Creating, Maintaining, and Contesting Power in the Atlantic World, 1600-1778 [Preview]

This is the first in a series of presentation previews of the 8th Annual Loyola University Chicago Graduate Student History Conference, to be held November 5, 2011. If you would like to learn more about the topics or the scholars, please leave a note in the comments of this post.

The period 1600-1800 marked a tumultuous time in the British Atlantic.  Population growth, demographic change, and economic transformations pushed England into a period of social instability.  This tension was exacerbated by Civil Wars, regicide, overseas expansion, and repeated conflicts with the French and other Continental powers.  The tenuous line between stability and instability brought issues of power and control to the forefront of social and political discourse. Moreover, Britons on both sides of the Atlantic spent considerable time addressing these notions in both explicit and implicit ways.  Each time someone created or challenged authority, it shed light on the myriad forces that created the infrastructure for social relations in the Atlantic world.

Erin Feichtinger’s paper “Unhappy Wretches: Interpretation of Emotions in the Ordinary of Newgate’s Account shows how English officials attempted to maintain order through the written word.  By exploring the Ordinary of Newgate’s Account, Feichtinger sheds light on what values, ideals, and attitudes the Ordinary attempted to foster, or in some cases, eliminate.  In doing so, the Ordinary was able to shape political discourse through exercising power over the condemned.  Peter Kotowski’s “The Best Poor Man’s Country?  Indentured Servitude in Pennsylvania, 1650-1750,” approaches the issues of authority and power from a different perspective.  In trying to re-examine the historiographical narrative of Pennsylvania, Peter Kotowski offers an opposite view to Feichtinger’s work.  Rather than focusing on those who manipulated power, Kotowski uses indentured servants to show how they were manipulated and controlled in Pennsylvania during the first half of the eighteenth century.  In doing so, he calls for a reassessment of both the historiography of servants, and the literature on Penn’s Woods.  Finally, Aaron Brunmeier’s “The Quartering Act, Taverns, and New York City’s Radicalization: A Reinterpretation of the Imperial Crisis, 1765-1770,” looks at the public sphere of the New York Tavern as a locus for contested notions of control.  Brunmeier argues that tensions over the implicit and explicit implications of the Quartering Act manifested themselves in popular and radical protest stemming from the tavern.Read More »

The Field Is Set!

The Loyola University Chicago Graduate Student Conference committee has selected panelists for our November 5 conference. Quality and quantity of submissions far outpaced our expectations, causing us to face many tough choices. We weighed the strength of each submission with the creation of coherently themed panels–no easy task. Fueled by coffee and donuts, we prevailed.

We welcome to our 8th annual conference scholars from Wisconsin-Madison, Cal Berkeley, Northern Illinois, Loyola Chicago, Brown, Cal State Northridge, George Mason, Texas, Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Chicago, Buffalo, Minnesota, Miami of Ohio, TCU, Nebraska-Lincoln, Notre Dame, Harvard, UC Santa Barbara, Iowa State, Southern Illinois, University of North Carolina, Northwestern, University of Colorado at Boulder, and Yale.

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Conference Date Changed to November 5!

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have moved the 2011 LUC History Graduate Student Conference up one week, from Saturday November 12 to Saturday November 5. The venue remains the same: Loyola’s Water Tower Campus in downtown Chicago.

For more information, see the updated Call for Papers.

The submission deadline remains August 22. Please contact Steve Catania at with any questions.

Conversation with a First Time Conference Presenter

One of the LUC Graduate History Conference’s main goals is to serve as an ‘entry point’ into the world of academic conferences. Many of our participants have been first time presenters. In an effort to further familiarize potential presenters with the submission, preparation and presentation process, we asked a first timer from our previous conference to describe her experience. Erin tells us about her presentation, “Dealing in the Dead: The American Civil War and the Birth of the Funeral Industry,” which was part of the panel titled “Medicine, Health and the Body in Late 19th-Century America.”

Tell us about yourself. Field of study, year in the program, all that first day of class stuff.Read More »

Call for Papers: 8th Annual Loyola University Chicago Graduate Student History Conference

Eighth Annual

Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Conference

November 5, 2011

Loyola University, Water Tower Campus, Chicago, IL

Masters and doctoral graduate students in any field of historical study are invited to submit proposals to present individual research papers at Loyola’s Eighth Annual History Graduate Student Conference.  Papers focusing on borderlands and transnational studies and public history projects are especially encouraged. The goal of this conference is to provide an opportunity for students to gain experience presenting original research papers and receiving feedback from their peers on their work.Read More »