FEEGI and the University of Leiden have teamed up to organize the first FEEGI in Europe conference, to be held June 2-5, 2015 in Leiden.
For the Call for Papers and more information see http://www.feegi.eu
FEEGI's next North American conference will take place in the spring of 2016.
FEEGI holds a biennial conference in the even-numbered years. All sessions at FEEGI meetings have traditionally been plenary, so that each panel can enter a common conversation. As the conference proceeds, both presenters and audience often build on the work presented at that very meeting to enhance the discussion of papers given later in the conference, creating an atmosphere of scholarly exchange and collegiality that may be difficult to find at larger conferences.
As much as possible, panels at FEEGI meetings are organized thematically in order to encourage comparative thinking outside the bounds of regional histories. Among other topics, FEEGI conferences frequently have been a rich arena for discussion of the various oceanic paradigms, examining the Mediterranean World, the Indian Ocean World, and the Atlantic World, and the ways in which these worlds can be compared, contrasted, and connected.
Any topic engaging global interaction and imperial expansion between about 1350 and 1850 is welcomed at FEEGI. A sampling of previous paper topics: the history of rice • slave revolts in Dutch Surinam • the spice trade in the Red Sea • the musical impact of the Portuguese empire • serfdom on the Russian frontier • race compared in Madras and New York • African death rituals in the New World • Danish culture in colonized Iceland • the British fetish for Levantine objects and art • poison among the enslaved of Martinique • Bonaparte in Egypt • the undersea excavation of Manila galleons • colonizing Taiwan • violence on Africa’s gold coast • Ambonese children in the Netherlands • missionaries in Pacific islands • Amerindian medical knowledge • the politics of South Asian merchants…for more, please browse the earlier conference programs.