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June 15th


FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018

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All conference sessions, unless otherwise noted, take place in the Sadler Center, 200 Stadium Drive, on the campus of William & Mary. Parking is available.

8:30 a.m.
Registration opens
Book exhibits open
Chesapeake A
 Session 5 • “An Ocean of Rumors: Newspapers and Information Management in the Atlantic World”
Tidewater A
Chair: Carl Robert Keyes, Assumption College

Esther Baakman, Leiden University, “‘Their power has been broken, the danger has past’: Dutch newspaper coverage of the Berbice slave revolt, 1763”

Tiffany Bousard, Leiden University, “Dealing with Habsburg defeat in the Southern Netherlandish press: The cases of Dutch Brazil (1624) and English Jamaica (1655)”

Alasdair Macfarlane, Durham University, “‘Inconsistent with Former Accounts’: Reports, Rumors, and the Company of Scotland”

Comment: Michiel van Groesen, Leiden University

 Session 6 • “The New Natural History”
Tidewater B

Chair/Comment: Susan Scott Parrish, University of Michigan

Hannah Anderson, University of Pennsylvania, “Bulrushes, Bedsteads and Pillows: Settler Knowledge and ‘Lived Botany’ in Early Massachusetts”

Carla Cevasco, Rutgers University, “Plant Agency in the Early Atlantic”

Whitney Barlow Robles, Harvard University, “The World Builders: Centering Corals in Early American Natural History”

 Session 7 • “Indigenous Nations in the Early Caribbean”
Chesapeake B

Chair/Comment: Linford Fisher, Brown University

Carolyn Arena, Omohundro Institute, “White Cannibals: Native Perspectives on Caribbean Colonization”

Tessa Murphy, Syracuse University, “Negotiating Native Dominion in the Letter Antilles, 1635–1660”

Edward Noel Smyth, Cabrillo College, “Natchez in Saint Domingue, 1731–1791 and the Obfuscation of Native American Slaves in the French Atlantic”

 Session 8 • “Global Protestantism and the British Atlantic Empire, 1688–1776”
Chesapeake C

Chair: Bertrand van Ruymbeke, Université de Paris

Katherine Carté Engel, Southern Methodist University, “Competing Geographies of British International Protestantism”

Katharine Gerbner, University of Minnesota, “Re-evaluating Protestantism in the British Caribbean: German Moravian Missionaries and Jamaica’s Maroons”

Owen Stanwood, Boston College, “Making the Empire Protestant: Huguenots in the Eighteenth-Century British Atlantic World”

Comment: The Audience

 Session 9 • “Built Environments and the Study of Slavery, Colonization, and Gender in the Early Dutch Atlantic”
York Room

Chair/Comment: Andrew Lipman, Barnard College

Deborah Hamer, Omohundro Institute, “Women Aboard: The Ship as a Gendered Space in the Dutch Atlantic World”

Erin Kramer, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “‘Many inconvenient places far distant from each other’: Constructing Native-Dutch Social Distance in the Built Environments of Northern New Netherland”

Andrea Mosterman, University of New Orleans, “Slavery in the Home: Space, Family, and Enslavement in Early New York’s Dutch Communities”

 Session 10 • “The World of Female Runaways: The Strategies, Politics, and Culture of Women’s Freedom Claims”
James Room

Chair: Tera Hunter, Princeton University

Antonio Bly, Appalachian State University, “Politics of Her Feet: A Study of Women Fugitives in Colonial New England”

Catherine Kerrison, Villanova University, “The Pursuit of Happiness: Female Freedom Suits in Post-Revolutionary Philadelphia“

Nicole Maskiell, University of South Carolina, “‘A scar over one of her Eyebrows’: Cuba’s Escape and the Cross Colonial World of Female Runaway Slaves”

Comment: The Audience


 Session 11 • “Fluid Identities and Composite Empires in an Atlantic World”
Sponsored by the New Netherland Institute and as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York
York Room

Chair/Comment: Christian Koot, Towson University

Timo McGregor, New York University, “Vernacular Political Thought and Imperial Cohabitation on Long Island, 1653–1664”

Melissa Morris, Bridgewater State University, “Across the Channel, Across the Atlantic: Anglo-Dutch Collaboration in the Seventeenth-Century Americas”

Suze Zijlstra, Leiden University, “Anglo-Dutch Conflicts and Resolutions in the New Netherland Court”

 Session 12 • “Disasters in Early America”
Tidewater A

Chair: Sarah Meacham, Virginia Commonwealth University

Cynthia Kierner, George Mason University, “Narrating Disaster: Shipwrecks and the Culture of Calamity”

Matthew Mulcahy, Loyola University Maryland, “‘Miserably Scorch’d’: Drought in the Early Modern British Greater Caribbean”

Thomas Wickman, Trinity College, “Spring Floods and the Shape of Change on the Lower Connecticut”

Comment: Susan Branson, Syracuse University

Institute for Thomas Paine Studies 
Session 13 • “Mapping the Roads to Revolution”
Sponsored by the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies with support from the Gardiner Foundation
James Room

Chair/Comment: Max Edelson, University of Virginia

Chad Anderson, Hartwick College, “Mapping the Rise and Fall of the ‘Iroquois Empire’”

Nora Slonimsky, Iona College, “‘Mr. Lewis Evans, of Philadelphia,’ or How Copyright (Almost) Caused the American Revolution”

Alyssa Zuercher Reichardt, University of Missouri, “The Ends of Empire: Cartographic Conceptions of the Indian Boundary Lines, 1763–1774”

