American Antiquarian Society Regional Seminars in association with the history departments of Brown University, Clark University and the University of Connecticut
- Friday, February 12, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Peter Green House
From Real Estate to Sacred Space: Historic Preservation as Land Market Reform in Jacksonian America
AAS Hench Post-Dissertation Fellow and
Assistant Professor of History at Villanova University
If you plan to attend the seminar and would like a copy of the paper, please contact Paul Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org. The paper will be available a week in advance of the seminar.
- Monday, November 2, 2015, 5:00 p.m.
Elmarion Room, Goddard Daniels House
American Antiquarian Society
David Walker's Good News
Postdoctoral Fellow in African-American Literature, Department of English, Rutgers University
Dr. Bynum has provided the following précis of her paper:
This essay contends that David Walker, in his 1830 Appeal, proffers a literacy that invites readers to listen into those feelings that will open them to his particular truth. Walker privileges a kind of affective reading that calls readers into an interiority where language and representation reconcile and where feelings feel or speak for what cannot be said. When his readers can feel rightly-namely, angry at their wretched condition-they can know his good news. That is to say, they can experience a worthy citizenship in his U.S. that promises to make real the truths of an individual and collective humanity.
There will be refreshments provided before the paper. If you plan to attend, please notify Paul Erickson at AAS (email@example.com) no later than Friday, October 30.
- Thursday, December 3, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
Rare Book Room, Goddard Library
The Introduction of Vampire Belief to New England
Assistant Professor of History and American Indian Studies, Central Washington University
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellow, AAS
Dr. Carroll has provided the following précis of his paper:
Between 1782 and 1820, New Englanders suspected severe outbreaks of tuberculosis were caused by the spirits of the dead siphoning life from their relatives. In order to stop the spread of the disease, they exhumed the corpses they thought responsible, burned their hearts, and made a medicine from the ashes. Originally a European belief, the practice was brought to the region during the American Revolution by Germany military physicians serving in Hessian regiments. Many became itinerant doctors in the aftermath of the war and taught Americans to believe in the undead. But vampire belief in America was medicalized—turned from a folk belief into a cutting edge medical procedure. The exhumations were conducted like autopsies and doctors used 'science' to identify and destroy supposed vampires. American doctors quickly caught on and began using it as a cure for the deadly wasting disease.
There will be refreshments provided before the paper. If you plan to attend, please notify Paul Erickson at AAS (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than Monday, November 30.