Termcard

Michaelmas term 2019

Term dates: Sunday 13 October to Saturday 7 December
Venue: Rothermere American Institute (unless otherwise indicated)

The termcard for Michaelmas Term will be published in early October

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.

Michaelmas 2019 termcard (click to download)

 

1st Week

Tuesday

15 October

17:00-18:00

RAI welcome drinks

Join us for an informal gathering to welcome new students and post-holders from all disciplines of American studies to Oxford and the RAI. Wine and light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday

16 October

12:30-14:00

Special Seminar

Ronald White (best-selling author of A. Lincoln and American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant)

Abraham Lincoln’s greatest speech: the second inaugural

A sandwich lunch will be provided.

Wednesday

16 October

17:00-18:30

Oxford Early American Republic Seminar

Stephanie Lawton (Virginia)

Praises to the dead: classical influences in eulogies for George Washington

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. 

This seminar series is supported by the RAI Academic Programme Fund.

Thursday

17 October

12:30-14:00

RAI-Latin American Centre joint seminar

Pamela Starr (University of Southern California)

Face-to-face with Trump: dependent Mexico and the hegemon

A sandwich lunch will be provided.

Thursday

17 October

17:00-18:30

American Literature Research Seminar

Bridget Bennett (Leeds)

The dissenting Atlantic: the transatlantic journey of The Experience of Thomas Jones (1850)

The ALRS provides a friendly and engaged forum for invited speakers to present their research. The seminar is followed by a dinner hosted by the convenors – a number of free spots at dinner are always available. Please email Daniel Abdalla (daniel.abdalla@wadham.ox.ac.uk) and/or Zachary Seager (zachary.seager@pmb.ox.ac.uk) to find out more, and to sign up to the mailing list.

Friday

18 October

09:00-17:00

HOTCUS Postgraduate and Early Career Conference

The Regulated Body

Keynote Address: Professor Douglas Charles (Penn State University)

Researching Hoover’s War on Gays: uncovering hidden history

This one-day conference brings together researchers at various career stages from around the UK to share their research and exchange ideas about the history of the United States in the twentieth century. The programme features a broad range of papers exploring how the regulation of race, gender and sexual norms have intersected with movements for rights and justice from the early twentieth century to the present day.

The conference will also include a developmental roundtable on publishing that will offer practical advice for the postgraduates and ECRs.

To register, please visit https://hotcus.org.uk/2019-postgraduate-conference/conference-registration/.

This event is supported by the RAI Academic Programme Fund.

2nd Week

Monday

21 October

12:00-14:00

American History Graduate Seminar

Timeline of a DPhil: commencement to completion/What am I doing now?

Rivers Gambrell, Dominic Barker, Christoph Nitschke

This seminar is convened by the graduate community in American History, meeting on Mondays in Seminar Room 1 at the RAI. 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 ella.stgeorgecarey@history.ox.ac.uk for a copy of the relevant paper.

Tuesday

22 October

11:00-11:30

Red, White, and Brew

Join RAI Director Adam Smith and colleagues for coffee and conversation at this informal weekly gathering.

Tuesday

22 October

12:15-13:45

American History Research Seminar

Matthew Griffin (UCL)

The environmental imagination and mid-nineteenth-century American politics

A sandwich lunch will be provided.

Wednesday

23 October

15:00-16:00

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Miles Kellerman (University College)

Market structure and disempowering regulatory intermediaries: insights from U.S. trade surveillance

The American Politics Graduate Seminar welcomes all to its regular meetings, which feature presentations and discussion led by postgraduate, junior, and senior researchers whose work relates to US politics. The seminar meets fortnightly on Wednesdays (Weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8) from 3-4 pm at the RAI. Coffee, tea, and biscuits are provided. Please contact the convenor at mitchell.robertson@univ.ox.ac.uk for more details.

Wednesday

23 October

16:00-17:00

Oxford Early American Republic Seminar

Jane Dinwoodie (Cambridge)

Camouflage tactics and Indian non-removal in the American South

Please note that this week’s seminar starts at 4pm.

Wednesday

23 October

17:00-18:30

Book Launch

Primordial Modernism: Animals, Ideas, Transition (1927–38) (Edinburgh University Press, 2019)

Cathryn Setz (RAI Associate Visiting Research Fellow)

Introduced by Rebecca Beasley (Oxford)

Light refreshments and a vegan buffet will be provided.

This event is open to the public.

3rd Week

Tuesday

29 October

11:00-11:30

Red, White, and Brew

Join RAI Director Adam Smith and colleagues for coffee and conversation at this informal weekly gathering.

Tuesday

29 October

12:15-13:45

American History Research Seminar

Karen Jones (Kent)

The many lives of Calamity Jane: gender and celebrity on the American frontier

A sandwich lunch will be provided.

Thursday

31 October

17:00-18:30

Book Launch and Conversation

American Literature Research Seminar

Yahia Lababidi, in conversation with Ben Grant

In the deep end, every stroke counts”: aphorisms in troubled times

This event is open to the public.

4th Week

Monday

4 November

12:00-14:00

American History Graduate Seminar

Sheng Peng (St Antony’s)

A gentleman’s understanding: British, French, and German dual-use technology transfer to China and America’s dilemma: 1978-1981

Tuesday

5 November

11:00-11:30

Red, White, and Brew

Join RAI Director Adam Smith and colleagues for coffee and conversation at this informal weekly gathering.

