Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

History Graduate Students Association Conference 2019

Friday, February 22 –
Saturday, February 23, 2019

Smith-Buonanno Hall

Registration is required. Register here by Friday, February 8.

Co-sponsored Events

Friday 2/22

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Keynote Address – Smith-Buonanno Hall, room 106

  Rebecca Tinio McKenna (University of Notre Dame) – "Parlor, Port, Company Town, and Saloon: Scenes from a History of the Piano"

Reception to follow in Lobby of Smith-Buonanno

Saturday 2/23

*​All events are in Smith-Buonanno Hall, room 106, room 207 and the adjacent lobby.

9:30 - 10:00 a.m.  Registration, coffee, breakfast

10:00am - 12:00 p.m.  ​Session 1

Contest for Control along Early American Waterways

  Chair: Linford Fisher (Brown University)

  • Alice King (University of Virginia), "Pyquaagg nowe called Wythersfeild:" Connecticut River Communities and Conflict in the Pequot War, 1636-1638 "

  • Donovan Fifield (University of Virginia), “Charles Apthorp’s Warehouse: Oceanfront Property, Information Access, and Monopolization in Eighteenth-Century Massachusetts”

  • Jennifer Levin (University of Virginia), “‘The Good Union of the Two Crowns’: Cautious Collaboration on the Gulf Coast during the War of the Spanish Succession”

  • Chris Whitehead (University of Virginia)

Power at the Peripheries: Race, Politics, and Control in Modern U.S. History

  Chair: Francoise Hamlin (Brown University)

  • Sam Hege (Rutgers University), “Living in the Flats: A Study of Race, Water, and Toxicity in America’s Agricultural Heartland”

  • Carie Rael (Rutgers University), “From Farmland to Fantasyland: Anaheim’s History of Racialized Violence”

  • Joseph Kaplan (Rutgers University), “Normalizing Repression: How the United States Turned Assata Shakur into a Terrorist and Resuscitated COINTELPRO”

  • Ian Gavigan (Rutgers University), “Ballot Box Radicalism and the Limits of the City: Pennsylvania Socialists in the Great Depression, 1927-1937”

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  Lunch – provided to registered participants

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.  Session 2

Making and Unmaking of Peripheries: Economic Networks, Natural Resources, and Diverging Spaces

  Chair: Bathsheba Demuth (Brown University)

  • Monish Borah (University of California, Irvine), “Diverging into Peripheries”

  • Chris Melvin (Yale University), “Breaking Refuge: Oil and the Politics of Integration on an Indigenous Resource Frontier, 1931-1975”

  • Ji Soo Hong (Brown University), “From Hinterland to Powerhouse: The Rise of Oil Towns and Siberian Development, 1960-1980"

Parlor, Campus, and Conference: Asserting Selfhood through Claiming Space

  Chair: TBC

  • Kevin Caprice (University of Virginia), “Premium Veteranhood: Union Veteran usage of Place, Space, and Peripheries”

  • Brooke Thomas (Rutgers University), “To Make Black Girls Aware of Their Surroundings, Problems and Culture:” The 1970 Conference on Black Girl Scouting and Black Power”

  • Anna Richey (Rutgers University), “The Politics of Space in Feminist Anti Rape Activism in Columbus, Ohio”

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.  Coffee and refreshment break

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.  Session 3

Boundaries of Belief: Contesting Belonging in the Premodern World

  Chair: Tara Nummedal (Brown University)

  • Amanda Rivera (Boston University), “The Rise of a Phoenix: Liminal Transformation in Moschus’ Europa”

  • Micaela Kowalski (University of Virginia), “From the Marvelous to the Demonic: Shifting visual vocabulary of peripheries during the Reformation”

  • Tyler Kynn (Yale University), “Encountering Islam and Empire: The Early Modern Hajj and the Political Meanings of a Trans-Imperial Space”

Bounded Lives, Contested Spaces: New Horizons in the Spatial History of Slavery

  Chair: Marcus Nevius (University of Rhode Island)

  • Jerrad P. Pacatte (Rutgers University), “Cartographies of Captivity and Resistance: The Spatial History of Slavery and Unfreedom in Pre-Revolutionary War New England”

  • Whitney Fields (Rutgers University), “Contested Grounds: The Grave, Community, and Resistance in the Antebellum South”

  • Evan Turiano (City University of New York), “Its Head in the City, Its Body in the Country: Rural Activism and the Fugitive Slave Crisis”