Princeton University’s Colonial Americas Workshop, in conjunction with the Papers of Thomas Jefferson and the Program for American Studies, is happy to invite submission of proposals for a two-day roundtable entitled “Jeffersonian Democracy in Theory and Practice,” to be held at Princeton May 18 and 19, 2012.
How democratic was Jeffersonian Democracy? How “Jeffersonian” was Thomas Jefferson? We invite proposals for individual papers that explore the political and social ideas of the Jeffersonian Democratic movement, the practices and methods of Jeffersonian governance, and especially, the complicated relationship between these things. We are also interested in papers that explore how Jeffersonian ideas, politics, and practices changed over time and in different regions. To better focus our discussions, we invite proposals aimed at one of three nodes of particular interest:
• Partisanship and the emergence of the party system
• Territorial expansion, and the spread of slavery
• Courts and changes in legal culture
The conference will operate as a small, focused roundtable, allowing all
participants to workshop drafts and explore ideas with fellow
specialists working on topics related to Jeffersonian America. Our goal
is a vigorous, stimulating and provocative discussion, encompassing
multiple points of view, theoretical frameworks, and scholarly genres.
In this spirit we also encourage submission of papers that are
speculative or in an early stage of development.
Please submit proposals of 250 words or less, along with a curriculum vitae, to both Jessica Lowe (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Lo Faber (email@example.com) no later than January 1, 2012.
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