Termcard

Michaelmas term 2020

Term dates: Sunday 11 October to Saturday 5 December
Venue: All events will be held online until further notice.

Daytime events are for Oxford academics, undergraduates, and graduate students unless otherwise indicated. Colleagues from other institutions and members of the public are welcome to attend RAI Special Seminars and Special Lectures, and Book Launches, which normally begin between 4pm and 6pm

 

1st Week

Monday 

12 October

16:00-17:00

American History Graduate Seminar

This seminar is convened by the graduate community in American History, meeting via Teams. Papers are normally pre-circulated on the Friday before the seminar, and the session itself takes the form of a Q&A. Please contact the convenor at neil.suchak@history.ox.ac.uk for a copy of the relevant paper.

Monday 

12 October

17:00-18:00

America Decides 2020

The 2020 US Election: Who’s Winning?

David Wasserman (Cook Political Report)

Samara Klar (University of Arizona)

Thomas Edsall (New York Times)

For further information: https://www.rai.ox.ac.uk/election2020

To register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/122961692733

Thursday

15 October

17:00-18:00

The RAI Goes to the Movies

Do the Right Thing (1989, dir. Spike Lee, 130 mins)

Speakers:

Robert Greene II (Claflin University)

Quincy Ledbetter (Filmmaker)

2nd Week

Monday

19 October

16:00-17:00

American History Graduate Seminar

This seminar is convened by the graduate community in American History, meeting via Teams. Papers are normally pre-circulated on the Friday before the seminar, and the session itself takes the form of a Q&A. Please contact the convenor at neil.suchak@history.ox.ac.uk for a copy of the relevant paper.

Tuesday

20 October

17:00-18:00

RAI Community Social

Further details to follow.

Wednesday

21 October

16:30-18:00

Oxford Early American Republic Seminar

The Law Must Rule Us: Somerset and the Limits of the 1793 Fugitive Slave Law

Evan Turiano (CUNY)

The Oxford Early American Republic Seminar facilitates a network for UK-based graduate students and early career scholars who study the United States between the Revolution and Reconstruction. All are welcome to attend. Many papers are pre-circulated: for details please email grace.mallon@univ.ox.ac.uk or stephen.symchych@sant.ox.ac.uk.

Thursday

22 October

10:30-12:00

American Literature Research Seminar

Contemporary African American Poetry Reading Group I

This is the first of two sessions that will focus on contemporary African American poetry in preparation for the seminar with Professor Evie Shockley in Week 6.

Seminars will be held at 10.30am or 5.30pm on Zoom. To receive Zoom links and circulated readings, please join the ALRS mailing list by sending a blank email to:

alrs-subscribe [at] maillist.ox.ac.uk

Thursday

22 October

17:00-18:15

Teaching Histories of Race in America to UK Undergraduates:

A Review Panel

The RAI invites you to a review panel discussion on a collaborative bibliography project which asks: What readings are most effective for teaching UK history undergraduates about race in America?  The focus is on works that provide accessible historical insights into conceptions of race, the social construction of difference, and the freedom struggles that have attempted to dismantle white supremacy.  The project seeks to centre current research on early America and the United States, including Atlantic, global, national and regional approaches.  All registered attendees will be sent the draft bibliography in advance of the event.  The review panel aims to facilitate a productive conversation on pedagogy and the history of race among the community of American historians based in the UK. After the view, the resulting bibliography will be hosted on the publicly accessible Bodleian LibGuides website.

Please register by 21 October: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/122221211935

3rd Week

Monday

26 October

16:00-17:00

American History Graduate Seminar

This seminar is convened by the graduate community in American History, meeting via Teams. Papers are normally pre-circulated on the Friday before the seminar, and the session itself takes the form of a Q&A. Please contact the convenor at neil.suchak@history.ox.ac.uk for a copy of the relevant paper.

Monday

26 October

17:00-18:00

America Decides 2020

Race and the 2020 US Election

Wesley Lowery (CBS News)

Maria Givens (Native American Agricultural Fund)

Nazita Lajevardi (Michigan State University)

For further information: https://www.rai.ox.ac.uk/election2020

To register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/123045553563

Tuesday

27 October

13:00-14:00

American History Research Seminar

‘Hoodoos and Voodoos’: Theories of Black Superstition and Madness

Judith Weisenfeld (Princeton)

All are welcome to these seminars. To receive Zoom links and circulated readings, please join the AHRS mailing list by sending a blank email to: ahrs-subscribe [at] maillist.ox.ac.uk

Wednesday

28 October

17:00-18:00

Book launch

Edith Wharton and Genre: Beyond Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)

Join us for a discussion of Laura Rattray’s acclaimed new book with an international panel of Wharton experts.

