Traffic in the Global Eighteenth Century

Fordham University, NYC
September 25-27, 2020

It would be difficult to imagine New York City without traffic, but traffic should not be understood merely as the polluting congestion of its highly frequented streets and waterways, an issue already present in New Amsterdam. Traffic also underlines the commerce, or the passing through different hands as the Encyclopédie's "Trafiqué" underlines, both legal and illicit, of goods, bodies, books, artworks, monies, services, and ideas that is as central to New York City today as it was to the global eighteenth century.

For this 43rd edition of NEASECS, we invite panels, papers, and other interventions on the topic of traffic in the global eighteenth century: be it book smuggling, human trafficking, drugs & arms smuggling, import/export, transnational and/or colonial exchanges, or money traders and currency converters; the traffic of ideas as well as objects of knowledge and aesthetic beauty (art objects, fashion...); the infrastructure (or lack thereof) that facilitated the movements of such a global and local traffic; and/or the effects and affects of traffic/trafficking including the sonic. All disciplines from the history of science, history of the book, history of religion, architecture, art history, music history, and history, to literary studies, anthropology, and sociology are encouraged to participate. Round tables are also highly encouraged.

Of course, in the long tradition of NEASECS, panels on topics different from the theme of the conference are also welcome.

Giuseppe Vasi and Giovanni Battista Piranesi, The Remains of the Portico of the Temple of Jupiter and of the Temple of Fortune," by Courtesy Lombard Antiquarian Maps and Prints, Scarborough, Maine.

Edna Steeves Prize
for Best Graduate Student Paper

The Edna Steeves Prize is an award of $300 for the best paper delivered by a graduate student at the Annual Meeting. This prize, established in 1994, honors the memory of the late Edna L. Steeves of the English Department at the University of Rhode Island, a founding member who served as Secretary-Treasurer of NEASECS from 1989 until her death in 1995. The winner of the prize is selected by an interdisciplinary committee appointed by the President of NEASECS. Rules for submission of papers for the prize are announced on the Annual Meeting web site and in the materials distributed for the Annual Meeting.


John H. O'Neill Bursaries

The John H. O'Neill Bursaries are awards of up to $300 to graduate students to assist them with the cost of travel to the Annual Meeting. In 2002 the Society voted to name these bursaries in honor of John H. O'Neill of the English department of Hamilton College, who has served as editor of the NEASECS Newsletter since 1989. Up to six awards per year may be made. The chairs of the Annual Meeting decide to whom the awards are made. Graduate students who are presenting papers at the Annual Meeting and wish to apply for John H. O'Neill Bursaries should send their inquiries to the Annual Meeting chairs.


 

NEASECS/CSECS 2017 October 18-22, Ontario
NEASECS 2016 October 20-22, 2016, UMASS Amherst, Amherst, MA
NEASECS 2015 October 8-10, 2015, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
NEASECS 2014 September 25-28 at Syracuse University, Syracuse NY
NEASECS 2013 October 3-6 at Yale University, New Haven, CT
NEASECS 2012 October 11-13 at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
NEASECS 2011 October 27-29 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
NEASECS 2010 October 21-23 in Buffalo, NY
NEASECS 2009 November 5 - 8 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
NEASECS 2008 October 30 - November 2 at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York
NEASECS 2007 October 25-28 at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
NEASECS 2006 November 9-12 at Salem State College, Salem, Massachusetts
NEASECS 2005 30 September - 2 October 2005, Fredericton, New Brunswick
NEASECS 2004 4-6 November 2004, Univ. of Vermont.


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