"Race, Gender, and Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century" Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (WSECS) Annual Meeting

Country: USA

City: San Luis Obispo

Abstr. due: 01.09.2014

Dates: 13.02.15 — 14.02.15

Area Of Sciences: History and archeology;

Organizing comittee e-mail: rlallen@calpoly.edu

Organizers: Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (WSECS)


The annual meeting of the WSECS will convene Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 14, 2015 at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. The conference will be organized around the theme of "Race, Gender, and Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century" and will feature a plenary address by Brycchan Carey of Kingston University, London.

Although SLO traces its roots to its eighteenth-century mission (established in 1772), today it is known for its proximity to many wineries, Hearst Castle, Big Sur, and, of course, the beach. The conference will be held Friday afternoon and Saturday, leaving free the rest of the long holiday weekend for those who want a chance to explore California’s Central Coast. 

We invite submissions from all disciplines exploring any aspect of race , gender, or empire in the late seventeenth through early nineteenth centuries. Topics might include the formation of racial categories and ideologies; changing constructions of femininity, masculinity, and sexuality; the shapi ng of the empire abroad and national identity at home; trans - national and cross - cultural encounters ; exploration and scientific expeditions; indigenous religion s and missionary activity ; global commodity exchange; slavery and abolition ; influences between the metropole and the colony ; classifications of the civilized and savage; colonial projects and post - colonial critiques; and the era’s connections to classical empire and modern imperialism . We also welcome papers on topics outsi de the conference theme.

Conference Web-Site: http://cla.calpoly.edu/wsecs2015.html