Termcard

Trinity term 2019

Term dates: Sunday 28 April to Saturday 22 June
Venue: Rothermere American Institute (unless otherwise indicated)

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.

Trinity 2019 termcard (click to download)

 

1st Week

Tuesday

30 April

11:00-11:30

Red, White, and Brew

Join RAI Director Halbert Jones and colleagues for coffee and conversation at this informal weekly gathering.

Tuesday

30 April

12:30-14:00

American History Research Seminar

Claire Rydell Arcenas (Montana and RAI)

Reexamining Locke in nineteenth-century American intellectual life

Opening response from Peter Thompson (St Cross)

Tuesday

30 April

17:00-18:30

Book Launch

Shattered Objects: Djuna Barnes’s Modernism

Cathryn Setz and Elizabeth Pender

Guest speaker: Alex Goody (Oxford Brookes)

This event is open to the public.

Wednesday

1 May

13:00-14:30

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Tom Robinson (Wadham)

Direct democracy in representative systems: understanding breakdowns in responsiveness through ballot initiative success

The American Politics Graduate Seminar welcomes attendees to its weekly meetings, which feature presentations and discussions led by postgraduate, junior, and senior researchers whose work relates to U.S. politics. The seminar meets on Wednesdays from 1-2.30pm at the RAI; a sandwich lunch is provided.

Wednesday

1 May

17:00-18:30

Oxford Early American Republic Seminar

Catherine Treesh (Yale)

Nova Scotia and the American Revolution

The Oxford Early American Republic Seminar (www.oxears.org) facilitates a network for UK-based graduate students and early career scholars who study the United States between the Revolution and Reconstruction. Pre-circulated papers will be circulated via our mailing list a week in advance of the seminar: if you would like to be added to the list, please email grace.mallon@univ.ox.ac.uk.

Thursday

2 May

17:00-18:30

American Literature Research Seminar

Emily Coit (Bristol)

Pure English: Edith Wharton’s American elect

2nd Week

Monday

6 May

12:00-14:00

American History Graduate Seminar

Pekka Hämäläinen (St Catherine’s)

Smart publishing and tenure

Tuesday

7 May

11:00-11:30

Red, White, and Brew

Join RAI Director Halbert Jones and colleagues for coffee and conversation at this informal weekly gathering.

Tuesday

7 May

12:30-14:00

American History Research Seminar

Gareth Davies (St Anne’s)

The Mississippi Flood of 1927: the first modern disaster?

Opening response from Stephen Skowronek (Yale and RAI)

The AHRS is a regular forum for the exchange of research, this term featuring a new time and some new formats, notably two sessions dedicated to pre-circulated papers. For further details on obtaining the pre-circulated papers, please contact the convenors:

Barbara Savage (Barbara.Savage@history.ox.ac.uk)

Stephen Tuck (Stephen.Tuck@history.ox.ac.uk)

Wednesday

8 May

13:00-14:30

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Timur Ohloff (Pembroke)

Why do Americans date politically similar others? Experimental evidence on political homophily in an age of partisan polarization

Wednesday

8 May

17:00-18:30

Oxford Early American Republic Seminar

Claire Rydell Arcenas (Montana and RAI)

When theory fails in practice: learning from Locke’s mistakes in early America

Thursday

9 May

09:00-18:00

Workshop: Cultures and Commemorations of War

Drawing Wars: Art and Cultural Memory

Convenor: Alice Kelly

The fifth in the 'Cultures and Commemorations of War' series, this one-day interdisciplinary workshop will consider the artistic and visual representation of war. It will feature a keynote talk from the world-famous graphic novelist Joe Sacco (Palestine, Safe Area Goražde, The Fixer, Footnotes in Gaza, Journalism), as well as talks by the Yemeni artist Murad Subay, Bram Ttwheam, Monica Bohm-Duchen, Steve Dixon, Johnny Magee and Tony Crowley.

For further details and to register, please visit the RAI website: https://www.rai.ox.ac.uk/event/drawing-wars-art-and-cultural-memory

This event is open to the public.

Friday

10 May

17:30-18:30

Mansfield College Lecture Series

Sarah Knott (Indiana and RAI)

Mother is a verb: new histories of maternity

Please note: This lecture will be given in the Sir Joseph Hotung Auditorium, Hands Building, Mansfield College.

