Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943

OI 23rd Annual Conference

Ann Arbor, June 15–17, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

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8:00 a.m.
Registration opens
Registration opens in the Rackham Building, University of Michigan, 915 E. Washington Street
Book exhibits open
Rackham Assembly Hall, 4th floor
Session 12—Proclaiming Independence: Taking Stock of the American Revolution

Rackham East Conference Room, 4th floor

Chair: Patrick Griffin, University of Notre Dame

Danielle Allen, Harvard University, and Emily Sneff, Declaration Resources Project, “The Sussex Declaration”

Shira Lurie, University of Virginia, “Liberty Trees and Sedition Poles: The Struggle for Popular Politics in the Early Republic”

Lindsay Chervinsky, University of California, Davis, “The Room Where It Happened: How George Washington’s Private Office Shaped the Evolution of the President’s Cabinet and the Executive Branch”

Comment: Serena Zabin, Carleton College

Session 13—Recent Developments in Mission Studies and the Writing of Early American History

Rackham West Conference Room, 4th floor

Chair: Edward Andrews, Providence College

Emily Conroy-Krutz, Michigan State University, “Foreign Missions and Foreign Engagement in the Early Republic”

Mark Dixon, Princeton Theological Seminary, “Mission Archives and the Historiography of African American Slavery”

Rachel Wheeler, Indiana University–Purdue University, Indianapolis “Into and Out of Mission Archives: A Quarter Century of Scholarship on Native American History”

Comment: Katharine Gerbner, University of Minnesota

Session 14—Recasting an Old Standby: Locating the American Revolution in a Vast Early America

Rackham Earl Lewis Room, 3rd floor

Chair: Eliga Gould, University of New Hampshire

Sam Fisher, University of Notre Dame, “Gaelic and Indian Royalism in the Revolution: Or, the Empire Turned Upside Down”

Jonathan Singerton, University of Edinburgh, “‘Some here are warm for the part of America’: The Habsburg Monarchy and the American Revolution, ca. 1776–1789”

Comment: Karen Racine, University of Guelph

Session 15—Taking Stock of Communications Histories: New Directions in the Social Life of Media, 1730–1775

Rackham Amphitheatre, 4th floor

Chair: Mary Kelley, University of Michigan

Stephen Hay, University of British Columbia, “Silence and Violence in Labrador’s Inuit-British Borderlands, 1759–1770”

Carl Robert Keyes, Assumption College, “‘The late total Stop to Business, and other Discouragements’: Responses to the Stamp Act in Advertisements for Consumer Goods and Services”

Justin Pope, Beloit College, “Peter Fleet: The First Black Printer in Colonial North America and Manufacturer of Reports of Slave Rebellion, 1743”

Comment: Lynda Yankaskas, Muhlenberg College

Session 16—Rethinking the Religious Landscape of Early New England

Rackham West Conference Room, 4th floor

Chair: Susan Juster, University of Michigan

Richard Cogley, Southern Methodist University, “Samuel Sewall and the Mexican Millennium”

Jenny Pulsipher, Brigham Young University, “Reading Conversion through a Native Lens”

Adrian Chastain Weimer, Providence College, “‘The Advice of the Reverend Elders’: Religion and Political Culture in Early Massachusetts”

Comment: Susan Juster, University of Michigan

Session 17—Histories of Sexuality in the Wake of the Postsecular Turn

Rackham East Conference Room, 4th floor

Chair: Greta LaFleur, Yale University

Peter Coviello, University of Illinois at Chicago, “Bad Belief”

Scott Larson, George Washington University, “‘Strange Effects upon the Body’: Rethinking Religion Before Sexuality”

Wendy Roberts, University at Albany, “Seductive Verse: Evangelical Poetry and Early American Sexuality”

Comment: Brian Connolly, University of South Florida

Session 18—Familial Connections of Race, Place, and Loyalty

Rackham Earl Lewis Room, 3rd floor

Chair: Barbara Oberg, Princeton University

Dan Livesay, Claremont McKenna College, “Re-Approaching Slavery in Early America through the Life Cycle”

Kimberly Sherman, University of St. Andrews, “‘To whose care shall I leave them in this heathenish place?’: Family Strategy among Scots in North Carolina, 1735–1775”

Donald Johnson, North Dakota State University, “Making Loyalty a Family Business”

