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26th Annual Conference, Day 2

Friday June 18

“Material Worlds/Virtual Worlds: the Physical and the Digital in Vast Early America”

June 17-19, 2021

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Program for Friday, June 18, 2021


Registration Zoom Room opens. (Stop by and say Hello to Conference Registrar Beverly Smith, ask questions, and get help here.)

Session 7 : ZOOM ROOM 1

Lightning Rounds: Environmental Histories/Material Cultures

Arinn Amer (CUNY)
“Tar Dreams in the 16th c Anglo-Atlantic Archive”

Camden Elliott (Harvard University)
“Environmental Histories of the Global Seven Years’ War”

Kate Mulry (California State University, Bakersfield)
“‘it nourisheth the Child in the Womb’: Chocolate, Reproduction, and Colonization in 17th c Jamaica”

Jennifer Levin (University of Virginia)
“The Gulf South Borderlands: Local and Circum-Caribbean Trade Networks and Collaboration, 1701-1721”

Nicholas Crawford (Washington University in St. Louis)
“Sustaining Rebellion: Food, Fugitivity, and Freedom in the 18th and 19th-century British Caribbean”

Session 8: ZOOM ROOM 2

Lightning Rounds: Colonial America

Adam Nadeau (University of New Brunswick)
“Eastern Luxury, Asiatic Despotism, and Colonial Reactions to Lord North’s Imperial Policy, 1773-74”

Joanna Labor (University of Maryland)
“Denied!: A Repudiation of Southern Hospitality in Colonial Virginia”

Karen Sutton (Morgan State University)
“The Nickens Nine: Free African Americans in Lancaster and Northumberland Counties, Virginia, during the American Revolution”

Judith Ridner (Mississippi State University)
“Broad Brims, Caps, Flat Hats, and Bonnets: The Shifting Politics of Quaker Dress in the Delaware Valley”

Session 9: ZOOM ROOM 3

Lightning Rounds: Digital Technologies

Jeffery R. Appelhans (American Philosophical Society)
“Promoting Useful Knowledge for the Next Generation: Early Atlantic Books & 21st c Digital Bibliography”

John O’Keefe (Ohio University-Chillicothe)
“Using a Relational Database for Conducting Research on Federal Alien Registrations, 1799-1802”

Steve Hackel (University of California, Riverside) and Natale Zappia (California State University, Northridge)
“Early California Cultural Project: Visualizing Uncertainties within Indigenous History”

Angel-Luke O’Donnell (King’s College London)
“Printing the 1776 Pennsylvania State Constitution: The Material Text and the Digital Facsimile”

Session 10: ZOOM ROOM 1

Leading story: “The Consequences of the Virtual”
What happens when we make things digital?

Karin Wulf (Omohundro Institute), Chair/Comment

Janine Yorimoto Boldt (Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Colonial Virginia Portraits: The Opportunities and Challenges of a Visual Database”                            

Carl Lounsbury (William & Mary)
“Eyre Hall: The Material and Cultural Legacy of an Eastern Shore Plantation: Preserving and Providing Access to a Private Research Database”

Joshua Greenberg (Omohundro Institute, Editor of Commonplace.online)
“A New Commonplace, Or, How To Refresh Your Digital Humanities Browser”

Erin Holmes (University of Missouri)
“Between the Word and the World: What is Lost and What is Gained by Translating Material Narratives to a Digital World?”

Session 11: ZOOM ROOM 1

“Thinking the British Empire Whole: A Methodological Framework”

David Hancock (University of Michigan), Chair/Comment

Tiraana Bains (Yale University) and Steven Pincus (University of Chicago)
“Reconnecting the British Empire in America and India”

Al Zuercher Reichardt (University of Missouri)
“Rethinking the Walking Purchase: Settlement Schemes, Sugar Debates, and Global Empire(s)”

Megan Lindsay Cherry (North Carolina State University)
“Reframing America’s First Play in an Atlantic Context: Political Economy in Androboros

Maeve Kane (University at Albany)
“A Different Extraction From the English: Settler Inter-Ethnic Conflict in Haudenosaunee Diplomacy”

Session 12: ZOOM ROOM 2

“Digital Moravians”

Rachel Wheeler (IUPUI), Chair and Comment

Mark Sciuchetti (Jacksonville State University)
“Digitization, Mapping, and the Moravian World”

Sarah Eyerly (Florida State University)
“Reconstructing the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Moravian Missions”

Gregory Specter (Independent Scholar)
“Doing Moravian DH from Academia’s Precarious Margins”

Katherine Faull (Bucknell University)
“Digital Afterlives: Moravian Archives and the Age of Technology”

Session 13: ZOOM ROOM 3

“Material and Digital Approaches to Labor, Health, and the Political Ecology of Slavery”

Cindy Ermus (University of Texas at San Antonio), Chair/Comment

Christopher M. Blakley (Occidental College)
“Clysters, Pills, and ‘Chymical Oils’: Medical Pluralism and the Materiality of Nassaw’s Labor”

(Note: Since this session was proposed in late 2019, this paper has been published in Medical History.)

Sara E. Collini (Clemson University)
“Building a Relational Database to Explore Enslaved Midwives’ Work on Early Southern Plantations”

Sean M. Gallagher (American Philosophical Society)
“Making War, Remaking Slavery: Southern Environments, White Health, and the Continental Army’s Plantation Body”

Zachary Dorner (University of Maryland)
“Barwick Bruce’s Barbados: The Work and Business of Health in the 1790s British Caribbean.”

Session 14: ZOOM ROOM 4

“Staking Claims in Contested Spaces: Households and Gender in Colonial and Revolutionary America”

Serena Zabin (Carleton College), Chair/Comment

Caylin Carbonell (American Antiquarian Society)
“’When my master and mistris went abroad’: Space, Gender, and Authority in Early New England Households”

Sara Damiano (Texas State University)
“’A Writ Against My Husband’: Households as Spaces of Litigation in Colonial Port Cities”

Lauren Duval (University of Oklahoma)
“Domestic Idols and ‘Inanimate Things’: Revolutionary Households under British Military Rule”


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