We are deeply saddened to learn of passing of Tony Kaye; an esteemed historian, colleague, and friend. Greg Downs reflects on Tony’s life at the Journal of the Civil War Era blog, here.
Dear BrANCH members,
Please find below the latest news and announcements received by BrANCH.
Post-doctoral fellowships at Newcastle University
History at Newcastle welcomes expressions of interest from outstanding early career researchers wishing to take part in the Fellowship competition recently advertised by the Research Excellence Academy at Newcastle University. Post-doctoral fellowships will be funded for up to three years at RCUK UK/EU rates. It is expected that History will be allowed to put forward one candidate for consideration by a University-wide panel.
Early career researchers will be expected to have received their doctorate on or after 1 August 2011 and not to have held a substantive Lecturer level post.
Violetta Hionidou, Head of History
Pocahontas and after: historical culture and transatlantic encounters, 1617-2017
Registration is now open for Pocahontas and after: historical culture and transatlantic encounters, 1617-2017 at The British Library and the Institute of Historical Research, London. March 16-18, 2017
Register and download the programme at the IHR website: http://www.history.ac.uk/events/event/7284
A major international conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Pocahontas’ death. Co-hosted by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library and the Institute of Historical Research.
Additional support has been provided by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, The University of Warwick, and the British Association for American Studies
In 2017 the Anglo-American world will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Pocahontas. Numerous commemorative activities, from walking tours to talking monuments, have been planned on both sides of the Atlantic. Intense, closely focused interest in her life is, of course, not a new phenomenon. Her story has been romanticised at many points over the centuries, and multiple representations of Pocahontas (as Noble Savage, Mother of a Nation, propaganda icon, seductive temptress) have materialised in historical accounts, in literature, and in visual, material, and performance art. From a range of historical and literary perspectives, and for a variety of social and political purposes, Pocahontas has left an enduring legacy among Indigenous, local, national, and international communities.
Using Pocahontas’ visit to England and her death and burial in Kent as an entry point, this conference will explore the continued interest in Pocahontas as a subject of study. It will explore the academic challenges posed by the multiple versions and the contemporary appropriations of this Pamunkey woman variously known as Amonute, Matoaka, Pocahontas, and Rebecca. In exploring the life and afterlives of Pocahontas, it aims to open new interdisciplinary discussions.
Additionally, the Satuday 18th will host a range of cultural activities, including:
- A special session with David Givens of Historic Jamestown and Ashley Atkins of the Pamunkey Indian Museum.
- A panel debate on the iconography of Pocahontas and its relationship to contemporary indigenous women’s political and social issues. Confirmed speakers: Joanne Prince of Rainmaker Gallery, Bristol; Shelley Niro, Mohawk film-maker and artist; Dr Max Carocci, Chelsea College of Art; Dr David Stirrup, Reader in Indigenous and Settler Literatures of the Americas at the University of Kent; and Dr Buck Woodard, Colonial Williamsburg, American Indian Initiative.
- Screening of Reel Injun and Indigenous London with director Q&A’s
- A musical performance by singer-songwriter ElizaBeth Hill
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
Following a contentious, divisive, and historic U.S. election campaign, the day has finally arrived: Friday 20th January marks the inauguration of the 45th U.S. President, Donald J. Trump. Whether you love or loathe ‘the Donald’, this presidency promises to be one-of-a-kind. Or, does it? BrANCH historians share their thoughts on the new presidency at the links below;
- BrANCH Chair, Susan-Mary Grant, discusses the ‘newness’ and ‘tradition’ of Trump’s presidency alongside fellow academics of Newcastle University here.
- Catherine Clinton joins other U.S.-based historians discussing their plans for inauguration day with Times Higher Education here.
- You can also catch up with Adam Smith’s five-part discussion of Trump’s ‘Presidential Precedents’ on BBC Radio 4 here.
In addition to our newsletter on the 9th, please find the following news and announcements:
1) Iwan Morgan Prize
Please see the attached flyer – please note that the deadline is this Friday
2) BrANCH Annual Conference – Call for Papers
24th Annual BrANCH Conference
University of Warwick, 6-8 October 2017
Call For Papers
Peter Parish Memorial Lecture: Emily West (University of Reading), “Reflections on the History and Historians of the Black Woman’s Role in the Community of Slaves”
Saturday Night Keynote: Jeff Forret (Lamar University)
The BrANCH committee is pleased to invite proposals for panels and papers on all aspects of U.S. history from the period 1789-1917. We particularly encourage panels that open new lines of communication between established thematic specialties as well as individual papers that cut across traditional categories of historical inquiry in imaginative and innovative ways. Postgraduate contributions are especially welcome. Subsidies for UK-based postgraduate participants will be offered on a first come first served basis.
Please send a brief CV and a summary of the proposed paper or panel (no more than three speakers per panel and 300 words per paper, please) by Friday 24 February to the Conference Secretaries at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that all programme participants will be expected to register as BrANCH members.
3) Papers of the Revolutionary Era
The Pinckney Statesmen Papers Project is delighted to announce the
publication of Volume 1 of the Papers of the Revolutionary Era Pinckney
Statesmen Digital Edition. The volume is available online now through
Rotunda, the digital imprint of the University of Virginia Press, at
http://rotunda.upress.virginia.edu/founders/PNKY.html. PREVIEW ACCESS IS
FREE TO ALL THROUGH JANUARY 31. Access will be by purchase of an individual
or institutional license at a modest cost thereafter.
The Papers of the Revolutionary Era Pinckney Statesmen Digital Edition is a
multi-year initiative to collect, transcribe, annotate, and publish the
correspondence and other public and private papers of Charles Cotesworth
Pinckney (1746–1825), his brother Thomas Pinckney (1750–1828), and their
cousin Charles Pinckney (1757–1824). These three South Carolina men played
leading roles in military, political, economic, social, and diplomatic
affairs on the state and national stages from the American Revolution
through the War of 1812.
The Pinckney Statesmen Papers is intended for scholars, teachers,
researchers, students, and ordinary curious-minded people. Check it out!
And don’t forget to FRIEND US on Facebook @PinckneyPapers…
The QMUL Biennial Symposium in American History
At a rally in North Carolina on 5 November 2016, Donald Trump described his political journey: “I went from being the ultimate insider to being an outsider like they’ve never seen before.” Three days later he was elected the 45th President of the United States. Trump’s victory is redrawing the boundaries between insiders and outsiders in modern America. Yet the construction of these categories has always been contested, and that process of contestation is key to understanding power relations in the United States.
We welcome proposals for papers that explore any aspect of this dynamic, including themes such as: populism, immigration, identity, and the public sphere(s).
Date: June 16th 2017.
Venue: Queen Mary University of London.
Keynote Speaker: Professor Mae Ngai, Columbia University.
Comment: Professor Eric Foner, Columbia University.
The QMUL Biennial Symposium in American History seeks to showcase diverse methodologies and approaches, and welcomes papers on any period of American history.
Please send paper proposals of 300-500 words plus a 1 page CV to Dr. Daniel Peart at email@example.com. Papers should be 20 minutes in length.
Deadline for proposals: January 15th 2017.
BrANCH ispleased to be informed that Dr Donald Ratcliffe has been awarded the Lasky Prize for the best book on American political history published in the US in 2015, and the Richard E. Neustadt Prize for the best book on American government and politics for his book on the 1824 Presidential Election, The One-Party Presidential Contest: Adams, Jackson, and 1824’s Five-Horse Race.