CFP / EEASA Conference 2018

Call for papers

Biannual meeting of the European Early American Studies Association

London 14-16 December 2018

The Making and Unmaking of Identities and Connections in Early America and the Atlantic World, 1650-1850

The 7th biannual meeting of the European Early American Studies Association convenes in London 14-16 December 2018 at King’s College London and Queen Mary University of London. The conference theme for EEASA 2018 is “The making and unmaking of identities and connections in early America and the Atlantic World, 1650-1850.”

Issues of identities and connections were as pertinent to the inhabitants of early America and the Atlantic World as they remain today. Up until the mid-nineteenth century, the geopolitics of the Americas were in constant flux. European and indigenous empires emerged, competed, expanded, contracted and collapsed. New nations and unions were formed and reformed. Identities and loyalties were transitory, political and cultural borders permeable. Weak centers fostered local autonomy and a politics of negotiation interspersed with violence governed relations between neighbours and between peripheries and metropoles alike. New markets appeared, expanded, and disappeared. In this constantly changing world of risks and opportunities individuals had to charter an uncertain course in their business, family, and civic life, often responding to forces and events beyond their control.

The program committee invites scholars to reflect upon the formation, maintenance, and separation of identities and connections in and between business ventures, families, intellectual networks, churches, local communities and states operating in an environment of geopolitical fluidity. We would in particular like to see papers that link the personal to the political, the individual to the citizen, the local to the metropole, the new world to the old, and private ventures to public aspirations.

We encourage proposals from emerging and established scholars in all disciplines for traditional conference panels (three 20-minute papers with chair and Q&A), round tables, and other formats. Sessions are 90 minutes. Papers are posted on our website prior to the conference.

All paper or session proposals should be in the format of a single electronic document (Word or .pdf) that begins with the surname and first initial of the contact person, e.g., “SmithJ.pdf”

This single document should contain:

  1. Panel title & short, one paragraph description.
  2. Proposals for each paper (no more than 200 words each) if a full session.
  3. Single-page curriculum vitae for each participant.
  4. Indication of any special requests, such as audio-visual equipment.
  5. Email addresses for the designated contact person and each participant.

The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2018. Please submit your proposals by email with EEASA2018 and your surname in the subject line.

Please note that all program participants will be required to register for the conference. To facilitate participation by younger scholars we offer a reduced conference fee to graduate students and can provide free accommodation to presenters who are graduate students or who are within two years of the award of their PhD and not in full-time academic employment.

6th EEASA Conference 2016 – Final Programme

logo-eeasa6th biannual conference of the European Early American Studies Association
Paris, France, December 8-10, 2016
Space, Mobility, and Power in Early America and the Atlantic World, 1650-1850

Conference Programme (click here to download as single PDF file)

The PRECIRCULATED PAPERS can be downloaded here (the page is password-protected)

Maps and directions! (PDF)

Thursday December 8, 2016
Université Paris Diderot
Halle aux farines (Hall F)
10 rue Françoise Dolto, 75013 Paris

8.30 a.m.-2.15 p.m. – Registration

9 a.m.-10.45 a.m. – First morning session

Salle des Thèses (580F)
Circulations of Transatlantic Science
Chair: Irmina Wawrzyczek, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin                                           

  • Kristen Block (The University of Tennessee-Knoxville), Water, Fluidity, and the Permeable Body: Creole Medical Dialogues in the Early Caribbean
  • Juliane Braun (Universität Bonn, Germany), Imperial circuits of scientific knowledge: Pacific Exploration, Atlantic Slavery, and the Transplantation of the Breadfruit Tree
  • Alice Marples (King’s College London), The Mobility of Scholarly, Commercial and Colonial Knowledge in Atlantic Botanical Networks

Room 574F
Empires at the margins
Chair: Andrew O’Shaughnessy, International Jefferson Studies Center, Monticello

  • James Dator (Goucher College), Imperial Indifference and Islander Culture in the Leeward Archipelago, c. 1650-1750
  • Garrett Fontenot (University of Notre Dame), French Louisiana’s 1768 Revolt Against the Spanish Empire
  • Csaba Lévai (Debrecen University), Peoples, Commodities, and Culture in Negotiations Between the United States and the Habsburg Empire in the 1780s
  • Samantha Seeley (University of Richmond), Managing Mobility and Making States in the Post-Revolutionary Northwest Territory

 10.45 a.m.- 11.15 a.m. – Coffee break


11.15 a.m.-1 p.m. – Second morning session

 Salle des Thèses (580F)
Circulations of racialized science
Chair: Will Slauter, Université Paris Diderot

  • Susan Branson (Syracuse University), Phrenology and the Science of Race in Early America
  • Marcel Hartwig, (Universität Siegen, Germany), A Web of Friends: Transnational Quaker Networks and the Pennsylvania Medical Library
  • Tim Lockley (University of Warwick), Medicine, Race and the recruitment of slaves to serve in the British West India Regiments in the 1790s

Room 574F
Circulations of Transatlantic religion
Chair: Susanne Lachenicht, Universität Bayreuth

