The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2098 Tuesday, 30 November 1999.
Date: Monday, 29 Nov 1999 11:32:04 -0500
Subject: Jamestown Summer Institute
"Texts of Imagination and Empire: The Founding of Jamestown in its
Atlantic Context" is an NEH summer institute for college teachers that
will be directed by Karen Ordahl Kupperman, Professor of History at New
York University. The institute will be hosted by the Folger Shakespeare
Library from 19 June to 28 July 2000.
The institute will place the establishment of the first permanent
English settlement on America's east coast in the context of
contemporaneous French and Spanish efforts and within the Atlantic
context in which all such enterprises were undertaken. It will explore
the kinds of assumptions and expectations that European promoters and
migrants brought to the business of colonization, including their ideas
about other peoples, their notions of the engines of economic growth,
and their conception of how society is constituted and how it could be
replicated in a new setting. It will also explore the assumptions on
which the Powhatans and other coastal Algonquians acted in allowing the
first settlers to become established. Finally, the institute will
consider the range of options open to Africans in this early period when
the institution of slavery was coming into being in English colonies,
and the ways in which they adapted their own traditions in unanticipated
The distinguished interdisciplinary visiting faculty includes James
Axtell, Emily C. Bartels, Ira Berlin, Cary Carson, Dominique Deslandres,
Andrew Hadfield, James Horn, William M. Kelso, Jane Landers, John M.
Murrin, Helen Rountree, David Harris Sacks, Ian Smith, and Walter W.
Woodward. The readings draw on a mix of disciplinary approaches and
modes of scholarly analysis, and the principal focus of the meetings
will be on the primary sources of the period. Participants will work
with the early printed versions of documents held at the Folger Library,
with the remains of the built and archaeological record in Jamestown
itself, and with a range of other "primary" materials available on
academic and institutional websites. In the course of the institute,
participants will create a multifaceted web site with such features as a
set of images culled from the Folger's collections, links to documents
and other teaching and research materials on the web, and suggested
syllabi and bibliographies for undergraduate courses.
Complete application information, including eligibility requirements and
details of stipend support, is available from the Folger Institute.
sent. The application information may also be downloaded from the
Folger's website at http://www.folger.edu/institute.