Beginning in the 16th century, cities in the New World quickly became hubs of connectivity. People, products, and ideas traveled within and between urban areas in the Atlantic World. These cities were centers of cultural innovation, political activism, and commercial activity. Over the course of the last five centuries, connections across the world have become increasingly complex and the cities of the Atlantic World have been crucial to the cultural, political, and economic trajectory of globalization in the early-modern and modern eras. Our symposium will highlight the centrality of the global cities of the New World on the world stage and will explore new methodologies for understanding the histories of the people, objects, and ideas that shaped and were shaped by their locations.
We are building a partnership that will foster student research initiatives, prepare students for professional activities, and inspire innovative and collaborative projects. In the fall semester of 2016, Prof. Julia Gaffield (Georgia State University) will be teaching HIST8460 “Atlantic World History Seminar”; Prof. J.T. Way (Georgia State University) will be teaching HIST8420 “Ideas and Issues in Modern Latin American History”; Prof. Jeffrey Lesser and Prof. Tom Rogers (Emory) are co-teaching HIST562R/ANT585/ILA790 “Themes and Approaches in Latin American History: From Landmarks to Revisions;” and Prof. Reinaldo Roman (University of Georgia) is teaching HIS8220 “Colloquium in Latin American and Caribbean History.” While each course will follow its own syllabus, we will coordinate readings and meetings occasionally throughout the semester in order to allow for larger discussion groups or smaller inter-institutional discussion groups.