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Cultural Crossroads, Midwestern American Society for 18th Century Studies
Mackinaw City, MI, October 1998


CALL FOR PANELS AND PAPERS Midwestern American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies 1998 Annual Conference, October 8-10, Mackinaw City, Michigan Theme: Cultural Crossroads ***********************************************************************
MWASECS invites submissions for panels and papers on all aspects of the "long eighteenth century" for its 1998 conference to be held October 8-10 in Mackinaw City, Michigan. The theme of the 1998 conference, "Cultural Crossroads," is enhanced by its location in Mackinaw City. During the 17th and 18th centuries the Straits of Mackinac served as both a geographical and cultural crossroads for a large portion of the North American continent, and the settlements at Michilimackinac functioned as a gateway that opened into routes stretching for hundreds of miles in all directions from the juncture of Lakes Huron and Michigan. Cultural exchanges between Native Americans and Europeans included ideas, spiritual beliefs, material goods and lifelong commitments. Particularly welcome are panel/paper topics which relate to the following: Cultural exchanges between Native people and the French/British in the western Great Lakes and Canada--European literary interest in Native people of the Americas--European imperial rivalries, especially their involvement with North America in eighteenth century literature and historical writing--European travelers' accounts of North America-- Cultural exchange in Europe--Captivity accounts--The impact of economic changes in Europe upon Native Americans--Comparative studies of French-British relations in North America with French-British relations in Europe. Deadline for submission of panel proposals for publication in the MWASECS Winter Newsletter is December 20, 1997. Deadline for submission of paper proposals is April 1, 1998. Send proposals to Cinda May, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA;, fax: +1-(812) 855-3143. For additional information see the MWASECS web site located at