Sussex Centre for American Studies

Research seminars

Spring 2019 American Studies Research Seminars

Week 1
Wednesday, 6 February 2019 - 5-7pm Jubilee 144
Katherine Ibbett, University of Oxford
“Surface Writing: On the Seventeenth-Century Saint Lawrence River”
Introduced by Nicole Mennell

co-sponsored by the Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies and the English Colloquium

Week 3
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 4-6pm, Fulton 202
The American Studies Playlist: Songs Every Americanist Should Know


Week 5

  • Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 5-7 pm, Arts B B217
    Ed Sugden, King’s College London
    “The Beyonds and Unreals of the Nineteenth Century”

    co-sponsored by the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Studies Working Group

  • Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 5-7pm Jubilee 144
    Shital Pravinchandra, Queen Mary’s, University of London
    “Colonizing the Future, Salvaging the Past: Sherman Alexie’s Biomedical Fictions”

    co-sponsored by the English Colloquium and the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies

  • Thursday, 7 March 2019, 4-6pm Arts A108
    Sarah Dunstan, University of Sussex
    “‘A New Fascism, the American Brand’: Anti-Imperialist Struggles in the French Union and the African diaspora, 1945-1955”

    co-sponsored by History Work in Progress


Week 7

  • Monday, 18 March 2019 6-8 pm Arts A01 Lecture Theatre
    Yehuda Sharim, University of California, Merced, dir., Seeds of All Things film screening

    co-sponsored by Film and the Sussex Centre for Migration Research
    A Sussex One World Week event

  • Tuesday, 19 March 2019, 5-7pm Fulton A
    Yehuda Sharim, University of California, Merced, 
    Documenting Migrant Lives: A Filmmaking Masterclass
    American Studies Research Seminar, co-sponsored by Film and the Sussex Centre for Migration Research
    A Sussex One World Week event


Week 8
Thursday, 28 March 2019, 4-6pm Arts C333
Adia Benton, Northwestern University,
“Ebola, Epidemic Projections and the Politics of Reckoning”

co-sponsored by the Sussex Africa Centre


Week 9

  • Tuesday, 2 April 2019, 5-7pm Arts B217
    Mike Collins, King’s College London
    “The Satanic Intellect of Mark Twain: The Case of ‘The Mysterious Stranger, No. 44’”

    co-sponsored by the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Studies Working Group

  • Wednesday, 3 April 2019, 5-7pm Jubilee 144
    Arabella Stanger, University of Sussex
    Choreographing White Ideality at Black Mountain College”
    Introduced by Ashley Barr

    co-sponsored by Sussex Performance Events and Research and the English Colloquium
  • Thursday, 4 April 2019, 4-6 pm Arts A108
    Christienna Fryar, University of Liverpool
    “Fears of Jim Crow: British Sovereignty, American Expansionism, and the 1907 Kingston Earthquake”

    co-sponsored by History Work in Progress


Special Summer Term Event
Tuesday, 28 May 2019, time and location tbc
Jordy Rosenberg (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), title tbc

English Colloquium, co-sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence and the American Studies Research Seminar, and King’s College London


 

 Past events:

 Autumn 2018 American Studies Research Seminar

Week 1, Tu 25 Sept 2018 American Studies Research Roundtable 4pm BSMS 2.10
Week 2, Tu 02 Oct 2018 Benjamin Kahan, Louisiana State University, “Sheiks, Sweetbacks, and Harlem Renaissance Sexuality, or The Chauncey Thesis at Twenty-Five”
co-sponsored by the Centres for Modernist Studies and SexDiss and the English Colloquium
4pm Shawcross AS1
Week 3, W 10 Oct 2018 Dale Turner, Dartmouth College, “This Is Not a Peace Pipe: Towards a Critical Indigenous Philosophy”
co-sponsored by the English Colloquium
5pm Silverstone 309
Week 4, Tu 16 Oct 2018 Black History: An Interdisciplinary Roundtable 4pm BSMS 2.10
Week 8, W 14 Nov 2018 Maria Lauret, University of Sussex, “Dogwhistle Writing: J. D. Vance and Ta-Nehisi Coates”
co-sponsored by the English Colloquium
5pm Silverstone 309
Week 8, Th 15 Nov James Cronin, Boston College, “The Roots of the 'Special Relationship’: Shared Cultures, Shared Values, or Common Enemies?”
co-sponsored by History Work in Progress
4pm Arts A A108
Week 10, Tu 27 Nov Jack Grieve, University of Birmingham, “Tracking Lexical Innovation in American English Online”
co-sponsored by ROLLS (Research on Language and Linguistics)
 5pm Jubilee 144

 

Spring 2018 American Studies Research Seminar

Thursday, 15 February 2018, 4-6 p.m.American studies 2018 - Research Seminars Spring 2018
Kerri Pimblott (Manchester)
The Religious Dynamics of the Black Freedom Movement: From Black Power to #BlackLivesMatter
Arts A108 (in co-operation with History)

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 4-6 p.m.
David Jünger (Sussex)
Legacies of the Holocaust. American Jewry, the Civil Rights Movement and Rabbi Joachim Prinz (1902–1988)
Arts A108 (in co-operation with History)

Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 4-6 p.m.
Sarah Snyder (American University, Washington D.C.),
From Selma to Moscow: How Human Rights Activists Transformed U.S. Foreign Policy in the 1960s
Fulton 113

Thursday, 8 March 2018, 4-6 p.m.
Ira Katznelson (Columbia and Cambridge)
On Popular Sovereignty: The People and the State in Early America
Arts A108 (in co-operation with the Centre for Intellectual History)

Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 5-7 p.m.
Eileen Myles (Poet and former presidential candidate)
Reading from Afterglow and poetry performance
Jubilee 118

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 5-7 p.m.
Tim Gallagher (Sky News) & Adam Vaughan (The Guardian)
Reporting Climate Change: America and the World
Jubilee 144

Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 4-6 p.m.
Branka Arsić (Columbia)
Dust Archive: Melville’s Poetics of Matter
Fulton 113