Race, Gender, and Sexualities in the Atlantic World, March 9-10, 2012

The Carolina Lowcountry in the Atlantic World Program (CLAW) at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC invites paper proposals addressing women, gender, and sexuality in the Atlantic World 1500-Present. The featured keynote speaker is Jennifer L. Morgan (New York University). We invite scholars to submit proposals for individual papers and panels that might address such questions as:

• Performances of Gender
• Gender and Discovery
• Colonialism
• Constructions of Sexualities
• Native American Contact
• Race and Gender
• African Diaspora and Slavery

As with previous successful CLAW program events the conference will be run in a seminar style: accepted participants will be expected to send completed papers to the organizers in advance of the conference itself (by March 1st, 2012) for circulation via password-protected site. At the conference itself presenters will talk for no more than ten minutes about their paper, working on the assumption that everyone has read the paper itself. This arrangement means that papers may be considerably lengthier and more carefully argued than the typical 20-minute presentation; and it leads to more substantive, better informed discussion. It also generally allows us to move quite smoothly toward publication of a selection of essays with the University of South Carolina Press.

Proposals for individual papers should be 200 words, and should be accompanied by a brief one-page biographical statement indicating institutional affiliation, research interests, and relevant publishing record for each participant, including chairs and commentators. Please place the panel proposal, and its accompanying paper proposals and vitas in one file. Please submit your proposal electronically with CLAW conference in the subject line to the conference chair, Dr. Sandra Slater at slaters@cofc.edu by December 2, 2011.

If you wish to send a proposal for a 3- or 4-person panel, please send a 300 to 500-word proposal describing the panel as a whole as well as proposals for each of the individual papers, along with biographical statements for each of the presenters. The organizers reserve the right to accept individual papers from panel proposals, to break up panels, and to add papers to panels. Notification of acceptance will be sent by January 31st, 2012.

Organizing Committee: Sandra Slater (History), Lisa Randle (CLAW & Avery Research Center), John White (CLAW), Simon Lewis (CLAW) [all College of Charleston]

Civil War — Global Conflict

March 3-5, 2011
Conference: Civil War – Global Conflict

On March 4, 1865, with the Civil War all but over, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated for the second time as President of the United States of America. In his justly celebrated inaugural address he called for healing in a reunited nation: “With malice toward none; with charity for all…let us strive on to finish the work we are in…to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”

In that same spirit, the CLAW program today begins its 4-year-long commemoration of the Civil War with a conference that reflects on the war as a global conflict. Some of the nation’s leading Civil War scholars will consider, among other things: how the international circulation of ideas about liberty, slavery, race, ethnicity, nationalism, imperialism, gender, and religion all helped to shape the conflict; how diplomacy and military strategy affected the war’s outcome; and how the war itself determined subsequent political alliances and military conventions.

As Lincoln’s second inaugural speech intimated, this is not a moment for bravado, nor even a moment for passive mourning, but a moment for settling down to carry on the unceasing work necessary to achieve the kind of understanding that might lead to a just and lasting peace.

The conference will take place at the Stern Center starting today at noon and running till 5:30 on Saturday. Full details are available at http://spinner.cofc.edu/atlanticworld/civilwar/index.html. Please join us if you can.

Writing the South in Fact, Fiction, and Poetry

February 17-19, 2011

Conference:

Writing the South in Fact, Fiction, and Poetry

Coastal Carolina University will host an international conference of distinguished writers from the worlds of literature and of scholarship February 17-19.

The conference, “Writing the South in Fact, Fiction, and Poetry,” has been organized as a tribute to the career of Charles Joyner, Coastal Professor from 1980 to 2006, former President of the Southern Historical Association, and author of Down by the Riverside.

Joyner was the inaugural Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern History and Culture and Director of the Waccamaw Center at Coastal Carolina University. The Humanities Council conferred its Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities on Charles Joyner for his contributions to public understanding of southern history and culture.

The featured writers include three Pulitzer Prize winners and an Emmy winner. In sessions at the Wall Auditorium, they will reflect on their own efforts to understand and portray the American South.

The conference is supported by the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the History Department, and the Waccamaw Center for Historical and Cultural Studies, the Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern History and Culture at Coastal, and by a grant from the South Carolina Humanities Council. The conference is organized by Vernon Burton, former Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern History and Culture at Coastal and now of Clemson University.

The conference is open to students, teachers, and the general public free of charge.

This program is sponsored by The Humanities CouncilSC, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.

