Tentative Program:

Friday, May 30th:

1:30-2:00 Registration, Ertegun House
2:00-2:15 Welcome, Opening Remarks
2:15-3:45 Session 1: Indigenous America
Pekka Hämäläinen (Oxford): “How Native Was Colonial America? Identifying and Explaining the Key Problem of Early American History”
Sarah Rivett (Princeton): “Between Myth and History: The Problem of Indigenous Language in the Novels of James Fenimore Cooper”
Chair: Laura Marcus (Oxford)
4:00-5:00 Roundtable on Post-Secularism
5:00-6:00 Drinks Reception at Ertegun House

Saturday, May 31st:

9:00-9:30 Coffee
9:30-11:00 Session 2: Polar Economies
Hester Blum (Penn State): “The Ends of the Earth”
Jason Bell (Oxford): “On the Verge of the Concave World: Antebellum Antarctica and the Early Midwest”
Chair: Peter Riley (Oxford)
11:00-12:30 Session 3: Pacific Futures
Ed Sugden (King’s College London): “The Queer Pacific, 1812-46″
Hsuan Hsu (UC Davis): “Mark Twain, Imperial Romance, and Chinese Modernization”
Chair: Nicole Sierra (Oxford)
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00 Session 4: Spirituality and Modernity
Jared Hickman (Johns Hopkins): “‘Speaking of Things to Come As Though They Had Already Come’; or, How The Book of Mormon Asks to be Read as a Nineteenth-Century American Text”
María del Pilar Blanco (Oxford): “Camille Flammarion in Mexico”
Chair: Courtney Traub (Oxford)
3:00-4:30 Session 5: Print Culture and Politics
Lloyd Pratt (Oxford): “A Woman is Reading Emerson in the South”
J. Michelle Coghlan (Manchester): “Alternate Memories/Radical Genealogies:
The Paris Commune and the Visual Culture of Post-bellum U.S. Gender Panic”
Chair: Michèle Mendelssohn (Oxford)
Move to RAI
5:00-6:00 Roundtable on “Practicing C19 Today: Risks and Opportunities“
Chairs: Lloyd Pratt (Oxford) and Jay Sexton (Oxford)
7:00 Conference Dinner TBD


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