Interdisciplinary Seminar in Atlantic Studies

Spring 2005 Schedule

All sessions are held at 4:30 p.m. in the Great Room of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies,
3619 Locust Walk, on the University of Pennsylvania Campus. A buffet supper follows at 6:00 p.m.

15 February: Dale Tomich
"Image and Order: Lithography and the Space of the Cuban Sugarmill, 1820-1860"

Dale Tomich is Professor of Sociology and History at Binghamton University, where his research centers on the historical sociology of the modern world economy, Atlantic history, and comparative slavery. With Charles Burroughs (Department of Art History, Binghamton University) he is studying plantation architecture and landscape in nineteenth-century Cuba, Brazil, and the Southern United States.  Tomich’s publications include Through  the Prism of Slavery: Labor, Capital, and World Economy (2004); Slavery in the Circuit of Sugar: Martinique and the World Economy, 1830-1848 (1990); and “Atlantic History and World Economy: Concepts and Constructions,” Protosociology (2004).

29 March: Colin Kidd
"Race, Theology, and Medicine in the Atlantic Enlightenment"

Colin Kidd teaches history at the University of Glasgow and is the author of British Identities Before Nationalism (1999); Subverting Scotland’s Past: Scottish Whig Historians and the Creation of an Anglo-British Identity, 1689-c.1830 (1993); “Conditional Britons: The Scots Covenanting Tradition and the Eighteenth-century British State,” English Historical Review (2002); and “Teutonist Ethnology and Scottish Nationalist Inhibitions, 1780-1880,” Scottish Historical Review (1995). He is preparing a book on attitudes to ethnicity and on ideological constructions of identity throughout the early modern British world.

12 April: Steven Hahn
"The Grassroots and the Transnational"

Steven Hahn is Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, is a specialist on the social and political history of nineteenth-century America, on the history of the American South, and on the comparative history of slavery and emancipation. He is the author of, among many other publications, The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890 (Oxford University Press, 1983), which received both the Allan Nevins Prize of the Society of American Historians and the Frederick Jackson Turner Award of the Organization of American Historians. His latest book, A Nation Under our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration (Harvard University Press, 2003), won the Pulitzer Prize in History, the Bancroft Prize in American History, and the Merle Curti Prize in Social History of the Organization of American Historians.