Seminars

  • Founded
    1954
  • Seminar Number
    429

The concern of this seminar is the history, literature, and culture of the United States, focusing on the period from the nineteenth century to the present. Recent subjects have ranged from Margaret Fuller to the Hawaiian sovereignty movement, from Asian American fashion designers to letters from former slaves who settled in Liberia. A number of presentations have positioned the United States in transnational or comparative contexts. The seminar’s strength is the variety of fields represented by its intellectually active participants. The very lively discussion periods are one of the most appealing aspects of this seminar.


Co-Chairs
Professor James Kim
bjakim@fordham.edu

Professor Matt Sandler
mfs2001@columbia.edu

Rapporteur
Rebecca Stout
rjs2233@columbia.edu


All seminars will meet over Zoom for the 2020 fall semester. Meeting links provided upon RSVP. Meeting dates and times are subject to change. 

Meeting Schedule

09/22/2020 Online Meeting
7:30 PM
Fugitive Historiography and the Gift of Black Folk: Towards a Consideration of Slave Narratives as African-American Intellectual History
Westenley Alcenet, Fordham University
Abstract

Abstract

This talk will present working ideas of an article in progress (Fugitive Historiography and the Gift of Black Folks) that explores the deeper intellectual significance of the slave narrative genre. I argue that, collectively, these texts were among the first to articulate a transnational, transcultural view of history, one that anticipated current trends in the modern historical profession. Written against an emerging genre of white nationalist histories, American slave narrative offered an alternative national history, one that highlighted the nation’s transnational ties, as well as its racial, ethnic, and religious diversity.





11/17/2020 Online Meeting
7:30 PM

Julio Capo Jr., Florida International University




12/08/2020 Online Meeting
7:30 PM

Diane Detournay, Fordham University




01/26/2021 Location TBD
7:30 PM

Sasha Panaram, Fordham University




02/23/2021 Location TBD
7:30 PM

Autumn Womack, Princeton University




03/23/2021 Location TBD
7:30 PM

Howard Rambsy II, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville




04/20/2021 Location TBD
7:30 PM

Benjamin Balthasar, Indiana University South Bend