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 Studies Cluster


The C19 Hemispheric/Transnational Cluster fosters dialogue among scholars interested in transnational approaches to the nineteenth century, especially those that explore the imbrication of the United States with other sovereign and contested spaces in the Americas. The networks through which knowledge and culture were transmitted and translated between these spaces, often by indigenous, African, and mixed-race subjects, laid the groundwork for contemporary formations of race, ethnicity, and migration. The cluster aims to incubate scholarship on new spatial formations that link localities and regions to other nations and to extra-national concepts: for instance, comparisons of the U.S. South and the Global South; the circum-Caribbean; the Gulf of Mexico; the border/la frontera; or the Latin Pacific.


Comparative approaches often involve different forms of periodization as well. Topics to be theorized and explored include comparative patterns of coloniality and settlement; indigenous resistance and adaptation; the plantation/hacienda complex; slave rebellion and the “specter of St. Domingue”; revolutions and reconstructions; creolization, miscegenation and mestizaje; translation, language, and power—as well as methodologies of comparison themselves.

Anna Brickhouse

Kirsten Silva Gruesz

Image: Carte des isles de la Jamaïque et de St. Domingue

E. Mentelle, 1800


Courtesy, Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library 

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