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 on Thurdays from 5pm on Zoom. To receive precirculated papers and links to the session please contact Dr David Silkenat, 

Events schedule

Semester 1 2020/21

Date Speaker Topic
Thursday 24 Sept   

Megan Hunt (University of Edinburgh)

'Boo, Bull, and Birmingham: "To Kill a Mockingbird", black protest and racial moderation in April 1963'
Thursday 1 Oct Iain Flood (University of Newcastle)

'Experiences of grief in Missouri's Guerrilla Conflict'

Thursday 8 Oct Kate Ballantyne (Keele University)

'Kneel, sit, or stand: Creating a student movement in Civil Rights era Tennessee'

Thursday 15 Oct Timo McGregor (New York University)

'Protective politics: Violence, property and the boundaries of the Polis in New Netherland, 1624-1664'

Thursday 22 Oct Sally Gordon (Univeristy of Pennsylvania) and Kevin Waite (Durham University)

'An unlikely freedom: Westward migration and the law of slavery in California'

Thursday 29 Oct

Gideon Cohn-Postar (University of Pennsylvania)

‘"That infernal race prejudice": Dr George Wellington Bryant and the political exploitation of African American officeholding in Gilded Age Maryland'
Thursday 5 Nov

Sveinn Johanesson (University of Edinburgh)    

'The war of 1812 and the hidden transformation of the American central state'  
Thursday 19 Nov Abena Boakyewa-Ansah (Vanderbilt University)

'"She was hunting freedom": Black women's paths out of the Confederacy'

Thursday 3 Dec

Claire Aubin (University of Edinburgh)

'"A task worth doing at all is a task worth doing well": Holocaust perpetrators and Post-war US immigration mechanisms'

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Further information

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The School of History, Classics and Archaeology offers an exciting programme of seminars across many subjects areas. Visit the research seminars website to find out what else is happening.