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Summer Academy of Atlantic History 2011

Summer Academy of Atlantic History

Galway, Ireland

26 – 29 May 2011

“Cultural Brokers in the Atlantic World”

From Ira Berlin’s ‘Atlantic Creoles’ to pirates, diplomats, interpreters, traders, Jesuit and Herrnhuter missionaries, American Indian captives and the ‘coureurs des bois’, our knowledge of agents of cultural, political, economic and social transfer and change within the Atlantic World needs to be broadened. Who did connect the many worlds of the Atlantic, and what competences and frameworks allowed “cultural brokers” to create and re-create contacts and transfer in the Atlantic basin?

The second Summer Academy of Atlantic History (SAAH) invites PhD students working on any aspect related to the theme of “cultural brokers” to make application for a limited number of studentships that will enable them to participate in the second Summer Academy of Atlantic History (SAAH).

The Summer Academy will be organized and hosted by Professor Nicholas Canny and the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway. As well as providing the selected students with an opportunity to present papers and engage in discussion with tutors and their fellow students on their research, the Summer Academy will also host three keynote speakers who will address broad themes appertaining to Atlantic History. The keynote lectures will be Professor Philip Morgan (Johns Hopkins University) Professor Emma Rothschild (Harvard University) and Bartolomé Yun Casalilla, (European University Institute, Florence). The keynote lectures will be open to a wider academic and public audience.

Another feature of the Summer Academy will be the launch of the Oxford Handbook on the History of the Atlantic World c 1450-1840 edited by Nicholas Canny and Philip Morgan.

The costs associated with the keynote lectures of SAAH will be borne by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Moore Institute, at NUI Galway as part of their celebration of 10 years of funding provided by the Irish government to the University both through the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI) administered by the Higher Education Authority and through the Irish Research Council in the Humanities and Social Studies. The event also enjoys a subvention from the support provided to the Moore Institute by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help the Institute internationalize its thrust. Student costs for the Summer Academy will be covered by the European Early American Studies Association (EEASA) and the Lehrstuhl fuer Geschichte der Fruehen Neuzeit, Universitaet Bayreuth. Full funding will be available for eight postgraduate students.

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