2019 Conference Info


Georgia State University will be hosting the annual conference of the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850 in Atlanta at the Ritz-Carlton Downtown. This interdisciplinary conference encourages scholars to present work on any topic related to the period 1750-1850 in any geographical location. Although historians of the Atlantic World are always a large contingent, we welcome proposals from professors, graduate students, and independent scholars working in a wide variety of fields including but not limited to languages and literature, history, philosophy, art history, and music history.

This year’s keynote speakers will be Nicole Eustace, Professor of History at New York University; Lloyd Kramer, Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Jane Landers, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History at Vanderbilt University.

We welcome proposals for full conference sessions including both standard sessions (three or four twenty-minute papers plus a commentator) and roundtables (five or six ten-minute presentations). We will also consider individual paper proposals and will work to construct sessions out of those.

Please submit proposals to Marc Lerner at mlerner@olemiss.edu. Proposals should include a panel description (if applicable), an abstract for each paper, and a brief CV (no more than 2 pages) for each participant. The deadline for submission is November 1, 2018.

For more information about the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era and the conference, visit the CRE website. Feel free to contact Denise Davidson at ddavidson2@gsu.edu or Marc Lerner at mlerner@olemiss.edu with any questions.


2019 Keynote Speakers

Evening Reception, Thursday, Feb. 28

Nicole Eustace, New York University, “Emotion and Persuasion: Patriotic Print Culture in the War of 1812”

Nicole Eustace is Professor of History at New York University, where she teaches in both the U.S. history and Atlantic history programs and serves as director of the Atlantic History Workshop. Her work focuses on eighteenth-century North America in the Atlantic world and her interests include gender, culture, and politics. Eustace has served on the advisory boards of publications such as The Journal of Social History, Early American Studies, the Early American Places Series of New York University Press, and on the H-NET listserv, H-Emotion.  She is currently also on the boards of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and the Society for the History of the Early American Republic and is serving in her second term as a “Distinguished Lecturer” for the Organization of American Historians.

Recognized for her contributions to the developing field of emotions history, Eustace’s book publications include Passion Is the Gale: Emotion, Power, and the Coming of the American Revolution (UNC 2008/ 2011 paper) and 1812: War and the Passions of Patriotism (U Penn Press 2012/ 2015 paper) as well as a volume of essays co-edited with Fredrika Teute, Warring for America: Cultural Contests in the Era of 1812 (UNC Press, 2017).  Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous edited collections and leading journals including the American Historical Review, the Journal of American History, the William and Mary Quarterly, and the Journal of Social History.  Eustace’s current book project, The Curious Case of Captain Civility: The Story of the Indian War Captain Who Fought to Save a Colonial Murder Suspect, is under advance contract with Liveright / W.W. Norton.

Luncheon, Friday, March 1

Jane Landers, Vanderbilt University, “Before Toussaint”: The Atlantic Diaspora of the Black Auxiliaries of Carlos IV

Jane Landers is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History at Vanderbilt University, where she previously served as Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Science, Grants Officer for the International Office and Interim Director of the Study Abroad Office. She is the U.S. representative for UNESCO’s International Scientific Committee for the Slave Route Project and Director of the Slave Societies Digital Archive that preserves the oldest records for Africans and their descendants in the Atlantic World. (https://slavesocieties.org)

Landers’ award-winning monographs include Black Society in Spanish Florida (1999) and Atlantic Creoles in the Age of Revolutions (2011). She is also the co-author or editor of six other books and author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles. Her research has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the British Library Endangered Archives Programme. Landers serves frequently as an historical consultant on archaeological investigations, museum exhibits and documentary films.

Dinner Banquet, Saturday, March 2

Lloyd Kramer, UNC-Chapel-Hill, “Why does the Age of The Atlantic Revolutions Still Matter in Our Age of Populist Nationalisms?”

Lloyd Kramer is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he teaches European intellectual history and serves as Director of Carolina Public Humanities—an outreach program in Carolina’s College of Arts and Sciences that serves as a bridge between UNC’s faculty and the people of North Carolina. His research focuses mainly on late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century France with particular attention to cross-cultural experiences and transnational exchanges.

He has published numerous articles and several books, including Threshold of a New World: Intellectuals and the Exile Experience in Paris, 1830-1848 (1988); Lafayette in Two Worlds: Public Cultures and Personal Identities in an Age of Revolutions (1996); and Nationalism in Europe and America: Politics, Cultures, and Identities since 1775 (2011). He is also the co-editor with Sarah Maza of A Companion to Western Historical Thought (2002), and the co-author, with R. R. Palmer and Joel Colton, of A History of Europe in the Modern World (11th edition, 2014). He is currently writing a book that compares the transatlantic journeys and national identities of nineteenth-century French and American travelers.

Travel and Accomodations

To reserve by phone, attendees should call the hotel reservation center at 1-800-241-3333 and state that they are coming to The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta (Downtown) for Consortium RevolutionThey can then provide the agent with their requested dates of stay and the agent will identify the group rate of  $179.00.

To reserve online, attendees can do so at  http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/georgia/atlanta enter their desired dates of stay, enter the seven letter Group/Promotion code CERCERA and click find to complete the reservation process.

Transportation Information

Domestic Travelers

Getting from Atlanta’s Hatfield-Jackson Airport to the Ritz Carlton Downtown is quick and easy as the hotel is right next door to a MARTA train station. If you are arriving at the Domestic Terminal, MARTA is by far the cheapest and fastest option. There is only one direction you can go from the Airport, North, and all trains go to the Peachtree Center Marta Station located next to the hotel. MARTA cards (one way or round-trip) can be purchased from machines at the Airport Station. Rides cost $2.50 and there is a one-time fee of $1.00 for a temporary MARTA card.

You can also take a taxi or ride service to the hotel. When traffic is light, it is about 20-minute drive, but at rush hour it can be significantly longer. Taxis charge a flat rate of $30.

International Travelers

A taxi or ride service (Lyft/Uber) is probably the best option when arriving at the International Terminal. A cheaper but more time-consuming option is to take a free airport shuttle from the International Terminal to the Domestic Terminal and then take a MARTA train to the Peachtree Center Marta Station as explained above.

Driving Directions

From Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport

Take I-85 North through downtown. I-75 and I-85 will merge approaching downtown. Take Exit 248C, International Boulevard.  At second light turn left onto International Boulevard. At fourth light turn left onto Peachtree Street. At first light turn left onto Ellis Street. Enter Motor Lobby at second entrance on left.

From All Points North

Take I-75 or I-85 South to Atlanta. I-75 and I-85 will merge approaching downtown. Take Exit 249A, Courtland Street (one way street). At third light turn right onto International Boulevard. At second light turn left onto Peachtree Street.  At first light turn left onto Ellis Street. Enter Motor Lobby at second entrance on left.

From All Points South

Take I-75 or I-85 North to Atlanta. Go north on Interstate 75/85. Exit 248C, International Boulevard.  At second light turn left onto International Boulevard. At fourth light turn left onto Peachtree Street. At first light turn left onto Ellis Street.  Enter Motor Lobby at second entrance on left.

From East Or West

Take I-20 East or West to Atlanta. Go North on I-75 and I-85, which merge approaching downtown.  Take Exit 248C, International Boulevard.  At second light turn left onto International Boulevard. At fourth light turn left onto Peachtree Street.  At first light turn left onto Ellis Street.  Enter Motor Lobby at second entrance on left.

Parking at the hotel costs $18/day.