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Panel Proposal: “Early American Carnality” ASA Annual Meeting, November 2014 Los Angeles, CA At its most intimate, colonization involves bodies, altering how subjects experience and conceive of desire, hunger, touch, comfort, pleasure, and pain. This panel seeks participants from all disciplines engaged with the objects of early American studies to contribute to a discussion of method and theory for understanding early American carnality. In particular, it is concerned with the intersection of bodily sensation with evolving understandings of empire, nation, encounter, and resistance. How was colonization effected through and affected by sensation? How do theories of affect and intimacy impact current early American historiographies, and vice versa? How might Americanists reconceptualize our understandings of the significance of empire and colonization through attentiveness to early American sensation? Proposals that consider race, gender, and/or sexuality dynamically or that explore economic status, religion, local conditions, or ethno-cultural identities as part of carnality strongly encouraged (though naming some themes is not meant to exclude other possibilities). Each panelist will present a 10 minute paper and be paired with a respondent who will provide prepared comments. Respondents will ideally be non-early Americanists in order to foster temporal interdisciplinarity. Abstracts of no more than 250 words for presentations of 10 minutes by January 20, 2014, via email to: Caroline Wigginton, Department of English, University of Mississippi, firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>. Panelists should include a list of three potential respondents. Those interested in responding to a paper should submit a c.v. by the above date. -- Dr. Caroline Wigginton Assistant Professor of English University of Mississippi C128 Bondurant Hall, P.O. Box 1848 University, MS 38677 662.915.7674 --