  • Lucia Bergamasco (Université d’Orléans), Transatlantic Evangelical Connections during the Second Great Awakening
  • Christine Croxall (Washington University, St. Louis), Church and State Entwined in the Mississippi River Valley: Native Spaces, Catholic Missions, and the Chimera of Civilization in the Early Nineteenth Century
  • Carla Gardina Pestana (UCLA), The Early Quakers, Religious Dispersion and Managing Mobility in the 17th century Atlantic


1 p.m.-2.15 p.m. – Lunch (for registered participants) and Book talk

Salle des Thèses (580F)

  • Marie-Jeanne Rossignol & Bertrand Van Ruymbeke, eds., The Atlantic World of Anthony Benezet (Brill, 2016)

Room 574F

  • Trevor Burnard, The Plantation Machine: Atlantic Capitalism in French Saint-Domingue and British Jamaica (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)


2.15 p.m.-4 p.m. – Afternoon session

Salle des Thèses (580F)
The economics of empire
Chair: Pierre Gervais, Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle

  • Cynthia Bouton (Texas A&M University), Flour for pesos: the geopolitics and economics of provisioning the Leclerc Expedition to suppress the Revolution in Saint Domingue, 1801-1803
  • Ben Marsh (University of Kent), ‘Un Objet Considerable’: French Silk Schemes, Models, and Problems in America, c.1680-1740
  • Simon Middleton (University of Sheffield), Geopolitics, Colonial Sovereignty, and the Circulation of Paper Money in Early-Eighteenth Century New York
  • Michael Zakim (Tel Aviv University), Importing the World’s Fair:  New York’s Crystal Palace, 1853

 Room 574F
Culture at the margins
Chair: Maurizio Valsania, Università degli studi di Torino

  • Wayne K. Bodle (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), Ohiopiomingo, A ‘Real Enough’ Settlement on the Ohio Valley Frontier in the Revolutionary Atlantic World
  • Diane Boucher (Clark University), Balancing Community, Opportunity, and Authority: Negotiating Power in Late Eighteenth-Century Colonial East Florida
  • Lorelle Semley (College of the Holy Cross), Refuge and Redemption in a Nineteenth-Century Black Bordeaux

 4 p.m.-5 p.m. – Break

The keynote lecture will be held at the Fondation des Etats-Unis, together with the reception.
N.B. Due to security reasons, no access is possible for non-registered participants at the Fondation des Etats-Unis. Badges must be worn at all times.
To allow time for traveling between the two venues, the conference schedule includes a one-hour break between the afternoon session and the plenary talk.
Cité Universitaire, Fondation des Etats-Unis, “Grand Salon”, 15 boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris


5 p.m.-6.15 p.m. Keynote lecture

Chair: Irmina Wawrzyczek, President of EEASA

  • Ada Ferrer, New York University: “Havana in a World of War, Revolution, and Empire.”


6.15 p.m.-8 p.m. – Reception



Friday December 9, 2016
Université Paris Diderot
Halle aux farines (Hall F)
10 rue Françoise Dolto, 75013 Paris

Maps and directions! (PDF)

8.30 a.m.-2.15 p.m. – Registration

9 a.m.-10.45 a.m. – First morning session

Salle des Thèses (580F)
Local politics at Empire’s margins
Chair: Lauric Henneton, Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

  • Gayle K. Brunelle (California State University, Fullerton), Parisian Knowledge versus Local Knowledge in French Guiana: The Case of the Compagnie de la Terre Ferme de l’Amérique, ou la France Equinoctialle, 1651-1655
  • Elizabeth Heijmans (Leiden University), French expansionism and Inter-Imperial Relations in the African Port City of Ouidah (Bight of Benin) during the first half of the 18th century
  • Donald Johnson (North Dakota State University), Negotiating Space and Power in North American Port Cities at the End of the Revolutionary War
  • Alexander Ponsen (University of Pennsylvania), Beyond Cores, Peripheries and Polycentricity: The Diffusion of Sovereignty in Paraguay and São Vicente, 1600-1750

Room 574 F
Circulating gender
Chair: Manuel Covo, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Debra Burnett (University of Glasgow), The Transgressors and Tawdry: The Transportation of Women Convicts to the British Colonies During the Eighteenth Century
  • Leopold Lippert (Universität Salzburg), Transatlantic Bodies of Representation in Robert Hunter’s Androboros (1715)
  • Nancy Christie (University of Western Ontario) and Michael Gauvreau (McMaster University, Canada), Contested Spaces of Law and Economy: Gendered Power within Merchant Networks in Quebec, 1760-1820

 Room 575 F
“Race”, Revolutions, and mobility       
Chair: Claire Bourhis-Mariotti, Université Paris 8-Vincennes St Denis

  • Andy Cabot (Université Paris Diderot), « Au milieu de ces désastres dont les suites se feront sentir longtemps »: Saint-Domingue and Atlantic diplomacy, 1791-1794
  • Thierry Drapeau (University at Buffalo-SUNY), The “Western Wave” of 1848-49: Reconsidering the Underground Railroad in the Atlantic Age of Revolution
  • Anna Mae Duane (University of Connecticut), Education, Colonization, and Black Futures in the Mid-Nineteenth
  • John Pulis (Hofstra University), In the Belly of the Beast: George Liele, Moses Baker, and Black Loyalists in Jamaica

