.