“Roots and Routes in Early America”

An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
hosted by The McNeil Center for Early American Studies University of Pennsylvania
October 3-4, 2003

Questions regarding the conference should be directed to Martha Schoolman

Preliminary Program: Thursday | Friday | Saturday

All Thursday and Friday events will take place at the McNeil Center, on the Penn campus, 3619 Locust Walk.  Saturday’s panels will be held at the American Philosophical Society’s Franklin Hall,  427 Chestnut St., Philadelphia.

Thursday, October 2

12-1:30: Reception

2:00-4:00 Bartram’s Gardens Tour (R.S.V.P. to Martha Schoolman)

5:00-6:30: Evening Session: Routes of Print Culture

Martha Elena Rojas, Chair

Carl Keyes
History, Johns Hopkins University
“The Development of Advertising in Eighteenth-Century America”

Kristina Lucenko
English, SUNY-Buffalo
“Marginality that Matters:  Seventeenth-Century Women Writing Early Crime Narratives”

Kyle Roberts
History, University of Pennsylvania
“The Roots and Routes of an Evangelical Text”

Friday, October 3

8:30-9:00: Coffee and Bagels

9:00-9:15: Opening Remarks: Dan Richter

9:15-10:45: The Ethnographic Imaginary

Martha Schoolman, Chair

Cyrus Mulready
English, University of Pennsylvnaia
“Images of New Worlds and the British Past in A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia”

Heidi Oberholtzer
English, University of Notre Dame
“Putting Down Roots in The Backwoods of Canada: The Importance of Taste and Food to Emigrant Catharine Parr Traill”

Andrew Newman
English, University of California, Irvine
“The Cultural Significance of Wallam Olum”

11-12:30:  Revolution and Freedom in the Atlantic World

Ashli White, Chair

Matthew Clavin
History, American University
“My narrative, if it cannot delight, may at least instruct.”  Narrative Accounts of the Haitian Revolution in the New Republic and the Atlantic World”

Charles Foy
History, Rutgers University
“Seeking Freedom in the Atlantic World of the Eighteenth Century:  How New York’s Slaves Utilized the Sea and Conflicts Between Slave Masters and Ship Captains to Find Freedom”

Angela Murphy
History, University of Houston
“We Are Irishmen and American Citizens:” The Rise and Fall of the American Associations for the Repeal of the Legislative Union between Ireland and Great Britain”

12:30-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:30: Politics of Piety

Ken Shelton, Chair

Sarah Rivett
English, University of Chicago
“Experimental Conversion:  Science and Religion in John Eliot’s Mission to the Indians”

Christopher Rogers
History, Northwestern University
“The Shakers in New England Towns: The Limits of Revolutionary Toleration”

Michelle Henley
History, Girton College, Cambridge
“Masculinity in the Salzburger Community of Colonial Ebenezer, Georgia”

4:00-6:00 MCEAS Seminar:

“Roots, Routes, and Rootedness: Migration, Diversity, and Pluralism in the Middle Colonies”
Ned Landsman, SUNY, Stony Brook

6:00-7:00 Social Hour

Saturday, October 4

8:30-9:15: Coffee and Bagels

9:30-11: Mobile Manners

Justine Murison, Chair

Alison Tracy
English, University of Washington
“ ‘A Mixed Habit’: The Transatlantic Imagination and The Female American”

Stacy Van Beek
English, University of California, Irvine
"From Old World Courts to American Parlors:  Fictions of Gender, Decorum, and Class in Early Republican Philadelphia."

Len von Morzé
English, University of California, Berkeley
“Mobile Identifications: The Irish-American Servant in the Early Republic”

11:15-12:45: Commercial and Legal Environments

Josh Greenberg, Chair

Richard Demirjian, Jr.
History, University of Delaware
“A Detremental Business”: Development, Subsistence, and Oysters in New Haven, 1799-1829”

Carter Hudgins
History, Royal Holloway, University of London
“Old World Industries and New World Hope:  An Examination of the Industrial ‘Roots’ and Metallurgical ‘Routes’ of Scrap Copper in Early Jamestown”

Andrea Smalley
History, Northern Illinois University
“ ‘The Liberty of Killing a Deer’: English Game Law in American Environments”

12:45-2:15: Lunch

2:15-3:45: Translating Medicine

Robyn Davis McMillin, Chair

Keith Beutler
History, Washington University in St. Louis
“International Routes into American Roots: Transformations in Trans-Atlantic Memory Culture and Changing Practices of Patriotic Memorists in the Early United States, 1790-1840”

Martha Robinson
History, University of Southern California
“New Worlds, New Medicines: American Remedies in European Context”

Steven Thomas
English, Penn State University
“Doctoring Ideology: Sugar, Slaves, and Sailors in the Atlantic World”

4-6: Keynote Session/ Closing Remarks

Christopher Looby, English, UCLA
Marilyn Westerkamp, History, UC Santa Cruz

6:00-7:00 Social Hour