Calls for Papers

CFP: “Conectando” el Mundo Atlántico: redes, barreras e intercambio, 1492-1830 (Madrid, abril 2014)

Call For Papers:

I CONGRESO INTERNACIONAL DE JÓVENES INVESTIGADORES UAM: “Conectando” el Mundo Atlántico: redes, barreras e intercambio (1492-1830)

Madrid,  Spain: April 2-4, 2014. To be held in the Salón de Actos, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Deadline: December 15, 2013.

The chosen proposals will be announced by email and posted on our webpage by January 22, 2014.


The “Discovery” of America in 1492 provoked a drastic change in both the European conception of the world and that of the New Continent, such that historiography has considered it the starting point of modernity and the origin of the first globalization. After the first contact, many voyages across the Atlantic Ocean produced an intense ecological, economic, and cultural exchange that in a large part produced ecocide, genocide, and epistemicide. Nevertheless, the mixture of people, ideas and goods at a global level generated an abundance of scientific, epistemologic and cultural material. Throughout the last decade, a new and vigorous historiographical approach, called “Atlantic History,” has centered its attention on the networks and connections established within the three continents bathed by the Atlantic’s waters. Such an approach has defined the ocean as a proper sphere of study, whose dynamic boundaries were in constant transformation.

It is impossible to understand the complexities of this world and era without a trans-discipline, international encounter. This conference aspires to question the traditional local, national, and imperial paradigms through the presentations by young investigators on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, transcending existing linguistic and academic barriers. In this conference, we strive to comprehend the profoundness of the space of the Atlantic by focusing on the analysis of exchange and the level of penetration that the ecology, people, ideas, and goods produced.

Atlantic History, certainly, permits the use of less-traditional chronologies; however, due to the necessity to organize a three-day conference into a coherent entity, we have chosen to employ a “conservative” chronology (1492-1830). Utilizing this period as a base, we will cover the two aforementioned points of exchange: the first centers on that which took place within the various Atlantic Empires (intra-imperial); whereas the second focuses on that which affected the diverse Empires (inter-imperial).

Finally, as a result of the international origin of our guest speakers, (respectively from Spain, Portugal, Mexico and the United States) we will take advantage of the opportunity for conversations about the validity of past, present and emerging lines of research. Such topics will include, not only the historiography of the Atlantic History, but incorporated with references to Pan-American studies.

Our conference is directed towards postgraduate students, at both the Masters and Doctoral levels, with ongoing or inedited investigations. We will except all types of scientific projects related to the idea of exchange within the empires (with ranging scopes, from the imperial to the local), and between the empires. We are especially looking for projects that centrally focus on the concept of multiculturalism. The presentations selected will have 20-25 minutes to propose their current research. All papers will be chosen by our Scientific Committee.

Applications must include: the Proposal’s Title, a 500 word summary and a brief biography (CV) of no more than 300 words to our Organizing Committee at the following email address: We will accept proposals in Spanish and/or English.

Organizing Committee #cma2014uam:

Katherine Mills (Harvard University-UAM) Iris Rodríguez Alcaide (UAM) Miriam Rodríguez Contreras (UAM)

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Scott Taylor is an associate professor in the history department at the University of Kentucky.


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