Conference Program

Thursday, October 8, 2015

4:00 p.m.—4:30 p.m. Registration

4:30 p.m.—4:45 p.m. Welcome and Introductory Comments

4:45 p.m.—6:30 p.m.

Panel 1: Setting the Stage of American Politics

Chair: Andrew Inchiosa, University of Chicago 

Katlyn Carter, Princeton University
"The Politics of Secrecy in the Early Republic: The Jay Treaty and Calls for Transparent Government"

Sandra Perot, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"Anglophone Theatre and Cultural Diplomacy in Eighteenth-Century America"

Benjamin C. Lyons, Columbia University
"Political Theory in the Pre-Revolutionary Colleges of North America"

Derek O'Leary, University of California, Berkeley
"Early US Consuls Amid a Turbulent World"

6:30 p.m.—7:30 p.m. Opening Reception

Friday, October 9, 2015

8:15 a.m.—9:00 a.m. Coffee & Light Breakfast

9:00 a.m.—10:30 a.m.

Panel 2: Negotiating Cross-Cultural Exchange:
Information, Commodities, and Power in Native History

Chair: Elizabeth Ellis, McNeil Center for Early American Studies

Garrett W. Wright, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"Informing Empires:  Exchange and Movement in the Eighteenth-Century Central Plains"

Augustin Habran, Paris Diderot University
"New Geopolitics of the West: The Five Civilized Tribes as Agents in the Creation of an 'Indian State' in the West, 1835-1850"

Alexandra L. Montgomery, University of Pennsylvania
"Cod, Captives, and Conviviality: British, French and Native Interactions in the Northeastern Borderlands in War and Peace, 1675-1763"

10:30 a.m.—10:45 a.m. Break 

10:45 a.m.—12:15 p.m.

Panel 3: The Not-So-Sleepy South

Chair: Rachel Engl, Lehigh University 

Franklin Sammons, University of California, Berkeley
"The Imperial Imagination of Alexander Moultrie: Land Speculation, Slavery, and Finance in the Post-Revolutionary United States"

Aaron Hall, University of California, Berkeley
"Internal Improvements, Slavery and Constitutional Authority: How a Slave State Improved Itself and America Claimed the Founding, 1812-1850"

Glen Olson, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
"Imagining Slavery's Leviathan: Slaveholder Demands and Abolitionist Fears of Federal Institutions in Florida, 1837-1841"

12:15 p.m.—1:15 p.m. Lunch (on own)

1:15 p.m.—2:45 p.m.

Panel 4: Contesting Health and Authority

Chair: Christopher Jones, College of William and Mary

Kristen D. Burton, University of Texas, Arlington
"'Resolved to Drink in Spite of Me': Alcohol, Slavery, and Resistance in Eighteenth-Century British America"

Jennifer Burd, Temple University
"'A Paradox in Nature': Slave Rebellion and the Boston Inoculation Controversy"

Hannah Anderson, University of Pennsylvania
"Not a Weed, But a Medicine: Competing Visions of Weeds, Health, and Landscape in Early Philadelphia"

2:45 p.m.—3:00 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.

McNeil Center for Early American Studies Friday Seminar (Please Note the Location: Cohen Hall 402, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia) )

Kellie Carter Jackson, Hunter College, CUNY

"Forcing Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence"

Professor Jackson's paper will be precirculated and should be read by all who attend. For access, contact

5:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m. Reception

Saturday, October 10, 2015

8:15 a.m.—9:00 a.m. Coffee & Light Breakfast

9:00 a.m.—10:30 a.m.

Panel 5: Distance, Intimacy, and the Market

Chair: Lauren Kimball, Rutgers University

Zachary Dorner, Brown University
"'Punctuality of Payment is the Life of Business': Rethinking the Role of Markets and Personal Connections in Eighteenth-Century Transatlantic Trade"

Jonathan Quint, University of Windsor
"'Commercial Loyalty' and Transnational Trade in the Detroit River Region, 1780-1820"

Joseph P. Slaughter, University of Maryland
"To Indiana and Back Again: A Utopian Society's Uneasy Relationship with the Early American Market Economy"

10:30 a.m.—10:45 a.m. Break 

10:45 a.m.—12:15 p.m.

Panel 6: Race, Rhetoric, and the Politics of Movement

Chair: Alex Manevitz, New York University 

Samuel Davis, Temple University
"Embodied Freedom: Colonization, Imperialism, and Atlantic Black Citizenship"

Evgenia Shnayder Shoop, University of Pennsylvania
"Mobile Republic: Passports and the Regulation of Movement in American State Formation and Citizenship"

John Garrison Marks, Rice University
"'Dangerous designs and machinations': Free People of Color and the Haitian Revolution in Cartagena and Charleston"

12:15 p.m.—1:45 p.m. Lunch (on own)

1:45 p.m.—3:15 p.m.

Panel 7: Hope, Pathos, and Anxiety in Atlantic Print

Chair: Nicholas Gliserman, University of Southern California 

Jay David Miller, University of Notre Dame
"God's Protecting Providence in Print: Jonathan Dickinson's Captivity Narrative in the Quaker Atlantic World"

Michael Hoppin Read, University of Rochester
"Gatherings of Flesh and Blood: The Circulation of Captives and Captivity Literature during the Long Eighteenth Century"

David Thomas, Temple University
"A 'monster of a man' Plagues the Nation: Print, Trauma and Atlantic Anxiety in Revolutionary America"

3:15 p.m.—3:30 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m.—5:00 p.m.

Keynote Address

François Furstenberg, Johns Hopkins University

5:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m. Reception

The conference will be held 8-10 October 2015 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Unless otherwise indicated, all events will take place at the McNeil Center, 3355 Woodland Walk. All inquiries should be directed to

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