10.45 a.m.- 11.15 a.m. – Coffee break


11.15 a.m-1 p.m – Second morning session

Salle des Thèses (580F)
Mobile elites
Chair: Zbigniew Mazur, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin

  • Elodie Peyrol Kleiber (Université de Poitiers), An Elite Maryland Colonist, Planter, and Minister: Circulating the Pro-Slavery Gospel of Thomas Bacon
  • Valérie Capdeville (Université Paris 13), Circulating the British Club Model in the Atlantic World: Mapping Spaces and Networks of power in the Eighteenth century
  • Carolyn Eastman (Virginia Commonwealth University), The Transatlantic Celebrity of “Mr O.” Oratory and the Structures of Reputation in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain and America

Room 574 F
Chair: Allan Potofsky, Université Paris Diderot

  • Randi Flaherty (University of Virginia School of Law), Constructing Commercial Geographies to Compete in the Atlantic World, Boston and Salem in the Eighteenth Century
  • Daniel Maudlin (University of Plymouth), The Tavern: Mobility, Built Space and Cultural Power on the Western Frontier in the Late Eighteenth-Century.
  • Julie Svalastog (Leiden University), The Merging of the British East and West India Trading Companies in the Mid-Seventeenth Century

 Room 575 F
Imperial Controls
Chair: Emma Hart, University of St Andrews

  • Elizabeth Clay (University of Pennsylvania), From Empire’s Margins: Clove and Cacao Production in French Guiana, 1802-1848
  • Justin Roberts (Dalhousie University), A Swarm of People: Population Management and Migration Strategies in Barbados, 1645-1670
  • Deborah Rosen (Lafayette College), Borders, Migrations, and Power in Southeastern North America and the Caribbean, 1700-1820
  • Winter Rae Schneider (UCLA), La Dette de l’Indépendance: Property, Indemnity and Sovereignty in Post-Revolutionary Haiti


1 p.m.-2.15 p.m. – Lunch (for registered participants)


2.15 p.m.-4 p.m. – Afternoon session

Salle des Thèses (580F)
Perceptions of the Spaces of Others
Chair: Joanne van der Woude, University of Groningen

  • Iris De Rode (Université Paris 8-Vincennes St Denis), The ‘networks of influence’ of the Marquis François Jean de Chastellux, General and Philosopher at the End of the Eighteenth Century
  • Carine Lounissi (Université de Rouen), An Empire for Liberty: Space and Republicanism in French Writings on the United States in Pre-Revolutionary France
  • Yevan Terrien (University of Pittsburgh), Runaways, Deserters, and Wood Runners: The Regulation of Spatial Mobility in French Louisiana (ca. 1700-1760)

Room  574 F
Work and empire
Chair: Owen Stanwood, Boston College

  • Anne-Claire Faucquez (Université Paris 8-Vincennes St Denis), Bound labor in colonial New York: Degrees of unfreedom in the Atlantic World
  • Allison Madar (California State University, Chico), Degrees of Unfreedom: Convict Servitude, Indentured Servitude, Slavery and the Law in Eighteenth-Century Virginia
  • Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan (Rutgers University), ‘No other claim than his poverty:’ Vagrancy, Slavery, and the Forced Transportation of Paupers in the Early Republic Mid-Atlantic

Room 575 F
Circulating the sea
Chair: Bertrand van Ruymbeke, Université Paris 8-Vincennes St Denis

  • Charles Foy (Eastern Illinois University), Mapping Liberty for Black Mariners in the Eighteenth-Century Anglo-American Atlantic
  • Chris Hodson (Brigham Young University), Rumford’s Progress: Nutrition and Power in the Revolutionary Atlantic
  • Julia Mansfield (Stanford), Antidote to Revolution: the Work of Quarantine in the Early United States


4 p.m.-5 p.m. – Break

The keynote lecture will be held at the Fondation des Etats-Unis, together with the reception.
N.B. Due to security reasons, no access is possible for non-registered participants at the Fondation des Etats-Unis. Badges must be worn at all times.
To allow time for traveling between the two venues, the conference schedule includes a one-hour break between the afternoon session and the plenary talk.
Cité Universitaire, Fondation des Etats-Unis, “Grand Salon”, 15 boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris


5 p.m.-6.15 p.m. Keynote lecture
Chair: Allan Potofsky, Université Paris Diderot

  • Daniel K. Richter, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania“Space and Power in England’s Restoration Atlantic Empire.”


