Applications are invited for participation in the Seminar, to meet for approximately ten days at Harvard University in early August 2010. Participants, for whom travel and accommodation will be provided, must be recent recipients of the Ph.D. or its equivalent or advanced doctoral students. Members of the Seminar will be drawn from the universities of Latin America, Western Europe, and Africa, to be joined by U.S. and Canadian scholars for presentation and discussion of work in progress on the theme of the Seminar and exchange of views with senior scholars.
The theme of this year’s Seminar is the transfer of European law and ideas of justice – Spanish, Portuguese, English, Dutch, and French – to the Western Hemisphere: how European legalities were promulgated abroad, how they were adapted to local circumstances and to alien people who had their own traditions of justice, and how, if at all, the adaptations of law in the Americas were reflected in European law. Work in progress on aspects of these topics will be discussed, with emphasis on local, specific episodes of the law in operation and on detailed examples of accommodation.
The Atlantic History Seminar, directed by Professor Bernard Bailyn, is based at Harvard University in connection with the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, and is a program funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The aim of the Seminar, founded in 1995, is to advance the scholarship of young historians of many nations interested in the common, comparative, and interactive aspects of the lives of the peoples of the Atlantic world, transcending local and national boundaries and to help create an inter-national community of scholars familiar with approaches, archives, and intellectual traditions different from their own.
Participants, for whom travel and accommodations are provided, are historians at the beginning of their careers, recent recipients of the Ph.D. or its equivalent, or advanced doctoral students engaged in creative research on aspects of Atlantic history. Members of the Seminar are drawn from the nations of Western Europe, Africa, Latin America, and North America for presentation of work in progress, discussions of the theme of the Seminar (which changes each year), and exchange of views with senior scholars who chair the sessions of the 10-day meetings held each August.
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