Conflict and Community


Early America and the Atlantic World

A Graduate Student Conference hosted by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies

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Conflict and Community in Early America and the Atlantic World
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
University of Pennsylvania
September 27-29, 2007

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This conference seeks to bring together a diverse group of graduate students researching topics related to conflict and community in Early America and the Atlantic World prior to 1850. We understand “community” in its broadest sense, encompassing (for example) communities formed around region, ideology, class, language, race, ethnicity, religion, commerce, literature and occupation. How and why were such communities formed? How were they structured? How did they change over time? How, and by whom, have they been represented? Furthermore, what was the nature of conflict between and within these communities? How was such conflict fought and negotiated? Where were the fault lines in early American communities—in other words, along what axes did they divide into conflict? What opportunities were created by such conflict?

Papers likely to foster exchange between disciplines such as history, literature, American Studies, political science, art history, geography, race and gender studies, cultural studies, anthropology, and material culture are particularly encouraged. We prefer that applicants e-mail their proposals by March 15, 2007 to, but proposals postmarked by this date will also be accepted. Proposals should include a 250-word prospectus and a brief c.v. Paper presentations will be limited to twenty minutes. Conference participants will receive financial support to help cover travel and housing expenses. Decisions will be announced by May 15, 2007. Questions regarding the conference should be directed to Katherine Paugh at Proposals sent by mail should be addressed to:

The McNeil Center for Early American Studies University of Pennsylvania
3355 Woodland Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4531
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