BGEAH Postgraduate and Early Career Workshop in Early American History

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Date / time: 11 March, 12:00 am

Wolfson Conference Suite, Institute of Historical Research

BGEAH Postgraduate and Early Career Workshop in Early American History

2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of BGEAH, the British Group of Early American Historians.

The first BGEAH Postgraduate and Early Career Workshop is being held at the London-based Institute of Historical Research. London, with its unique colonial archival resources and lively research student populati­­on, is one of the leading centres of early American scholarship in Europe, and the IHR is a natural location for this event. The IHR Library recently opened its new North American Room, housing one of the foremost UK collections of published material relating to the early history of the United States, Caribbean, and Canada.

This day-long workshop for postgraduate researchers and early career academics working on any facet of American or Atlantic history from the seventeenth century through the early national period invites them to discuss their ideas among their peers and, where appropriate, to assess the current state of early American research in Britain.

Tea and lunch will be provided to all attendees.


Registration, Tea and Coffee (IHR Wolfson Conference Suite, Room NB01, 0915 – 0945)

Welcome (Room NNB01, 0945 – 1000) Prof. Lawrence Goldman (Director of the IHR) and Gareth Davis (UCL)

Panel 1 (Room NB01, 1000 – 1115): BACK TO THE FUTURE – The State of the Job Market for Early Americanists Billy Coleman (UCL), Tom Cutterham (Oxford), and Prof. Stephen Conway (UCL).


Matthew Griffin (UCL): “Climate and Regional Distinctiveness in the Environmental Imagery of the Early Republic.”Kathryn Olivarius (Oxford): “Immunocapital, State Absence, and Yellow Fever – Becoming a Citizen of New Orleans, 1796-1840.”LUNCH (Room NB01, 1230-1330)

Panel 3 (Room NB01, 1330 – 1415): CHURCH AND COUNCIL IN THE CARIBBEAN

Kennedy Sanderson (Cambridge):“Kemeys v Clarke – A Case Study of Commercial Arbitration and the Transatlantic Legal System in Jamaica, 1767-1782.”Philip Abrahams (KCL): “The Church of England, Anglican Protestantism, and Colonial Society in Later Stuart Barbados.”Panel 4 (Room NB01, 1415 – 1545): POLITICS, PIRATES, AND PROPAGANDA IN REVOLUTIONARY AMERICA

Rebecca Simon (KCL):“The Ideological Pirate – Propaganda during the American Revolution.”Gareth Davis (UCL): ““War must decide who rules Canada” – Continentals in Quebec, 1775-1776.”Angel Luke O’Donnell (KCL): ““Pregnant with Many Advantages to America” – Almanacs, Lotteries, and Consumer Politics in Philadelphia, 1765-1775”Tea and Coffee (1545 – 1600)

Plenary Session (1600 – 1630): The State of Early American Studies in Britain

Registration: £10 (students) £20 (general admission)

To register for this event please visit the University of London Online Store.

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