The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0043  Saturday, 12 January 2002

From:           Elizabeth Gross <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 07 Jan 2002 17:55:33 -0500
Subject:        NEH Summer Seminar

Space and Society in the Past:
Landscape, Power, and Identity in the Early Modern Atlantic World
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute
Pennsylvania State University
July 1 August 2, 2002

This five-week institute is designed to offer an introduction to the
interdisciplinary study of Atlantic history in the early modern period
(circa 1550 to 1800). Drawing primarily on the insights of geography,
history, and literary and cultural studies, the institute will
investigate the formation of new understandings of spatial community
essential both to the nation-state and to the mercantile networks that
imparted coherence to the Atlantic world as a whole.

We will pursue the following course: (1) draw explicit connections
between the recent work of theorists of space and the early modern past;
(2) link changes in property law to historical, artistic, and literary
representations of land; (3) use the category of landscape to understand
the ideological, territorial, and subjective making of new Atlantic
polities, their foreign enemies, and their colonial possessions; (4)
establish the effects of new technologies, such as systems of surveying,
on ideologies of land use and settlement; and (5) examine changing
understandings of the nation as a distinctive landscape.

The institute runs from July 1 to August 2, 2002, with each one-week
session being led by the co-directors and two visiting faculty.
Full-time teachers at two- or four-year colleges or universities in the
United States are invited to apply; representatives of all disciplines
in the humanities are welcome.

The institute will have as its primary activity the reading of documents
and secondary works. Each week a set of texts will furnish the framework
for faculty presentations and seminar discussions. Sessions often will
focus on a particular microhistorical context, such as the west African
coast of Olaudah Equiano 

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