Comment: John McCurdy, Eastern Michigan University

Session 19—Centering Jamaica: New Directions in the Histories of Gender, Violence, and Illicit Trade

Rackham Amphitheatre, 4th floor

Chair: Roderick McDonald, Rider University

Shauna Sweeney, Omohundro Institute, “Market-Women and the Military: The West Indies Regiments and the Informal Economy in Eighteenth-Century Jamaica”

Nuala Zahedieh, University of Edinburgh, “Defying Mercantilism: Illicit Trade, Trust and the Sephardim in Early English Jamaica”

Comment: Trevor Burnard, University of Melbourne

Optional lunch workshop with Sam Haselby, editor of Aeon, on how to write op-ed pieces for the educated but non-scholarly audience. Lunch included. Registration FULL.

Rackham Amphitheatre

Boxed lunches will be available starting at 12:15 in the East and West Conference rooms. Seating for lunch will be in the East and West conference rooms and in Assembly Hall. Please join us at 12:45 in the Rackham Amphitheatre for Sam Haselby’s talk. (Food is not allowed in the Amphitheatre.)

Session 20—Mapping and Spatial Practices in Early America

William L. Clements Library Conference Room, 909 S. University Avenue

Registration limited to 20 and session is full.

Chair: Brian Dunnigan, University of Michigan

S. Max Edelson, University of Virginia, “The Eye of Empire: Representing Conquest, Population, and Landscape on the Murray Map, ca. 1760–1761”

Philip Morgan, Johns Hopkins University, “Caribbean Mapping, 1490–1810”

Mary Pedley, William L. Clements Library, “Map Reproduction: Methods and Meaning in Eighteenth-Century Cartography”

Nina Nazionale, New York Historical Society, “The Lay of the Land: Studying the Revolutionary War through Maps”

Comment: Matthew Edney, University of Southern Maine

Session 21—Re-Assessing 1763: A View from Beyond the Thirteen Colonies

Rackham Earl Lewis Room, 3rd floor

Chair: Gregory Dowd, University of Michigan

Rachel Banke, University of Notre Dame, “‘The Cloven Foot’ of Lord Bute: Confronting the Expanded Empire”

Garrett Fontenot, McGill University, “A Continental Forest Obscured by the Trees of Quebec: Canadian Policy and the Forging of the Revolutionary Crisis, 1763–1775”

Heather Freund, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, “Property and Popery: Debating the Rights of Subjecthood for French Catholics in the Ceded Islands, 1763–1770”

Cam Shriver, Ohio State University, “British Surveillance in the Wake of Pontiac’s War”

Comment: Eliga Gould, University of New Hampshire

Session 22—Digital Revolution: A Roundtable on Big Data Analysis of Eighteenth-Century America

Rackham West Conference Room, 4th floor

Chair: Ben Wright, University of Texas at Dallas

Loren Moulds, University of Virginia and Randall Flaherty, University of Virginia, Scottish Court of Session Digital Archive

Nicholas Bonneau, University of Notre Dame, “Founding Fathers, Fallen Children: Uncovering the Consequences of North America’s Invisible Eighteenth-Century Throat Distemper Epidemics”

Sean Morey Smith, Rice University, “Testimonies against Slavery: Text Mining Revolutionary Pennsylvania’s Antislavery Discourse”

Comment: Melissa N. Morris, Columbia University

Session 23— Possible Futures: Culture and the American Revolution after Possible Pasts

Rackham Amphitheatre, 4th floor

Chair: Michael Meranze, University of California, Los Angeles

Elizabeth Dillon, Northeastern University

Sarah Knott, Indiana University

Catherine O’Donnell, Arizona State University

David Waldstreicher, City University of New York

Kariann Akemi Yokota, University of Colorado, Denver

Session 24—Rethinking Runaway Slave Advertisements

Rackham East Conference Room, 4th floor

Registration limited to 20 and session is full.

Antonio Bly, Appalachian State Univerity

Nicole Maskiell, University of South Carolina, Columbia

Stephen Mullen, University of Glasgow

Nelson Mundell, University of Glasgow

Hayley Negrin, New York University

Simon Newman, University of Glasgow

Billy Smith, Montana State University


Rackham Amphitheatre, 4th floor

Tiya Miles, University of Michigan
“Slavery and Freedom in the Detroit River Region”


Michigan League, Michigan Room, 2nd floor
911 N. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, Michigan

*The Michigan League is across the street from Rackham Hall.

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