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Cambridge American History Seminar 2019-20

 

Seminars will be held on Mondays at 5:00pm in either the Knox Shaw Room, or The Old Library, Sidney Sussex College, unless otherwise stated. Several of the seminars will be based on pre-circulated papers that will be made available two weeks prior to the seminar date.

All inquiries should be directed to Jonathan Goodwin, jmg216@cam.ac.uk, 01223 335317.

2019-2020 programme - print version

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Michaelmas Term

 

14 October (Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College):

Stefan J. Link, Assistant Professor of History, Dartmouth College, and

Noam Maggor, Lecturer in American History, Queen Mary University of London

The United States as a Developing Nation: Revisiting the Peculiarities of American History

This paper will be pre-circulated - Click here for paper

Commentator: Gareth Stedman Jones, University of Cambridge and Queen Mary University of London

  

21 October, (Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College): 

Heather Thompson, 2019-2020 Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions, University of Cambridge, and Professor of History and Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan

Lore and Logics: The Liberal State, the Carceral State, and the Limits of Justice and Inequality in Postwar America

This paper will be pre-circulated - Click here for paper

Commentator: Nicholas Guyatt, University of Cambridge

 

28 October (Old Library, Sidney Sussex College): 

Sarah Pearsall, Senior Lecturer in the History of Early America and the Atlantic World, University of Cambridge

Book Launch:

Polygamy: An Early American History (Yale University Press, 2019)

  

4 November (Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College):  

Imaobong Umoren, Associate Professor of International History, London School of Economics

Eugenia Charles, Caribbean Regionalism, and the US Invasion of Grenada

  

11 November (Old Library, Sidney Sussex College): 

Katherine Paugh, Associate Professor in North American Women’s History, University of Oxford

Race and Venereal Disease in the Atlantic World

  

18 November (Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College):

Robert A. Schneider, Professor of History, Indiana University

The Rise and Fall of the “Resentment Paradigm” (ca 1935-1975)

This paper will be pre-circulated

  

25 November (Keynes Hall, King’s College):

Angus Burgin, Associate Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University

The Neoliberal Turn

This is a joint session with Political Thought and Intellectual History

This paper will be pre-circulated

 

2 December (Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College):

David Minto, Associate Professor of Modern British History, Durham University

Alfred Kinsey’s Kindred Systems: The Transnational Intimacies of US Sex Surveys and the Sexual Politics of Americanization

This paper will be pre-circulated

 

Lent Term

 

20 January (Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College):

Peter Mancall, 2019-2020 Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History, University of Oxford; Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities and Linda and Harlan Martens Director of the Early Modern Studies Institute, University of Southern California

Art and Violence in Early America

This paper will be pre-circulated

 

27 January (Room TBC): 

Heather Thompson, 2019-2020 Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions, University of Cambridge, and Professor of History and Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan

Pitt Professor Inaugural Lecture:

American Prison Uprisings and Why They Matter Today

  

3 February (Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College):

Emma Teitelman, Mellon Research Fellow in American History, University of Cambridge

Class and State in America’s Greater Reconstruction

This paper will be pre-circulated

  

10 February (Old Library, Sidney Sussex College):

Axel Schäfer, Professor of American Studies, Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, University of Mainz, Germany 

Social Movements, Immigration, and Welfare Policies in the U.S. between the World Wars

This paper will be pre-circulated

  

17 February (Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College):

Mario Del Pero, Professor of International History, Institut d’études politiques, Sciences Po, Paris  

Ten Texan Evangelicals in Rome: Religion, Micro-History and the Early Cold War

  

24 February (Old Library, Sidney Sussex College):

Elisabeth Leake, Lecturer in International History, University of Leeds

US Responses to the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan, 1978-89

This paper will be pre-circulated

  

2 March (Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College):

Jonathan Daniel Wells, Professor of History and Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan

The New York Kidnapping Club: Wall Street and Slavery before the Civil War

 

9 March (Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College):

Rachel Herrmann, Lecturer in United States History, University of Cardiff

Settler Colonialism and the Problem with Water

This paper will be pre-circulated

  

Easter Term

 

27 April (Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College):

Julilly Kohler-Hausmann, Associate Professor of History, Cornell University 

Voter Apathy, Suppression, and Fraud: Struggles Over U.S. Democracy in the Post-Voting Rights Era

 

4 May (Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College):

Margot Canaday, Associate Professor of History, Princeton University

“Trouble [Came] with Revolutionary Action”: Gay Liberation and Work

This paper will be pre-circulated

 

11 May (Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College):

Jane Kamensky, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History and

Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

Candida Royalle and the Sexual Revolution: A History from Below

 

18 May (Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College):

Tiya Miles, Professor of History, Harvard University

Reconstructing Enslaved Women's Lives Through Objects

This paper will be pre-circulated

 

 

Conferences and Workshops

 

27 February Workshop:

French Atlantic Louisiana During the Slave Era

Organised by Sarah Pearsall and Mary Laven, University of Cambridge, and

Emily Clark, Tulane University

  

15-17 May Conference: 

The Art and Craft of Western History

Organised by Robert Lee and Sarah Pearsall, University of Cambridge

 

26-27 June Conference:

Reckoning and Renewal: Writing American History in the Age of Trump

Organised by Nicholas Guyatt, University of Cambridge 

 

The details of these events will be forthcoming.

 

 Archive Seminars

2018-2019 programme

2017-2018 programme

Easter Term 2017 programme 

Lent term 2017 programme

Michaelmas term 2016 programme

Easter term 2016 programme 

Michaelmas and Lent term 2016

Easter Term 2015 programme 

Lent term 2015 programme

Michaelmas term 2014 programme

Easter term 2014 programme

Lent term 2014 programme

Michaelmas term 2013 programme

Easter term 2013 programme

Lent term 2013 programme

Michaelmas term 2012 revised programme

Michaelmas term 2012 programme

 

 

 

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