Society of Early Americanists Seminar Series: Origin Stories & Early American Studies
October 8, 1-2:30 PM CDT, Origin Stories & Early American Studies
Origin stories have long been central to early American studies, in questions of periodization and of the field’s geographic scope and in studies of empire, settlement, and nation. And origin stories are at stake in contemporary calls to grapple with histories of slavery and colonialism in our understandings of the past (such as those raised by the 1619 Project and calls to remove monuments to figures like Christopher Columbus). Bringing together scholars whose work takes up questions of origins in a range of archives and in several historical, theoretical, and cultural contexts, this panel asks how early American studies scholars might productively contribute to conversations and debates about origins, past and present.
Ajay Kumar Batra, Society of Fellows in the Humanities, University of Southern California, Looting
Dexter Gabriel, History/Africana, University of Connecticut, Slavery & Resistance
Emily Garcia, English and Latina/o/x & Latin American Studies, Northeastern Illinois University, Interdependence & Translation
Jay Miller, ACLS Pforzheimer Fellow, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Agrarianism
Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, Africana and American Studies, University at Buffalo, Settlement
Marie Balsley Taylor, University of North Alabama, Communal Stories
The SEA Seminar Series is a virtual gathering oriented around discussing scholarship and teaching practices related to early American literature and culture. Convening throughout the academic year, the seminar series aims to generate opportunities for sharing conversation and research about early America beyond SEA’s biannual conference. The series especially seeks to reflect and amplify the range of scholarship on early American literature and culture, to create generative, supportive spaces accessible to scholars across a diversity of institutional and geographical locations; and to create opportunities for supporting early Americanist scholars and teachers, especially junior faculty and graduate students, beyond the biennial conferences. A spring event will discuss teaching (more info to follow).
For more information, please contact Kelly Wisecup, Executive Coordinator, Society of Early Americanists: email@example.com.