CFP: “Pictures from an Expedition: Aesthetics of 19th-century Cartographic Exploration in the Americas” (Newberry Library)

Call for Papers:
Newberry Library Symposium, June 20-21, 2013, Chicago, IL
“Pictures from an Expedition: Aesthetics of 19th-century Cartographic Exploration in the Americas”

We seek historians, art historians, geographers, and scholars of visual culture for a symposium to be held in Chicago at the Newberry Library on June 20-21, 2013. The symposium will consider the aesthetics and visual culture of 19th-century cartographic exploration in the Americas. The nineteenth century represented a high point in mapping expeditions at the hemispheric level. These ostensibly scientific expeditions, which charted territories often in support of nation building projects, produced vast amounts of visual and artistic materials. This symposium will focus on this visual material addressing such questions as: What kinds of 19th-century visual practices and technologies of seeing do these materials engage? How does scientific knowledge get translated into the visual and disseminated to the public? Can looking at mapping hemispherically challenge a distinction between North American and South/Central/Latin American methodologies or practices of exploration? We are interested in all forms of visual representation, including maps, sketches, drawings, landscape paintings, photography, lithography, etc. Scholars focusing on visual aspects of indigenous mappings, polar or Alaskan exploration, and Amazonian South America are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.

The symposium is generously funded by a grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. Participants’ travel and lodging will be covered.

Proposals including a title and abstract (maximum 500 words) should be sent by Monday, January 14, 2013 to:

Ernesto Capello, History, Macalester College, ecapello@macalester.edu
Julia Rosenbaum, Art History, Bard College, rosenbau@bard.edu

CFP: Graduate Student/Junior Scholar Workshop on “Black Freedom in the Atlantic World”

Vanderbilt University Workshop
“The Age of Emancipation: Black Freedom in the Atlantic World”
April 26-27, 2013
Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities

Vanderbilt University’s Sawyer Seminar “The Age of Emancipation:  Black Freedom in the Atlantic World” invites applications from senior graduate students and junior scholars to participate in a two day workshop on the topic.  The workshop will provide a setting for participants to present their work in an interdisciplinary setting.
Applications must be submitted by December 15, 2012.  For more information, see our website:  http://vanderbilt.edu/rpw_center.

Hillery Pate
Activities Coordinator | Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities
Vanderbilt University
PMB 351534 | 2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235
Phone 615.343.6240 | Fax 615.343.2248

CFP: The South Atlantic, Past and Present

Call for Papers:  The South Atlantic, Past and Present

Guest Editor: Luiz Felipe de Alencastro (Université Paris Sorbonne)

This volume will focus on the historical, geopolitical and cultural aspects of the South Atlantic, past and present.

From 1550 to 1850 most of Brazil and Angola formed a system sustained by the slave trade and intercolonial traffic that complemented exchanges between these regions and Portugal. This system also included Buenos Aires, the Amazon maritime captaincies, the Senegambia and the Gulf of Guinea and, in the first half of the 19th Century, Mozambique. After the independence of the Lusophone nations in Africa, direct relationships were reestablished between the two sides of the ocean. New extensions appeared with the creation in 2003 of the India, Brazil and South Africa Forum. Underlining the new geopolitics of the South Atlantic, the United States re-established in 2008 the Fourth Fleet in the region (originally established in 1942 and disbanded in 1950).

The deadline for submission is 1 October 2012.

Themes include:

- The South Atlantic and the concepts of World-economy (Braudel) and World-system (Wallerstein)
- South Atlantic Geohistory and Historiography
- Languages and cultural exchanges in the South Atlantic
- Literary dimensions of the South Atlantic
- Lusofonia, religion and missionaries in past and present South Atlantic
- The teaching of South Atlantic history
- Forced and free migrations in the South Atlantic
- The South Atlantic, Hispanic America and the Caribbean
- The United States and the South Atlantic
- Mercosur and the South Atlantic

Please send submissions to the Guest Editor: Luiz Felipe de Alencastro: luiz.de_alencastro@paris-sorbonne.fr
Luiz Felipe de Alencastro
Centre d’Etudes du Brésil et de l’Atlantique Sud
Occident Moderne
Université de Paris Sorbonne
1,rue Victor Cousin
Paris 75005
phone 0140462685
Email: luiz.de_alencastro@paris-sorbonne.fr

New Journal and CFP: Notes & Records: Journal of African and African Diaspora Studies

Notes & Records: Journal of African and African Diaspora Studies (NRJAADS)
Call for Papers Date:    2010-06-04

On behalf of Southern Interdisciplinary Roundtable on African Studies SIRAS), Kentucky State University, and the Editors, I am writing to inform you about the launching of a new peer-reviewed journal titled Notes and Records: An International Journal of African and African Diaspora Studies published by Kentucky State University on a bi-annual basis.

The journal is primarily devoted to publishing original studies related to the linkages and relationships between Africans and the African Diaspora. The journal aims to focus on the varied webs of connections between the Africans and the African Diaspora in an interdisciplinary approach. Studies related to history, politics, culture, literature, gender, music/dance, globalization, war, resistance, and civil rights movements that illuminate the varied experiences of Diasporic people are welcome….

Read the announcement here.