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

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