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EMSI Annual Conference: New World of Projects, 1550-1750
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EMSI Annual Conference: New World of Projects, 1550-1750

6/23/2012 to 6/24/2012

When: 23-24 June 2012
Amy Braden


Annual Conference: The New World of Projects, USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute

Historians of Europe and early America come together in this conference to explore how the New World functioned as both a conceptual and real space for projecting alternate realities. New World ventures seemed to promise early modern Europeans a malleable state of nature upon which to project future realities. The hypothetical nature of such projections – the imagination of future natures, peoples, and technologies – gave them the agency to move knowledge away from accepted realities and norms. In this sense, the project was not merely the vehicle for the Europeanization of the world, but a medium through which far distant imaginings and realities transformed Europe. Particular attention will be paid to the role of the project as a genre in the development of new forms of political, economic, and scientific reasoning.

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