Friday, May 12, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, May 13, 2017 (All day)


Barker Ctr, Kresge Foundation Room, 12 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA

Transatlantic culture often presents itself as a narrative of encounter and dialogue that transcend the limits of the local. However, the trace of colonialism, the living memory of exile, and an uneven distribution of economic, political, and symbolic power haunts transatlantic imagination. This conference aims to explore the many ways in which antagonisms, uneasy pluralism, and tense negotiations of difference overdetermine sites of Transatlantic cultural practices.Is the very history of Transatlantic interactions one of conflicting and conflicted cartographical reasons? To what extent is the Transatlantic triangulation of nation, language, territory, and culture as arbitrarily violent as its nationalistic identification? Is the history of Atlantic transnational interactions best understood as the progressive globalization of peoples, resources, and ideas or as its catastrophic dispersion in opposing local narratives? What are the effects of competition, debate, strife, war, and how are they instrumentalized to construct, breach, and rebuild interpretive and political communities? What are the institutions that regulate, enable, and promote confrontation?transatlantic

We encourage contributions from all across the humanities and social sciences disciplines including, but not restricted to literary and cultural studies, sociolinguistics and cognitive sociolinguistics, communications, race studies, gender studies, visual and environmental studies, social studies, philosophy and intellectual history, etc.


Abstracts must be between 300 and 350 words. A brief bio note of approximately 150-200 words must be included.

Abstracts must be submitted to before February 27th, 2017, at midnight – United States EST.

The Executive Committee will notify applicants about the selection of submissions no later than March 15th, 2017.

Formats for sessions: a) 20-minute individual paper; b) Chaired panels with three participants; c) Round tables


Speakers must pay a registration fee:

- Before March 30th, 2017: $80

- After March 30th, 2017: $100

Sponsors: RCC; Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Universidad Complutense de Madrid

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