Wednesday, August 12, 2015

CFP: “Atlantic Environments and the American South”

The Rice University Humanities Research Center and the Department of History are sponsoring a conference, "Atlantic Environments and the American South," to take place at Rice on February 5-6, 2016. This conference
will explore the ways in which the myriad flows of peoples, commodities, and ideas interacted with the environments of the greater Atlantic basin as a result of the increasingly close relationship between the Americas, Africa, and Europe. . . . By looking at how cotton, sugar, tobacco, rice and a host of other commodities moved between the southern United States and the larger Atlantic world this conference will be primarily concerned with how people altered, interacted with, and thought about the environments of the South and the Atlantic. 
According to the call for papers, possible topics include:
  • Commodity flows
  • Production/consumption networks
  • Ideas of the environment
  • Local/regional/national/international scales
  • Nation building
  • Migration
  • Enslaved and free labor
  • Cultural formation
  • Imperial/inter-imperial relations
  • Weather and climate
Proposals must be received by September 15, 2015. For submission details and a fuller exposition of the conference goals, please see the complete call for papers.