American History Research Seminar

ahrs mt2020

Michaelmas term 2020

All seminars will be held on Zoom at 1pm on the following Tuesdays. The three round tables will open up to general discussion, and the three research papers will be pre-circulated to facilitate conversation. All are welcome to these seminars. To receive Zoom links and pre-circulated papers, please join the AHRS mailing list by sending a blank email to: ahrs-subscribe [at] maillist.ox.ac.uk

For any other questions, please contact stephen.tuck@history.ox.ac.uk.


Judith Weisenfeld, Princeton
27 Oct: ‘“Hoodoos and voodoos”: theories of Black superstition and madness’

Oliver Charbonneau, Glasgow
3 Nov: ‘A problem of labor: colonial work and US military governance in the Moro Province’

Patricia Clavin, Oxford; Nathan Cardon, Birmingham; Adam Smith, RAI; and Stephen Tuffnell, Oxford
10 Nov: Round table: Discussion of Stephen Tuffnell’s Made in Britain: Nation and Emigration in Nineteenth-Century America (University of California Press, 2020)

Rosie Knight, Sheffield
17 Nov: ‘White mamas and White devils: White women and enslaved children in the antebellum US South’

Michael Joseph, Dexnell Peters, and Katherine Paugh, all Oxford
24 Nov: Round table: ‘Capitalism and slavery: America, the Caribbean, and the new history of capitalism’

Round table, speakers to be confirmed
1 Dec: ‘What is US history for?’


Hilary term 2021

All seminars will be held on Zoom at 1pm (except where noted) on the following Tuesdays. All are welcome to these seminars. To receive Zoom links and pre-circulated papers, please join the AHRS mailing list by sending a blank email to: ahrs-subscribe [at] maillist.ox.ac.uk

For any other questions, please contact daniel.rowe@rai.ox.ac.uk.


Jennifer Morgan, NYU
19 Jan: ‘Reckoning with Slavery: Gender, Kinship and Capitalism in the Black Atlantic’

Sandra Scanlon, University College Dublin
26 Jan: ‘Race, Pro-Vietnam War Activism, and the Making of Modern Political Whiteness’

Tim Lockley, Warwick
2 Feb: ‘The Camden slave conspiracy of 1816’

Robert Lieberman, Johns Hopkins
9 Feb: The Winant Lecture in American Government

Amanda Bellows, The New School
16 Feb: ‘Remembering American Slavery and Russian Serfdom during the Post-Emancipation Era’

Michael Woods, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
3pm, 23 Feb: ‘Branding a Business of Bigotry: John Van Evrie and the Mass Marketing of White Supremacy’

William Goldsmith, UNC-Chapel Hill
3pm, 2 Mar: ‘Educating for a New Economy: The Struggle to Rebuild a Jim Crow State’

Devin Fergus, Missouri
3pm, 9 Mar: ‘Financial Matters, Black Lives: White Collar Crime and the Racial Wealth Gap’


Trinity term 2021

All seminars will be held on Zoom at 1pm (except where noted) on the following Tuesdays. All are welcome to these seminars. To receive Zoom links and pre-circulated papers, please join the AHRS mailing list by sending a blank email to: ahrs-subscribe [at] maillist.ox.ac.uk

For any other questions, please contact daniel.rowe@rai.ox.ac.uk.


Maximilien Zahnd, RAI Fellow in Residence
27 Apr: ‘Settler Colonialism, Alaska Natives, and Tribal Sovereignty: The Socio-Legal History of the Native Village of Venetie Tribal Government’

Emma Teitelman, Cambridge
4 May: ‘The Political Worlds of Company Towns in the Gilded Age United States’

Jonathan Bell, UCL
3pm, 11 May: ‘“The importance of money in the therapeutic relationship”: sexual health services and the politics of LGBTQ rights in 1970s and 80s America’

Uta Balbier, Kings College London
18 May: ‘Safari for Souls: Billy Graham, US Evangelicalism, and the Cold War in Africa’

Michael S. Foley, Université Grenoble Alpes
25 May: ‘Johnny Cash and Civil Rights’