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April 7, 2013

From Conquest to Identity: New Jersey and the Middle Colonies in the Seventeenth Century

Call for Papers

From Conquest to Identity: New Jersey and the Middle Colonies in the
Seventeenth Century
Trenton, New Jersey, March 27–29, 2014

Paper and panel proposals are invited for a conference on “From Conquest
to Identity: New Jersey and the Middle Colonies in the Seventeenth
Century,” to be co-sponsored by the McNeil Center for Early American
Studies, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the New Jersey
Historical Commission, and Kean University and to be held in Trenton,
New Jersey, March 27–29, 2014. Confirmed participants include Charles
Gehring, Evan Haefeli, Ned C. Landsman, Robert C. Ritchie, and the
members of the program committee: Wayne Bodle, Stanley N. Katz,
Christian Koot, Maxine N. Lurie, Jonathan Mercantini, Daniel K. Richter,
and Cynthia Van Zandt.

The 350th anniversary of the conquest of New Netherland and the founding
of English New Jersey provides an occasion to examine a number of topics
connected to the origin and evolution of the Middle Colonies. The
organizers are especially interested in the theme of innovation and
experimentation—both as these words were understood in the seventeenth
century and as an interpretive device for understanding the period—and
in interdisciplinary approaches, particularly but not exclusively those
drawing on archaeological research.

Among specific topics that might be explored are conquest, reconquest
and the reality of empire; geography and mapping; land use, property
holding, and European-Native interaction in the Hudson and Delaware
watersheds; and contrasting views of various issues from the imperial
metropole and the mid-Atlantic periphery. While the organizers are open
to a wide range of proposals relating the conference themes to broader
trends in seventeenth-century North American history, they particularly
hope this conference will provide a venue for discussion of new ways of
thinking about New Jersey and the Middle Colonies in the period from
1664 to 1689.

Proposals are welcome for papers of approximately thirty pages in
length, which will be pre-circulated to all conference participants.
Suggestions for complete panels will also be considered, but the
organizers reserve the right to accept, reject, or reassign individual

Please submit proposals of approximately 500 words, along with
curriculum vitae, to no later than Tuesday,
April 30, 2013. Accepted panelists will be notified by mid-June 2013.
Papers will be due for pre-circulation no later than January 15, 2014.
Some support for participants' travel and lodging will be available.

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