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

All Workshops meet at 5pm (UK time) in Room 2.36, William Robertson Wing, Doorway 4, Old Medical School and online on Zoom. Please contact Dr David Silkenat ( to be added to the mailing list.

Events schedule

Semester 2 2023/24

Date Speaker Topic Notes
Thu 15 Feb

Andrew Davenport (Georgetown University)

This Dreadful Business': Debt, Death, and Dispersal from Monticello

Online only
Thu 7 Mar Kate Clarke (University of Edinburgh)

Echoes of the Pursuit for Scottish Independence upon the American Revolution

Online only

Thu 14 Mar Chris Bates (University of Edinburgh)

 President, Nation, and Empire: Jefferson’s America and the Limits of De-Anglicisation, 1800-1809


Thu 21 Mar

Sophie White (University of Notre Dame/Leeds)

‘His Master’s Grace’: Extrajudicial Violence and Mercy in Atlantic Slave Societies (Co-sponsored with the Edinburgh Centre for Global History)


Semester 1 2023/24

Date Speaker Topic Notes
Thu 28 Sep


Catherine Clinton (UT – San Antonio)

'Battling for Inclusion:  Civil War and Reconstruction Studies'

Thu 5 Oct Simon Buck (University of Edinburgh/IASH)

'Debating American Slavery and Abolition, 1856-1870'

Thu10 Oct Jessica Leeper (University of Oxford)

 'Abigail and Louisa Catherine Adams: The Etiquette Question and the Problem of Social Rank in the Early U.S. Capitals'


Thu 2 Nov

Rob O’Sullivan (University of Cambridge)

' British Intervention, Emancipation and European Revolution -  The Irish-American press and the American Civil War'

Thu 16 Nov Christina Dando, Jeannette Gabriel, and Jennifer Harbour (University of Omaha)

'The Omaha Spatial Justice Project: The Study of Racially Restrictive Covenants and the Creation a Historical Database of for Citizen-Archivists'

Online only

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