School of History, Classics & Archaeology

American History seminars

The School offers an American History seminar and workshop series, as well as round table events and a reading group.

Time and location

The events will take place at 5pm (UK time) on Thursdays. Method of delivery is to be finalised. Please contact Dr David Silkenat ( to be added to the mailing list.

Events schedule

Semester 2 2021/22

Date Speaker
Thu 27 Jan

Kellen Heniford (Penn State University): 'Slavery is slavery: The invention of the 'Free State' in the 1820s'

Thu 10 Feb

Justin Randolph (Texas State University): 'Jim Crow policing at the southern border'

Thu 17 Feb

Tim Galsworthy (University of Sussex): 'The Party of Lincoln? American Civil War memory, civil rights, and the Republican Party, 1960-68'

Thu 10 Mar

Katherine Burns (University of Edinburgh): 'Information wanted advertisements: Ads and intergenerational family trauma' ROOM LG.08, 40 George Square, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Mar

Adam McNeil (Rutgers University): '“He don't like the country and cannot consent to go out": Black Philadelphians and the fight to dismantle slavery, 1765-1783'

Thu 24 Mar

POSTPONED Fabian Hilfrich (University of Edinburgh): 'A democratic war? The battle about the domestic legitimacy of the Vietnam War' - ROOM LG.06, 40 George Square, Edinburgh

Thu 7 Apr David Ballantyne (Keele University): 'Creating "The Tragic Era": Reconstruction and its afterlife in central Louisiana'
Thu 14 Apr

Hannah Jeffery (University of Edinburgh): ‘"I had to fight with my brushes": Revolution in Black murals of the New Deal era'

Semester 1 2021/22

Date Speaker
Thursday 23 September

Rachel Herrmann (Cardiff): Victual Imperialism: Expanding a Concept on Hunger and Borders in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Florida, Louisiana, and California. 

Thursday 30 September Stephanie Narrow (University of California – Irvine): Systems of Subordination: Race, Culture, and Imperial Order in Hong Kong and Gold Rush California 
Thursday 7 October Jason Herbert (Minnesota): "East Florida is Necessarily a Frontier": Beef, the Treaty of Moultrie Creek, and the Origins of American Indian Reservation Policy in Florida  
Thursday 14 October Brianna Nofil (William & Mary): Detention Power: American Jails and the Origins of Immigrant Incarceration 
Thursday 21 October Alice King (Virginia): Tributary Colonialism in 1630s Connecticut 
Thursday 4 November

Laurie Manson (Glasgow): The Constitution, its 25th Amendment, the Presidency and Eight Novels 

Thursday 11 November

Emma Day (Oxford): Of Childbearing Age: AIDS, the Reagan Administration, and Reproduction, 1981-1994 

Thursday 18 November

Nicole Gipson (Manchester): The Rise and Fall of Welfare Hotels: housing precarity and homelessness in New York City 1970 – 1990 

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