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Enlightened Powers: American, French and British Interactions in Botany Bay, 1789-1800

Enlightened Powers

Enlightened Powers

Enlightened Powers

Symposium 27.09.2014

Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
in cooperation with the Association for Australian Studies (GASt), the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Enlightenment Studies (IZEA), and the Muhlenberg Center for American Studies (MCAS)

Keynote: Professor Cassandra Pybus, University of Sydney

Call for Papers (deadline for abstracts: 22.02.2014)

American whalers, French expeditions, black convicts, veteran officers of the American Revolutionary War, rum, rebellions, and British naval law – the elements that contribute towards a larger picture of Australia's first white settlement seem in place already. This symposion will bring together scholars from different disciplines to create a first, synchronic picture of the interactions (and their implications) of these multinational experiences, backgrounds, and interests relevant to the foundation of Australia's convict colony. We welcome analyses of individual, pertinent case studies as well as more theoretical considerations. And, of course, we particularly encourage submissions that take a comparative or interdisciplinary perspective.

Possible topics include:

• Gentlemen All: Shared biographies, correspondences, interests

• In the Navy: Press-ganged or volunteering American sailors in the convict

• Rebellion and Discipline: Naval, martial, military law and its various

• Science and Economy: Expeditions and their interactions

• Rum, Tea, Sugar: Provisioning the South Pacific

• Lord Howe's Island: Commemorating the American Revolution in
Australia's settling

• Slave Trade and Convict Transportation: Trials & errors

• Wretched Indians: Reading Aborigines in American terms

Please send your abstracts for a 15-minute presentation to

Dr. Therese-M. Meyer,

DEADLINE for abstracts: 22.02.2014

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