 6.15 p.m.-8 p.m. – Reception


Saturday December 10, 2016
Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle
5, rue de l’école de médecine, 75006 Paris

Maps and directions! (PDF)

8.30 a.m.-9 a.m. – Registration


9 a.m.-10.45 a.m. – First morning session

Grand Amphi
Building imperial spaces
Chair: Max Edling, King’s College, London

  • Arad Gigi (Florida State University), Building Empires: Constructing forts, space, and state in Martinique, 1664-1756
  • Mary Draper (University of Virginia), Creole Sensibilities, Metropolitan Oversight, and the Fortifications of the British Caribbean, c. 1650-1730
  • Jared Hardesty (Western Washington University), Builders of Empire: European Master Craftsmen and the Making of the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World
  • Benjamin Fagan (Auburn University), Bounded Revolution: Geographies and Spaces of Black Resistance in John Gabriel Stedman’s Surinam

 Petit Amphi
Refusing Enslavement
Chair: Marie-Jeanne Rossignol, Université Paris

  • Marisa Fuentes (Rutgers-State University of New Jersey), The History of “Refuse Slaves” and the Spatialization of Death in Atlantic Port Cities in the Late Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
  • Greg O’Malley (University of California, Santa Cruz), The Escapes of David George: Using Flight to Negotiate Ameliorations Under Slavery in Colonial British America
  • Terri L. Snyder (California State University, Fullerton), Slavery, Antislavery, and Mobility in Early National District of Columbia: A Biographical Perspective
  • Randy Sparks (Tulane) The Micro-Diplomacy of the Illegal Slave Trade: The Case of William Houston

Room 33
Narratives of Others
Chair: Oliver Scheiding, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

  • Monica Dominguez Torres (University of Delaware), Of Looted Treasures and Stolen Images: Depictions of the Pearl Trade in the Spanish Atlantic
  • Edward Larkin (University of Delaware), Early American Imperial Temporalities
  • Bethel Saler (Haverford College), “This damn’d Barbary business”: Islamic North African Regencies and the Fantastical Project of the Early American Republic
  • Lydia ten Brummelhuis (University of Groningen), James Grainger’s The Sugar-Cane (1764) and Agricultural Warfare in Early America

 Room 12
Circulating politics
Chair: Evelyne Payen, Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle

  • Astrid Fellner (Universität des Saarlandes), Woman Defamed and Woman Defended: The Mobility of the Querelle des Femmes in the Atlantic World
  • John Funchion (University of Miami), Radical Correspondences: Transatlantic Writing against the Law in London, Paris, and the United States in the Late Eighteenth Century
  • Steven Sarson (Université Jean Moulin-Lyon 3), “To resume their original liberty”: The Glorious Revolution and the Contested Sources of Sovereignty and Power in the Anglo-Atlantic World, 1689-1776
  • Allison Stagg (John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität), The Movement of Visual Satire: a case study on the circulation of popular political caricatures in the early Republic

10.45 a.m.- 11.15 a.m. – Break


11.15 a.m.-1 p.m. – Second morning session

Grand Amphi
Power and Empire
Chair: Trevor Burnard, University of Melbourne

  • Alyssa Reichardt (Yale), The Limits of Empire: French and British Geographic Knowledge and Proposals for a North American Neutral Zone, 1754-1756
  • Eliga Gould (University of New Hampshire), War in a Time of Peace: European Treaty-Making and the Scramble for America, 1713-1763
  • Patrick Griffin (University of Notre Dame), Painting Empire: British Provincials and Imagining Empire after 1763
  • Peter Thompson (Oxford), Empires of Liberty, Empires of Power in Haiti and the United States

Petit Amphi
Native agencies
Chair: Daniel K. Richter, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania

  • Heather Kopelson (University of Alabama), Circulating Incomprehension: Sights and Sounds of Wondrous Bodies in Early Modern European Accounts of the Americas
  • Augustin Habran (Université Paris Diderot), The Antebellum Indian Territory: A Southern Native “colony” in the West? (1830-1850)
  • Kristofer Ray (Dartmouth College), Cherokees, Indigenous Mobility, and the British Empire in the Ohio Valley, 1715-1774
  • Rindfleisch (Marquette University), “The Owner of the Town Ground”: Escotchaby of Coweta and the Politics of Intimacy in the Native South, Imperial America, and the Atlantic World, 1740-1780

Room 33
Religions in flux
Chair: Auréliane Narvaez, Université Paris 4-Paris Sorbonne

  • Isabelle Sicard (Université Paris Diderot), Religious Disestablishment in Massachusetts: Overcoming Boston’s Denominational Hegemony in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth
  • Thomas Richards (McNeil Center/Temple University), Reincarnating the Atlantic World: New England Merchants and Missionaries on the Pacific, 1820-1846
  • Sharon E. Wood (University of Nebraska at Omaha), Mobility, Claims-Making, and Brotherhood: A Family Across the Color Line in the Early Nineteenth Century United States


1 p.m. – End of Conference

CFP EEASA: Space, Mobility, and Power in Early America and the Atlantic World, 1650-1850

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Bi-annual congress of the European Early American Studies Association, “Space, Mobility, and Power in Early America and the Atlantic World, 1650-1850” (Paris, 8-10 December 2016)

A conference co-sponsored by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the University Paris Diderot Paris 7, the University Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris-3, the Université Paris-8, and the Institute of the Americas (France)

Organizing committee: Claire Bourhis-Mariotti (Paris-8), Evelyne Payen (Sorbonne nouvelle Paris 3), Marie-Jeanne Rossignol (president, Paris Diderot Paris-7), Rahma Jehrad (Carthage), Pierre Gervais (Univ. Paris 3) William Slauter (Paris-Diderot Paris 7, Institut universitaire de France).

