The Atlantic Archipelagos Research Consortium engages international colleagues to establish a world-class specialism in the study and research of archipelago as a creative, intellectual, and political concept. This collaboration between international academic partners includes Emory University, University of Georgia, University of Exeter, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, the Universities of London, of Liverpool and of York. The conceptual aim of AARC is to analyse the tensions in coupling identity and nationhood with ecology and the environment, relationships usually underplayed or overlooked in similar projects. To this end, we have selected potential participants with certain specialisms: the Atlantic and capitalism; early modern culture and transnational exchange; literary and cultural theory; literary environmentalism and nature writing; cartography and literary mapping; archipelagic, regional and national identities.
The website for AARC is managed and housed through the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia.