CFP: Fraught connections between the early US and the Caribbean

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Call for Papers–A post by Peter Jordens

Panel: Blood Moves: the transmission of bodies, ideas and diseases between the early republic and the Caribbean

10th Biennial Conference of the Society of Early Americanists (SEA)

Tulsa, Oklahoma

March 2-4, 2017

This panel looks to capitalize on the recent turn towards the Caribbean in Early American studies. Scholars such as Michael Drexler, Ed White, Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Sean Goudie and Marlene Daut have provided an invaluable framework for conceiving the fraught connections between the US and the Caribbean. This panel is looking for papers that investigate the (de)generative discourses and ideologies produced by the movement of bodies, ideas and disease between the US, the Caribbean and the broader Atlantic. Papers might focus on how these categories were themselves compromised – bodies as diseases, diseases as ideas, ideas as diseases. Such inquiries might furthermore work to elucidate how this profound instability challenged or redefined the ideological and material construction of race, gender class and nation heading into the 19th century.

Please submit a 250-400 word abstract and brief bio by April 18, 2016 to:

Ray Leonard

Graduate student, Department of English

College of Arts and Sciences

University of Miami

CfP categories:



Cultural studies and historical approaches

Ecocriticism and environmental studies

Eighteenth century

Ethnicity and national identity

Gender studies and sexuality



Science and Culture


Travel writing


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