Globalized Peripheries: New Approaches to the Atlantic World 1680-1850

Place
Frankfurt / Oder
Host/Organizer
Jutta Wimmler, Klaus Weber, Anka Steffen & Torsten dos Santos Arnold (Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder
Date
05.07.2018 - 07.07.2018
By
Jutta Wimmler

The field of Atlantic History still suffers from notable blind spots. While the western and northern European “seaborne empires” have been thoroughly investigated as the initiators of and the driving force behind European expansion, the “peripheries” of the Atlantic world remain poorly researched and inadequately integrated into this narrative. This has led to a lopsided view of the early modern world and indeed, of the development of modernity. This historiographical narrative also reinforces ideas of western “development” and eastern “backwardness” that have become ever more dominant since the 19th century and were fortified by the Cold War and its aftermath.

Historiography has thus actively contributed to the construction of centers and peripheries. This conference attempts to challenge this established narrative by approaching the Atlantic World from its presumed “peripheries”.

The conference marks the conclusion of the research project “The Globalized Periphery: Atlantic Commerce, Socioeconomic and Cultural Change in Central Europe (1680-1850)” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) from January 2015 to December 2018. It will take place in Frankfurt (Oder), on the German-Polish border, in accordance with one of the leading missions of the European University Viadrina and of the research project: bridging the East-West divide within Europe.

Programm

Thursday, July 5th

15:30-16:00
Welcome

16:00-17:00
Keynote: Göran Rydén (Uppsala): Connecting Metal-making Hinterlands in the 18th Century: Sweden and West Africa Chained Together in Slavery

17:30-19:00
PRUSSIAN AND RUSSIAN ATLANTICS
Chair: Klaus Weber (Frankfurt/O.)

Bernhard Struck (St Andrews): Did Prussia have an Atlantic History? The Partitions of Poland-Lithuania and the French Colonization of Guiana, c. 1760-1790s

Jutta Wimmler (Frankfurt/O.): Prussia’s New Gate to the World? Stettin’s Overseas Imports after 1720 and Prussia’s Rise to Power

Felicia Gottmann (Newcastle upon Tyne): Prussia all at Sea: The 1750s Prussian East India Companies

Pavel Demchenko (St. Petersburg): Skippers between the Baltic and the Atlantic: 18th-century Trade Routes and Networks between “East” and “West”

Friday, July 6th)

9:00-10:30
CENTRAL EUROPEAN MERCHANTS WITHIN THE ATLANTIC WORLD
Chair: José da Silva Horta (Lisbon)

Anne Sophie Overkamp (Bayreuth): A Cartel on the Periphery - Wupper Valley Merchants and their Strategies in Atlantic Trade

Margrit Schulte Beerbühl (Düsseldorf): Merchants from the Dukedom of Berg and Westphalia and their Global Networks in the 18th Century

Torsten dos Santos Arnold (Frankfurt/O.): Atlantic Sugar and Central Europe - Hamburg’s Sugar Importers and their Trade with Bordeaux and Lisbon, 1733-1798

11:00-11:45
THE AUSTRIAN HABSBURG EMPIRE AT SEA
Chair: Kim Siebenhüner (Jena)

Klemens Kaps (Vienna): A Gateway to the Spanish Atlantic? The Habsburg Port City of Trieste as Intermediary in Commodity Flows between the Habsburg Monarchy and Spain in the 18th Century

Daniele Andreozzi (Trieste): Segmental Merchants. Mercantile Practices and Mercantilism between Trieste, Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean in the 18th Century

12:00-13:00
Keynote: Mary Jo Maynes (Minneapolis, MN): Re/Production on the Periphery: Gender and Work in the Context of Early Modern Globalization

14:30-16:00
PERIPHERIES OF THE SOUTHERN SPANISH HEMISPHERE
Chair: José da Silva Horta (Lisbon)

Martin Biersack (Munich): Smugglers, Spies and Insurgents - Clandestine Networks on the Fringe of the Atlantic World

Neal D. Polhemus (Columbia, SC): “Sucking the English Assiento and Assientists Blood Daily”: The Assiento and the Slave Trade in the South Atlantic, 1715-1740

Brett Spencer (New Orleans, LA): From Outpost to Enclave: Migration and the Lumber Trade in Caribbean Central America

16:30-17:15
METHODS AND THEORIES
Chair: Sven Beckert (Cambridge, MA)

Agata Bloch (Warsaw): The Strength of Weak Colonial Ties: The Atlantic Peripheries as a Driver of Metropolitan Changes

Isabelle Thomas (Bamberg): Peripheries Producing Peripheries: The Impact of the Classical Liberalism of Immanuel Kant and Adam Smith

Saturday, July 7th

9:00-10:30
OPPORTUNITIES BETWEEN “GERMANY” AND “AMERICA”
Chair: Reinhard Blänkner (Frankfurt/O.)

Alexandra Gittermann (Hamburg): German Emigrants as a Commercial Commodity in the 18th-century Atlantic

Josef Köstlbauer (Bremen): Ambiguous Passages: Non-Europeans brought to Europe by the Moravian Brethren during the 18th Century

David K. Thomson (Fairfield, CT): Reorienting Atlantic World Capitalism: America and the German States

11:00-12:30
“PERIPHERAL” COMMODITIES ON THE MOVE
Chair: John Styles (Hertfordshire)

Chris Evans (Pontypridd): ‘Negro Cloth’: Clothing the Enslaved in Britain’s 18th-century Empire

Anka Steffen (Frankfurt/O.): A Fierce Competition! Silesian Linens and Indian Cottons at the West-African Coast in the Late 17th and Early 18th Centuries

Simon Fuechtenschnieder (Bielefeld): Between Mutiny and Success at the Second Attempt: Transferring the Breadfruit from Tahiti to the West Indies and to St. Helena

12:30-13:00
Concluding Remarks and Goodbye

Kontakt

Jutta Wimmler
globalized-peripheries@europa-uni.de

Citation
Globalized Peripheries: New Approaches to the Atlantic World 1680-1850, 05.07.2018 – 07.07.2018 Frankfurt / Oder, in: Connections. A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists, 16.03.2018, <www.connections.clio-online.net/event/id/termine-36740>.
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