Program/Scientific Committee : Susanne Lachenicht (Univ. Bayreuth), Emma Hart (St Andrews), Allan Potofsky (president, Paris Diderot Paris 7), Daniel K. Richter (McNeil Center, UPennsylvania) Oliver Scheiding (Mainz), Irmina Wawrzyczek (UMCS, Lublin), Bertrand van Ruymbeke (Paris-8; Institut universitaire de France).

Principal Venue : University Paris Diderot Paris 7.

Dates : December 8-10 2016 Continue reading

CFP L’Empire dans le monde anglophone, XVIIème-XVIIIème siècles – 20-21 January 2017

Empire in the English-speaking world, 17th-18th centuries

An International Conference hosted by SEAA XVII-XVIII  (Société d’Etudes Anglo-Américaines des XVIIème et XVIIIème siècles)

20-21 January 2017, Maison de la Recherche, Université de la Sorbonne, Paris

‘Empire’ is a useful, though controversial, point of entry for studying the historical process leading to the formation of our modern, globalized world. Along with mercantile capitalism and colonialism, European imperialism has largely contributed to shaping the world as we know it, fashioning many of its political borders, cultural practices and economic networks. Starting to take form in the early seventeenth century, the British empire began with the English settlement of North America and several islands in the Caribbean, and gradually asserted itself as a major world power with the establishment of private companies – chief among which the East India Company – to administer its colonies and overseas trade. Through their empire, the British disseminated their institutions, culture, and language, so that even the nations that emerged out of the empire had to define themselves through their attitudes to that concept. Such was the case for the United States, conceiving itself from the start as an ‘empire of liberty’, while for many British people the empire was, and still is to some extent, an essential part of their Britishness.

The goal of our conference is to take stock of current research on ‘empire’ in history, as well as in literature and art, and to highlight new avenues for research by adopting an interdisciplinary perspective. Suggested areas of reflection could include (but are not limited to) the following : Continue reading

colloque 18-19 juin 2015: La marge et les historiens : de l’Amérique du Nord aux anciens empires / Historians and the Margins: from North America to Former Empires

La marge et les historiens : de l’Amérique du Nord aux anciens empires 

Historians and the Margins: from North America to Former Empires


affiche_colloque_margeHistoriensUniversité Paris 13 – 18-19 juin 2015/University Paris 13 – June 18-19, 2015


Institut Galilée, amphithéâtre Darwin


As part of the project “Writing History from the Margins”/Dans le cadre du projet « Écrire l’histoire depuis les marges » – EHDLM, Sorbonne Paris Cité :


Thursday 18 June 2015 – Jeudi 18 juin 2015

Morning session/Matinée

9:00       Registration and welcome coffee/Accueil et café

9:30       Opening address/Discours de bienvenue : Michel Molin (directeur de l’UFR LLSHS, Université Paris 13), Françoise Palleau-Papin (directrice adjointe de Pléiade, EA 7338, Université Paris 13) Continue reading

Programme – La géopolitique religieuse dans le monde moderne (1500-1800)

spigeoposterLa géopolitique religieuse dans le monde moderne

The Spiritual Geopolitics of the Early Modern World

Château de Vincennes, France

Colloque organisé par et avec le soutien du Service historique de la Défense (SHD), de la Division de la Mémoire, du Patrimoine et des Archives (DMPA) du Ministère de la Défense, du Centre de Recherches en Histoire Internationale et Atlantique (CRHIA, Nantes), du Labex EHNE, du Réseau pour de Développement européen de l’histoire de la jeune Amérique (REDEHJA) et de l’Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en Yvelines.

ICI/HERE: Textes des communications – Precirculated papers (participants only)

IMPORTANT: Pour des raisons de sécurité, merci de vous munir d’un document d’identité. L’entrée se fera par la Tour des Salves et non l’entrée principale. Voir le plan en bas de ce billet.

Vendredi 13 mars / Friday 13 March 2015

9h20 Accueil et ouverture du colloque / Welcome and opening of the conference
Général VINCENT LEROI, Chef du Service historique de la Défense

9h45 – Géopolitique religieuse en Nouvelle France / Spiritual Geopolitics in New France
Chair/président : LAURENT VEYSSIERE (DMPA, Ministère de la Défense, France)
– LESLIE CHOQUETTE (Assumption College, Etats-Unis), La géopolitique religieuse en Nouvelle-France, des vaines tentatives à la Conquête (1541-1760).
– MAIRI COWAN (Toronto, Canada), Les démons aux frontières du catholicisme en Nouvelle-France au XVIIe siècle.
– YANN LIGNEREUX (Nantes, France), Gannentaha, une mission périlleuse ou le péril colonial jésuite dans la France de Louis XIV (1655-1665).
– HELEN DEWAR (Toronto, Canada), A Crisis of Sovereignty? Subjecthood and the Changing Role of Missionaries in French Atlantic Colonial Projects.
– GAYLE BRUNELLE (California State University, Fullerton, Etats-Unis), Ambassadors and Administrators: The Role of Clerics in Early French Colonies in Guiana.

