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2nd Announcement: Call for Proposals
The American Studies Program at the University of Miami presents:
A 4-day institute for advanced graduate students and recent PhDs
May 14-17, 2012
The Elena Díaz-Versón Amos Conference Room of the Cuban Heritage Collection
and the 3rd-Floor Conference Room, Richter Library, University of Miami
Keynote lecture and workshop by Vincent Brown (Professor of History and of
African and African American Studies, Duke University). Public lecture:
Monday, May 14, 4:30 p.m. Closed workshop: Tuesday, May 15, 9:30 a.m.
The field of Atlantic studies has been at the forefront of the spatial turn
in the humanities and social sciences for several decades, challenging
national paradigms for the study of history and culture, embracing
historical geography in groundbreaking projects such as the Trans-Atlantic
Slave Trade Database, and producing a rich body of scholarship that brings
together art, geography, history, literature, and politics in innovative
and fruitful ways. From D. W. Meinig’s Atlantic America, 1492-1800 (1986)
to Nicolás Wey Gómez’s The Tropics of Empire (2008), geographical studies
of the Atlantic world have centrally informed Atlantic history and
transatlantic literary studies. Most recently, Atlantic studies has also
begun to engage the expanded datasets and sophisticated cartographies of
geographical information systems (GIS).
Eager to see what the next generation of scholars brings to this
conversation and how they will change it, we invite applications from
advanced doctoral students and recent PhDs in the humanities and social
sciences who have completed or will complete the PhD between May 2010 and
May 2013. We are interested in all environments, regions, communities, and
countries of the Atlantic world and particularly in the wide array of
discourses, events, and processes that bind them together. We hope that new
maps of the field will emerge from these discussions and that participants
will be able to draw and build on them over the course of their careers.
Participants will discuss their pre-circulated working papers in closed
seminars led by faculty from the University of Miami, Florida International
University, and Florida Atlantic University, all of which share a strong
scholarly tradition in Atlantic studies. The institute will provide several
meals and a $300 stipend for all participants and hotel accommodations for
out-of-town guests. Participants are responsible for their own travel
arrangements and expenses, though we may be able to defray travel costs for
one or two applicants who otherwise would not be able to attend. Although
the common working language of the seminar will be English, we are eager to
discuss a variety of geographic and linguistic areas and encourage
applications from scholars in and of Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin
Please send the following materials in PDF format to
1. a two-page description of your dissertation or book project;
2. a current CV;
3. a one-page abstract of the paper you wish to present;
4. (only if applicable) a request for partial travel funding.
5. Please arrange for two confidential letters of recommendation to be sent
to the same email address.
Completed applications are due December 8, 2011. We will notify up to
twelve successful applicants by mid-January 2012.
Organizing committee: Tracy Devine Guzmán (Modern Languages and
Literatures), Kate Ramsey (History), Tim Watson (American Studies and
English), Ashli White (History).
The Atlantic Geographies Institute is generously supported by the following
units at the University of Miami: the Program in American Studies, the
University of Miami Libraries, the Office of the Dean of the College of
Arts and Sciences, the Department of History, the Department of English,
the Joseph Carter Memorial Fund of the Department of Modern Languages and
Literatures, the Department of Geography and Regional Studies, the
Department of Philosophy, the Center for the Humanities, the Center for
Latin American Studies, the Graduate School, the Atlantic Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Group, and the Program in Africana Studies.