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.

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CFP / extended deadline for proposals / 5th EEASA Conference 2014

Call for Papers

Fifth Biennial European Early American Studies (EEASA) Conference

Lublin, Poland, 11-13 December 2014

Extended deadline for proposals: October 31, 2013

Protest and Persuasion: Writing, Print, Speech, and Performance in Early America and the Atlantic World


Persuasive communication has been at the heart of much of Western social and political development. It played a crucial role in the early promotion of colonization, the struggle for independence, the campaigns for the recognition of independence by European powers, the making of the constitutions, the laying foundations of the new states, justifying or repudiating slavery, and building and manipulating alliances with Native Americans. Several decades of scholarship have elucidated the dynamics of authorship, publishing and reading in the Americas and the Atlantic world as forms of public-relation practice in the pre-mass media world. Meanwhile, numerous studies of public opinion have built upon and responded to Jürgen Habermas’ thesis about the transformation of the public sphere in the eighteenth century. These two strands of scholarship have often intersected, and in both areas scholars have insisted on the need to move beyond the reified notions of “print culture” and the “public sphere” to consider the interaction of oral, scribal, printed and behavioral forms of socially and politically motivated communication.

 The 2014 EEASA Conference will provide an opportunity to present fresh and more nuanced insights on how political communication actually worked in the Americas and the Atlantic world. What strategies of communication and modes of persuasion and protest did people develop and with what goals? What constraints – technical, geographic, legal, or cultural – help to explain the adoption of certain forms of expression and the content of the messages? How did the meaning and significance of words and images evolve as they travelled from place to place? How were persuasion and protest articulated in non-verbal forms, such as gesture, symbol, image, and performance? What political consequences – intended or unintended – resulted from the way people used speech, writing, print, and group action in early America and the Atlantic world?


The following list contains some potential topics to be addressed:

 – the evolution of the forms and genres of persuasion, protest, reconciliation, and cooperation (speeches, sermons, newspaper articles, pamphlets, broadsides, songs, slogans, poems, engravings, etc.);

 – the interaction of words and images in political communication;

 – the migration of texts from spoken to written (or printed) and vice versa;

 – the migration, re-uses and transformation of concepts, images, music and sounds from other colonies and Europe as well as foreign language texts in political culture

 – the role of translators and interpreters;

 – censorship and other forms of restraint on speech and writing;

 – the use of the body through performance, gesture, or dress to communicate messages;

 – group protest tactics: petitions, marches, town and country meetings, activist organizations, etc.

 Please send your proposal to by October 31, 2013.


 The host of the 2014 Conference is the Department of English at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (UMCS) in Lublin, Poland. UMCS, established in 1944, is the biggest university in eastern Poland with 25,000 students. The conference venue will be the Faculty of Arts.

13-15 décembre 2012 | 4e colloque EEASA

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

13 December

12.00-2.30 p.m. EEASA board meeting

2.30-3.00 p.m. Registration

3.00-5.00 p.m.
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

2.30-4.00 p.m.

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.deBayreuth 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).
Further information about the EEASA 2012 meeting is available on:
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Activités 2010

9-11 décembre 2010

3e colloque EEASA 

Looking back: The Past, History, and History Writing in Early America and the Atlantic World

Institut Charles V, 10 rue Charles V, 75004 Paris – Program

Coorganisation: Université Paris 7 Denis Diderot / LARCA et Université de Versailles Saint Quentin / Suds d’Amériques.

Avec le soutien de l’Institut des Amériques

The third EEASA conference (Paris, December 2010) invited scholars of early American history and the Atlantic world to reflect on the role of the “past” within the time frame, 1607-1865. These two and a half centuries were often constructed by contemporaries not only through a teleological, progressive or providentially-motivated perspective, but also in a retrospective mode. The urge to revolve, to have a “revolution” in its original sense of an eternal return to a distant past – the past embodied by a “purer” America, Europe or Africa – was transformed into idealized beginnings, especially in times of crisis and uncertainty. These moments include the late seventeenth-century Puritan world as expressed through the jeremiad or the invocation of the “spirit of 76” in the later years of the early republic, as well as by the independence movements in Latin America. For American radicals looking to France, “the spirit of 1789” was an inspiration when it was feared that the original meaning of the new United States might have been forgotten. Examples also extend to the idea of “the noble savage” for Europeans “imagining” Native Americans, and the idea of an indigenous Afro-Caribbean culture that early Haitian historians posited in seeking the origins of their Revolution.

