New Orleans, Global City (1718 – 2018):

The Long Shadow of John Law and the Mississippi Bubble


Inaugural Conference of the 18th- & 19th-Century Studies Network


April 26 – 27, 2018


University of Colorado Boulder






Events are held in the Center for British & Irish Studies (CBIS), Norlin Library, room M549, unless otherwise noted.



Thursday, April 26


2 – 5 p.m.: Exhibit in Norlin Library’s Special Collections & Archives (Room N345)


5 p.m.: Reception


5:30 p.m.: Keynote Address


Joseph Roach, Sterling Professor of Theater and English, Yale University,


“‘Dreams Are Spoken Here’:  

Counter-Intuitive Economies and the Founding of New Orleans”



Friday, April 27

Exact schedule and order of sessions/presentations are subject to change.

9 – 10:30: Session 1

Chair: Maria Windell


Inger Leemans, Cultural History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, “All Profit, No Loss in Wondrous Mississippi Land: The Development of a Global Economics of Desire around 1700”


D'Maris Coffman, Economics & Finance, University College London, “Mercantilism after the Bourbon Succession: Later Editions of Le Parfait Négociant and the Construction of the Eighteenth-Century French Empire”


Matthew Gerber, History, University of Colorado Boulder, “Racializing French Slave Law: How the Edict of March 1685 Became the ‘Black Code of Louisiana’”


10:30 – 11: Break


11 – 12: Session 2

Chair: Masano Yamashita


Gordon Sayre, English, University of Oregon, “Jean-Bernard Bossu and the Tall Tales of Colonial Louisiana Promotional Tracts”


Florence Magnot-Ogilvy, French, Université de Rennes 2, “Staging Commercial Encounters between Europeans and Native Americans: On the Evolution of a Philosophical Topos after the Mississippi Bubble”


12 – 1:30: Lunch break (Hellems 115)


1 – 5: Conference Exhibit, Norlin Library’s Special Collections & Archives (N345)


2 – 3:30: Session 3

Chair: Teresa Toulouse


Peter Brigham Dedek, History & Design, Texas State University, “Mud to Marble: The Development of New Orleans Cemeteries, 1718-1820”


Jennifer Tsien, French, University of Virginia, “How to Get Rich in Louisiana: Physiocrats against Imperial Policy”


Soizic Croguennec, Modern History, Université de Guyane, “New Orleans during the Spanish Interregnum (1763-1803), A City at the Crossroads of Empires: Local Debt, Social Relations and Global Projection”


3:30 – 4: break


4 – 5: Session 4

Chair: Paul Youngquist


Daniel Usner, History, Vanderbilt University, “From Calumet to Raquette: American Indian Performance on the New Orleans Stage”


Marilyn Brown, Art History, University of Colorado Boulder, “Degas and New Orleans Revisited: Cotton and Global Capitalism”


5:00 – 5:30: roundtable

Chair: Catherine Labio