Termcard

Michaelmas Term 2018

Term Dates: Sunday 7 October to Saturday 1 December

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.

Michaelmas 2018 termcard (click to download)

 

1st Week

 

 

Monday

8 October

12:00-14:00

 

 

American History Graduate Seminar

Graduate Skills Workshop: open Q&A forum

 

Tuesday

9 October

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

9 October

12:30-14:00

 

American History Research Seminar

Zara Anishanslin (Delaware)

Domesticating revolution: patriotic women and the material culture of bringing battle home

 

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 Peter Thompson at peter.thompson@history.ox.ac.uk.)

 

 

Wednesday

10 October

13:00-14:30

 

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Kaleem Hawa (Lincoln)

Preparing for the next outbreak: a disease-monitoring toolkit for health policymakers

 

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.

 

 

Thursday

11 October

17:00-18:30

 

American Literature Research Seminar

Alix Beeston (Cardiff)

Frozen in the glassy, bluestreaked air: John Dos Passos’s photographic metropolis

 

The ALRS provides a friendly and engaged forum for invited speakers to present their research-in-progress in the form of a paper of approximately 40-45 minutes in length, followed by a question period and wine, and then a dinner hosted by the seminar’s co-convenors. Free dinners are available for the first few graduate students to sign up each week; please write to camilla.chen@seh.ox.ac.uk if you would like to join us. The seminar meets on Thursdays (Weeks 1, 3, 6, and 8) from 5-6.30pm at the RAI.

 

2nd Week

 

 

Monday

15 October

12:00-14:00

 

 

American History Graduate Seminar

Dominic Barker (LMH)

‘Passing the Saliva Test’: Reagan’s relationship with Apartheid

 

 

Tuesday

16 October

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

16 October

12:30-14:00

 

 

American History Research Seminar

Peter Thompson (St Cross)

Thomas Jefferson and William Short: confronting the gender frontier in Revolutionary Paris

 

(Pre-circulated paper: please contact Peter Thompson at peter.thompson@history.ox.ac.uk.)

 

 

Wednesday

17 October

13:00-14:30

 

 

American Politics Graduate Seminar

William Henagan (Keble)

Social capital in the workplace: quantifying the value of low-skill work to democracy

 

 

Wednesday

17 October

17:30-18:30

 

 

Oxford Early American Republic Seminar

Andrew Edwards (Oxford)

Making revolutionary money; making money revolutionary: 1775-1776

 

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.

 

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

 

3rd Week

 

 

Monday

22 October

12:00-14:00

 

 

American History Graduate Seminar

Graduate Skills Workshop: tips and tricks for archival research in the US

 

Tuesday

23 October

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

23 October

12:30-14:00

 

 

American History Research Seminar

Nick Witham (UCL)

John Hope Franklin and the racial politics of popular history

 

(Pre-circulated paper: please contact Peter Thompson at peter.thompson@history.ox.ac.uk.)

 

 

Wednesday

24 October

13:00-14:30

 

 

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Maya Kornberg (Wolfson)

A mile wide and an inch deep: what are Congresspeople learning?

 

 

Thursday

25 October

17:00-18:30

 

American Literature Research Seminar

Bryan Cheyette (Reading)

Clive Sinclair is not Philip Roth

 

 

Friday

26 October

17:00-18:45

 

 

 

Open Friday at the RAI

 

The RAI’s Open Friday events bring audiences into conversation with authors and creators. They address unusual and sometimes controversial topics that push at disciplinary boundaries.

 

Film screening and discussion:

In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America

with film director, Maurice Fitzpatrick

Chair: Michael Parker

 

Through the relationships he cultivated with the White House and US Congress, John Hume created the framework for peace in Northern Ireland. Narrated by Liam Neeson, this documentary includes wide-ranging interviews with US Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, UK Prime Ministers John Major and Tony Blair, as well as many US Senators, US Congressmen and Irish leaders.

 

This event is open to the public.

To be followed by a wine reception.