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Crisis and Conflict in the Carolinas

Reminder — October 9-10, 2010

Conference:

Crisis and Conflict in the Carolinas

CLAW will host a symposium on the two Carolinas during the first quarter of the eighteenth century, “Crisis and Conflict in the Early Carolinas,” on October 9-10, 2010. Approximately one dozen scholars will present work on various topics, including the Yamasee War, the Tuscarora War, the Revolution of 1719, the slave trade, the plantation economy, and piracy. For more information, contact conference conveners Brad Wood of Eastern Kentucky University, Michelle LeMaster of Lehigh University, or local organizer Sandy Slater of the College of Charleston.

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Call for Papers

Civil War – Global Conflict

March 3 – 5, 2011

In 2011, the United States will observe the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. To mark this important anniversary the Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World at the College of Charleston will host an international conference considering the war as an event of global significance. Examining the causes, passage, and consequences of the war in an international context promises to break from the divisive and narrow focus on the war as a sectional conflict fought in an America whose existence is seen as entirely separate from the rest of the world. The conference will therefore examine:

œ    the role of international currents of thought (political, racial, ethical, religious), international economic pressures, and international political alignments leading to the war;

œ    international support and opposition, as well as diplomatic efforts during the war;

œ    international consequences both during and after the war (e.g., who took advantage of the destruction of cotton and rice production? Who learned what from military, communication technology, etc.?); and

œ    commemoration and memorialization of the war beyond America’s borders (i.e., how the war has come to be remembered around the world in political movements, in fictional representations, in popular culture, toys, etc.).

We invite scholars to submit proposals for individual papers and panels that might address such questions as:

œ    How did the Union and Confederacy operate in the diplomatic sphere?

œ    How did the rest of the world view the conflict?

œ    What did Americans, particularly South Carolinians, think of international attitudes toward the United and Confederate States?

œ    What did Americans living abroad think of the conflict?

œ    What impact did Confederate exiles/colonies have on their host countries?

œ    What impact did American Emancipation have on slavery in Latin America, Africa etc.?

œ    How did the Civil War influence world views of the U.S., particularly the South, and how did Unionists/Confederates see themselves in the world?

œ    How is the Civil War remembered and recreated internationally in literature, film, and in popular memorabilia?

œ    How did international religious alliances play into the conflict and its representations?

Keynote speakers include Richard Blackett (Vanderbilt University), Joan Cashin (Ohio State University), James McPherson (Princeton University), and E.B. Rugemer (Yale University). Since the conference is the College of Charleston’s opening academic event in a broader, four-year-long commemoration of the war, there will be a number of subsidiary events going on in and around Charleston that participants will find of interest.

As with previous successful CLAW program events the conference will be run in a seminar style: accepted participants will be expected to send completed papers to the organizers two months in advance of the conference itself (by January 5th, 2011) for circulation via password-protected site.  At the conference itself presenters will talk for no more than ten minutes about their paper, working on the assumption that everyone has read the paper itself.  This arrangement means that papers may be considerably lengthier and more carefully argued than the typical 20-minute presentation; and it leads to more substantive, better informed discussion. It also generally allows us to move quite smoothly toward publication of a selection of essays.

Proposals for individual papers should be between 300 and 500 words, and should be accompanied by a brief biographical statement indicating institutional affiliation, research interests, and relevant publishing record.  Please e-mail your proposal to  lewiss@cofc.edu or send by mail to: “Civil War – Global Conflict” Organizing Committee, c/o CLAW Program, College of Charleston, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424-0001 before September 5th, 2010.

If you wish to send a proposal for a 3- or 4-person panel, please send a 300 to 500-word proposal describing the panel as a whole as well as proposals for each of the individual papers, along with biographical statements for each of the presenters. The organizers reserve the right to accept individual papers from panel proposals, to break up panels, and to add papers to panels.  Notification of acceptance will be sent by October 5th, 2010.

Organizing Committee:

Simon Lewis (CLAW); Lee Drago (History); Adam Mendelsohn (Jewish Studies); Scott Peeples (English); Bernard Powers (History); Lisa Randle (CLAW); John White (CLAW) [all College of Charleston]; O. Vernon Burton (Coastal Carolina University); David Gleeson (Northumbria University, UK); Valinda Littlefield (University of South Carolina)

Crisis and Conflict in the Carolinas

October 9-10, 2010

Conference:

Crisis and Conflict in the Carolinas

CLAW will host a symposium on the two Carolinas during the first quarter of the eighteenth century, “Crisis and Conflict in the Early Carolinas,” on October 9-10, 2010. Approximately one dozen scholars will present work on various topics, including the Yamasee War, the Tuscarora War, the Revolution of 1719, the slave trade, the plantation economy, and piracy. For more information, contact conference conveners Brad Wood of Eastern Kentucky University, Michelle LeMaster of Lehigh University, or local organizer Sandy Slater of the College of Charleston.

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