Summer Academy of Atlantic History (SAAH)

Summer Academy of Atlantic History (SAAH)

Prof. Dr. Susanne Lachenicht, Universität Bayreuth
From - Until
29.08.2010 - 03.09.2010
Prof. Dr. Susanne Lachenicht

Summer Academy of Atlantic History

Bayreuth, Germany

30 August – 3 September 2010

Atlantic History is an organizing concept for the study of the Atlantic Ocean rim. It emphasizes inter-regional and international comparisons and draws attention to historical phenomena that transcended national borders. The field of Atlantic studies has been very productive for about a generation now. It has generated original studies, new ways of looking at familiar objects and also tools for looking at objects hitherto overlooked by traditional, nation-centred historiographies. It has also generated much methodological reflection.

European scholars of Atlantic history have recently begun to get together within European-based structures, such as the EEASA (European Early American Studies Association) or the REDEHJA (Réseau pour le développement européen de l'histoire de la jeune Amérique).

In August 2009 Dr Lauric Henneton (Université Versailles-Saint-Quentin) and Prof Susanne Lachenicht (Universitaet Bayreuth) founded the Summer Academy of Atlantic History (SAAH). The SAAH's aim is to bring together scholars of Atlantic History on the European side of the Atlantic and to provide a(nother) platform for young researchers to discuss their research with established scholars. Meetings will take place every second year. The first SAAH will be hosted by Bayreuth University (2010). Further meetings will be held in Versailles-Paris, Cambridge and Hamburg.

For further information please contact Lauric Henneton ( and Susanne Lachenicht ( or consult


Programme of the first SAAH
29 August – 3 September 2010

Funded by
the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
and the Professorinnenprogramm of the Free State of Bavaria

29 August
Arrival of participants

30 August

Keynote lecture:

Nicholas CANNY (Dublin/Galway): The Subject of Atlantic History

Workshop 1: International relations: Wars, Diplomacy and Imperial Competition I

Aaron K. SLATER, New York University
'Imperial Innovations: Political Culture, the Common Good, and the State at the Dawn of the British Empire, 1603-1660' (comment: Claudia SCHNURMANN (Hamburg))

Amanda Joyce SNYDER, Florida International University
'Piracy and Cromwell's Western Design' (comment: David L. SMITH (Cambridge))

Workshop 2: International relations: Wars, Diplomacy and Imperial Competition II

Justin DELLINGER, The University of Texas at Arlington
'A Provisional Partnership – Ambivalent Spanish Diplomacy in the Gulf Coast Region during the American War of Independence'. (comment: Lou ROPER, SUNY New Paltz)

31 August

Workshop 3: Trade and Commerce

Huw T. DAVID, Oxford University
'The Atlantic at Work: Britain's and South Carolina's Trading Networks' (comment: Ben MARSH (Stirling))

José GASCH TOMAS, European University Institute, Florence
'Material Culture and Consumption of Asian Goods in the Atlantic World. The Manila Galleons from New Spain to Castile (1580-1640)' (comment: Mark HÄBERLEIN (Bamberg))

Workshop 4: Atlantic Migrations

Andreas HUEBNER, Gießen University, Germany
'New Perspectives on Colonial Louisiana: Migration, Forced Migration, Creolization, and Slavery in Times of Global Crisis, 1720-1820' (comment: Trevor BURNARD (Warwick))

Elodie PEYROL-KLEIBER, Vincennes-Saint Denis, Université Paris VIII
'The Migration of Irish Indentured Servants to 17th Century Maryland and Virginia'. (comment: Nicholas CANNY (Dublin/Galway))

Projects' workshop
Presentation of new research projects of Trevor BURNARD, Ben MARSH, Sarah BARBER, Mark HÄBERLEIN, Claudia SCHNURMANN, Hermann WELLENREUTHER and Evan HAEFELI

1 September

Workshop 5 : Religious networks, dissent and tolerance

Charlotte CARRINGTON, Cambridge University
'An Atlantic Life: Reconsidering the ‘Lord of Misrule,’ Thomas Morton'. (comment: Lauric HENNETON (Versailles-St. Quentin))

Susanna Christine LINSLEY, University of Michigan
'Contending for Unity: the Politics of Religious Toleration in Early National Charleston and New York City' (Evan HAEFELI, Columbia Univ., New York))

2 September

Workshop 6: Colonialism(s) / Re-constructing Identities and Social Relations

Frank P. KELDERMAN, University of Michigan
'Early Barbados and Discourses of Trade, Acculturation, and Imperial Aspirations, 1627-1641' (comment: Sarah BARBER (Lancaster))

Jan HÜSGEN, Hannover University
'The abolition of Slavery in the Moravian Church' (comment: Hermann WELLENREUTHER (Göttingen))

Workshop 7: Projections and representations

Aglaia Maretta VENTERS, Tulane University, Louisiana
'Time to Murder and Create: The Failure of the French Utopian Designs for the Atlantic World'. (comment: Leslie CHOQUETTE (Assumption College, Worcester/Mass.))

Pedro MARTÍNEZ GARCÍA, Bayreuth University
'The (American) 'other' in Early Modern Europe: Travel Narratives and Alterity from the Late Middle Ages to the Age of the Discoveries' (comment: Tim LOCKLEY (Warwick))

Sünne JUTERCZENKA, Rostock University
'Encounters in Eden: Religious representations of cultural contacts in colonial North America' (comment: Susanne LACHENICHT (Bayreuth))

Keynote lecture:

Trevor BURNARD (Warwick): 'Expanding the Spatial Boundaries of Early America: Accounting for the rise of Atlantic and Continental History in the Writing of Early American History. '

3 September

General wrap up

Contact (announcement)


Lehrstuhl für Geschichte der Frühen Neuzeit, Universität Bayreuth