4:30-6 pm Opening Discussion: Reconceptualizing Cultural Histories of the Atlantic World, Digitally and Interculturally—Concepts and Debates

Our opening discussion focuses on conceptual approaches to the Atlantic World itself, including comparisons of the rich range of literatures on the transatlantic, circum-Atlantic, cis-Atlantic, and trans-oceanic; on the diasporic; on the Black Atlantic; on the Lusophone, Hispanophone, Francophone, or Anglophone worlds; on imperialism, colonialism, postcolonialism, and acts of decolonizing; on material culture, symbolic exchange, linguistic approaches, environmental studies, and the history of capitalism; and on the Global South in relation to the Atlantic World.

Readings (available as pdfs for participants–please email atlanticworldforum@gmail.com):

  • Lara Putnam, “To Study the Fragments/Whole: Microhistory and the Atlantic World,” Journal of Social History 39, 3 [Special Issue on the Future of Social History] (Spring, 2006), 615-630
  • Lara Putnam, “The Transnational and the Text-Searchable: Digitized Sources and the Shadows They Cast,” American Historical Review 121, 2 (April 2016), 377–402
  • Bernard Bailyn, “The Idea of Atlantic History,” Atlantic History: Concept and Contours (Harvard University Press, 206), 3-56
  • Paul Gilroy, “The Black Atlantic as a Counterculture of Modernity,” The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double-Consciousness (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1993), 1-40
  • Brent Hayes Edwards, “The Uses of Diaspora,” Social Text 19, 1 (2001), 45-73
  • Charles Piot, “Atlantic Aporias: Africa and Gilroy’s Black Atlantic,” South Atlantic Quarterly 100, 1 (2001): 155-170
  • Walter D. Mignolo, “The Geopolitics of Knowledge and the Colonial Difference,” South Atlantic Quarterly 101, 1 (2002): 57-96
  • Laurent Dubois and Julius S. Scott, “Introduction,” in Origins of the Black Atlantic, eds. Laurent Dubois and Julius S. Scott (New York: Routledge, 2009), 1-6

4:30-6 pm: André Aciman Reading and Talk (Twilight Auditorium, Room 101, Presented by the Creative Writing Program)

October 17, 2018
Twilight Auditorium, Room 101

André Aciman is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is the author of Out of Egypt: A Memoir, False Papers, Alibis, and four novels: Call Me by Your Name, Eight White Nights, Harvard Square, and Enigma Variations. He is the co author and editor of Letters of Transit and of The Proust Project. Aciman is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as a fellowship from The New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, and has appeared in several volumes of Best American Essays. He is currently working on a novel and a collection of essays. Presented by the Creative Writing Program.

8-9 pm: Closing Discussion: Reconceptualizing Cultural Histories of the Atlantic World, Digitally and Interculturally–Involving Students and Reaching New Publics

  • How do we contribute new frameworks and conceptual approaches to Atlantic World, trans-oceanic, transnational, and global history?
  • Who are the audiences for this project? How might we be thoughtful about its dissemination (not just the most fancy Western digital platforms, but also access through global digital distribution channels such as mobile phones, El Paquete Semanal in Cuba, etc.; working with translation expertise and technical advice from Globe Multilingual Services, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey?
  • How do we contribute new findings for global digital humanities? Digital innovations for global scholarly collaboration? How do we draw on existing platforms and tools but address the particular needs of scholarly collaboration as compared to digital technologies mostly developed with other purposes in mind? How can units of Middlebury such as DLINQ and the library contribute to this? Are there other partners we might work with to help conceptualize and advance this project forward?
  • In addition to the core proposed seminar at Middlebury taught by Michael Kramer, how might students both at and beyond Middlebury participate in the project in rewarding ways? How, for instance, might students at Middlebury Schools Abroad, Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey, and partner institutions participate? How do we best make AWF materials available for use in classrooms, perhaps by packaging both primary sources and scholarly interpretations and debates as one forum for classroom use (Open access? Paid subscriptions? Lever Press?)
  • How do we handle intellectual property concerns with primary source material used in forums or with the essays and ancillary materials generated by the project itself, whether by participating scholars or students or other contributors?
  • Digital preservation and sustainability issues?