PROTEST IN THE LONG EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

Eighteenth-century popular protest and resistance included not only riots that resulted from the rising prices of bread and other food staples in England, France, and Spain but also those triggered by “new” policies on hats and coats, as well as riots and executions brought about from displeasure with foreign competition. The editors invite essays that examine the causes of protests and the ways common artifacts such as poles, trees, drums and songs, among other alternative media of communication, symbolized adherence to a certain viewpoint and operated as flashpoints for conflict. The editors hope to bring past and present into conversation at a time when the efficacy and limits of protest are questioned. Chapter topics may include

  • the myths of placid tranquility
  • the contested right of protest
  • the legality of and theories on protest
  • strategies and goals of protest
  • riots and riot control
  • collusion and complicity
  • intersectionality
  • transatlantic and transnational boundaries
  • rural and urban forms of resistance and noncompliance
  • verbal and nonverbal means and mediums of protest
  • the limits of satire and parody
  • food and food prices as cause and means of protest
  • clothing and fashion as means and provokers of protest
  • art, music, dance as forms of protest and resistance
  • environmental conflicts and social protest

Authors with diverse backgrounds and approaches should send a 500-word abstract describing their approach to the overarching theme of protest and a condensed two-page CV by 31 August 2018 to yfuentes@westga.edu and mmalin@rmc.edu. The subject line of the e-mail should read “VOLUME ON PROTEST + your surname.”