12h30 Déjeuner / lunch

14h30 – Millénarisme et Géopolitique / Millenialism and Geopolitics
Chair/président : DAVID L. SMITH (Selwyn College, Cambridge, U.K.)
– LIONEL LABORIE (University of London), Politics of the Latter Days in Early Eighteenth-Century Europe.
– JESSICA VANCE ROITMAN (Univ. Leiden, Pays-Bas), Economics, Empire, Eschatology: The Spiritual Geo-politics of Jewish Settlement in the Americas, 1650-1670.
– CSABA LEVAI (Univ. Debrecen, Hongrie), The Possibility of the Extension and Relocation of the Sacred Space: Millennial History in 16-17th Century England, New England and Hungary.

Pause café / coffee break

16h15 – La Guerre de trente ans / The Thirty Years War
Chair/président : SUSANNE LACHENICHT (Universität Bayreuth, Allemagne)
– LENA OETZEL (Salzbourg, Autriche, et Bonn, Allemagne), Talking about Religion – Talking Religiously. Maximilian of Trauttmansdorff’s Use of Religious Language at the Peace Congress of Westphalia.
– CAMILLE DESENCLOS (Université de Haute-Alsace, France), Politique catholique ou politique pragmatique? La politique étrangère de la France au début de la guerre de Trente Ans.
– JULIEN REGIBEAU (Université de Liège, Belgique), Étude d’une stratégie diplomatique : l’internonce Antonio Bichi et l’absolution de Charles IV de Lorraine (1645).

Samedi 14 mars / Saturday 14 March 2015

10h00 – Géopolitique des ordres catholiques / Geopolitics of the Catholic Orders

Chair/président : YANN LIGNEREUX (Université de Nantes)
– JOSÉ MIGUEL ESCRIBANO PÁEZ, Negotiate with the Infidel. Imperial expansion and informal diplomacy in the Maghreb (1492-1511).
– TOBIAS WINNERLING (Düsseldorf, Allemagne), A Kingdom of Heaven. The Spiritual Empire of the Society of Jesus.
– STEFAN HALIKOWSKI-SMITH (Swansea, Royaume-Uni), ‘The establishment of the Christian religion absolutely depends on the benefits from the Royal Company’s commerce’. The priest-diplomat Guy Tachard S.J.’s third and fourth voyages to the Indies.
– HELENE VU THANH (Univ. Bretagne Sud, France), Le rôle des franciscains dans l’établissement des relations diplomatiques entre les Philippines et le Japon: une géopolitique religieuse à l’échelle du Pacifique ? (XVIe-XVIIe siècles).

12h30 – Déjeuner / lunch

14h30 – L’Atlantique protestant / The Protestant Atlantic
Chair/président : LAURIC HENNETON (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin)
– DAVID L. SMITH (Selwyn College, Cambridge University), The Western Design and the spiritual geopolitics of Cromwellian foreign policy.
– KATE CARTE ENGEL (Southern Methodist University), Social Networks of International Protestantism.
– DANIEL H. ROBINSON (Cambridge University), American Political Culture and the Limits of Spiritual Geopolitics, c.1739 – 1763.
– JAMES WILLIAMS (National Churchill Museum, Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, Etats-Unis), The Spiritual Geopolitics of Dutch Colonization: Using Religion for Strategic Advantage.
– ANNE-CLAIRE FAUCQUEZ (Univ. Paris-II Assas), Anglicisation et anglicanisation de la colonie de New York au tournant du XVIIIe siècle.

17h00 – Conclusion, fin du colloque.


Comité scientifique / Scientific committee:
Lauric Henneton (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines),
Susanne Lachenicht (Université de Bayreuth, Allemagne),
Yann Lignereux (Université de Nantes, CRHIA, France)
Owen Stanwood (Boston College, Etats-Unis)
Laurent Veyssière (DMPA, Ministère de la Défense, France)
André Rakoto (Service Historique de la Défense, France)


CFP: “The Cultures and Politics of Leisure in the British Isles & the United States”

(la version française se trouve à la suite de la version anglaise)

Call for Papers: 

“The Cultures and Politics of Leisure in the British Isles & the United States”

An International Symposium Organized by the Research Group Histoire et Dynamique des Espaces Anglophones: Du Réel au Virtuel (HDEA), Université Paris-Sorbonne 

Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris, France

November 6-7, 2015

Leisure is a central rather than a peripheral feature of culture. Indeed, the divide between leisure and “productive work”—to which it is traditionally opposed—has never been an impassable wall, but rather a porous boundary involving dynamics of control, negotiation, and hybridization. Far from a mere holiday or retreat from society, leisure represents a specific domain of activities in which core social and cultural values and structures are expressed, reified, transmitted, learned, manipulated, and resisted. Cultural historian Johan Huizinga found play to be “productive of a culture,” sociologist Erving Goffman viewed games as “world-building activities,” psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott referred to play as the very locus of the “cultural experience,” and anthropologist Clifford Geertz borrowed Jeremy Bentham’s concept of “deep play” to convey the high stakes that certain leisure activities can hold for their participants.

