Eighteenth-Century Studies, a cross-disciplinary journal committed to publishing the best of current writing on all aspects of eighteenth-century culture, is planning a special issue dedicated to the theme of empires.  Topics might include the role of politics in empire; the movement of people, commodities, or information within and between imperial spheres; the impact of empires on literature and the arts; indigenous encounters; slavery; and issues of identity, among many others. What was distinctive about eighteenth-century empires? Broadly speaking, what was the role of the state and of non-state institutions? How did imperial regimes differ or not differ in terms of their organization, policies, and interactions with indigenous peoples? By what processes did imperial encounters shape cultures and physical environments? In what ways did visual, theatrical, and literary representations of peoples and places enable, promote, or critique empire? We invite submissions that reflect on topics related to these themes or on other ways in which contemporaries interpreted, experienced, and enacted empire.

Submissions may originate in any of the disciplines and research methodologies encompassed by eighteenth-century studies, broadly construed (history, philosophy, literature, social sciences, and the arts); those which focus on the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, Asia, or Oceania are especially encouraged.

 Submissions should be 7,000–9,000 words, including notes, and may be sent to ecs57@yale.edu.  The deadline for consideration for this issue is February 1, 2017.  Please contact the Managing Editor at amy.dunagin@yale.edu with any questions.

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