Speakers:

Laura Rattray (Glasgow)

Jennifer Haytock (SUNY Brockport)

Julie Olin-Ammentorp (Le Moyne College)

Emily Orlando (Fairfield University)

Thursday

29 October

17:00-18:00

The RAI Goes to the Movies

Selma (2014, dir. Ava DuVernay, 128 mins)

Introduced by:

Tayo Amos (Filmmaker)

James T. Campbell (Stanford University)

To register:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-rai-goes-to-the-movies-selma-2014-dir-ava-duvernay-tickets-126113235081

Friday

30 October

17:00-18:00

America Decides 2020

The US Presidential Election: Who Will Win

Clare Malone (FiveThirtyEight)

Bob Shrum (USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future)

Mike Murphy (USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future)

For further information: https://www.rai.ox.ac.uk/election2020

To register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/126382618815

4th Week

Monday

2 November

17:00-18:00

America Decides 2020

A Postgraduate and ECR Perspective

Emma Day on women’s issues.

Rivers Gambrell on sport and the presidency.

Ella St George Carey on Evangelics and the Kanye West presidential campaign.

Joseph Guido on African foreign policy.

Daniel Rowe on trade.

Grace Mallon on the ‘revolution of 1800’ and the presidential transfer of power.

Dr Chris Nitschke on Wall Street.

Click this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/97465198032

Tuesday

3 November

13:00-14:00

American History Research Seminar

A Problem of Labor: Colonial Work and US Military Governance in the Moro Province

Oliver Charbonneau (Glasgow)

All are welcome to these seminars. To receive Zoom links and circulated readings, please join the AHRS mailing list by sending a blank email to: ahrs-subscribe [at] maillist.ox.ac.uk

Wednesday

4 November

17:00-18:00

America Decides 2020

The 2020 US Election: What Happened?

Adam Smith (RAI Director)

Kate Guy (Oxford; former Hillary for America campaign worker)

Tom Packer (School of Advanced Study)

Click this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/91459891250

Wednesday

4 November

16:30-18:00

Oxford Early American Republic Seminar

Naval Nationalism: The Material Culture of the War of 1812

Evelyn Strope (Cambridge)

The Oxford Early American Republic Seminar facilitates a network for UK-based graduate students and early career scholars who study the United States between the Revolution and Reconstruction. All are welcome to attend. Many papers are pre-circulated: for details please email grace.mallon@univ.ox.ac.uk or stephen.symchych@sant.ox.ac.uk.

Thursday

5 November

10:30-12:00

American Literature Research Seminar

Contemporary African American Poetry Reading Group II

The second session on contemporary African American poetry, with an emphasis on the intersection of text and image.

Seminars will be held at 10.30am or 5.30pm on Zoom. To receive Zoom links and circulated readings, please join the ALRS mailing list by sending a blank email to:

alrs-subscribe [at] maillist.ox.ac.uk

5th Week

Monday

9 November

16:00-17:00

American History Graduate Seminar

This seminar is convened by the graduate community in American History, meeting via Teams. Papers are normally pre-circulated on the Friday before the seminar, and the session itself takes the form of a Q&A. Please contact the convenor at neil.suchak@history.ox.ac.uk for a copy of the relevant paper.

Tuesday 

10 November

13:00-14:00

American History Research Seminar

Round table: Discussion of Stephen Tuffnell’s Made in Britain: Nation and Emigration in Nineteenth-Century America (University of California Press, 2020)

Patricia Clavin (Oxford)

Nathan Cardon (Birmingham)

Adam Smith (RAI Director)

Stephen Tuffnell (Oxford)

All are welcome to these seminars. To receive Zoom links and circulated readings, please join the AHRS mailing list by sending a blank email to: ahrs-subscribe [at] maillist.ox.ac.uk

Wednesday

11 November

17:00-18:00

Book launch

Commemorative Modernisms: Women Writers, Death and the First World War (2020)

Speakers:

Elleke Boehmer (Oxford)

Alice Kelly (Sussex/RAI)

Jane Potter (Oxford Brookes)

John Horne (Trinity College Dublin)

To register:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/book-launch-commemorative-modernisms-2020-tickets-128010399551

Thursday

12 November

17:15-18:15

The RAI Goes to the Movies

Moonlight (2016, dir. Barry Jenkins, 111 mins)

Speakers:

Tione Trice (Artist)

Jonathan Ward (Kings College London)

To register:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-rai-goes-to-the-movies-moonlight-2016-dir-barry-jenkins-tickets-126122595077

Please note changed time.

6th Week

Monday

16 November

16:00-17:00

American History Graduate Seminar

This seminar is convened by the graduate community in American History, meeting via Teams. Papers are normally pre-circulated on the Friday before the seminar, and the session itself takes the form of a Q&A. Please contact the convenor at neil.suchak@history.ox.ac.uk for a copy of the relevant paper.