This international symposium seeks to draw inspiration from such ideas in order to develop a multidisciplinary and transnational reflection on the role that leisure, in its myriad rituals and forms, has played in the British Isles, the Commonwealth, and the United States. We endeavor to place leisure at the center of broader discussions about nation, empire, class, gender, sexuality, religion, race, and ethnicity. We are particularly interested in proposals that explore how leisure practices and their representations within visual culture have been essential to “the invention of tradition(s)” (Hobsbawm and Ranger), the formation of “imagined communities” (Anderson), the “performance” of gender (Butler), the shaping of “spiritual practice(s)” (Blackshaw), the “making” of classes (Thompson) and “social distinction(s)” (Bourdieu), as well as those focusing on how communities and individuals have subverted and negotiated the dominant cultural meanings, identities, and hierarchies inscribed within popular leisure forms. We also invite state-centered approaches that explore how the politics and policies of leisure have shaped metropolitan spaces and lifestyles, as well as serving to regulate the labor productivity, “biopower” (Foucault), and moral codes of the nation. Moreover, we encourage projects that take transnational and/or comparative approaches, as well as those that seek to situate the study of leisure within the histories of empire and capitalism to examine how leisure practices have been transferred and appropriated throughout the world (colonies, Commonwealth, and elsewhere), at times serving as instruments of cultural, political, and economic domination and at others as tools of struggle and emancipation. We welcome contributions spanning the whole historical continuum, from Middle Age festivals and fairs to Digital Age social media activities and on-line games.

Presentations should be in English or French, and should not exceed twenty minutes. Abstracts must not exceed 400 words and must be submitted in English or in French by email (in .doc or .pdf format only please) to by Friday, May 1, 2015. For further information, please contact: Nathalie Caron (, Andrew Diamond (, or Thibaut Clément (

For additional information on HDEA, see:


Appel à communications:

« Cultures et politiques du loisir dans les Iles Britanniques et aux Etats-Unis » 

Colloque international organisé par l’unité de recherche Histoire et Dynamique des Espaces Anglophones: Du Réel au Virtuel (HDEA), Université Paris-Sorbonne

Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris, France

6 et 7 novembre 2015

Le loisir est un aspect central plutôt que périphérique de la culture. Loin de s’opposer, le « loisir » et ce que la tradition désigne comme son antonyme, à savoir le « travail productif », s’articulent étroitement, selon des dynamiques de contrôle, de négociation et d’hybridation. Le loisir n’est pas un temps « mort » soustrait à la société ; il constitue au contraire un domaine d’activités spécifique où les valeurs fondamentales propres à une culture et à une société données se voient exprimées, réifiées, transmises, apprises, manipulées ou même rejetées. C’est ainsi que l’historien de la culture Johan Huizinga décrit le jeu comme « constitutif de la culture », là où le sociologue Goffman parle, lui, d’ « activité de construction du monde » ; le psychanalyste Donald Winnicott, pour sa part, fait du jeu le lieu même de l’ « expérience culturelle », tandis que l’anthropologue Clifford Geertz emprunte à Jeremy Bentham son concept de « jeu profond » pour rendre compte des enjeux importants que certaines activités de loisir revêtent aux yeux de leurs participants.

Ce colloque international se propose de puiser dans ces courants de pensées pour enrichir une réflexion interdisciplinaire et transnationale sur le rôle que le loisir, au travers de ses formes et de ses rituels innombrables, a pu jouer dans les îles Britanniques, dans les Commonwealth, aux États-Unis, cela sur le temps long. Nous tenons notamment à replacer le loisir (et sa représentation au sein de la culture visuelle) au cœur de discussions plus larges sur les notions d’empire, de nation, de classe, de genre, de sexualité, de religion, de race et d’appartenance ethnique. Nous nous intéresserons ainsi de près aux propositions qui interrogeront la façon dont les pratiques de loisir ont pu permettre « l’invention de la (ou des) tradition(s) » (Hobsbawm et Ranger), la création de « communautés imaginaires » (Anderson), les « performances de genre » (Butler), « l’élaboration de pratiques spirituelles »  (Blackshaw), ou encore la « formation » des classes sociales (Thompson) et des « distinctions sociales » (Bourdieu) ; de la même manière, nous intéressent les propositions qui se pencheront sur la façon dont individus et communautés ont pu subvertir ou négocier les valeurs, identités et hiérarchies dominantes véhiculées dans les formes de loisirs populaires. Nous encourageons par ailleurs les propositions questionnant le rôle de l’Etat et la manière dont les politiques du loisir ont façonné les espaces et les styles de vie métropolitains ou permis d’accroître le contrôle sur la productivité au travail, le « biopouvoir » (Foucault), ainsi que les codes moraux de la nation. Nous encourageons également les approches transnationales ou comparatives qui, en situant le loisir au sein de l’histoire mondiale de l’empire ou du capitalisme, mettent en évidence les effets de transferts et d’appropriation des pratiques de loisirs dans le monde (colonies, Commonwealth, et ailleurs) – faisant de ces derniers l’instrument tantôt de la domination culturelle, politique, et économique, tantôt de la contestation et de l’émancipation. Nous accueillerons des propositions couvrant le champ entier de l’histoire, depuis les  foires et les tournois médiévaux jusqu’aux médias sociaux et aux jeux en ligne de l’ère numérique.

