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 where stated. Please contact Dr David Silkenat ( to be added to the mailing list.

Events schedule

Semester 2 2022/23

Date Speaker Topic Format
Thu 26 Jan

Rick Bell (University of Maryland)

'Taking liberties: Street fights and streetcars in Jim Crow New York'  
Thu 2 Feb Bruce Baker (University of Newcastle)

'The publication history of the adventures and escape of Moses Roper, from American slavery, 1837-1849'

Thu 2 Mar Jennifer Harbour, Christine Dando, & Jeannette Gabriel (University of Nebraska - Omaha)

'The Omaha Spatial Justice Project: Unmapping racially restrictive covenants in the urban landscape'


Thu 9 Mar

Jess Parr (Northeastern University)

'Revolutionary memory and the politics of African American identity'  
Thu 16 Mar Rob O’Sullivan (University of Cambridge)

'Free-soilism, red Republicanism and Cuban annexationism - the Irish-American press and the early-1850s'

Thu 23 Mar Ben Houston (University of Newcastle)

'Race in the Rust Belt: Oral histories of Black Pittsburgh in the age of deindustrialisation'

Thu 6 Apr Jasmin Bath (University of Cambridge)

'Janet and Mary Ann: Breadwinner abandonment, and communities of knowledge in antebellum New York City'


Semester 1 2022/23

Date Speaker
Thu 29 Sep

Megan Hunt (University of  Edinburgh): ‘When Things Made sense, When We Were the Good Guys’: Reconstructed White Southerners in the Mid-1990s Civil Rights Melodrama.

Thu 06 Oct

Diana Lemberg (University of St Andrews): Heritage Speakers, Colorblind Skill, and the Limits of Instrumentalized Liberalism at the Army Language School, 1941-1965

Thu 13 Oct

Ken Witoonchart (University of Edinburgh): Impasse and Indecision in the Waning Days of Southeast Asia under Nixon and Ford

Thu 20 Oct

Ben Quail (University of Glasgow): My Dearest Lyndon: Harold Holt, Lyndon Johnson, and the Early Australian-American Strategic Alliance (in 50GS G.01)

Thu 27 Oct Ashley Rogers (Louisiana State University/Whitney Plantation): Post-Slavery Labor at Whitney Plantation                
Thu 03 Nov

Rob Forbes (Southern Connecticut State University): The World in Which We Live Does Not Exist: David Walker’s Jefferson and the Collapse of the Providential Order

Thu 17 Nov Robert Suits (University of Edinburgh): The Right to Room Temperature: Comfort, Climate, and America's Puzzling Energy Economy        

An additional event will take place on Monday 10 October at 5pm"The Global American Civil War" will be a joint book talk with Amanda Bellows (New School for Social Research) and David Thomson (Sacred Heart University) about their new books. This will be held in room 40GS_LG.09. Links to their books can be found below:

Bonds of War by David K. Thomson 

American Slavery and Russian Serfdom in the Post-Emancipation Imagination by Amanda Brickell Bellows 

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