Monday

16 November

17:00-18:00

America Decides 2020

The 2020 Election Results: What They Mean for the UK and the World

Lord Darroch of Kew (former UK Ambassador to the United States)

Amy Pope (former Deputy Homeland Security Advisor to President Barack Obama) Jay Sexton (University of Missouri)

Click this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/98634940982  

Tuesday

17 November

13:00-14:00

American History Research Seminar

Mama and the Devil: Female Slaveholders and Enslaved Children in the Antebellum US South

Rosie Knight (Sheffield)

All are welcome to these seminars. To receive Zoom links and circulated readings, please join the AHRS mailing list by sending a blank email to: ahrs-subscribe [at] maillist.ox.ac.uk

Wednesday

18 November

16:30-18:00

Oxford Early American Republic Seminar

A Peculiar Status: Anti-Blackness and the Creation of the US Citizenship

Derek Litvak (Maryland)

The Oxford Early American Republic Seminar facilitates a network for UK-based graduate students and early career scholars who study the United States between the Revolution and Reconstruction. All are welcome to attend. Many papers are pre-circulated: for details please email grace.mallon@univ.ox.ac.uk or stephen.symchych@sant.ox.ac.uk.

Thursday

19 November

17:30-19:00

American Literature Research Seminar

Black Graphics: ‘Colorblindness’ and the Survival of Black Being

Evie Shockley (Rutgers)

Please note later time.

Seminars will be held at 10.30am or 5.30pm on Zoom. To receive Zoom links and circulated readings, please join the ALRS mailing list by sending a blank email to:

alrs-subscribe [at] maillist.ox.ac.uk

7th Week

Monday

23 November

16:00-17:00

American History Graduate Seminar

This seminar is convened by the graduate community in American History, meeting via Teams. Papers are normally pre-circulated on the Friday before the seminar, and the session itself takes the form of a Q&A. Please contact the convenor at neil.suchak@history.ox.ac.uk for a copy of the relevant paper.

Tuesday

24 November

13:00-14:00

American History Research Seminar

Round table: Capitalism and Slavery: America, the Caribbean, and the New History of Capitalism

Michael Joseph (Oxford)

Dexnell Peters (Oxford)

Katherine Paugh (Oxford)

All are welcome to these seminars. To receive Zoom links and circulated readings, please join the AHRS mailing list by sending a blank email to: ahrs-subscribe [at] maillist.ox.ac.uk

Wednesday

25 November

13:00-14:00

RAI Fellows’ Forum

Olivier Burtin (Munich/RAI Fellow-in-Residence)

A Nation of Veterans: War, Citizenship, and the Welfare State in Modern America

Open to all. Please email enquiries@rai.ox.ac.uk for a copy of the pre- circulated paper.

8th Week

Tuesday

1 December

13:00-14:00

American History Research Seminar

Round table: What is US history for?

Speakers to be confirmed

All are welcome to these seminars. To receive Zoom links and circulated readings, please join the AHRS mailing list by sending a blank email to: ahrs-subscribe [at] maillist.ox.ac.uk

Tuesday

1 December

17:00-18:00

RAI Book Club

Barack Obama’s A Promised Land

Discussants:

Robert Reid-Pharr (Harvard)

Jennifer Szalai (New York Times Nonfiction Book Critic)

Chair: Lloyd Pratt (Oxford)

Join us for a discussion of Barack Obama’s much-anticipated new memoir. If you would like to read the book in advance (not compulsory), it is available from all good booksellers.

To register:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XeIBkpG8SpOJzJg0A1HK5g

Wednesday

2 December

13:00-14:00

RAI Fellows’ Forum

Katharina Rietzler (Sussex/RAI Fellow-in-Residence)

‘Lady Authorities’: American International Relations Think Tanks and Women’s Intellectual Production, 1920-1960

Open to all.

Wednesday

2 December

16:30-18:00

Oxford Early American Research Seminar

Writing Home: Dispatches from the Mississippi Frontier

Jennifer McGillan (Mississippi State University Libraries)

The Oxford Early American Republic Seminar facilitates a network for UK-based graduate students and early career scholars who study the United States between the Revolution and Reconstruction. All are welcome to attend. Many papers are pre-circulated: for details please email grace.mallon@univ.ox.ac.uk or stephen.symchych@sant.ox.ac.uk.

Thursday

3 December

15:00-16:00

Christmas Social

Further details to follow.

Thursday

3 December

18:00-19:00

The RAI Goes to the Movies

Get Out (2017, dir. Jordan Peele, 104 mins)

Introduced by:

Dr Robyn Citizen (Senior Manager of Festival Programming, Toronto International Film Festival)

To register:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-rai-goes-to-the-movies-get-out-2017-dir-jordan-peele-tickets-126124133679

Thursday

3 December

17:30-19:00

American Literature Research Seminar

Book discussion: Realist Ecstasy: Religion, Race, and Performance in American Literature (NYU Press, 2020)

Lindsay V. Reckson (Haverford College)

A discussion of pre-circulated selections of Lindsay Reckson’s new book, held in collaboration with the University of Manchester. Realist Ecstasy explores the intersection and history of American literary realism and the performance of racial and spiritual embodiment: https://nyupress.org/9781479850365/realist-ecstasy/

Please note later time.

Seminars will be held at 10.30am or 5.30pm on Zoom. To receive Zoom links and circulated readings, please join the ALRS mailing list by sending a blank email to:

alrs-subscribe [at] maillist.ox.ac.uk