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Centering Families in Atlantic Worlds (1500-1800) Conference

Mon, February 28, 2011 | AT&T Conference Center

How Families Shaped the Early Modern Atlantic World

Centering Families in Atlantic Worlds (1500-1800) is the centerpiece of the Institute for Historical Studies’ “Power and Place” thematic programming for 2010-2011. 

In the early modern Atlantic world, the household formed the basis of social, political and economic order. Family life –through the interplay of kin connections and gender dynamics– shaped local circumstances and broader trajectories in the Americas, Europe and Africa. Yet despite its influence, the study of the family within the context of the Atlantic world is only now beginning to take hold. Through a comparative framework, the Centering Families in Atlantic Worlds (1500-1800) Conference places the family at the forefront of Atlantic studies. In this new light, the conference examines the role of the family in the shaping of borderlands, economic kinships, marriage, legal margins, and the Atlantic revolutions of the eighteenth century.

Co-sponsored by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, the conference brings together twenty-nine scholars and experts from twenty-two different institutions in the United States, Canada and Europe.  

The conference will be held at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on the UT campus, Feb. 28 – March 1, 2011. The conference is free and open to the public.


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