Friday

10 May

09:00-18:00

Saturday

11 May

10:00-16:00

RAI Annual Graduate Conference

Poverty in America: The Past, Present, and Future

Convenors: Mitch Robertson and Alex Coccia

Keynote: Professor Alice O’Connor (UC Santa Barbara)

This year marks fifty-five years since President Lyndon B. Johnson declared an “unconditional War on Poverty” in America. Yet, according to the Census Bureau, nearly 40 million Americans—over 12% of the population—live in poverty. This two-day conference will bring together some of the leading experts in the fields of history, sociology, and political science to explain why the USA, the richest country the world has ever known, is still plagued by the scourge of poverty

For further details and to register, please visit the RAI website:  https://www.rai.ox.ac.uk/event/poverty-in-america-the-past-present-and-future

Registration is £20 for faculty and £10 for students/ECRs.

3rd Week

Monday

13 May

17:00-18:30

American Literature Research Seminar

Philip Gould (Brown)

Melville and the time of war

Tuesday

14 May

11:00-11:30

Red, White, and Brew

Join RAI Director Halbert Jones and colleagues for coffee and conversation at this informal weekly gathering.

Tuesday

14 May

12:30-14:00

American History Research Seminar

Josef Sorett (Columbia)

The art and politics of Afro-Protestantism

Opening responses from Barbara Savage (Pennsylvania and RAI) and Stephen Tuck (Pembroke)

For further details on obtaining the pre-circulated papers, please contact the convenors: Barbara Savage (Barbara.Savage@history.ox.ac.uk)

Stephen Tuck (Stephen.Tuck@history.ox.ac.uk)

Wednesday

15 May

09:00-17:30

Harmsworth Symposium

Writing Black Women’s Lives: Present and Past

Convenor: Barbara Savage (Pennsylvania and RAI)

Please join us for a one-day symposium featuring stellar scholars who bring innovative approaches to writing about black women’s lives.  This intergenerational and international group will challenge us to re-consider links between biography and history in American, African American, African, and African diasporic studies.  We will highlight lessons learned from prize-winning biographical work while showcasing new scholarship in the growing field of black women’s biographical studies. 

Studying black women’s lives requires us to revise and expand scholarly tropes, whether on slavery, migration, politics, religion, transnationalism, or knowledge and artistic production.  The capaciousness, complexity, and contradictions within those lives also often require inventions of new forms of writing and new categories of analysis. The day’s format will encourage informal discussions among participants and the audience.

For further details and to register, please visit the RAI website:

https://www.rai.ox.ac.uk/event/writing-black-womens-lives-present-and-past

This is a free event.

Wednesday

15 May

13:00-14:30

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Brendon O’Connor (Sydney)

Is there a conservative approach to international relations? U.S. foreign policy from Reagan to Trump

Wednesday

15 May

17:00-18:30

Oxford Early American Republic Seminar

Lindsey K. Walters (Cambridge)

The environmental thought of runaways from slavery

Please note: this week’s seminar will take place in Seminar Room 4, at the end of the basement corridor.

Friday

17 May

17:00-18:30

Open Friday at the RAI

Woody Guthrie and Old Man Trump

Will Kaufman (University of Central Lancashire)

Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) was an American singer-songwriter known for his folk- and political songs. In 2014 Will Kaufman discovered, buried in the archives, previously unpublished song lyrics and other writings arising from Guthrie’s encounter with the racist practices of his Brooklyn landlord, Fred C. Trump, father of the US president. Combining song and spoken word, Will reveals Guthrie’s racial awakening and emergent activism, introducing previously unheard songs as “Trump Made a Tramp Out of Me” and “Beach Haven Ain’t My Home”, along with a host of other Guthrie songs about racial injustice and struggle.

Will Kaufman is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and Professor of American Studies who is widely recognised as the world’s leading authority on Woody Guthrie. He is the author of Woody Guthrie, American Radical (2011), Woody Guthrie’s Modern World Blues (2017), and Mapping Woody Guthrie (2019).

This event is open to the public.

4th Week

Monday

20 May

12:00-14:00

American History Graduate Seminar

Skills Session: Fellowship and grant applications

Tuesday

21 May

11:00-11:30

Red, White, and Brew

Join RAI Director Halbert Jones and colleagues for coffee and conversation at this informal weekly gathering.

