Graduate Student Forum

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    Presenters from the June 2019 Graduate Forum after the event.

    Colonial Society of Massachusetts

    Graduate Student Forum

             June 11, 2021


    The annual Graduate Student Forum serves graduate students in History and allied disciplines whose work explores New England from the fifteenth century to 1815 in its own right or in the wider context of North America and the Atlantic World. The event aims to support emerging scholars as they build relationships across the historical profession and promotes the sharing of new research. In the Forum, M.A. and Ph.D. candidates report on their work in progress and receive supportive advice from the event's senior scholar facilitators, from CSM members, from area librarians and archivists, and from other graduate students in attendance. 
    In the wake of the global pandemic, the Graduate Student Forum planned for June 2020, with six papers and a keynote talk offered by Linda K. Kerber (May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts and Professor of History Emerita, Lecturer in Law, University of Iowa), will unfold instead on June 11, 2021.


    Schedule for

    June 2021 Graduate Student Forum

    9:45:    Welcome on behalf of CSM: President Robert Allison, Suffolk University

    Welcome on behalf of the CSM Graduate Forum Committee: Marla R. Miller, University of Massachusetts Amherst  


    10:00-11:15: Border Controls: Crossing Lines in Dangerous Times

    Moderator: Robert A. Gross, University of Connecticut

    Sam Slattery, William and Mary, Harbor Forts, the Policed Atlantic, and the Struggle for Power in British America

    Eric Trautman-Mosher, University of New Hampshire, Purchasing Power: Indigenous Consumers, Political Economy, and Nation-Building in a Revolutionary Era, 1740s-1790s

    Darcy Stevens, University of Maine, Navigating the Revolutionary Northeast: Borderlands through Fluid Allegiance and Neutrality


    11:30-12:45 Bodies and Souls: Religious Freedom and Social Controls in Early America

    Moderator: Ann M. Little, Colorado State University

    Anna Todd, University of PennsylvaniaA Defect of Birth: Illegitimacy in Early America 

    Erik Nordbye, Harvard University, Liberty of Conscience Becomes Liberty of Estate: Property, Dissent, and the Massachusetts Constitution

    Andrew Juchno, Yale University, Pleading Melancholy: A Moral and Legal Defense for Women in Colonial New England


    1:30-2:45: Identity Politics: Personal Loyalties and Ideological Attachments in the Age of Revolution

    Moderator: Alice Nash, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Russell Weber, University of California at Berkeley, Affective Sincerity, Affective Silence, and the Problem of Political Emotions in Revolutionary America 

    Kendra A. Kennedy, University of Utah, Enslaved by the Chews: The Politics of Gender in Slavery and Resistance, in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware, 1770-1830

    Molly Nebiolo, Northeastern University, Constructing Health: Concepts of Well-Being in the Creation of Early Atlantic Cities


    3-4:15: Reflection and Comment

    Linda K. Kerber, May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts and Professor of History Emerita, Lecturer in Law, University of Iowa

    Virtual Reception to follow.

    Since our first Graduate Forum in 1999, more than 150 graduate students have participated in this annual event.  Here are some comments from previous participants: “A wonderful new venue for young historians of early America; may it long continue.” (John Demos). “The warm, positive feedback and direction I received fired my enthusiasm for research. It was truly invaluable” (University of California, Davis). “Challenging, and energetic; I took away practical suggestions from both the CSM membership and other graduate student presenters” (Tufts University). “. . . stimulating scholarly exchange combined with wonderful food” (University of Connecticut). “It was my first presentation, and I certainly appreciated the comfortable surroundings" (Princeton). “A platform to voice concerns, dilemmas, and even accomplishments to a distinguished audience” (Salem State University). “My participation in the forum was really the highlight of my graduate career to date” (SUNY Stony Brook).


    Programs for Graduate Student Forums from 2009 through 2019 may be downloaded at the links below.