Call for Papers for ‘(Mis)remembering First Encounter in the Atlantic and the New World’, part of IMC 2018

In light of the IMC’s 2018 focus on ‘Memory,’ this panel(s) seeks to explore the ways in which first encounters between Indigenous peoples and Europeans (or other strangers) have been (mis)remembered.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers considering memory of first encounters in West Africa, the Canary Islands, the Caribbean, and Mesoamerica, with a broad chronological frame of c. 600-1600. We are particularly keen to engage with the methodological challenges surrounding memory of first encounters in and across the Atlantic, especially with regards to accessing Indigenous memory/perspectives.

Related themes include, but are not limited to:

• Selective and manipulative memory/forgetting

• Whose memories? Engaging with different visions of the past

• (Re)fashioning of the Atlantic ‘discoveries’

• Memory and Eurocentrism

• Commemoration of the first encounters (e.g. Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples’ Day)

Paper proposals are welcome from all disciplines, and proposals from PGRs and ECRs are warmly encouraged. Please contact Claudia Rogers (, or by Twitter @claudiajrogers) with an abstract of approximately 100 words and a brief biography by Friday 1st September 2017.