Tuesday

21 May

12:30-14:00

American History Research Seminar

Jen Manion (Amherst)

Female husbands and the transgender past, 1870-1910

Opening response from Lloyd Pratt (Drue Heinz Professor)

For further details on obtaining the pre-circulated papers, please contact the convenors: Barbara Savage (Barbara.Savage@history.ox.ac.uk)

Stephen Tuck (Stephen.Tuck@history.ox.ac.uk)

Tuesday

21 May

17:00-18:30

The Sir John Elliott Lecture in Atlantic History

John McNeill (Georgetown)

Health and disease history of the Caribbean, 1491-1850: two syndemics

This event is open to the public.

Wednesday

22 May

17:00-18:30

Oxford Early American Republic Seminar

Michael Breidenbach (Ave Maria)

Sovereign jealousies: the Quebec Act, the Declaration of Independence and immigration in the new republic

Wednesday

22 May

17:15-18:45

RAI-History of War Joint Seminar

Susan-Mary Grant (Newcastle)

Irregular or insurgent? Constructing a new face of battle for America’s Civil War

Please note that this seminar will be held in the Wharton Room, All Souls College.

5th Week

Monday

27 May

12:00-14:00

American History Graduate Seminar

Rivers Gambrell (Kellogg)

The Watergate playbook: what to make of Richard Nixon’s sports obsession (1972-4)

Tuesday

28 May

11:00-11:30

Red, White, and Brew

Join RAI Director Halbert Jones and colleagues for coffee and conversation at this informal weekly gathering.

Wednesday

29 May

17:00-18:30

Oxford Early American Republic Seminar

Jane Dinwoodie (Cambridge)

Camouflage tactics and Indian non-removal in the American south

Friday

31 May

09:00-18:00

Saturday

1 June

13:00-16:00

Compromise, Moderatism, Extremism, and Fanaticism: Disagreement in American Politics and Society, 1783-1861

Convenor: Raymond Lavertue (RAI)

Historians Joanne B. Freeman, Daniel Walker Howe, Kay Wright Lewis, and Sean Wilentz visit the RAI for a two-day colloquium on the nature of disagreement and conflict in the United States between the American Revolution and Civil War. Topics will include the Constitutional Convention, the Missouri Comprise, the War with Mexico, the Seneca Falls Conference, the Compromise of 1850, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, abolitionism, nullification, political violence, the ideas of race war and extermination, and the concept of pacifism.

For further details and to register, please visit the RAI website:

https://www.rai.ox.ac.uk/event/compromise-moderatism-extremism-and-fanaticism-in-american-politics-and-society-1783-1861

Free registration. Please register separately for each day.

6th Week

Monday

3 June

12:00-14:00

American History Graduate Seminar

Sage Goodwin (Univ.)

Title to be confirmed

Tuesday

4 June

11:00-11:30

Red, White, and Brew

Join RAI Director Halbert Jones and colleagues for coffee and conversation at this informal weekly gathering.

Wednesday

5 June

13:00-14:30

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Kan Li (St Catherine’s)

Unconventional weapons and power balance shift in asymmetric dyads

Wednesday

5 June

17:00-18:30

American Literature Research Seminar

Sara Johnson (Cambridge)

Notes towards a Black Encyclopedia: African language, biographical fragments, and early American print culture

Wednesday

5 June

17:00-18:30

Oxford Early American Republic Seminar

Olga Akroyd (Kent)

Saints, spies, celibates: the erotic ambiguity of the revolutionary hero

Please note: this week’s seminar will take place in Seminar Room 4, at the end of the basement corridor.

Thursday

6 June

17:00-18:30

RAI-Latin American Centre Special Seminar

Caitlin Fitz (Northwestern)

Bolivar, U.S.A.: the United States and Latin American independence

This event is open to the public.

Friday

7 June

09:00-18:30

Women’s Transatlantic Prison Activism since 1960

Convenors: Emma Day (Oxford) and Olivia Wright (Nottingham)

This one-day symposium brings together researchers, creative thinkers, artists and wider communities interested in policing, criminal justice and incarceration with a particular focus on women's transnational prison activism. The plenary lecture will be given by author and journalist Victoria Law.

