2013 Conference

The Center for African American History at Northwestern University

in partnership with:
The American Studies Program • The Chabraja Center for Historical Studies • The Department of African American Studies • The Department of Anthropology • The Department of History • The Department of Spanish and Portuguese • The Kaplan Center for the Humanities • The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program

Presents the 7th International Symposium

APRIL 19-20, 2013

at the Hilton Orrington Hotel, Evanston, Illinois

The aim of this symposium is to recast interpretations and conceptualization of early modernity in terms of recent developments in the critical historical analysis of Atlantic slavery and associated developments in critical theory. Our concern will be to provide greater illumination to the historical and theoretical implications, still largely unexplored, concerning the early modern colonial economic dynamics and political linkages between governance, slavery, and racialization during the 15th and early 18th centuries. The four main connected modern and colonial themes that we hope to discuss in this symposium are formations of ‘the early modern’; ‘slavery’; ‘race’; and ‘governance’.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013, 5:00PM

Opening Keynote Lecture by Irene Silverblatt – Duke University
“The Great Delusion: Race-thinking, Governance and the Colonial Origins of Modernity”
Reception to Follow


Anna More • University of California-Los Angeles
Barnor Hesse • Northwestern University
Irene Silverblatt • Duke University
Karen Graubart • University of Notre Dame
Karoline P. Cook • University of Illinois-Urbana
Kristin Huffine • Northern Illinois University
Laura Leon Llerena • Northwestern University
Mariana Candido • Princeton University
Mark Hauser • Northwestern University
Nancy van Deusen • Queen’s University, Ontario
Rachel Sarah O’Toole • University of California-Irvine
Regina Grafe • Northwestern University
Rudolph Butch Ware • University of Michigan
Sherwin K. Bryant • Northwestern University
Susan Deans-Smith • University of Texas-Austin
Sylvester Johnson • Northwestern University

SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2013, 5:00PM

Closing Keynote Lecture by Barnor Hesse – Northwestern University
“Racialized Early Modernity: Colonial Constituent Power and Assemblages of Race”
Reception to Follow


The Department of African American Studies • The Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities • The Chabraja Center for Historical Studies • The American Studies Program •The Department of Anthropology • The Department of History • The Department of Spanish and Portuguese • The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program •  

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All lectures, panels, and receptions are Free and Open to the public, RSVP required.
For information about this year’s symposium, please visit caah.northwestern.edu/conference.
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