 Session 14 • “Exclusion, Prosecution, Disownment: Dynamics of Membership in Transatlantic Quakerism”
Tidewater B

Chair/Comment: Janet Moore Lindman, Rowan University

Sarah Crabtree, San Francisco State University, “Whaler, Traitor, Coward, Spy!: William Rotch, the Quaker Ethic & the Spirit of Capitalism”

Andrew Murphy, Rutgers University, “Reading Penn out of the Meeting: Pennsylvania’s Two Foundings

Samuel Wells, William & Mary, “‘Here is the Reformation That Is So Much Wanting’: The Times and Travails of Christopher Marshall, Disowned Quaker”

 Session 15 • “Plantation: Place and Process in Seventeenth-Century English America”
Chesapeake B

Chair: Louis Nelson, University of Virginia

Erin Holmes, American Philosophical Society, “‘Built after the English fashion’: The Material and Social Creation of the Plantation in Barbados and Carolina”

Kate Mulry, California State University, Bakersfield, “Royal Plantations in Jamaica and England: Planting Garden Emporiums in the Restoration Atlantic”

Paul Musselwhite, Dartmouth College, “‘A Plantation Known As . . . ’: Naming Plantations in the Seventeenth-Century English Atlantic”

Comment: Audrey Horning, William & Mary

 Session 16 • “Sex, Spinsters, and Scandal: Marriage and Power in the Greater Chesapeake”
Chesapeake C

Chair: Susan Kern, William & Mary

Christine Eisel, University of Memphis, “‘False Scandal Most Unwanting’: Gossip and Status in Early Virginia”

Lindsay Keiter, William & Mary, “‘Her Vicious Conduct’: Women’s Adultery, Men’s Honor, and Family Money in Antebellum America”

Kelly Watson, Avila University, “‘Margaret Brent, Spinster’: Marital Status, Catholic Identity, and Power in Colonial Maryland”

Comment: Amanda Herbert, Folger Institute, Folger Shakespeare Library



WMQ-EAL Lunch to celebrate publication of the “Materials and Methods in Native American and Indigenous Studies” forum
Lodge 1  on the ground floor of the Sadler Center
12:30 and 1:00
Join the staff of Swem Library for a tour of Special Collections.
Meet OI Editor of Books Cathy Kelly at the OI Exhibit in Chesapeake A.
Wim Klooster signs copies of his book at the Cornell University Press booth in Chesapeake A.

 Session 17 • Roundtable — “Geographies of Power on Land and Water: Partitions and Borderlands”
Tidewater B

Moderator: Paul Mapp, William & Mary

Kathleen DuVal, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Eliga Gould, University of New Hampshire

Rachel Herrmann, Cardiff University

Jessica Choppin Roney, Temple University

 Session 18 • “The Caribbean as Early America”
York Room

Chair/Comment: Sasha Turner, University of Quinnipiac

Michael Bennett, University of Sheffield, “The Global Dimensions of the Barbados Sugar Boom, c. 1640–1690”

Casey Schmitt, William & Mary, “Nation and/or Nation? Language and Meaning in the Seventeenth-Century Caribbean”

Robert Taber, Fayetteville State University, “The Caribbean and the U.S. Survey”

 Session 19 • Roundtable — “Digitizing Early America”
Chesapeake B

Moderator: Sharon Block, University of California Irvine

Serena Zabin, Carleton College

Claire Arcenas, University of Montana

Randi Flaherty, University of Virginia

Max Edelson, University of Virginia

 Session 20 • Workshop — “What Does Institutional Support Mean Today? Reflections on the 2017 OI Scholars’ Workshop”
Colony Room

Moderator/Participant: Katherine Johnston, Beloit College

Zachary Dorner, Stanford University

Kate Mulry, California State University, Bakersfield

Edward Noel Smyth, Cabrillo College

Kara French, Salisbury University

 Session 21 • Roundtable — “Biography, Revisited: Rethinking the Boundaries of Form and Inclusivity in Early American Lives”
Tidewater A

Moderator: Karin Wulf, Omohundro Institute

Lisa Brooks, Amherst College

Christian Ayne Crouch, Bard College

Ann Little, Colorado State University

Jenny Shaw, University of Alabama

 Session 22 • “Mobility and Slavery”
James Room

Chair: Jared Ross Hardesty, Western Washington University

Charmaine A. Nelson, Harvard University, “‘he . . . had meditated an attempt to get on board a ship…bound to Newfoundland’: The Limits of the Term Refugee for Enslaved Africans in Canadian Fugitive Slave Advertisements”

Justin Roberts, Dalhousie University, “Property in People: The Principle of Possession in Seventeenth-Century Barbadian and Virginian Slave and Servant Law”

Dylan LeBlanc, University of Notre Dame, “Government Men and Slave Trade Networks in Early Carolina”

Nicholas Crawford, Toulouse School of Economics, “Sir William Young and the ‘Improvement’ of West Indian Slavery in the Era of Abolition”

Comment: The Audience


 Plenary • “Creatively Writing About Early America and the Atlantic World: A Roundtable on Fiction, Poetry, and History”
Commonwealth Auditorium

Moderator: Jane Kamensky, Harvard University

Deborah Harkness, University of Southern California

Chet’la Sebree, Bucknell University

Carly Brown, University of Glasgow

John Demos, Yale University


Reception in William & Mary’s Sunken Garden

Join us for regional cuisine and drinks from local purveyors.