2021-2022 IHR seminar series: Gender and History in the Americas Seminar

Please note that for the first term, all seminars will be held online.

Thursday 30 September 2021, 7.30-8.45pm

Pamela Roberts, ‘An Evening with Mrs Terrell and Friends’. Hosted by the British Library, in collaboration with the Eccles Centre and the Society for the History of Women in the Americas.

Chair: Imaobong Umoren (LSE)

Please book here: https://www.bl.uk/events/an-evening-with-mrs-terrell-and-friends

Wednesday 3 November 2021, 6-7pm

Rebecca Fraser (UEA), The “Citizenship Divas” of Early 19th Century America: Black Female Intellectuals and the Intersection of Racial and Gendered Performance

Beginning with Lauren Berlant’s idea of subaltern political activism and subsequent “diva acts of citizenship”, this paper will consider Black female intellectuals in early 19th century America and the ways in which they resisted or subtly negotiated expectations of both their race and gendered identities in the public sphere. Its focus will be on three Black female intellectuals: Frances Ellen Watkins Harper; Sojourner Truth; and Mary Ann Shadd Cary, reflecting on how these women’s strategies compared. This of course depended largely on racial and gendered stereotypes of the period and the dissonant performances these women embodied on the politicized platforms of abolition, Black civil rights, and women’s suffrage.

Tuesday 16 November 2021, 5.30-6.30pm

PGR/ECR Publishing seminar

Sinéad Moynihan (Exeter), Martin Halliwell (Leicester) and Jonathan Spangler (MMU) will offer a seminar on publishing for postgraduate and early career researchers. The speakers will share their advice and expertise on publishing research through diverse outlets, including journal articles, book manuscripts, and public history channels. Presentations will be followed by a discussion session giving you the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas in a supportive and collaborative environment.

Tuesday 14 December 2021, 6-7pm

Alison Parker (U of Delaware), ‘Unceasing Militant: the Life of Mary Church Terrell’, in conversation with Ashley Robertson Preston (Howard University)

In this session, Alison Parker (University of Delaware) will be in conversation with Ashley Robertson Preston (Howard University) to discuss aspects of her most recent book, a study of the life of prominent activist Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954). Using newly discovered letters and diaries, Parker weaves together the joys and struggles of Terrell’s private life with the challenges and achievements of her public, political career, to produce a compelling portrait of an often under-recognized political leader.

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