Tuesday

5 November

12:15-13:45

American History Research Seminar

Sonia Tycko (Oxford)

The identification of Huntington Library HM 1365 and the study of transatlantic service indentures

This paper will be pre-circulated. Please contact the convenors at katherine.paugh@history.ox.ac.uk or stephen.tuffnell@history.ox.ac.uk to obtain a copy.

A sandwich lunch will be provided.

Wednesday

6 November

15:00-16:00

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Paola Solimena (University College)

The end of detente

Wednesday

6 November

17:00-18:30

Oxford Early American Republic Seminar

Jessica Parr (Simmons University)

To drink Samaria’s flood: tracing the development of African-American thought, 1760-1860

5th Week

Monday

11 November

12:00-14:00

American History Graduate Seminar

Mitchell Robertson (University College)

Was ‘VISTA in ACTION’ VISTA inaction?

Tuesday

12 November

11:00-11:30

Red, White, and Brew

Join RAI Director Adam Smith and colleagues for coffee and conversation at this informal weekly gathering.

Tuesday

12 November

12:15-13:45

American History Research Seminar

Jenny Woodley (Nottingham Trent)

Mourning spaces: remembering and grieving for victims of lynching

Thursday

14 November

17:00-18:30

American Literature Research Seminar

Diarmuid Hester (Cambridge)

The garbage of our lives’: toward a minoritarian theory of waste

Friday

15 November

17:00-18:30

Open Friday at the RAI

Come along to the launch of the RAI American Fiction Book Club, where we will be discussing Mark Twain’s time-travelling classic A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889). RAI Fellows from different disciplines will lead the discussion, and suggestions for future books will be encouraged. Drinks and American-themed nibbles will be provided.

All welcome.

This event is open to the public.

6th Week

Tuesday

19 November

11:00-11:30

Red, White, and Brew

Join RAI Director Adam Smith and colleagues for coffee and conversation at this informal weekly gathering.

Tuesday

19 November

17:00-18:30

Harmsworth Lecture in American History

Peter Mancall (University of Southern California)

The origins of the American economy

This lecture will be held in the Examination Schools.

This event is open to the public.

Wednesday

20 November

15:00-16:00

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Jeffrey Weinberg (Washington Campus)

Insights into the U.S. legislative presidency

Wednesday

20 November

17:00-18:30

Oxford Early American Republic Seminar

James Mackay (Edinburgh)

Refuge to our slaves’: sites of sanctuary for refugees from slavery in Revolutionary America

7th Week

Monday

25 November

12:00-14:00

American History Graduate Seminar

Grace Mallon (University)

Trade and finance in a federal system from the Hamiltonian programme to Jefferson’s embargo

Tuesday

26 November

11:00-11:30

Red, White, and Brew

Join RAI Director Adam Smith and colleagues for coffee and conversation at this informal weekly gathering.

Tuesday

26 November

12:15-13:45

American History Research Seminar

Peter Thompson (Oxford)

Response to the Harmsworth Lecture

Tuesday

26 November

15:30-17:00

Special Seminar

Jeffrey Weinberg in conversation with Nigel Bowles

Challenges of Washington

Please join us for this special event where Jeffrey Weinberg will discuss his five-decade career as a legislative attorney in the Office of Management and Budget. Jeffrey has worked on legislation under the last nine U.S. Presidents and will share these reflections on the contemporary U.S. presidency with former RAI Director Nigel Bowles. There will be time for audience questions.

This event is open to the public.

Thursday

28 November

17:30-18:30

American Literature Research Seminar

Katie McGettigan (Royal Holloway)

The Whale, or Moby Dick, international copyright and the transatlantic fashioning of American authorship

8th Week

Monday

2 December

12:00-14:00

American History Graduate Seminar

Stephen Symchych (St Antony’s)

Massachusetts Jeffersonians?

Tuesday

3 December

11:00-11:30

Red, White, and Brew

The Great RAI Bake Off

Join RAI Director Adam Smith and colleagues for the fourth annual

RAI Bake Off. If you would like to take part, please bring in something you have baked and present your entry by 10:45am. If you can’t bake, then please come and sample the entries.

Tuesday

3 December

12:15-13:45

American History Research Seminar

Rosie Knight (Sheffield)

White mamas and White devils: White women and enslaved children in the antebellum US South

Wednesday

4 December

15:00-16:00

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Joshua Goldstein (St Hilda’s)

Does U.S. public opinion follow the leader or follow the crowd? Evidence from experimental surveys involving cyber-attack vignettes

9th Week

Tuesday

10 December

09:00-18:00

Workshop  

Crashing out of Politics: Inequality and Representation 90 Years On

Keynote address: David Broockman (Stanford)

90 years after the 1929 Stock Market Crash, and over ten years on from the 2008 financial crisis, America is once again struggling with issues of inequality, representation, and responsiveness. How should we understand this situation? Is wealth inequality driving political inequality, or vice versa? And how do we answer these questions? This workshop aims to bring together scholars from politics, history and economics to discuss contemporary issues related to American political economy.

To view the call for papers, please visit http://ralucapahontu.com/raiworkshop-cfp/.

This event is supported by the RAI Academic Programme Fund.

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