Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943

OIEAHC–SEA Conference

June 18–21, 2015 • Chicago, Illinois


Thursday, June 18, 2015

12:00 p.m.
Registration opens

Room 301


Graduate Student Lunch: “The Trade Gap” reconsidered

Kasbeer Hall

Organizers: Melissa Antonucci, University of Tulsa, and Kirsten Iden, Auburn University

Advance registration required, including a $5 fee for lunch.

Intended for graduate students, this event will feature a roundtable discussion on the multidisciplinary study of early America led by Professor Eric Slauter, University of Chicago, revisiting “the trade gap,” or the perceived lack of critical exchange among historians and their literary counterparts, originally discussed at the 2007 joint OIEAHC-SEA meeting and in the subsequent 2008 forum published in both the William and Mary Quarterly and Early American Literature.

The following workshops have limited availability. Please register in advance.


Workshop I: Native American Visual Cultures: Holdings of the Newberry Library

Held at the Newberry Library

Patricia Marroquin Norby, Director, D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Newberry Library

Philip Round, University of Iowa

The Workshop is full; registration is closed.

Workshop II: Interpreting Britain’s Recruitment of Black Soldiers in Jamaica during the American War for Independence

Room 202

Maria A. Bollettino, Framingham State University
Matthew Dziennik, University of Saskatchewan
Simon P. Newman, University of Glasgow

Advance registration required.

This workshop will involve participants in the close reading and analysis of one key and several related primary sources about the recruitment and deployment of free black, mulatto and eventually enslaved soldiers in Jamaica. The organizers will pre-circulate the documents to workshop participants, and will provide some brief context at the session. Participants will then join in a critical reading and evaluation of the sources, their meaning, and their significance.

Workshop III: Just Teach One: Rethinking Pedagogy, Canonicity, & Early US Print Culture

Room 205

Duncan Faherty, Queens College & The Graduate Center, CUNY
Andy Doolen, University of Kentucky
Ed White, Tulane University

Advance registration required.

Now in its third year, the Just Teach One Project ( emerged out of a series of conversations about the state of recovery within the field of early American studies, and more specifically about how the present moment presented a strange blend of opportunities and obstacles for such work. At this workshop we would like to consider these issues by exploring how the classroom can be a practical laboratory for canonical and archival expansion. In so doing, we will consider, among other questions, whether or not the canonical “status” of a text demands or enables a different kind of pedagogy. No experience teaching a JTO text is necessary to attend this workshop.


Workshop IV: The Maturing Blogosphere of Early America

Room 306

Joseph M. Adelman, Framingham State University, The Junto, and Assistant Editor of Digital Initiative, Omohundro Institute.

Advance registration required.

The Workshop will feature the following scholar-bloggers:

  • Joseph M. Adelman, Framingham State University, The Junto
  • Benjamin Breen, University of Texas, The Appendix
  • Emily Conroy-Krutz, Michigan State University, Teaching U.S. History
  • John Fea, Messiah College, The Way of Improvement Leads Home
  • Rebecca Goetz, New York University, Historianess

Over the past ten years, writing online—in particular through blogs—has become a staple of public engagement for many scholars of early America. No longer a fringe activity, blogging is a core part of the identity of many scholars and provides a forum for presenting research, thinking through theoretical problems, and sometimes just having fun with early American history. This panel will bring together scholars at a range of career points to discuss some of the ways in which they have used blogging in their research, teaching, and service, and explore the strengths and weaknesses of early American history conversations online.

Workshop V: Teaching with Things: A Material Culture Workshop

Room 106

Wendy Bellion, University of Delaware

Advance registration required.

The recent “visual” and “material” turns within the humanities have introduced exciting possibilities for teaching early American studies with things.  But how does one implement material culture studies within the classroom?  What sorts of objects make for creative investigation and discussion?  What sorts of questions get students thinking and talking?  This workshop will introduce various material culture pedagogies, exploring the potential and limits of different approaches through hands-on work with artifacts.  Participants will learn practical strategies for classroom use—from object handling to object analysis and the development of questions for student discussion.

Workshop VI: Editing Examined

Room 105

Sandra Gustafson, University of Notre Dame
Karin Wulf, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and College of William & Mary

Advance registration required.

Why is editing so important, what is the value added, and why and how should we do it? This workshop will look at the wide range of editorial practices that inform and facilitate scholarship, from primary source editing to substantive and manuscript editing.  The workshop leaders have between them decades of experience in the wide range of editorial work, as editors and book review editors of major journals (EAL and WMQ), anthologies (The Norton Anthology of American Literature), and primary texts (Milcah Martha Moore’s Book and The Diary of Hannah Callender Sansom). We will bring examples from each, talking about early American texts and editorial choice, and about the intensive relationship between (living) author and editor.  We will discuss editing as part of the collaborative production of scholarship.

Reception at the Newberry Library

Please join us in Ruggles Hall at the beautiful Newberry Library for an opening night reception. Tickets are $10 per person and are available via the Registration page.

Dinner on your own
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