Empire and Imagination in Early America and the Atlantic World (15th – 19th centuries)
Fourth bi-annual conference of the European Early American Studies Association (EEASA)
Bayreuth University, 13-15 December 2012
12.00-2.30 p.m. EEASA board meeting
2.30-3.00 p.m. Registration
Welcome: Marie-Jeanne Rossignol (President of EEASA, Université Paris Diderot), Susanne Lachenicht (Chair of Early Modern History, Universität Bayreuth), Sylvia Mayer (Director of BIFAS, Universität Bayreuth)
Panel A Chair: Sylvia Mayer (Universität Bayreuth)
Mark Somos (Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University), “American States of Nature: From Rightless Savage, through Chosen Nation, to Liberty For All” Ioannis Evrigenis (Tufts University), “Hobbes and the Indians: America as the State of Nature”
Oliver Scheiding (Universität Mainz), “Native Agency and Empire Building in the Colonial Southeast”
Angel Luke O’Donnell (University of Liverpool), “Tangible Imagination: The Paxton Boys and the Origin of American Identity in Philadelphia”
Panel B Chair: Andrew O’Shaughnessy (Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello )
Max Edling (Loughborough University), “1787: Birth of the American Empire”
Jasper M. Trautsch (JFK Institut, Berlin), “Empire of Liberty or Land of Liberty? The Early Struggle over American Identity”
Thomas Dikant (JFK Institut, Berlin), “Jefferson's Statistics: Governmentality in the Notes on the State of Virginia”
Amanda Johnson (Vanderbilt University), “Saxons and Roundheads in the New World: Thomas Jefferson and Transatlantic Appropriations of Racial Myth in the American Revolutionary Period”
5.30 pm Keynote Lecture I: Hermann Wellenreuther (Göttingen): “Interdependency, Interaction and Communication as key terms of Atlantic history” Chair: Susanne Lachenicht (Universität Bayreuth)
8 pm Reception
14 December 9.00-11.00 am
Panel A Chair: Simon Newman (University of Glasgow)
Patrick M. Erben (University of West Georgia), “’The Excellent-Spirited in this New English World’: Francis Daniel Pastorius, Commonplacing, and an Atlantic Community of Intellect”
Csaba Levai (University of Debrecen), “Within Two Imperial Systems: Hungari and the British Colonies in North America in the 18th century”
Philipp R. Rössner (Universität Leipzig), “Mechanisms of British Imperial Control as seen from Scotland and the Atlantic Economy after 1707”
Panel B Chair: Gesa Mackenthun (Universität Rostock)
Alexandra Ganser (Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg), “The Caribbean Buccaneer-Pirates in Late 17th-Century Narratives: Emblems of Colonial Contact and Crisis” Catherine Armstrong (Manchester Metropolitan University), “Imperial Borderland ? Representations in print of the landscape of Carolina and Louisiana 1660-1745” Pierre-François Peirano (University of Aix-Marseille), "The representations of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the revival of imperial dreams”
Kelsey Flynn (George Washington University), “Imperial Ambition and Colonial Design: Guiana in the English Imagination, 1590-1660 “
11.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.
Panel A Chair: Trevor Burnard (University of Melbourne)
Mark Niemeyer (Université de Bourgogne), “Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Evangeline: Empire and the Afterlife of the History of the Acadians”
Wayne Bodle (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), "'Who Forms This Paradise by the Sweat of his Brow...': Nancy (Kingsbury) Wollstonecraft's Botanical Reckoning with Cuba, 1821- 1828"
Arnaud Courgey (Université Paris Diderot), “Empire without Imagination or Imagination without Empire”
Panel B Chair: Hermann Wellenreuther (Universität Göttingen)
Geoff Plank (University of East Anglia), “The Pastoral Ideal and Debates over the Future of England's Transatlantic Empire in the Late Seventeenth Century” Anne-Claire Faucquez (Université de Paris VIII), “Establishing the English Empire in Colonial New York”
Jennifer Tsien (University of Virginia), Enlightenment vs. the Colonial Imagination: the Case of Louisiana
1.30-2.30 Lunch break
Panel A Chair: Max Edling (Loughborough University)
Carla Gardina Pestana (U.C.L.A.), “The Western Design and the English Imperial Imagination”
Tom Rogers (Newcastle University), “Image and Reality of British Imperial Citizenship”
S. Max Edelson and Steven Sarson (University of Virginia/Swansea University), “The Grand British League and Confederacy”
Panel B Chair: Timothy Lockley (Warwick University)
Kristina Bross (Purdue University), “Representing Violence from New England to the Palatinate”
Gesa Mackenthun (Universität Rostock), “Terror and Territoriality: Imperial Sovereignty and Jurisdictional Ambivalence in Early American Discourse”
Monica Henry (Université de Paris Est-Créteil), “Revisiting the Western Hemisphere Idea”
4.30 p.m. Keynote lecture II: François Brunet (Université de Paris VII) : Photography, Literature and Imaginations of Empire Chair : Marie-Jeanne Rossignol (Université de Paris Diderot)
Tour of Bayreuth, Christmas market
15 December 10.00 a.m.-12.30 p.m.
Panel A Chair: Emma Hart (St. Andrews)
Claire Bourhis-Mariotti (Université Paris Diderot), “‘Go to our brethren, the Haytians, who, according to their word, are bound to protect and comfort us' – Antebellum African-American Emigrationists and a Promised Land Away from the American Empire: Haiti.”
Christian Crouch (Bard College), "The French Connection": Bonds of Blood and Empire in a former French Atlantic World”
Elena Schneider (Omohundro Institute), “Imperial Imaginings in the Spanish Atlantic during the Era of the Seven Years' War” Neil Kennedy (Memorial University), “Finding the Bermudas: Recasting New World Spaces in Early Modern London”
Panel B Chair: Jeanne Cortiel (Universität Bayreuth)
Jill Fraley (Washington and Lee University), “Waste Property and the Making of Nation- States in Eighteenth-Century America”
Allison Stagg (University College London), “The Partisan Caricatures of James Akin in the Early Republic”
Laura Stevens (University of Tulsa), “The Biblical Deborah in the Eighteenth-Century British Atlantic”
Bayreuth, 2012 EEASA Conference Location
The conference will be held at the University of Bayreuth in Germany.
It will be hosted by the Bayreuth Institute for American Studies (BIFAS), the Chairs of Early Modern History (Prof Susanne Lachenicht), American Studies and Intercultural Anglophone Studies (Prof Dr. Sylvia Mayer) and North American Studies (Prof Jeanne Cortiel) and Dr. Knut Holtsträter (Research Institute for Music Theater Studies).
To reach Bayreuth you can either fly into Munich, Frankfurt/Main or Nuremberg international airports. From there, you will have to take the train to Bayreuth. Tickets for trains can be booked through www.bahn.de. Bayreuth is three and a half hours from Frankfurt/Main, two hours from Munich by train, or one hour from Nuremberg (by train).
Hotel rooms can be booked (reduced tariff: € 65-85) at the Lohmuehle or the Anker.
When booking your room, please let the hotel know that you are booking one of the rooms reserved for the EEASA meeting (special price for university guests).
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