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Early Modern France and the Americas:
Connected Histories

Early Modern France and the Americas: Connected Histories

Friday, May 2 – Saturday, May 3, 2014
Stokes Hall, Room 195S
Boston College

A Symposium to mark the Creation of the New England Pole of the Institut des Amériques at Boston College. Register by 4/28.

Co-sponsored by the Institute for the Liberal Arts, the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, the Institut des Amériques, the John Carter Brown Library, Université de Paris VIII, and the Consulate General of France.

event schedule


Friday, May 2, 2014: Stokes Hall, Room 195S

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Welcome and Introductions
Owen Stanwood, Boston College
Bertrand Van Ruymbeke, Université de Paris VIII/Institut des Amériques


4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Keynote Address by David A. Bell, Princeton University
"Militarism and Charismatic Authority in the Age of Revolutions"

Chair: Thomas Dodman, Boston College


5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

McElroy Commons


Saturday, May 3, 2014: Stokes Hall, Room 195S

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session I: Missions and Missionaries
Chair: Virginia Reinburg, Boston College

"The Recollects in New France"
Caroline Galland, Université de Paris Nanterre

Respondent: Leslie Choquette, Assumption College

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session II: Political Economies
Chair: Malick Ghachem, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"'The Fox's Bearing...Is Better than the Lion's': A Journey Through the French Empire in the Age of John Law"
Christopher Hodson, Brigham Young University

Respondent: Alexandre Dubé, Washington University in St. Louis

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch Break
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Session III: Science and Enlightenment
Chair: Ourida Mostefai, Boston College

"Enlightenments Abroad: Classifying Tropical Nature from the Catalog to the Cabinet"
Neil Safier, John Carter Brown Library

Respondent: Christopher Parsons, Northeastern University

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Coffee Break
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Session IV: Revolutions
Chair: Julia Gaffield, Brandeis University

"Some Reflections on Connecting French and U.S. Histories in the Age of Revolutions"
François Furstenberg, Johns Hopkins University

Respondent: Marie-Jeanne Rossignol, Université de Paris Diderot