Les présentations, d’une durée de vingt minutes maximum, se feront en français et en anglais. Les propositions, limitées à 400 mots maximum, seront soumises en français ou en anglais par email (uniquement au format .doc ou .pdf) à l’adresse d’ici au vendredi 1er mai 2015. Pour tout renseignement complémentaire, merci de contacter : Nathalie Caron (nathalie.caron, Andrew Diamond ( ou Thibaut Clément (

 Pour plus d’informations sur  HDEA, voir :

Second Thomas Paine Studies International Conference

Second Thomas Paine Studies International Conference
Deuxième conférence internationale Thomas Paine

Paine P10Avec le soutien CHISCO – ED 395- Département d’histoire
Paris Ouest Nanterre, Université Paris Lumière, Thomas Paine Studies Iona College,
Thomas Paine National Historical Association
Université Paris Ouest Nanterre

Vendredi 26 septembre 2014, salle D 201, bâtiment D, 2e étage

Programme (PDF)

9h-9h30. Introduction : Marc Belissa, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre, CHISCO – Gary Berton, Iona College-TPNHA

1ère session. Président : Bertrand van Ruymbeke, Université Paris 8

9h30-10h. Gregory Claeys, Royal Holloway London, “Paine and the 1790’s: the State of Play”.

10h-10h30. John Ward Regan, New York University, “Social Networking Thomas Paine: Nexus of Enlightenment Thought”.

10h30-11h. Yannick Bosc, Université de Rouen, “Paine théoricien du droit à l’existence”.

11h30-12h. Michel Ducharme, University Of British Columbia, “Ancient or Modern: Thomas Paine’s Concept of Freedom”.

Discussion. 12h-12h45

Déjeuner/Lunch. 12h45-14h

2e session. Présidente : Nathalie Caron, Université Paris Est Créteil

14h-14h30. Carine Lounissi, Université de Rouen, “La Révolution française et la pensée politique de Paine : vers un républicanisme transatlantique ?”

14h30-15h. Matthew Hale, Goucher College, “Democratic Government, Regenerated Society: Thomas Paine and Joel Barlow Assess the French Revolution”.

15h30-16h. Allan Potofsky, Université Paris 7 Denis Diderot, “Paine et le commerce international”.

16h-16h30. Thomas Walker, Grand Valley State University, “A Descent upon England by Gunboat: Reconciling Paine’s Interventionism with Small Military Force”.

16h30-17h30 Discussion et/and Conclusions : Scott Cleary, Iona College (New Rochelle, NY), Caroline Galland (Paris Ouest Nanterre)

CFP Problematizing the self in eighteenth-century autobiographical writing in English

An international conference organized by the “Enlightenment and modernity” project of the LARCA (Laboratoire de Recherches sur les Cultures Anglophones) at the Université Paris Diderot, November 28-29, 2014.

The considerable quantity of eighteenth-century autobiographical texts in English is now attracting increasing critical attention. Ranging from printed autobiographies by a great variety of writers (travellers, actors, printers, criminals, tricksters, slaves, and clergymen…) to diaries, journals and correspondence, both in manuscript and in print, this is a diverse corpus whose common denominator is the privileged insight which writing about one’s self claims or is claimed to provide. The boundaries of the genre are frequently blurred by its proximity to fictional life-writing. It is often impossible to distinguish ‘true’ from ‘fake’ autobiography, revelation from obfuscation. The self, which such texts purport to recount, is invariably problematic, as if echoing the tenets of sceptical philosophy on the one hand and the constant rooting of individual experience in wider social networks on the other. Never a point of departure and always socially constructed, the autobiographical self nonetheless constitutes the reader’s horizon in these texts whose promises of unveiled truths and secrets are fundamental to the voyeuristic reception they solicit.

This conference will explore the ways in which the self is problematized in autobiographical writing in English in the long eighteenth century. Contributions may focus on issues such as autobiographical accuracy or inaccuracy, the motivations behind autobiographical life-writing, the strategies of revelation and concealment at work, the consistency or inconsistency of the ‘selves’ recounted, the reception, impact and exploitation of autobiographical texts, the public and private faces of autobiographical writing, and the linguistic codes such writing deploys. The languages of the conference will be English and French. Communications will last for 20 minutes.

Scientific committee: John Baker (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Jeffrey Hopes (Université d’Orléans), Robert Mankin (Université Paris Diderot), Marie-Jeanne Rossignol (Université Paris Diderot), Sophie Vasset (Université Paris Diderot).

Proposals of about 300 words, accompanied by a short CV/resume, should be submitted to the scientific committee, by April 30, 2014, at the following address:

Jeffrey Hopes

Université d’OrléansMarie-Jeanne Rossignol
Professor of American Studies
Université Paris Diderot
UFR Etudes Anglophones
Bât Olympe de Gouges
Case 7046 5 rue Thomas Mann
75205 Paris Cedex 13