These are only a few instances of the roles played by the multiple pasts that made up early American and Atlantic history. They are notably reflected in the current interest in commemoration, memory or nostalgia studies and can be looked at through the history of emotions as well as of material culture, or in the tracing of intellectual and political transfers in their transatlantic as well as trans-American dimensions. From a more theoretical standpoint, this wide-ranging topic may lead to philosophical reflections on changing conceptions of history and relationship to time in the formative years, from early providentialism to a need for a common history in the process of post-revolutionary nation-building in the first half of the nineteenth century. More generally, this topic offers a platform for broader historiographical considerations on our practice as historians of early American history and the Atlantic world.


4 juin 2010

Journée « Publications récentes »

Organisée par l’Université Paris 12, équipe CIMMA/IMAGER, et l’Université Paris-Diderot, équipe LARCA.

Avec la participation de Robert Sayre (Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée), Pascale Smorag (Université de Franche-Comté), Lauric Henneton (Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines), Pierre-Marie Loizeau (Université d’Angers), Allan Potofsky (Université Paris-Diderot). Organisation: Marie-Jeanne Rossignol et Monica Henry

Programme complet (PDF)







15-16 avril 2010

Atlantic Commerce and Revolutions, 1750-1815: tragedy or opportunity?
Organisé par l’Université Paris-Diderot (équipe LARCA), l’European Early American Studies Association (EEASA), l’AHRC-Network, Projet ANR MARPROF, le CENA-EHESS, et en partenariat avec le Redehja.

Avec la participation de Robert Duplessis (Swarthmore College), Albane Forestier (London School of Economics), Simon Middleton (University of Sheffield), Steven Sarson (University of Wales), Pernille Roge (University of Cambridge), Bertie Mandelblatt (Université de Montréal), Trevor Burnard (University of Warwick). Contact:


19 mars 2010
Conférence Susanne Lachenicht (U. Bayreuth, Allemagne), ‘Intercultural contacts in Atlantic port cities: London, New York, Bordeaux, Hamburg’
Institut Charles V, 17h00 – 19h00


5-6 février 2010
« The Federalist Papers: Enjeux politiques, historiques et théoriques », journée organisée par l’Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle et l’Université Paris-Diderot.
Avec la participation de Peter Onuf (University of Virginia), Max Edling (Uppsala Universitet, online paper), David Mongoin (Université Paris 2), Annie Léchenet (Université Lyon I – online paper), Nathan Perl-Rosenthal (Columbia University, online paper), Paul Rahe (Hillsdale College, online paper), Lucia Bergamasco (Université d’Orléans).

Lieux: 5 février, à l’Institut du Monde anglophone, Grand amphi, 5 rue de l’Ecole de Médecine/ 6 février : Institut Charles V, adresse, salle A 50

Activités 2008

11-13 décembre 2008
Deuxième colloque EEASA, organisé par l’Université de Warwick: «Amity, Enmity, and Emotions in Early America and the Atlantic World», à Venise.

20 octobre 2008
Thomas Paine and American Civil Liberties, Facoltà di Scienze politiche, Milan.

13 juin 2008
Séminaire Publications et recherches récentes sur l’Atlantique autour des publications de Nathalie Dessens (Université Toulouse-Le Mirail), Arlette Frund (Université de Tours), Lucia Bergamasco (Université d’Orléans), et Martha Jones (University of Michigan), organisé par Marie-Jeanne Rossignol, à l’Institut d’anglais Charles-V.

4 avril 2008
“Reading Thomas Jefferson”, published online (GRAAT, #4, Oct. 2008). Programme (pdf).

18 janvier 2008
Colloque Benjamin Franklin et les Lumières anglophones, organisé par l’équipe CIRNA/SIECLE et FESTE, à l’Institut d’anglais Charles-V.
Publié dans le numéro 2/2009 de la revue Transatlantica.

Activités 2006

8-9 décembre 2006 
Colloque international, Institut Charles V (Paris)
Des colonies aux républiques dans un monde atlantique: L’Amérique du Nord et les Caraïbes à l’époque révolutionnaire/From Colonies into Republics in an Atlantic World
Avec le soutien de l’Université Paris 7 (Equipe CIRNA), du ReDEHJA, et de l’APECE (Association pour l’étude de la colonisation européenne, 1750-1850)

Ce colloque a constitué le point de départ de l’EEASA

23-24 octobre 2006
Promoting Sciences: Benjamin Franklin’s  World, 1706-2006, Milan (Facoltà di Scienze politiche) et Rome (Centro Studi Americani)