For further details and to register, please visit  https://wtpaconference2019.wordpress.com/

7th Week

Monday

10 June

12:00-14:00

American History Graduate Seminar

Daniel Rowe (Lincoln)

Book proposals

Tuesday

11 June

11:00-11:30

Red, White, and Brew

Join RAI Director Halbert Jones and colleagues for coffee and conversation at this informal weekly gathering.

Wednesday

12 June

13:00-14:30

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Russell Bogue (Balliol)

Privacy and democracy: the basis for privacy rights

Wednesday

12 June

17:00-18:30

Oxford Early American Republic Seminar

Nicholas Cole (Pembroke)

The Quill Project: mythbusting the constitutional convention

Thursday

13 June

17:30-18:30

Friday

14 June

09:00-17:00

Winant-Mellon Conference

The Trump Presidency and the Course of American Political Development (Day 1)

Keynote: Gary Gerstle (Cambridge)

The rise and fall of America’s neoliberal order

Chair: Nigel Bowles (Corpus Christi)

The Thursday programme will take place at Balliol College, OCR anteroom.

The Trump Presidency and the Course of American Political Development (Day 2)

The Friday programme will take place at Nuffield College.

Limited spaces are available by pre-registration. Please contact stephen.skowronek@yale.edu if you would like to attend.

Thursday

13 June

17:00-18:30

The Esmond Harmsworth Lecture in American Arts and Letters

Deborah Treisman (Fiction Editor, The New Yorker)

New Yorker fiction through the decades

For further details and to register, please visit the RAI website:

https://www.rai.ox.ac.uk/event/the-esmond-harmsworth-lecture-in-american-arts-and-letters-2019

This event is open to the public.

Friday

14 June

10:00-11:30

Esmond Harmsworth Workshop

A masterclass with Deborah Treisman

Please note that registration is required. Readings will be pre-circulated. This informal and participative seminar for undergraduates, graduates, and faculty is limited to 25. To sign up, please email enquiries@rai.ox.ac.uk with your name, course, and contact details.

8th Week

Monday

17 June

12:00-14:00

American History Graduate Seminar

Olivia Durand (Pembroke)

Voluntary apartheid in fast-growing settler cities: New Orleans and Odessa (1803-1856)

Tuesday

18 June

11:00-11:30

Red, White, and Brew

Join RAI Director Halbert Jones and colleagues for coffee and conversation at this informal weekly gathering.

Wednesday

19 June

13:00-14:30

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Andy Payne (Merton)

“All about politics?”: Electoral constraints and the endgame in Iraq

Please note: this week’s seminar will take place in Seminar Room 4, at the end of the basement corridor.

Wednesday

19 June

17:00-18:30

Oxford Early American Republic Seminar

Tristan Stubbs

Book talk: Masters of Violence: The Plantation Overseers of Eighteenth-Century Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia (University of South Carolina Press, 2018)

Please note: this week’s seminar will take place in Seminar Room 4, at the end of the basement corridor.

Wednesday 19 June

Thursday 20 June

Friday 21 June

Globalising and Localising the Great War

A World Transformed: The First World War and Its Legacy

During the First World War centenary period, the University of Oxford’s ‘Globalising & Localising the Great War’ network was one of the largest hubs for First World War research in the country. This conference serves as the culminating event for the network, and features its current and former PhD students, postdocs, postholders, visiting researchers, and collaborators gathering to share their research and discuss the post-centenary future of First World War studies. 

For further information and to register, please visit:  https://www.history.ox.ac.uk/event/glgw-conference-2019

This event is organised by the Globalising & Localising the Great War network, which is based at the History Faculty. Any enquiries can be addressed to Laura Jimenez-Aguado at laura.jimenez-aguado@history.ox.ac.uk.

9th Week

Wednesday 26 June

Thursday 27 June

Friday 28 June

Arts Patronage in Modern America

Convenors:  

Karen Patricia Heath (RAI)

Amanda Niedfeldt (Minnesota)

Plenary speakers:

John R. Blakinger (Terra Visiting Professor of American Art)

Mary Anne Goley (Founding Director of the Fine Arts Program of the Federal Reserve Board)

The founding of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1965 was a celebrated occasion for many artists and cultural patrons in the United States, but it failed to put to rest the decades old public debate over whether or not art and culture ought to be supported by the state or the marketplace. This conference is dedicated to evaluating both public and private arts funding in modern America.

For further information and to register for the conference as a whole or the plenary lectures, please visit:

https://americanartspatronage.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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