I am interested in forming a panel with the proposed title, "Eighteenth-Century British Biocultures," for the 2008 North American Conference on British Studies (http://www.nacbs.org/). In the Summer 2007 issue of New Literary History, Lennard J. Davis and David B. Morris published the "Biocultures Manifesto." Davis and Morris argue, "culture and history must be rethought with an understanding of their inextricable,if highly variable, relation to biology. The general name for this phenomenon we call 'biocultures.'" This panel wishes to explore and test the applicability of Davis and Morris's "bioculture" paradigm to the study of the eighteenth-century British World -- England, Scotland, Wales,
Ireland, and British Empire. I solicit paper proposals from scholars who explore the convergence of the biological -- in its widest possible form, including science, environment, and medicine -- with the cultural in the eighteenth-century British world.
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