Working Groups Archive

Atlantic Studies

atlantic studies The movement of persons, things, and ideas throughout the Atlantic world transformed the literature and history of the modern and early modern periods in ways that are difficult to grasp from within a national paradigm. The “Atlantic Studies” working group will focus on the commercial, aesthetic, intellectual, and institutional traffic between Great Britain, Europe, North and South America, and the Caribbean basin, with particular emphasis on the currents shaping that world from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries. The working group will share research on the literary, political and economic commerce that knit together the Atlantic world, while exploring the implications of Atlantic Studies for disciplinary and institutional protocols. What methodological shifts— in disciplinary approach, in periodization, in conceptual or theoretical frameworks— does the use of an Atlantic paradigm entail? What is occluded by the European orientation of traditional literary and historical study, and what modes and objects of inquiry do trans-oceanic exchanges make visible? Among the topics we may explore are: slavery, migration, and exile; concepts of sovereignty and citizenship; emerging models of global consciousness and the imagining of non-national communities; corporate agency and the imperatives of long-distance trade; Enlightenment and revolutionary consciousness in its metropolitan and colonial guises; and the versions of modernity and futurity to be gleaned from a trans-Atlantic perspective. Among other topics, the 2008-09 discussion will address the writing of anticolonial histories of modernity such as C.L.R. James’s The Black Jacobins, David Scott’s Conscripts of Modernity, and Sibylle Fischer’s Modernity Disavowed.

Coordinators

Lynn Festa
Department of English, Rutgers

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Chris Iannini
Department of English, Rutgers
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Digital Humanities

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 Digital Humanities

Founded by Ann Fabian and Meredith McGill in 2012, the Digital Humanities Initiative supports digital humanities projects in research, teaching, and public outreach at Rutgers. Programming includes a regular schedule of events, including workshops, lectures, and conferences. The DHI is directed by an interdisciplinary group of scholars drawn from across the School of Arts and Sciences and the Libraries. The DHI steering committee is committed to working closely with the Libraries' DH Working Group. Projects currently underway include a collaborative Digital Humanities Lab in Alexander Library, and a WordPress and Omeka hosting service in support of digital humanities research and pedagogy. Interested parties are invited to contact Francesca Giannetti for further information.

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