 

4th Week

 

 

Monday

29 October

12:00-14:00

 

 

American History Graduate Seminar

Rivers Gambrell (Kellogg)

To be confirmed

 

Tuesday

30 October

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 October

12:30-14:00

 

 

American History Research Seminar

Paul Lawrie (Winnipeg)

The color of hours: race, time and space in post-industrial urban America

 

 

Wednesday

31 October

13:00-14:30

 

 

RAI Special Seminar

Dale Turner (British Academy Visiting Fellow, attached to the Treatied Spaces Research Cluster at the University of Hull)

Historical Indian treaties in American and Canadian constitutional contexts

 

 

Wednesday

31 October

17:30-18:30

 

 

Oxford Early American Republic Seminar

Meg Roberts (Cambridge)

Work, manufacturing, and disability in the early republic

 

 

 

 

5th Week

 

 

Monday

5 November

12:00-14:00

 

 

American History Graduate Seminar

Graduate Skills Workshop: journal articles

 

 

Tuesday

6 November

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

7 November

13:00-14:30

 

RAI Special Event

Post-midterm election analysis and discussion with RAI staff and guests

 

A sandwich lunch will be provided.

 

 

Wednesday

7 November

17:00-18:30

 

Book Presentation

Meet You in Atlantic City: Travels in Springsteen’s New Jersey

James Pettifer (Oxford)

Chaired by Godfrey Hodgson

 

This event is open to the public.

To be followed by a wine reception.

 

 

Friday

9 November

12:30-14:00

 

 

RAI Special Seminar

Stephen Meili (Minnesota)

The U.S. midterm elections: implications for immigration law and policy

 

A sandwich lunch will be provided.

 

6th Week

 

 

Monday

12 November

12:00-14:00

 

 

American History Graduate Seminar

Oenonie Kubie (Univ)

To be confirmed

 

Tuesday

13 November

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

13 November

17:00-18:30

 

Harmsworth Lecture in American History

Barbara Savage (Pennsylvania)

War, race, and anti-imperialism in Merze Tate’s international thought

 

This lecture will be held in the Examination Schools.

This event is open to the public.

 

 

Wednesday

14 November

10:30-13:00

 

American Literature Workshop: Willa Cather ‘Outside the Box’

 

A conversation that seeks to reassess this currently-neglected author, featuring a keynote presentation by Dr Catherine Morley (Leicester).

Coffee and cake will be served. Open to paper presenters only: for more information and/or if you wish to take part, please contact tessa.roynon@ell.ox.ac.uk by 22 October.

 

 

Wednesday

14 November

13:00-14:30

 

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Raluca Pahontu (Nuffield)

The Republican disaster: natural hazard exposure, risk aversion, and insurance demand

 

 

Wednesday

14 November

17:30-18:30

 

Oxford Early American Republic Seminar

Liz Barnes (Reading)

Navigating authorities in the Reconstruction South: freedwomen and community-based sexual violence

 

 

Thursday

15 November

17:00-19:00

 

 

American Literature Research Seminar

Gayle Rogers (Pittsburgh)

The price of speculative futurity, from Verne to Schuyler

 

 

Friday

16 November

12:00-13:30

 

Book Presentation

John Lehman (US Secretary of the Navy, 1981-87)

Oceans Ventured: Winning the Cold War at Sea

 

 

Friday

16 November

17:00-18:30

 

Open Friday at the RAI

Susan Schulten (Denver)

A history of America in 100 maps

 

This event is open to the public.

To be followed by a wine reception

 

7th Week

 

 

Monday

19 November

12:00-14:00

 

 

American History Graduate Seminar

Stephen Symchych (St Antony’s)

Channing, story and political identity: early 19th century

 

 

Tuesday

20 November

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

20 November

13:00-14:15

 

Discussion of the Harmsworth Lecture in American History

 

A sandwich lunch will be provided from 12:30.

 

Wednesday

21 November

13:00-14:30

 

RAI Special Seminar

David Leal (University of Texas)

America’s midterm elections and the implications for the Trump presidency

 

8th Week

 

 

Monday

26 November

12:00-14:00

 

American History Graduate Seminar

Grace Mallon (Univ)

Governing the states in the new nation, 1789-1801

 

 

Monday

26 November

17:00-18:30

 

 

RAI Special Seminar

“Du yu espik English?” Latino culture and identity in the United States

Ilan Stavans (Amherst)

 

Co-sponsored by the Latin American Centre and the Sub-Faculty of Spanish, with María Del Pilar Blanco as discussant.

 

 

Tuesday

27 November

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

28 November

13:00-14:30

 

 

American Politics Graduate Seminar

Alex Coccia (St John’s)

Structure and agency: contenders in America’s poverty narrative

 

 

Wednesday

28 November

17:30-18:30

 

 

Oxford Early American Republic Seminar

Donald Ratcliffe (RAI)

Henry Storrs and new light on the Missouri Crisis

 

Thursday

29 November

17:00-18:30

 

 

American Literature Research Seminar

Emily Coit (Bristol and RAI)

Pure English: Edith Wharton’s American elect

 

 

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